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What Was Happening

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  • Average US yearly income was $19,500
  • Gas cost $1.19.
  • Average US house was $68,700.
  • Average UK house was £12,704.
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  • Iraq-Iran war starts.
  • US mounts a failed attempt to free Iranian hostages.
  • Mount St. Helens erupts.
  • Gibraltar border with Spain reopened for first time since 1969.
  • Right-wing terrorists explode bomb in Italian railway killing 70.
  • Mariel boat lift brings mass exodus of political refugees, and criminals and others Castro wanted out, to the US.
  • US boycotts the Moscow Olympics to protest USSR invasion of Afghanistan.
  • Independence: Zimbabwe (formally) from UK.
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  • CNN is launched.
  • Pac-Man gobbles huge amount of quarters.
  • Post-it notes invented.
  • Fax machines go on sale.
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  • Darth Vader took fatherhood to the dark side in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Robert DeNiro was a Raging Bull.
  • We learned sadness with some Ordinary People.
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