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What Was Happening

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  • Average US yearly income was $22,100
  • Gas cost $1.09.
  • Average US house was $89,330.
  • Average UK house was £40,169.
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  • Cruise liner Achille Lauro hijacked by Palestinian terrorists.
  • Terrorists attack airports in both Rome and Vienna.
  • Gorbachev takes over as Soviet Union leader.
  • French DGSE agents attack and sink the Greenpeace vessel in Auckland harbor.
  • South Africa invades Angola.
  • Unabomber kills his first victim.
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  • First domain name with the .com suffix is assigned (symbolics.com).
  • Gaggle of famous singers join got We Are The World to raise money for famine relief.
  • British scientists report a hole in the Ozone layer.
  • New Coke is introduced. It will soon go away.
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  • Most of us went Back to the Future.
  • Nicholson defended Prizzi's Honor.
  • Oprah and Whoopi showed us The Color Purple.
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