- Average US yearly income was $21,050
- Gas cost $1.25.
- Average US house was $78,200.
- Average UK house was £24,188.
- Iran releases US hostages after 444 days, immediately after Reagan took office.
- IRA member Bobby Sands dies while on hunger strike, shortly after being elected as MP while in prison.
- Wreck of the Titanic discovered.
- Egyptian President Sadat assassinated.
- Pope John Paul II shot in Vatican City.
- O'Connor becomes first female Justice on the US Supreme Court.
- In Bangladesh, President is murdered during an attempted coup.
- Independence: Antigua and Barbuda from UK.
- First PC comes out from IBM.
- The term INTERNET is first mentioned.
- MS-DOS released by Microsoft.
- China clones the first fish.
- Indiana Jones made Stetson fedoras look so cool in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- Three great talents were working Nine To Five.
- Kathleen Turner shows us murder can be sexy in Body Heat.