History of Roseanne Barr: Content and Culture

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    Roseanne Barr in Relation to Culture, Economy, and State

  • Ronald Reagan Wins Presidential Election

    Ronald Reagan Wins Presidential Election
    Ronald Reagan (R) wins the Presidential Election, a position which he holds for the next eight years.
  • Barr Begins Career as a Comedian

    Barr Begins Career as a Comedian
    In 1981, Roseanne Barr begins her career as a standup comedian. She writes, "In a period of six months, I had two career choices staring me in the face. I wanted to be a writer, a serious writer, a serious feminist writer, and I wanted to be a stand up comic. I left it up to the fates...I was leaning at that time towards being a writer, because Ronald reagan was just elected and I felt a very strong need for voices from the left...I thought myself to be of the Left, then. Still a hippie" (173).
  • Air Traffic Controllers Strike

    Air Traffic Controllers Strike
  • Nancy Reagan Delivers "Just Say No" Speech

    Nancy Reagan Delivers "Just Say No" Speech
  • Black Monday

    Black Monday
    On this day, coined Black Monday, the stock market crashed and the Dow Jones dropped 22.6 percent, making it the "highest single-day percentage drop" it has ever had. http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/19/oct-19-1987-stock-market-crashes-on-black-monday/?_r=0
  • "Read My Lips, No New Taxes" Speech

    "Read My Lips, No New Taxes" Speech
    While accepting the Republican nomination at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans, soon-to-be President H.W. Bush delivers the now famed speech in which he declares, "Read my lips, no new taxes." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MW44jsYi0g
  • First Episode of Roseanne Airs

    First Episode of Roseanne Airs
  • President George H.W. Bush

    President George H.W. Bush
    President George H.W. Bush (R) begins his presidential term that lasts until January 20, 1993.
  • "Let's Call it Quits" Episode of "Roseanne"

    "Let's Call it Quits" Episode of "Roseanne"
    In this episode, a new manager takes over at Wellman's factory, demanding an increase in quotas. After Roseanne talks to him, he agrees to lower the quota to a more manageable number, only to increase it once again in order to break Roseanne's spirit. Roseanne leads a walk out, with all women quitting on the spot.
  • Barr sings "The Star Spangled Banner"

    Barr sings "The Star Spangled Banner"
    Roseanne Barr sang “The Star Spangled Banner” at a San Diego Padres/Cincinnati Reds game, shreiking the lyrics and spitting at the end of the song. President George H.W. Bush reacts by calling her a "disgrace." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/25/roseanne-barr-national-anthem-roseannes-nuts-sing-reality-show_n_908417.html
  • Iraq Invades Kuwait

    Iraq Invades Kuwait
    Invasion sparks the first Gulf War, with President H.W. Bush claiming the invasion "will not stand."
  • Oil Price Hike

    Oil Price Hike
    The first Gulf War caused oil prices in the United States to peak, reaching highs in October, 1990 when $33.19 was charged per barrel.
  • Barr Becomes Producer on "Roseanne"

    Barr Becomes Producer on "Roseanne"
    The third season of "Roseanne" begins with "The Test," with Barr being listed as one of the series' producers.
  • Early 1990s Recession

    Early 1990s Recession
    "Although the National Bureau of Economic Research has concluded that the early 1990s recession lasted just eight months, conditions improved slowly thereafter, with unemployment reaching almost 8% as late as June 1992." http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/ROHO/projects/debt/1990srecession.html
  • Gulf War Officially Ends

    Gulf War Officially Ends
    On June 8, 1991 the Gulf War Victory Parade occured in Washington, D.C.
  • Barr Becomes Co-Executive Producer on "Roseanne"

    Barr Becomes Co-Executive Producer on "Roseanne"
    The fourth season of "Roseanne" premieres today with "A Bitter Pill to Swallow," with Barr taking over as co-executive producer.
  • L.A. Riots Begin

    L.A. Riots Begin
    Jury in Ventura County acquitted four LAPD officers of beating Rodney G. King, sparking the L.A. Riots
  • L.A. Riots End

    L.A. Riots End
    The Federal Troops stand down during the LA Riots.
  • Barr becomes Executive Producer of "Roseanne"

    Barr becomes Executive Producer of "Roseanne"
    The fifth season of "Roseanne" has Barr listed as Executive Producer of the show, a title which she will keep until the end of the series. The beginning of the season is also particularly important because it begins with "Terms of Estrangement." In this two-part episode, the second of which originally aired on September 22, 1992, Dan's bike shop is going out of business and Roseanne loses her waittressing job, all while dealing with the news that Becky, their eldest daughter, has eloped.
  • Roseanne Barr Wins Golden Globe Award

    Roseanne Barr Wins Golden Globe Award
    On January 24, 1993, Roseanne Barr wins the Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her starring role in "Roseanne." She will be nominated a total of five times before "Roseanne" comes to an end.
  • First World Trade Center Bombing

    First World Trade Center Bombing
    The North Tower of the World Trade Center is bombed, killing six people.
  • Waco, TX and the Davidians

    Waco, TX and the Davidians
    From February 28 to April 19, 1993 the FBI was involved in a standoff that lasted 51 days in at the Mount Carmel Center in Waco, TX with the Christian sect, the Davidians. The standoff resulted in a fire killing 76 men, women, and children.
  • Omnibus-Reconciliation Act of 1993

    Omnibus-Reconciliation Act of 1993
    President Clinton signs the Omnibus-Reconciliation Act of 1993, which created a tax-hike, a move which is widely disputed as being either good or bad for the economy. Either way, the economy grew, increasing to 4.4% a year from 1996 to 2000. http://www.aei-ideas.org/2012/09/why-the-1990s-boom-happened-despite-the-clinton-tax-hikes/
  • Barr Wins the Emmy Award

    Barr Wins the Emmy Award
    Roseanne Barr wins the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her lead role in "Roseanne." She will be nominated a total of four times before "Roseanne' comes to an end.
  • "A Stash from the Past" Episode of "Roseanne" Airs

    "A Stash from the Past" Episode of "Roseanne" Airs
    "A Stash from the Past" airs. During this episode, Roseanne comes across a bag of weed from the past, which Dan and Roseanne smoke in the bathroom.
  • President Bill Clinton

    President Bill Clinton
    President Bill Clinton (D) begins his two terns as president. He serves two terms until January 20, 2001.
  • NAFTA

    NAFTA
    The North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Canada, and Mexico goes into effect.
  • "White Men Can't Kiss" Episode of "Rosanne"

    "White Men Can't Kiss" Episode of "Rosanne"
    The "White Men Can't Kiss" Episode of "Rosanne" airs today. The episode centers on DJ's reluctance to kiss a girl in the school play. After Roseanne finds out DJ's unwillingness has to do with the girl's skin color, she realizes that she adheres to biggoted stereotypes just as much as her son does.
  • Oklahoma City Bombing

    Oklahoma City Bombing
    At 9:02 AM, ex-Army soldier, Timothy McVeigh, detonated a bomb at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, with several hundred more injured.
  • "December Bride" Episode of "Roseanne"

    "December Bride" Episode of "Roseanne"
    "December Bride" episode of "Roseanne" airs, in which Leon and Scott get married.
  • "Springtime for David" Episode of "Roseanne"

    "Springtime for David" Episode of "Roseanne"
    "Springtime for David" Episode of "Roseanne" airs, in which David leaves to work at a local theme park that turns out to be a cult.
  • "Call Waiting" Airs on "Roseanne"

    "Call Waiting" Airs on "Roseanne"
    At the very end of this episode, Jackie finds out the Connors have just won the Illinois State Lottery: a total of $108 million dollars
  • Heaven's Gate

    Heaven's Gate
    The police discovered 39 members of the cult, Heaven's Gate, dead in San Diego, all who partook in a mass suicide.
  • Barr Stars as Wicked Witch of the West in "The Wizard of Oz"

    Barr Stars as Wicked Witch of the West in "The Wizard of Oz"
    In May 1997, "The Wizard of Oz" premiered at Madison Square Park, with Barr playing the Wicked Witch of the West
  • Last Episode of "Roseanne" Airs

    Last Episode of "Roseanne" Airs
    "Into that Good Night: Part 1 and 2" airs, marking the end of its seven year run. In this episode, Roseanne reveals that she is a writer and had changed facts of the real story-- Dan actually dies, Jackie is a lesbian, Darlene is with Mark, and Becky is with David--in order to better cope with her life.
  • "Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone"

    "Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone"
    J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone" is published
  • "Titanic" Released

    "Titanic" Released
    James Cameron's "Titanic" is released in the theaters.
  • "The Roseanne Show" Premieres

    "The Roseanne Show" Premieres
    Barr hosts her first talk show, "The Roseanne Show," which will continue for two seasons.
  • Matthew Shepard Dies

    Matthew Shepard Dies
    After being attacked for being gay on October 6-7, 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming, Matthew Shepard dies at the Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • President Bill Clinton Impeached

    President Bill Clinton Impeached
    President Bill Clinton was impeached on this day for lying under oath. He was acquitted of charges in February 1999.
  • Y2K

    Y2K
  • "Survivor" Premieres

    "Survivor" Premieres
    The first of episode of "Survivor" airs.
  • Last Episode of "The Roseanne Show"

    Last Episode of "The Roseanne Show"
    The last episode of "The Roseanne Show" airs
  • President George W. Bush

    President George W. Bush
    President George W. Bush begins his presidency. He serves two terms until January 20, 2009.
  • September 11, 2001

    September 11, 2001
    September 11th attacks
  • US Launches Invasion of Iraq

    US Launches Invasion of Iraq
    The Iraq War begins today and is to continue for eight years.
  • First Season of "Roseanne" Released on DVD

    First Season of "Roseanne" Released on DVD
    The first season of "Roseanne" is released on DVD today, with all 9 seasons following shortly.
  • "Roseanne Barr: Blonde and Bitchin'"

    "Roseanne Barr: Blonde and Bitchin'"
    "Roseanne Barr: Blonde and Bitchin'' Airs on HBO, a stand-up comedy special starring Barr.
  • Lehman Brothers Files for Bankruptcy

    Lehman Brothers Files for Bankruptcy
    The Lehman Brothers files for bankruptcy today, signifying the beginning of the economic crisis of 2998.
  • "Roseanne's Nuts" Airs

    "Roseanne's Nuts" Airs
    Barr's reality show/docudrama airs today on Lifetime, and continues through September 2011.
  • Barr Announces her Run for Presidency

    Barr Announces her Run for Presidency
    Roseanne Barr announces that she will run for president in the 2012 Presidential Election while appearing as a guest on "The Tonight Show."
  • End of Iraq War

    End of Iraq War
    US officially declares an end to the Iraq War, but the effects are still lastning.
  • Barr Places Sixth in General Election of the President

    Barr Places Sixth in General Election of the President
    Roseanne Barr comes in sixth for US President during the General Election, receiving 48,797 popular votes.
  • 25 Year Anniversary of "Roseanne"

    25 Year Anniversary of "Roseanne"
    In “Happy 25 Years of a Reality Sitcom,” Barr writes, “Twenty five years ago my show went on the air—where it has remained ever since, sometimes three to five times per day on multiple networks, all over the world. The show was my attempt to move the left to the middle, to comment on the content and context of television entertainment itself, which I studied as a young girl.”