San Francisco, 1987
The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt is founded by SFSU student Cleve Jones to honor those who have died of AIDS and to increase public awareness of the disease.
In the first ever successful helicopter-assisted escape from a federal prison, Ronald J. McIntosh, a minimum security prisoner, hijacks a helicopter and lands it at the federal prison near Pleasanton, where he picks up Samantha Lopez, a prisoner serving 50 years there for bank robbery. The two are caught two weeks later shopping for wedding rings.
United States, 1986
The Iran-Contra scandal surfaces when questions are raised about the Reagan administration's role in the release of U.S. hostages held in Iran and the funding of military groups in Central America.