Eight Important Events

  • Air Traffic Controllers Strike

    13,000 members of the PATCO walked off their jobs hoping to disrupt the nation's transportation, so that federal governement would allow higher demands for wages, a shorter work week, and retirement benefits.
  • Equal Access Act

    United States federal law compell federally funded secondary schools to provide equal access to extracirricular clubs. The act provides that if a school recieves federal aid
  • Iran-Contra Scandal

    A political scandel in the United States. Senior Reagan Administration officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran, the subject of an arms embargo. Some U.S. officials also hoped that the arms sales would secure the release of hostages and allow U.S. intelligence agencies to fund the Nicaraguan Contras.
  • Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act

    Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, U.S. budget deficit reduction measure. The law provided for automatic spending cuts to take effect if the president and Congress failed to reach established targets. The U.S. comptroller general was given the right to order spending cuts.
  • Westside Community School District V. Mergens

    Refused to let a group of students form a Christian Bible Study Club within their school. Bridget Mergens is the name of the student who wanted to start the club. She was a senior at the time. It was decided that the club could not take place because they would not allow a staff member to sponsor it.
  • Reno V. ACLU

    United States Supreme Court case, in which all nine Justices of the Court voted to strike down anti-indecency provisions of the Communications Decency Act (the CDA), finding they violated the freedom of speech provisions of the First Amendment. Two Justices concurred in part and dissented in part to the decision.
  • Mitchell V. Helms

    The issue in this case is whether the allotment of state aid to religious-based schools is necessarily a violation of the Establishment Clause, when those funds are ear marked for non-religious purposes.
  • Bush V. Gore

    A controversial U.S. Supreme Court case heard on December 11, 2000. The case decided the outcome of the 2000 presidential election between Texas Governor George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore. the court ordered that a ballot recount then being conducted in certain counties in Florida was to be stopped due to lacking a consistent standard.