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Decade: 1980-1989

Learn about the political climate and the popular culture of the 1980s. Includes information about the Challenger disaster, Rubik’s Cubes, George Bush, the invention of computers, and more. There are also links to eThemes Resources on Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.


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This site has a map of the world that shows the political systems of the different countries in the 1980s. Some of the continents can be clicked on for more information.
Read brief summaries of the top news stories from every year of the '80s. Topics range from Sally Ride to entertainment highlights of the decade.
The Presidential Library and Museum site has information about George Bush and his term in office. Take a virtual tour of the museum by clicking on the link at left. Also explore the "Biographies" and "Photos" links.
This site includes an interview with Sally Ride, information about her life, and discussion questions.
Read about the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle. Includes brief biographies of the astronauts on board, including Christa McAuliffe.
Learn about eighties music, culture, movies, and arcade games on this site. Click on any of the links below the title to view content in that area. NOTE: This site includes banner ads and other sponsored links.
Browse this listing of the most popular boy and girl names from the 1980s.
Learn what styles of clothing were popular during different decades.
Read about the U.S. ice hockey team's surprise victory over the Russian team.
Read about the main events in 1980, then click on the arrow to advance to the next year.
See what the best movies of the 1980s were. NOTE: This site includes ads, sponsored links, and links to social networking sites.
Read a few highlights from the pop music world.
View a timeline that shows the evolution of computers.
This site includes essays, interviews, teaching modules, case studies, and primary sources on the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe. This resource is appropriate for use by teachers and students in the upper grade levels.
This interactive map shows how and when Communism fell country by country. Click on "Next" to advance to the next event in the timeline.
These sites are about Ronald Reagan, a former actor who went on to receive the most electoral votes of any president. Learn about his accomplishments as president, the assassination attempt, the controversy of the Iran-Contra Affair, and his wife, Nancy. Includes photographs, video clips, and audio files. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on U.S. Presidents.
These sites are about President George Herbert Walker Bush, his accomplishments, the challenges hes faced as president of the United States, and his legacy. Includes links to pages with information on his life, the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Gulf War of 1990-91, the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, and more. Includes links to audio files, interactive maps, and lesson plans. Also included are links to eThemes Resources on the decades of the 1980s and 1990s during which parts of his presidency occurred.

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