- Average US yearly income was $19,500
- Gas cost $1.19.
- Average US house was $68,700.
- Average UK house was £12,704.
- Iraq-Iran war starts.
- US mounts a failed attempt to free Iranian hostages.
- Mount St. Helens erupts.
- Gibraltar border with Spain reopened for first time since 1969.
- Right-wing terrorists explode bomb in Italian railway killing 70.
- Mariel boat lift brings mass exodus of political refugees, and criminals and others Castro wanted out, to the US.
- US boycotts the Moscow Olympics to protest USSR invasion of Afghanistan.
- Independence: Zimbabwe (formally) from UK.
- CNN is launched.
- Pac-Man gobbles huge amount of quarters.
- Post-it notes invented.
- Fax machines go on sale.
- Darth Vader took fatherhood to the dark side in The Empire Strikes Back.
- Robert DeNiro was a Raging Bull.
- We learned sadness with some Ordinary People.