• Revelle Plaza 1981

  • Chancellor Dinner Dance 1984

  • Chancellor Group Picture 1985

  • Plaza Cafe 1982


The 1980’s saw several changes within the U.S. and around the world regarding politics, economies, and technology.

Ronald Reagan became the 40th president of the United States in a lopsided victory over Jimmy Carter in the 1980 election. Reagan was responsible for reducing taxes by $750 billion, the largest tax cut legislation in history. The U.S. and Soviet Union negotiated an agreement in 1987 to dismantle their respective long-range missiles that eased the tension between the two nations. 

The Black Monday stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange occurred in 1987 that also affected the world economy. In 1989, the U.S. economy showed recovery by producing the largest growth rate and lowest unemployment rate in recent time. 

Technological advancements also took place in this time period. In 1981, the first reusable spacecraft, the Space Shuttle, was launched and flown into orbit. In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman to travel into space. The first patent for genetically engineered animal was issued to Harvard University researchers in 1988, allowing for further advancements in innovative research.