The 1980s is the decade belonging to the “Me! Me! Me!” Generation. Hostile takeovers, leveraged buyouts, and mega-mergers spawn a new breed of billionaire. If you've got it, flaunt it and You can have it all! are the mottos of the 80’s. Binge buying and credit become a way of life and “Shop ’til you drop!” is the battle cry. Video games, aerobics, minivans, camcorders, and talk shows become part of our lives. The decade begins with double-digit inflation. President Reagan declares a war on drugs, hospital costs rise, many young men are dying of a mysterious disease called AIDS, and unemployment rises. Mount Saint Helens erupts, making it the worst volcanic disaster in American history. On the bright side, the United States Constitution celebrates its 200th birthday, ET phones home, Ted Turner establishes CNN, and in 1989, Americans give $115,000,000,000 to charity. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial opens in Washington, DC. Michael Jackson’s Thriller album is released and the PG-13 movie rating is created. At the very end of the decade the Berlin Wall is torn down, paving the way for positive change for the decade to come!
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