|May 3:||"Monkey Business" scandal |
Denying rumors of infidelity, Democratic presidential candidate favorite, Gary Hart, challenged reporters to follow him around. The Miami Herald publishes photos of him with model Donna Rice on a ship called "Monkey Business". Hart drops out of the race on May 8.
|June 12:||Reagan speaks at Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin |
Reagan speaks the famous line "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." Two years later, the Wall came down.
|June 16:||Bernhard Goetz acquitted |
Bernard Goetz is acquitted of attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment. He's found guilty on criminal possession of an unlicensed weapon and spends 250 days in jail.
|June 25:||Gorbachev announces plans for "Perestroika" and "Glasnost" |
Gorbachev introduces limited freedoms to the Soviet Union, restructuring the Soviet economy (perestroika) and calling for an end to censorship (glasnost).
|July 7:||Ollie North testifies to Congress |
Lt. Col. Oliver North testifies that he assumed President Reagan knew funds were diverted to the Contras and that key documents were destroyed.
|September 17:||Constitution's 200th Anniversary|
|October 16:||Baby Jessica McClure is rescued from well |
After falling in a well, 18-month-old Jessica McClure is pulled out with only minor injuries.
|October 19:||Black Monday |
World stock market crashes, but in a few days the market rebounds.
|November 28:||Tawana Brawley hoax (-1988)|
15 year old black girl, Tawana, claims to be assaulted and raped by five white police officers. A year later the Grand Jury finds no evidence to her claims.