American Decade Essay

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Tomas OhPeriod 11980'sThe 1980's included many devastating and also some tension causing events which would change the United States greatly. This essay will teach and inform readers about some important events from the 1980's of which I didn't know before researching this decade.The 1980's started out as a frightening failure for the rescue of fifty-three Americans who are held hostage since Iranian militants seized the U.S Embassy in Tehran, Iran on November 4, 1979. The mission was called "Operation Eagle Claw" which was ordered by President Jimmy Carter. As the commanders were preparing to abort the mission and leave, one of the helicopters had crashed into an aircraft which resulted in 8 deaths of servicemen. I chose this to be the 4th most important event, because the U.S would never leave any person behind enemy lines and would punish whoever harms their soldiers. ( Rebecca White, n.d)The event which I thought that was the most important was the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall, after thirty-eight years of restricting traffic between the East and West German sides of the city, began to crumble when the German citizens were allowed to travel freely to and from both directions on November 9, 1989.(Bondi, V. 1996)(Cynthia Rose, 2003) This was important to the people of Germany because it would mean that Germany would be reunited after many years of being separated from the capitol city, not only that but also it meant that families who were separated from the Soviets would be reunited with the rest of their families and friends. This was also the reason to why I chose it to be the most important.The second most important event was when the stock market had crashed on October 19, 1987 (Victor Bondi, 1996). This had a huge impact on the economy of not only the United States, but as well as many other countries such as Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and also many other countries of west of Europe. The stocks had fallen 22.6% in the U.S, in Hong Kong, the stocks had dropped 45%, and New Zealand it had dropped the most, at about 60%. Since the drop of the stocks, it took several years to recover from that much of a drop according to Rebecca White (N.D). This put many countries in an economic crisis. The stock market crash was known as Black Monday or Black Tuesday according to the time zones of where the people lived at. This was why it was a huge importance to the history of the U.S.The third most important event that I thought was the speech of President Ronald Reagan to the Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev. During a visit to Berlin, Germany on June 12, 1987, President Reagan demanded to, "Tear down this wall!" which was directed to the Soviets Premier, Mikhail Gorbachev (V.B, 1996). "We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance...

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