Jimmy Carter (D) defeats Gerald Ford (R) to become the 39th President of the United States of America.
Jimmy Carter signs over control of the Panama Canal to Panama.
Proposition 13 was a movement to lower property taxes in California, and it marked the beginning of the return of Conservatism.
Beginning of the Iran Hostage Crisis
A group of Islamic students took over the US Embassy and held 52 Americans hostage in support of the Iranian Revolution.
Soviets invade Afghanistan
The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan and the US unofficially supported the fight against them.
Reagan defeats Carter for the presidency.
Ronald Reagan (R) defeats Jimmy Carter (D) to become the 40th President of the United States of America.
Space Shuttle "Columbia"
The Space Shuttle "Columbia" was the first Space Shuttle ever and its first launch was on 12 April 1981.
Sandra Day O'Connor is appointed to the Supreme Court.
Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first female to be a part of the Supreme Court.
The Strategic Defense Initiative
Ronald Reagan puts the Strategic Defense Initiative into effect to create ground and space based weapons that could be used to prevent nuclear attacks. Helped to draw the US from Mutually Assured Destruction. (nicknamed "Star Wars" after George Lucas's popular movie)
Reagan defeats Mondale to retain the presidency
Ronald Reagan (R) defeats Walter Mondale (D) to retain the Presidency.
Space Shuttle "Challenger"
The Space Shuttle "Challenger" exploded shortly after liftoff.
Senior officials of Reagan's administration sold arms to Iran to help support the Contras in Nicaragua.
Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty
The treatry eliminated nuclear missles that were considered "intermediate-range." Signed on 8 December 1987, put into effect 1 June 1988.
Bush defeats Dukakis for presidency
George H W Bush (R) defeats Michael Dukakis (D) to become the 41st President of the United States of America.
Tiananmen Square Protests
The Communist Chinese Government crushed a student pro-democratic protest.
US Invasion of Panama
The United States, under the Bush Administration, sent troops to Panama to overthrow its dictator, Manuel Noriega.
Americans with Disabilites Act
The Americans with Disabilites Act forbid discrimination and requred access to public places in regards to people with physical/mental disabilites.
Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait
This action by Hussein led to Operation Desert Storm.
Operation Desert Storm
Referred to as the Gulf War sometimes, this was the war against Iraq and its invasion of Kuwait. Initial attacks began on 17 January 1991.
Boris Yeltsin elected President of the Russian Federation
Boris Yeltsin would go on to rally support agains the coups that controlled the Soviet Union and it soon dissolved.
Bill Clinton Defeats Bush
Bill Clinton defeats George H W Bush to become the 42nd President of the United States.
The North American Free Trade Agreement is enacted and it promoted free trade.
Timothy McVeigh detonates a truck bomb outside the Alfred P. Murrah Building killing 168 civilians.
Clinton was impeached by the House but acquitted by the Senate and thus remained in office.
Bush v. Gore
A Supreme Court Case that ruled that because of the different standards used by different counties, the recount of votes in Florida would not count, allowing Bush to take the presidency.
George W. Bush elected president.
George W. Bush defeats Al Gore to become the 43rd President of the United States.
Terrorists part of al-Qaeda launched attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, this led to the Patriot Act.
The Patriot Act
The Patriot Act was enacted to deter and punish terrorist acts. It is also a hot topic for the right of privacy.