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1978

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U.S. Facts

  • President: James Earl Carter, Jr.
  • Population: 222,584,545
  • Life Expectancy: 73.5 years
  • Unemployment: 6.1%
  • Average Annual Salary: $20,091
  • Minimum Wage: $2.65 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $6,379
  • Gasoline: $0.65 cents per gallon
  • House: $62,500
  • Bread: $0.34 cents per loaf
  • Milk: $1.44 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.15

Major U.S. Events

  • President Carter chooses Federal Appeals Court Judge William H. Webster as F.B.I. director
  • Atlantic City, New Jersey legalizes gambling

Major World Events

  • Pope Paul VI dies at age 80; new Pope, John Paul I, dies unexpectedly at age 65 after 34 days in office; succeeded by Karol Cardinal Wojtyla of Poland as John Paul II
  • "Framework for Peace" in Middle East signed by Egypt's President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Premier Menachem Begin after 13-day conference at Camp David led by President Jimmy Carter

January-March

  • The Copyright Act of 1976 takes effect, making sweeping changes to United States copyright law
  • Sweden becomes the first nation to ban aerosol sprays that are thought to damage earth's protective ozone layer

April-July

  • First human birth, girl Louise Brown, from in vitro fertilization
  • In Cologne, 15,000 former members of resistance movement demonstrate against national socialism

August-December

  • Jim Jones's followers commit mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana
  • The first US Take Back the Night march occurs in San Francisco

Top Songs

  • Take A Chance On Me by Abba
  • Disco Inferno by The Trammps
  • If I Can't Have You by Yvonne Elliman
  • Hot Child In The City by Nick Gilder
  • It's A Heartache by Bonnie Tyler

Other New Songs

  • Lay Down Sally by Eric Clapton
  • Kiss You All Over by Exile
  • Grease by Frankie Valli
  • You Don't Bring Me Flowers by Barbara Streisand & Neil Diamond
  • With A Little Luck by Wings

Top Movies

  • Coming Home
  • Deer Hunter
  • Superman
  • Halloween
  • National Lampoon's Animal House

Top Books

  • War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk
  • And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
  • Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
  • The Memoirs of Richard Nixon by Richard Nixon
  • Faeries by Brian Froud, Alan Lee

Top TV Shows (1976-77)

  • Laverne & Shirley
  • Happy Days
  • Three's Company
  • All in the Family
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • One Day at a Time

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • New York Yankees d. Los Angeles Dodgers

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: Dallas Cowboys d. Denver Broncos

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Montreal Canadiens d. New York Rangers

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Seattle Super Sonics d. Washington Bullets

NCAA Champions

  • Football: University of Southern California Trojans
  • Basketball: Kentucky Wild Cats

Other Champions

  • Boxing: wins heavyweight title
  • Golf: Tom Watson is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Jimmy Connors and Bjorn Borg win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Affirmed wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Al Unser wins Indianapolis 500
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