- Average US yearly income was $17,500
- Gas cost $.86.
- Average US house was $58,100.
- Average UK house was £13,650.
- USSR invades Afghanistan.
- Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister of the UK.
- SALT II treaty signed between US and USSR.
- Shah of Iran is forced to leave. Ayatolla Khomeini arrives to take control.
- US Embassy in Tehran is seized.
- In Iraq President al-Bakr is asked to resign and his VP, Saddam Hussein, takes over.
- Sandinistas seize control of the government of Nicaragua.
- Pakistan's former Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, is executed.
- China establishes its one-child-per-family rule.
- Visicalc becomes executive's dream program.
- Sony brings out the Walkman.
- First snowboard is manufactured.
- Trivial Pursuit is launched.
- Alien scared the bejeezus out of us.
- So did The Amityville Horror.
- Star Trek: the Motion Picture was kinda boring but, come on, it was Star Trek.