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The 80's: The Decade That Made Us

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A look back at a memorable decade; the historical moments and trends that shaped the world.

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The decade begins with a miraculous hockey game at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., during which the United States wins the game in a major upset against the Soviet Union.
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The '80s, when doing what you love can turn your passion into a profit.
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At the end of the 1980s, American pop culture goes global and helps bring down the Iron Curtain, leaving the U.S. as the world's sole superpower.
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America goes "Back to the Future" when President Reagan is in office, and plucky individuals tackle AIDS and the Cold War.
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Wall street is doing well; drug use and CEO salaries skyrocket during this time; women struggle with sexism in the workplace.
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America leaves recession and falls in love with retail therapy.
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A new breed of rebel entrepreneur takes the counter culture over; in the White House the Reagan Revolution is almost stopped in its tracks.
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America learns to feel good about itself again, kick-starting a decade of innovation, challenge and change.
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In the 1980s, a stratospheric rise of cable TV is helped by game changers MTV and CNN.
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A look back at a memorable decade; the historical moments and trends that shaped the world.
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In the 1980s, family values undergo a huge makeover, despite President Reagan's protest.
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The greatest clash of cultures in the 20th century changes the aesthetic of the world.

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