The 1980's and 1990's

By: Heidi Lin

Iran/Contra Affair

A scandal uncovered after investigations in 1987 revealed that the US had been selling weapons to the anti-American government in Iran (to help secure the release of American hostages) and had been using the profits from these sales to secretly and illegally finance the Contras in Nicaragua. Oliver North had organized the operation from within the White house but there was no proof that Reagan was aware of North's actions.

USS Vincennes

It was a missile cruiser in service with the U.S. Navy. On July 3, 1988 Vincennes shot down an Iran plane, Iran Air Flight 655, over the Persian gulf. It killed 290 civilians. Tension started between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States.

Space Shuttle Challenger

Challenger is the second space shuttle to be put into service by NASA. It's been on nin successful missions before exploding 73 seconds into the flight on its tenth mission. 7 crew members died on January 28, 1986 when the mission failed. Challenger was the first shuttle to fall apart in flight.

Fall of the Berlin Wall

In 1961, the Berlin Wall was built by the German Democratic Republic, to divide West Berlin from East Berlin. The wall prevented East Germans from fleeing to West Germany. Three decades later the wall was torn down. When the Soviet Union fell, East Germany was no longer communist. On November 1989 East German government announced that all East Germans can visit West Berlin. Many people came to the wall to tear it down. There is belief that the wall's actual deconstruction did not began until 1990. The fall of the Berlin wall brought together friends and family and of course Berlin itself.

Bill Clinton Impeachment

Bill Clinton is the 42nd President of the United States. He was the 2nd president to be impeached. The impeachment was on December 19, 1998. He was impeached because he was accused of lying about an affair under oath. Unfortunately the Senate failed to find him guilty.

Dotcoms

Dotcoms is referred to as dot.com. Its a company that does most of its business on the internet, usually through a website. Dot.com companys can come from all over the world. It originally back to 1990.

Desert Storm

Desert storm was is a code name for the Gulf War. It lasted from 1990 to 1991. It was a war with 34 nations led by the U.S. (coalition forces) against Iraq after Iraq's invasion and annexation of Kuwait. The Coalition declared a ceasefire 100 hours after it began.