Berlin wall falls

1970s & 80s

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    Nixon's Presidency

  • Watergate Scandal

    Watergate Scandal
    The Watergate Scandal was a political scandal that occurred in the United States in the 1970s as a result of the June 17th, 1972, break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. It continued with Nixon administration's attempted cover-up of its involvement. The scandal eventually led to the resignation of Pres. Richard Nixon. Source:
  • President Nixon Resigns

    President Nixon Resigns
    Nixon's Resignation Speech President Nixon became the 1st and only President to resign from office. These events took place following the Watergate Scandal.
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    Ford's Presidency

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    Carter's Presidency

  • Iran Hostage Crisis Begins

    Iran Hostage Crisis Begins
    An angry mob of young Islamic revolutionaries overran the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, taking more than 60 Americans hostage. Source: PBS American Experience
  • Soviet invade Afghanistan

    Soviet invade Afghanistan
    The Soviets organized a massive military airlift into Kabul, involving an estimated 280 transport aircraft and over 25,000 men. The Soviets were met with fierce resistance when they ventured out of their strongholds into the countryside. Resistance fighters, called mujahidin, saw the Soviets controlling Afghanistan as a defilement of Islam as well as of their traditional culture. Proclaiming a "jihad"(holy war), they gained the support of the Islamic world. Source:
  • Miracle on Ice- USA vs Soviet Union

    Miracle on Ice- USA vs Soviet Union
    USA's Eruzione scores winning goal
    In the midst the Cold War, the much younger Team USA defeats the powerhouse Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympic Semifinal game.
  • Iran Hostage Crisis Ends

    Iran Hostage Crisis Ends
    The students set their hostages free 444 days after the crisis began and just hours after President Ronald Reagan delivered his inaugural address. Many historians believe that hostage crisis cost Jimmy Carter a second term as president. Source:
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    Reagan's Presidency

  • Reagan's Cold War Challenge

    Reagan's Cold War Challenge
    Video "Mr. Gorbachev, tear this wall down." I n one of his most famous Cold War speeches, President Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down" the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the repressive Communist era in a divided Germany. Source:
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    George H.W. Bush's Presidency

  • Soviets leave Afghanistan

    Soviets leave Afghanistan
    Source: Britannica.comThe war in Afghanistan became a quagmire for what by the late 1980s was a disintegrating Soviet Union. (The Soviets suffered some 15,000 dead and many more injured.) Despite having failed to implement a sympathetic regime in Afghanistan, in 1988 the Soviet Union signed an accord with the United States, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and agreed to withdraw its troops. The Soviet withdrawal was completed on Feb. 15, 1989, and Afghanistan returned to nonaligned status.
  • Berlin Wall falls after 28 years

    Berlin Wall falls after 28 years
    On November 9, 1989, as the Cold War began to thaw across Eastern Europe, the spokesman for East Berlin’s Communist Party announced a change in his city’s relations with the West. Starting at midnight that day, he said, citizens of the GDR were free to cross the country’s borders. The reunification of East and West Germany was made official on October 3, 1990. 3 minute Video