In 1989, the Berlin War is dismantled in Germany. The late 80s/early 90s mark the end of the Cold War and the collapse of traditional communism in Eastern Europe.
In 1989, the Exxon-Valdez spills 10 million gallons of oil into the ocean, one of the largest ecological disasters of all time.
June 5, 1981 marks the first reported case of AIDS in the US. Killing over 20,000 people by 1987, the AIDS epidemic is considered the “New Plague.”