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What Was Happening

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  • Average US yearly income was $17,500
  • Gas cost $.86.
  • Average US house was $58,100.
  • Average UK house was £13,650.
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  • USSR invades Afghanistan.
  • Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister of the UK.
  • SALT II treaty signed between US and USSR.
  • Shah of Iran is forced to leave. Ayatolla Khomeini arrives to take control.
  • US Embassy in Tehran is seized.
  • In Iraq President al-Bakr is asked to resign and his VP, Saddam Hussein, takes over.
  • Sandinistas seize control of the government of Nicaragua.
  • Pakistan's former Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, is executed.
  • China establishes its one-child-per-family rule.
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  • Visicalc becomes executive's dream program.
  • Sony brings out the Walkman.
  • First snowboard is manufactured.
  • Trivial Pursuit is launched.
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  • Alien scared the bejeezus out of us.
  • So did The Amityville Horror.
  • Star Trek: the Motion Picture was kinda boring but, come on, it was Star Trek.
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