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History by the Decades: The 1980’s Quiz – Part Two

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On March 11th, 1985, Soviet Premier Chernenko passed away, putting what other famous statesman in charge of the U.S.S.R.?
Peter Salovich
Vladimir Putin
Leonid Brezhnev
Mikhail Gorbachev

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Nov. 19th, 1985 saw the beginning of what major meeting between U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. officials to discuss sweeping arms limitations?
The Tehran Conference
The Geneva Summit
The Conference of Siennes-Bai
The London Conference

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On Feb. 20th, 1985, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher spoke before the American Congress in support of Reagan's politics which aligned with her own under what umbrella of political philosophy?
Globalism
Neo-Conservatism
Eco-Authoritarianism
Obertallianism

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On Feb. 26th, 1986, the twenty-year dictator President Marcos, after being democratically defeated, fled what nation which he controlled for two decades?
The Philippines
Laos
Vietnam
Indonesia

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On Dec. 20th, 1989, American forces invaded what Central American nation to capture the dictator Manuel Noriega?
Guatemala
Belize
Costa Rica
Panama

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On Apr. 26th, 1986, nuclear reactors in what Soviet land area melted down, spilling radiation into the surrounding area?
Luhansk
Odessa
Chernobyl
Kyiv

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On Feb. 28th, 1986, politician Olof Palme was assassinated. What country did Palme lead as Prime Minister until his death?
Sweden
Austria
The Philippines
France

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On August 9th, 1985, American citizen Arthur James Walker, and subsequently members of his family, was found guilty of being spies for what foreign power?
Iran
The U.S.S.R.
Bolivia
China

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On Jan. 28th, 1986, what American space shuttle infamously exploded upon takeoff, killing all of its crew members?
The Artemis
The Challenger
The Kennedy
Apollo 15

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In the December of 1989, the people of what European power successfully overthrew the communist regime which had ruled them?
East Germany
Romania
Poland
The Czech Republic

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On Oct. 7th, 1985, terrorists hijacked what Italian cruise ship and its crew to achieve political goals?
The Sierra Alban
The Venezzia Piera
The Vento Aureo
The Achille Lauro

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On Apr. 14th, 1986, what famous holy man officially ascended to be Archbishop of South Africa to better conduct his political and humanitarian efforts?
Desmond Tutu
Alvin Kestner
Gordon Rush
Nodion Montgomery

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On Mar. 24th, 1989, an oil tanker named the Valdez ruptured spilling millions of tons of crude oil into the sea. What company owned the tanker and was responsible for the disaster?
Longhorn
Virginia Oil
Exxon
B.P.

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The Exxon Valdez oil spill directly happened within the waters of the Prince William Sound. In what American state is the Prince William Sound?
Alaska
Louisiana
Florida
Maryland

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Throughout most of the late 1980s, the Reagan administration faced intense repercussions for events which historians now call which of the following?
The XYZ Affair
The Iran-Contra Affair
The Watergate Scandal
The Hanging Chad Scandal

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On Mar. 11th, 1988, the allegations of the Iran-Contra Affair proved founded when what former National Security Adviser pleaded guilty to his charges on the matter?
Robert McFarlane
Spiro Agnew
George H. W. Bush
Alex Patterson

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On Jan. 2nd, 1988, the Free Trade Agreement between the U.S.A. and what other nation went into effect to promote economic cooperation?
Canada
The U.S.S.R.
The U.K.
China

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On Nov. 24th, 1985, 59 people died as Egyptian forces battled terrorists who had taken over a plane on what island?
Minoa
The Halloway Isles
Crete
Malta

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On Jul. 4th, 1987, French courts finally convicted what Nazi figure for his war crimes?
Augustus Herman
Heinrich Himmler
Herman Goering
Klaus Barbie

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On May 17th, 1987, Iraqi artillery mistakenly fired upon what American Naval frigate, nearly starting an international incident?
The Sanguine
The Stark
The Roosevelt
The Marshal

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On Jan. 20th, 1989, what man was inaugurated to be the 41st President of the United States?
George H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Dwight Eisenhower

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In 1989, in order to lessen the grip of the Communist Party's control over the U.S.S.R., Gorbachev changed the title of the head executive of his nation to what?
Prime Minister
President
Chancellor
Councilman

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In 1989, what American space probe made it outside of the helio-sphere in order to gather highly influential scientific data?
The Aphrodite II
The Hallmark II
The Neptune II
The Voyager II

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On Apr. 19th, 1989, tens of thousands of people gathered in what now-infamous Chinese landmark to protest the communist government of the nation?
The Party Parliament
Tiananmen Square
The Liao-Ine Way
Hong Kong Boulevard

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On what bloody date in 1989 did Chinese forces begin to open fire on the protesters of Tiananmen Square to kill thousands of people?
May 5th
May 21st
June 4th
June 18th

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Following the disgraceful handling of the Tiananmen Square Incident, what influential Chinese diplomat and "Father of Modern China" resigned from his post as Chairman of the Central Military Committee?
Deng Xiaoping
Xi Jinping
Mao Zedong
Chen Yun

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