1980-2010 Most Important

  • Ronald Reagn becomes President

    Ronald Reagn becomes President
    Man who is largely credited for the end of the Cold War comes to power.
  • Sandra Day O'Connor Inducted

    Sandra Day O'Connor Inducted
    First woman on the Supreme Court
  • Challenger Explosion

    Challenger Explosion
    Most important because, "for many young people, the accident becma the most memorable event of their generation".
  • The Iran-Contra Affair Comes to Light

    The Iran-Contra Affair Comes to Light
    It became well-known that Reagan had lied to Congress and the American people, and broken laws. It became a huge consipracy.
  • Berlin Wall Falls

    Berlin Wall Falls
    This is the day it was officially announced "down" as East and West Germans were now allowed to visit one another. Huge step towards the fall of the Soviet Union.
  • Cold War Ends

    Cold War Ends
    Years of tensions between US and USSR finally come to a close.
  • Iraq and Kuwait conflicts begin

    Iraq and Kuwait conflicts begin
    Essentially leads to the tensions between Iraq and the US that still remain today with things like Desert Storm.
  • Internet becomes widespread

    Internet becomes widespread
    Probably the biggest change in making the world what we see today. I know the picture isn't terribly accurate, but it looks cool.
  • Soviet Union Collapses

    Soviet Union Collapses
    A huge shift in power, and a great weight off the shoulders of America and her leaders.
  • Bill Clinton Inaugurated

    Bill Clinton Inaugurated
    Essentially leads to a completely political impeachment based on a moral issue.
  • NAFTA kick-off

    NAFTA kick-off
    Allows free trade in North America (North America Free Trade Agreement)
  • Oklahoma City Bombing

    Oklahoma City Bombing
    Shocking case of domestic terrorism cause by a member of a right-wing militia named Timothy McVay
  • Clinton Sex Scandal Breaks

    Clinton Sex Scandal Breaks
    Leads to the completely political impeachment of a President based on a strictly moral issue.
  • George W. Bush Inaugurated

    George W. Bush Inaugurated
    Republican shift, leads to war in Iraq, war on terror and arguably the Economic Crisis in 2007
  • Terrorist Attack of 9/11

    Terrorist Attack of 9/11
    Largest and most shocking terrorsit attack maybe ever. Leads to war on terror and Patriot Act.
  • US Invasion of Iraq

    US Invasion of Iraq
    Leads to years of fighting and the discovery of two donkeys and an RPG
  • "Mission Accomplished"

    "Mission Accomplished"
    This war thing is more of a problem than we thought. Also a great job by the big man on campus.
  • Economic collapse

    Economic collapse
    Largest crash since the Great Depression ---> "Great Recession"
  • Obama Inaugurated

    Obama Inaugurated
    First Black President comes to power, huge plate of problems to fix. Can he do it?