The Eighties Essay

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This decade brought great social, economic, and general changes. Back then, the population was only 226,546,000. Minimum wage was $3.10. A BMW was on $12,000. Within the past 30 years, American has changed tremendously, good and bad. Do you even realize the difference today in our country? in 1985, a gallon of gas was $1.24. Now, it’s $3.65. Science and technology made terrific huge leaps in the eighties. Large numbers of Americans began using personal computers in their homes, offices, and schools. The Columbia, America's first reusable spacecraft, was launched in 1981. A sad day in history was January 28, 1986, when space shuttle, Challenger, exploded 74 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canavaral, Florida killing all seven astronauts. Research money allowed for studies and new treatments for heart, cancer, and other diseases. Major advances in genetics research led to the 1988 funding of the Human Genome Project. This project will locate the estimated 80,000 genes contained in human DNA. *During this decade: • Wayne Williams was arrested in Atlanta for the murders of 23 black children. • Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman Supreme Court Justice. • 52 hostages were released from their 444 days of captivity in Iran. • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial inscribed with 57,939 names of American soldiers killed or missing in Vietnam was dedicated. • income climbed more than 20 percent, Ivan Boesky of Drexel Burnham Lambert made headlines with insider trading scandals. • Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman presidential candidate. • Jesse Jackson was the first black candidate. • the stock market tripled in 7 years yet survived the 1987 crash, and televangelist Jim Bakker was sentenced to 45 years for selling bogus lifetime vacations. • The sexual revolution encountered a major adversary when Rock Hudson died of AIDS in 1985. • Toxic Shock

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