1980s

  • 1980

    -U.S. boycotts Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, also announces grain embargo against the Soviet Union with the support of the European Commission.
  • 1981

    -Ronald Reagan becomes President, inaugurated on the same day Iran releases hostages
    -Attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley
  • 1982

    -The killing of 7-year-old Adam Walsh (1981), and the disappearance of Johnny Gosch, a 12-year-old newspaper carrier from Des Moines, Iowa (1982), raise awareness of missing children cases in the United States.
  • 1983

  • 1984

    -U.S. presidential election, 1984 (Ronald Reagan is re-elected)
    -Awareness of child sexual abuse by pedophiles raised through high-profile media coverage on programs such as 60 Minutes and 20/20.
  • 1985

    Bernhard Goetz is indicted in New York on charges of attempted murder after shooting four young men whom he claimed were intent on mugging him
  • 1986

    -Space Shuttle Challenger accident, killing all seven aboard (inclduing school teacher Christa McAuliffe) and grounding the nation's space program for 2½ years
    -Tax Reform Act of 1986
  • 1987

  • 1988

    -Discovery launched as first post-Challenger space shuttle flight
    -- U.S. presidential election, 1988 (Vice president George H. W. Bush is elected
  • 1989