Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000

April 19, 1989: Central Park Five Arrested

The New York Police falsely accused four African American teenagers and one Latino teenager who became known as the Central Park Five.
Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: African American, Criminal Justice & Incarceration
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April 5, 1979: Boston University Strike

Boston University refused to approve negotiated contract, so the faculty union called a strike, with Howard Zinn as co-chair of strike committee. Other staff and librarians also went on strike that spring.
Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: Labor
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Aug. 15: 1975: Joan Little Acquitted

Joan Little was acquitted, using the defense that she used deadly force to resist sexual assault.
Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: African American, Criminal Justice & Incarceration
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Aug. 18, 1977: Steve Biko Arrested

Anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko was arrested at a police roadblock.
Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, World History/Global Studies
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Dec. 15, 1992: “Civil War” in El Salvador Ended

The "civil war" in El Salvador officially ended, but other struggles following, including to protect the land and water from gold mining.
Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: Environment, Imperialism, Latinx, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Dec. 20, 1989: Invasion of Panama

The United States invaded Panama in "Operation Just Cause."
Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies
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Las Abejas | Zinn Education Project

Dec. 22, 1997: Acteal Massacre

Adults and children, members of the organization Las Abejas (The Bees), were massacred while praying in a church in Chiapas, Mexico.
Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: Latinx, World History/Global Studies
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Jan. 5, 1980: Rapper’s Delight 

The song Rapper's Delight by the Sugarhill Gang (and reportedly Grandmaster Caz) became the first hip hop single ever to reach the Billboard Top 40.
Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: African American, Art & Music
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El Salvador | Zinn Education Project

July 30, 1975: Massacre in El Salvador

Dozens of high school and university students in a peaceful protest were killed and injured by the U.S. backed Salvadoran police and National Guard.
Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: Imperialism, Latinx, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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