What Are Some Famous Political Events Of The 1980s?


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The 1980s was a turbulent political decade. As the Cold War began to dissipate, a whole new era of international relations was ushered in.

The most famous political events of the 1980s included...

  • 1980: Ronald Reagan was elected as President of the United States of America.

  • 1982: The Falklands War - The Argentine military junta invaded the British overseas territory, which resulted in a military response from the UK. The islands were eventually reclaimed with the loss of 258 British servicemen and 649 Argentinian soldiers. 

  • 1983: Beirut barracks bombing. The terrorist organisation "Islamic Jihad" bombed a joint United States and French barracks in the Lebanese capital, killing 299 servicemen.

  • 1986: The aerial assault on Libya - The United States responded to Libyan sponsored terrorist attacks on US troops in Germany and Turkey.

  • 1988: The Lockerbie Diaster - A Boeing 747 was destroyed during a transatlantic journey whilst flying over the village of Lockerbie in Scotland, killing a total of 270 people of 21 different nationalities. This remains the worst terrorist attack on UK soil.

  • 1988: The Iran-Iraq war - The war that had been raging since 1980 came to a conclusion. The conflict was one of the bloodiest wars in recent memory.

  • 1989: The Soviet war in Afghanistan - The Soviet Union withdrew its troops from the country after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Islamic Mujihadeen Resistance, who were armed by the United States of America.

  • 1989: The Tiananmen Square Protests - Pro-democracy protesters demanded political reform in China and were brutally silenced by the Chinese army.

  • 1989: The fall of the Berlin Wall - Perhaps the most iconic sign of the Cold War in Europe was destroyed, paving the way for full German unification - which took place a year later.
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The Berlin wall fell, the Iran-Contra affair occurred, the Tiananmen Square massacre took place, and 66 Americans were held hostage at the American embassy in Tehran, Iran. There are others but these are probably the biggest ones.
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The fashion had a huge impact.

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