From left, clockwise: The first Space Shuttle, Columbia, lifts off in 1981; US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev ease tensions between the two superpowers, leading to the end of the Cold War; The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 is considered to be one of the most momentous events of the 1980s; …

 

Major episodes of the renewed Cold War include a US-led boycott of the Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics following the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan in 1979, and the reciprocal Soviet boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles; Soviet deployment of ballistic missiles targeting Western Europe and deployment of 

 

The energy crisis, high unemployment, and very high inflation and escalating interest rates made economic planning difficult and raised fundamental questions over the future of American prosperity.

 

The main concerns of the 1980’s were AIDS, Abortion, Drug Abuse, Education, Urbanization, and Equal Rights for All. It came about in the early 1960’s and destroys the immune system, weakens body, makes you prone to infections, and rare cancers.