Timeline: Past government shutdowns

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:27:32 AM CST   Updated On: Oct 17 2013 08:25:12 AM CDT

After 16 days, the partial government shutdown is finally over. Look back at the 17 other times our country has closed its doors.

Shutdown History - 1987
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Dec. 18, 1987, to Dec. 20, 1987 (One day): President Ronald Reagan and the Democratically-controlled Congress disagreed on money for the Nicaraguan Contras. A deal was ultimately reached that gave the Contras nonlethal aid.

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