- Average US yearly income was $21,050
- Gas cost $.91.
- Average US house was $82,200.
- Average UK house was £23,644.
- Carlos the Jackal begins wave of terrorist attacks in France.
- Argentina invades the Falkland Islands and Maldives.
- UK sends forces to retake the Falklands.
- Israel invades Lebanon.
- Lebanonese militia murders thousands of Palestinian refugees in camps in West Beirut.
- Israel returns Sinai to Egypt.
- Tylenol tampered with cyanide kills 7 in Chicago.
- Lech Walesa released from jail in Poland.
- Brezhnev dies of a heart attack in USSR.
- First CD players sold in Japan.
- Times Man of the Year is the computer.
- Michael Jackson gave us Thriller.
- A scientist from Carnegie Mellon used the first Smiley or emoticon in an email :-).
- E.T.calls home.
- Dustin Hoffman introduces us to Tootsie.
- Ben Kingsley brings Ghandi back to life.