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1979

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U.S. Facts

  • President: Jimmy Carter (D)
  • Population: 225,055,000
  • Life Expectancy: 73.9 Years
  • Unemployment: 5.8%
  • Average Annual Salary: $22,316
  • Minimum Wage: $2.90 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $6,847
  • Gasoline: $0.88 per gallon
  • House: $71,800
  • Bread: $0.43 per loaf
  • Milk: $1.50 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.15

Major U.S. Events

  • Inflation rises 13.3%, highest in 33 yrs
  • Gas price rises and shortages lead to fuel rationing in parts of U.S.
  • Congress loans $1.5 billion to Chrysler

Major World Events

  • Ayatollah Khomeini removes Shah of Iran, begins Islamic Revolution
  • Israel and Egypt negotiate peace treaty
  • Iranian militants seize U.S. embassy & take hostages
  • Marxist Sandinistas take control in Nicaragua

January-February

  • U.S. and China establish diplomatic relations
  • China invades Vietnam

March-May

  • Nuclear power plant accident at Three Mile Island releases radiation
  • Idi Amin overthrown in Uganda
  • Airliner crash in Chicago kills 275, worst air disaster in U.S. history

July-December

  • Saddam Hussein comes to power in Iraq
  • ESPN begins broadcasting
  • Soviet Union invades Afghanistan

Top Songs

  • My Sharona by The Knack
  • Bad Girls by Donna Summer
  • Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? by Rod Stewart
  • I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
  • Reunited by Peaches & Herb

Other New Songs

  • We Are Family by Sister Sledge
  • Y.M.C.A. by the Village People
  • Old Time Rock And Roll by Bob Seger
  • The Rose by Bette Midler
  • Pina Colada Song by Rupert Holmes

Top Movies

  • Kramer vs. Kramer
  • All That Jazz
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Norma Rae
  • Star Trek

Top Books

  • Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  • A Bend In The River by V. S. Naipaul
  • The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
  • The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer
  • Smiley’s People by John Le Carre

Top TV Shows (1978-79)

  • Laverne & Shirley
  • Happy Day's
  • Mork & Mindy
  • Three’s Company
  • Angie

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Pittsburgh Pirates d. Baltimore Orioles

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: Pittsburgh Steelers d. Dallas Cowboys

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Montreal Canadiens d. New York

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Seattle SuperSonics d. Washington Bullets

NCAA Champions

  • Football: University of Alabama Crimson Tides
  • Basketball: Michigan State University Spartans

Other Champions

  • Boxing: Muhammad Ali retires as heavyweight champ
  • Golf: Tom Watson is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: John McEnroe and Vitas Gerulaitis win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Spectacular Bid wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Rick Mears wins Indianapolis 500
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