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What Was Happening

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  • Average US yearly income was $21,600
  • Gas cost $1.10.
  • Average US house was $86,730.
  • Average UK house was £37,182.
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  • Toxic gas leak at a Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, India, kills thousands.
  • UK and China agree to return Hong Kong in 1997.
  • Indian Prime Minister Indira Ghandi assassinated.
  • USSR and Warsaw Pact countries boycott Olympics in the US.
  • IRA tries to blow up Brighton hotel where the Conservatives were holding their convention.
  • Independence: Brunei from the UK.
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  • First CD players hit the market.
  • AT&T is broken up.
  • DNA starts being used by forensic scientists.
  • Astronauts fly in space using jet backpacks instead of tethers.
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  • Ghostbusters were being called a lot.
  • Composer Amadeus Mozart entertained us before he died young.
  • A couple of million died in The Killing Fields.
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