- Average US yearly income was $21,070
- Gas cost $1.00.
- Average US house was $82,600.
- Average UK house was £34,795.
- Ethiopia appeals for world aid as death toll reaches 4 million.
- IRA explode bomb outside Harrods department store.
- US Embassy in Beirut bombed killed 63.
- Philippines opposition leader Benigno Aquino assassinated returning to country from exile.
- Chinese population reaches 1 billion.
- Zimbabwe sees civil war breaking out.
- President Reagan outlines concept of Strategic Defense Initiative, aka Star Wars.
- Free elections in Argentina ends military rule.
- Microsoft Word is released.
- ARPANET changes to using the Internet Protocol, creating the INTERNET.
- The folks at M*A*S*H allowed to go home with 125 million watching.
- Cabbage Patch Dolls become a sensation.
- A reunion for a funeral brings The Big Chill.
- Winger and MacLane reach their Terms of Endearment.
- Astronauts prove they have The Right Stuff.