Gorbachev & Glasnost in Russia

From 1985 to 1989

“No need to fear anymore, the glasnost has ended the war!” was chanted all over the U.S. for days. Although there are many important historical events, the glasnost tops the charts.


My name is Laura Williams and looking back to 1985 I remember waiting tables at the diner while the song We Built This City by Starship, played on the jukebox. People were dancing around in their oversized tops, fingerless gloves, and parachute pants. I started working there when I was at the age of 16, now I’m 19 years old and still working there. My friends and I spend a lot of time at the diner and at the cinema. One of our favorite movies we watched was The Breakfast Club that starred Molly Ringwald, one of our many idols. One night I walked into the diner for my night shift and it was packed inside which was odd since I lived in a smaller town. “Laura, have you heard the good news?” said a man at the bar. “The war is soon to be over” he said with a smile upon his face.
80's Trailers - "The Breakfast Club" (1985)
In the 1940’s the Soviet Union discovered that America had the powers of a nuclear weapon. The Soviet Union soon began to do scientific research and a development program on nuclear weapons. Once they had made a successful weapon, the threats had started. The tension between the Soviets and Americans lasted around 40 years until the death of Konstantin Chernenko. Mikhail Gorbachev was then appointed General Secretary of the Communist Party. Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan began to have peace meetings in 1987 to discuss the importance of coming to an agreement of ending the threats of nuclear war. Mikhail Gorbachev then thought of glasnost, which is the policy of more open government. By 1989, Mikhail Gorbachev brought an end to the Communist party in Eastern Europe and Afghanistan.
I was overjoyed after hearing the news. Now I understood why there was such a celebration at the diner. Many Americans all over the United States were happy that there was finally peace between the Soviet Union and America. That is why it is one of the most important historical events in the United States.
Starship - We Built This City