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1980

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U.S. Facts

  • President: James Earl Carter, Jr.
  • Population: 227,224,681
  • Life Expectancy: 73.7 years
  • Unemployment: 7.1%
  • Average Annual Salary: $11,321
  • Minimum Wage: $3.10 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $5,413
  • Gasoline: $1.22 per gallon
  • House: $76,400
  • Bread: $0.48 per loaf
  • Milk: $1.60 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.15

Major U.S. Events

  • President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will boycott the Summer Olympics in Moscow
  • U.S. Supreme Court upholds limits on federal aid for abortions

Major World Events

  • Six U.S. embassy aides escape from Iran with Canadian help
  • U.S. breaks diplomatic ties with Iran
  • Iraqi troops hold 90 square miles of Iran after invasion; 8-year Iran-Iraq War begins

January-March

  • President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out Chrysler Corporation
  • Voyager 1 probe confirms that Janus (moon of Saturn) exists

April-July

  • Spain & U.K, agree to reopen the border between Gibraltar & Spain
  • Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington killing 57 and causing US$3 billion in damage

August-December

  • The St. Gothard Tunnel opens in Switzerland as the world's longest highway tunnel at 10.14 miles (16.32 km) stretching from Goschenen to Airolo
  • John Lennon is shot outside his New York apartment, by Mark Chapman

Top Songs

  • Call Me by Blondie
  • Another Brick In The Wall (part II) by Pink Floyd
  • Funkytown by Lipps Inc.
  • It's Still Rock and Roll to Me by Billy Joel
  • Do That To Me One More Time by Captain & Tennille

Other New Songs

  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
  • Take Your Time (Do It Right) by The S.O.S Band
  • The Rose by Bette Midler
  • Upside Down by Dianna Ross
  • Rock With You by Michael Jackson

Top Movies

  • Ordinary People
  • Raging Bull
  • Coal Miner's Daughter
  • Mary Steenburgen
  • Heaven's Gate

Top Books

  • Rites of Passage by William Golding
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
  • The Covenant by James A. Michener
  • The Cradle Will Fall by Mary Higgins Clark

Top TV Shows (1979-80)

  • Three's Company
  • That's Incredible!
  • Dallas
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
  • The Jeffersons
  • One Day at a Time

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Philadelphia Phillies d. Kansas City Royals

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: Pittsburgh Steelers d. Los Angeles Rams

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • New York Islanders d. Philadelphia Flyers

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Los Angeles Lakers d. Philadelphia 76ers

NCAA Champions

  • Football: California Polytechnic State University Mustangs
  • Basketball: Louisville Cardinals

Other Champions

  • Summer Olmypics: Moscow Russia
  • Winter Olmypics: Lake Placid, NY, USA
  • Golf: Tom Watson is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Genuine Risk wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Johnny Rutherford wins Indianapolis 500
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