• Reagan Elected

    Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1981.
  • Reagan Almost Killed

    On March 30, 1981, Reagan survived an assassination attempt by a mentally ill young man named John Hinckley, as the postwar era was just beginning to gain popularity. Public sympathy for the hospitalized president increased.
  • The Challenger Space Shuttle Explodes in Florida

    Seven people are killed when the Challenger space shuttle explodes in Florida's Cape Canaveral after taking off. The incident is the worst in the history of the American space program.
  • Stock Market Crash

    Stock prices plummeted. On Black Friday, the market fell by 800 points, losing 13% of its value, and more than $500 billion was lost by investors.
  • Berlin Wall Crumbles

    At the Berlin Wall in June 1987, American president Ronald Reagan commanded Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "Tear down this wall." In November 1989, less than three years later, in the midst of unrest, East German authorities declared that their citizens were traveling to and from West Berlin. The entire globe. On October 3, 1990, the Berlin Wall was reduced to ruins in a matter of months.
  • Cold War Ends

    The USSR was destroyed and the Cold War officially ended.
  • Clinton Elected

    Democratic nominee Bill Clinton defeats President George H.W. Bush in the race for the White House. The NAFTA trade agreement was just one of many admirable things that President Clinton accomplished before being impeached.
  • Terrorist Attack on Twin Towers

    The Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York City were struck by four American airplanes that had been hijacked by Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. Two planes attack, destroying the World Trade Center, and one plane crashes, seriously damaging the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, killing over 3,000 people. The Osama Bin Laden-led Al-Qaeda group is said to be responsible for the plot.
  • Bush Elected

    The United States Senate's certification of George W. Bush's victory in the Electoral College portion of the 2000 presidential election, with Dick Cheney serving as his Vice President, completes the process.