- Average US yearly income was $22,100
- Gas cost $1.09.
- Average US house was $89,330.
- Average UK house was £40,169.
- 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.
- 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.
- Most of us went Back to the Future.
- Nicholson defended Prizzi's Honor.
- Oprah and Whoopi showed us The Color Purple.