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Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die,life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
Lanston Hughes

Facts aboutFACFacTS about this decade. 
Population: 226,546,000
Unemployed in 1980:
National Debt: 1980 - $914,000,000,000
National Debt:  1986 - $2,000,000,000,000
Average salary: $15,757
Life Expectancy: Male 69.9  Female 77.6
Minimum Wage:  $3.10
BMW was $12,000; Mercedes 280 E was $14,800
Attendance:  Movies 20 million/week
 Daily 100 - Interactive quotes from the 80s

American Presidents of the decade - Reagan and Bush

Assassination Attempt  In March 1981, President Reagan was wounded by the bullet of John Hinckley outside a Washington, DC hotel. The President recovered. Press Secretary James Brady was shot and paralyzed in the same incident. Use this video to answer questions: Was the president's condition serious? Do you think the threat of assassination is a serious concern for presidents?
 
 
The Challanger explodes
 
The five men and two women - including the first civilian in space - were just over a minute into their flight from Cape Canaveral in Florida when the Challenger blew up.

The astronauts' families, at the airbase, and millions of Americans witnessed the world's worst space disaster live on TV.

The danger from falling debris prevented rescue boats reaching the scene for more than an hour.

In 25 years of space exploration seven people have died - today that total has been doubled.

President Ronald Reagan has described the tragedy as "a national loss".

Listen to audio and watch video

 


The Fall of the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was a long barrier separating West Berlin from East Berlin and the surrounding territory of East Germany. Its intent was to restrict access between West Berlin and East Germany. It was built in 1961 and fortified over the years, but was opened to unrestricted transit on November 9, 1989 and subsequently almost entirely

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