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What Was Happening

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  • Average US yearly income was $21,070
  • Gas cost $1.00.
  • Average US house was $82,600.
  • Average UK house was £34,795.
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  • Ethiopia appeals for world aid as death toll reaches 4 million.
  • IRA explode bomb outside Harrods department store.
  • US Embassy in Beirut bombed killed 63.
  • Philippines opposition leader Benigno Aquino assassinated returning to country from exile.
  • Chinese population reaches 1 billion.
  • Zimbabwe sees civil war breaking out.
  • President Reagan outlines concept of Strategic Defense Initiative, aka Star Wars.
  • Free elections in Argentina ends military rule.
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  • Microsoft Word is released.
  • ARPANET changes to using the Internet Protocol, creating the INTERNET.
  • The folks at M*A*S*H allowed to go home with 125 million watching.
  • Cabbage Patch Dolls become a sensation.
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  • A reunion for a funeral brings The Big Chill.
  • Winger and MacLane reach their Terms of Endearment.
  • Astronauts prove they have The Right Stuff.
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