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Ronald Reagan and George Bush on the campaign trail. The party is just getting started...

East Germans at the West German Embassy in Prague, 1989.
East Germans at the West German Embassy in Prague, 1989.

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." Ronald Reagan

Money Purse and Coins - Economic Report April 1986April, 1986 ...The biggest economic factor pushing the index up was the surge in stock prices during March, a month when the stock market soared to record heights...They base this hope on a belief that a dramatic plunge in oil prices, the lowest interest rates of this decade and a weaker dollar will all contribute to stronger growth in the U.S. economy...gross national product, was expanding at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the first three months of the year...

Things Invented In the '80s

  1. The Trickle Down Effect (aka Supply Side Economics)




Life in the 1980s

Morning In America

The most amazing event I have seen so far in my life happened in 1989. Dancing On the Wall

I never thought I would see the day when the Berlin Wall came down. I was talking to my kids a couple of years back and somehow communism came up. I started to explain, and then it hit me...they were born in 1991 and 1993 and NEVER KNEW THE COLD WAR.

They had no idea that there were once TWO superpowers in the world, and that these Superpowers had had nuclear missiles pointed at each other for 40 years. So many missiles, that had a war broken out, the earth would have been reduced to a dark pile of rubble. Few would have survived that war. Fewer would have wanted to.

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. Albert Einstein

They had no idea that the nuclear blast scene in the movie The Terminator was probably a pretty good representation of what could come. They never watched The Day After thinking "this might just happen". I remember watching that TV movie in 1983 about the day after an all out nuclear war. I was a freshman in college and about 100+ students crammed into the lounge to watch it on the dorm TV. When it ended, the room was dead silent. Out of fear. There weren't even any debates or political discussions or anything. Silence, shock and fear.

The 1980s was the decade of the Arms Race. We have mostly forgotten about it now that the Soviet Union is no more, but at the time it was pretty darn scary. Half of Europe was behind the Iron Curtain, and Berlin was a city divided by a BIG SCARY WALL. In some places there were actually two walls, and between them a no-man's-land full of razor wire and landmines to keep people from escaping. Heavily armed guards manned the watch towers at places like "Check Point Charlie" and had orders to shoot to kill.

So in the summer of 1989, when East Germans began to trickle into the West German Embassy in Budapest, and then Prague, I thought at first they would be arrested, or that there would be an east/west stand off. Never did I think that I would soon be watching jubilant East Germans on top of the Berlin Wall with ice picks as they dismantled it piece by piece. The gates opened, and the cold war ended.November 10th 1989 at the Brandenburger Tor

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Tuesday, April 29, 1986 Headline: Soviet Nuclear Accident Believed To Be A Meltdown.
"Fatalities Are Probable/U.S. Offers Its Assistance" ... "The four-reactor complex at Chernobyl, about 100 miles north of Kiev." RH Comment : Read the lies put forth by the nuclear lobby.

1986: Us Launches Air Strikes On Libya

1986 Anti US Protest in Goettingen, West Germany in Reaction to President Reagan's Air Strike On Libya.
1986: Anti US Protest in Göttingen, West Germany in Reaction to President Reagan's Air Strike On Libya.

In retaliation of Libya's involvement in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, President Reagan bombed targets in Libya. I happened to be doing a year abroad in West Germany that year and I took this photo from my window of a demonstration protesting President Reagan's actions - And President Reagan, too. (Bunch of leftists...) More on this at the BBC

The US Presidents

39th President
Jimmy Carter
1977 - 1981
Party: Democrat
Wife: Rosalynn Smith
Why we like him: The nicest President, builds houses for poor people with his own two hands.

40th President
Ronald Reagan
1981 - 1989
Party: Republican
Wife: Nancy Davis
Why we like him: He could give people the warm fuzzies and scare the living daylights out of you at the same time. Said: "Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!" and he did.

1980s Time Line

  1. 1980:  John Lennon killed
  2. 1980: Mount St. Helens erupts
  3. 1980: U.S. hockey team performs miracle
  4. 1981: Muhammad Ali defeated in last fight
  5. 1981: Prince Charles chooses wife
  6. 1981: Technician dies in Columbia space shuttle test
  7. 1981: Walter Cronkite retires from CBS Evening News
  8. 1981: Pope John Paul II is shot
  9. 1982: - First U.S. prisoner executed by lethal injection
  10. 1982: Jet hits D.C. bridge
  11. 1982: Sophia Loren imprisoned for tax evasion
  12. 1982: Intruder enters Queen's bedroom
  13. 1983: U.S. condemns Japanese internment
  14. 1983: Reagan calls Soviets an 'evil empire'
  15. 1983: Chicago elects African-American mayor
  16. 1984: Four men shot on New York subway
  17. 1984: Colts move to Indianapolis
  18. 1984: Pete Rose hits 4,000
  19. 1984: Springsteen releases best-selling album
  20. 1984: Ferraro nominated as VP candidate
  21. 1984: Astronaut makes untethered space walk
  22. 1985: Gorbachev chosen as next Soviet leader
  23. 1985: Soccer fans battle fire in England
  24. 1985: FBI surrounds cult compound
  25. 1985: Live Aid raises money for Africa
  26. 1986: Voyager completes historic flight
  27. 1986: Carnegie Hall reopens
  28. 1986: Divers locate crew compartment of the Challenger
  29. 1986: Artist Georgia O'Keeffe dies
  30. 1986: Explosion at Chernobyl releases radiation
  31. 1987: Search for Loch Ness monster ends
  32. 1987: Thousands march for gay rights
  33. 1987: Maria von Trapp dies in Vermont hospital
  34. 1987: Artist Andy Warhol dies
  35. 1988: - Arafat recognizes Israel
  36. 1988: Trains collide in London
  37. 1989: Drifter kills 5 students
  38. 1989: Lucille Ball dies
  39. 1989: Comedian Gilda Radner dies of cancer
  40. 1989: Tiananmen Square Massacre
  41. 1989: UFO landing is reported


January 28th 1986 Headline: Shuttle Explodes     
January 28th, 1986


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Space shuttle Challenger exploded into a gigantic fireball 75 seconds after liftoff today, apparently killing all seven crew members.
The crew of the space shuttle Challenger

The crew of the space shuttle Challenger, from left, front: astronauts Michael J. Smith (pilot), Francis R. Scopee (commander), and Ronald E. McNair; back row: Ellison S. Onizuka, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Gregory B. Jarvis and Judith A. Resnik. McAuliffe and Jarvis are payload specialists representing the "Teacher in Space Project" and the Hughes Co., respectively.