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America in the 1980's

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1: Ronald Reagan 1981-1988

2: "Honey, I forgot to duck!"

3: Reagan was anxious about the possible dangers of the spread of Soviet communism. | Foreign Policy

4: Throughout 1985, the U.S. administration continued to confront many issues with terrorism in the Middle East. | Reagan signed the National Security Decision Directive 138 on April 3, 1984. Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union. In 1987, the U.S. and the Soviet Union signed a historic weapons treaty. | Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union. In 1987, the U.S. and the Soviet Union signed a historic weapons treaty. | Reagan signed the National Security Decision Directive 138 on April 3, 1984.

5: Reagan Doctrine | This was Reagan's program to spread democracy and eliminate communism from other countries.

6: Sandra Day O'Connor

7: In order to stimulate the economy, Reagan implemented large tax cuts. This idea later came together as supplyside economics or "Reaganomics." | Regan also believed that the government was too large and it spent too much money. | Reagan increased the amount of money spent on the military. David Stockman was Director of the Office of Management and Budget. | Domestic Policy

8: Free Trade | "Ever since that time, American people have stayed true to our heritage by rejecting the siren song of protectionism. In recent years, the trade deficit led some misguided politicians to call for protectionism, warning that we would lose our jobs. In fact, the United States not only didn't lose jobs, but we created more jobs than all of Western Europe, Canada, and Japan combined. The record is clear that when America's total trade has increased, American jobs increase as well." President Ronald Reagan

9: "Government is not the solutioin to our problems. Government is the problem."

10: "The [Carter] administration had got deeply concerned. They said to me they were scared of this exploding inflation and were willing to stand still for stronger measures than would ordinarily be the case. And that is a great advantage. If you can walk into a situation that is felt to be so severely out of kilter, you have greater freedom of action." Paul Volcker 1989

11: Blue= Unemployment rate Red= S&P 500

12: U.S. Unemployment Rates Month-by-Month for the Period 1978-1984 Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec 6.4 6.3 6.3 6.1 6.0 5.9 6.2 5.9 6.0 5.8 5.9 6.0 5.9 5.9 5.8 5.8 5.6 5.7 5.7 6.0 5.9 6.0 5.9 6.0 6.3 6.3 6.3 6.9 7.5 7.6 7.8 7.7 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.2 7.5 7.4 7.4 7.2 7.5 7.5 7.2 7.4 7.6 7.9 8.3 8.5 8.6 8.9 9.0 9.3 9.4 9.6 9.8 9.8 10.1 10.4 10.8 10.8 10.4 10.4 10.3 10.2 10.1 10.1 9.4 9.5 9.2 8.8 8.5 8.3 8.0 7.8 7.8 7.7 7.4 7.2 7.5 7.5 7.3 7.4 7.2 7.3

13: Since the 1970's, oil prices had been fairly high. Elevated oil costs and OPEC's loss of revenue contributed to the recession that took hold of America's economy in the early 1980's.

14: Ronald Reagan's second term began in January of 1985.

15: In 1988, Ronald Reagan's former Vice President George Bush defeated Democrat Michael Dukakis in the presidetial election.

16: If You've Got It... FLAUNT IT!!!

17: During the 1980s, the standard minimum wage was $3.10 and the average salary was $15,757. Consumer Price Index: The cost of all the goods and services a consumer needs.

18: 1982 Cost of a new home : $83,900.0 Cost of a gallon of regular gas : $1.30 Cost of a dozen eggs: $0.84 Cost of a gallon of milk: $2.24 | 1985 Cost of a new home: $100,800 Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $1.20 Cost of a dozen eggs: $0.80 Cost of a gallon of milk: $2.26

20: 1980: Hepatitis-B vaccine Treatment of heart disease with artificial heart 1981: MS-DOS First IBM-PC Scanning tunneling microscope 1982: Human growth hormone genetically engineered 1983: Apple Lisa Soft bifocal contact lens 1984: CD-ROM Apple Macintosh PG-13 Rating | 1985: Windows Program by Microsoft CD-Rom 1986: Synthetic skin Disposable Camera 1987: First 3-D video game Disposable contact lenses Iovastatin- a drug that lowered cholesterol 1988: Digital cell phones The RU-486 (abortion pill) Doppler Radar Prozac 1989: High-Definition television

23: The end of the Cold War actually came with the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989.

24: It was found that missiles were secretly being sold to Iran by the Reagan administration in exchange for the release of U.S. hostages. | Iran-Contral Scandal

26: On August 1, 1981, Music Television (MTV) made its official debut. MTV offered access to a variety of music videos by up and coming artists. The program aired two main types of music videos: concert and concept. Concert music videos recorded artists performing their own songs while concept music videos depicted an interpretation of a song in the form of a story. Many artists obtained their "claim to fame" through MTV. Such artists included Michael Jackson and Madonna. | Michael Jackson grew increasinlgy popular with hit songs like "Beat It," "Thriller," and "Billie Jean" while Madonna added "Borderline," "Material Girl," and "Like A Virgin" to the list. Other trendy artists of the time included Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin, just to name a few.

27: "1985" Debbie just hit the wall, she never had it all, One Prozac a day, Husband's a CPA, Her dreams went out the door, when she turned twenty four Only been with one man, What happen to her plan? She was gonna be an actres, She was gonna be a star, She was gonna shake her ass, On the hood of white snake's car, Her yellow SUV is now the enemy, Looks at her average life, And nothing has been alright since Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Way before Nirvana, There was U2 and Blondie And music still on MTV, Her two kids in high school, They tell her that she's uncool Cause she's still preoccupied, With 19, 19, 1985 She's seen all the classics, she knows every line, Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Even Saint Elmo's Fire, She rocked out to Wham, Not a big Limp Bizkit fan Thought she'd get a hand, on a member of Duran Duran Where's the mini-skirt, made of snake skin, and who's the other guy that's singing in Van Halen, When did reality become T.V. Whatever happened to sitcoms, game shows, (on the radio was) Springsteen, Madonna, way before Nirvana,There was U2 and Blondie, and music still on MTV,Her two kids in high school they tell her that she's uncool Cause she's still preoccupied with 19, 19, 1985 She hates time make it stop, When did Motley Crue become classic rock? And when did Ozzy become an actor? Please make this stop, Stop! And bring back (repeat chorus 2X)

28: Wayne Gretzky, an NHL hero in the 1980's, was born in a small hometown of Brantford, Ontario. His Claim to Fame? 61 NHL records 10x scoring champ 9x MVP

29: The US Hockey Team defeated the Soviet Union, a great triumph in sports for the United States in the 1980's. | "DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRICALES? YES!"-Al Michaels

30: Some popular Television shows were MTV (an instant hit in 1981), Late Night News with David Letterman (introduced in Febuary of 81') only to name a few.

31: In the 1980's movies such as Indiana Jones, ET, Blade Runner, The Terminator, The karate Kid, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit were extremly popular.


33: Dine-in places such as The Olive Garden (1982), Boston Chicken (1985), and Coyote Cafe (1987) were very popular in the 1980's

34: GOTH CULTURE Gothic Culture emerged from "Punk" in the 70's. Dressing "Goth" in the 80's quickly became popular to those who felt alienated or separate from main stream society. It was based on tolerance, free thinking, and a challenge of gender roles. | PREPPY In the 80's the fashion style "preppy" quickly became known as a negative term to describe superficial values of those with a privliged lifestyle. The everyday preppy style may have consisted of loafers and a button down coller.

35: Pac-Man invented in 1980 by Namco became popular instantly although the "perfect score" was not obtained until 1999. Another popular game created in the 80's was Trivial Pursuit in 1983.

36: Baby-Boomer | American Values In the 1980's In The 1980's, high unemployment and divorce were commen. People were those that were obsessed with careers and the newest gadgets. | Careers in the 1980's became the center of all family values. The teaching profession suffered due to women entering other careers. Saleries of minorites and women also increased by 50% | The 80's became part of the "baby boomer era" also known as Generation X. The 80's baby boomers were known for being slackers and latch key kids.

38: In the 1980's many fought to end the discrimination of Gay People and fought for Gay Rights. | More Doors were being opened and opportunities were being given as far as women and minorites came. Saleries increased by 50% and the rate of employment grew slowly as you can see by the graph on the right.

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