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1981

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U.S. Facts

  • President: Ronald W. Reagan
  • Population: 229,465,714
  • Life Expectancy: 74.1 years
  • Unemployment: 7.6%
  • Average Annual Salary: $11,661
  • Minimum Wage: $3.35 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $5,743
  • Gasoline: $1.13 per gallon
  • House: $96,240
  • Bread: $0.54 per loaf
  • Milk: 1.69 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.18

Major U.S. Events

  • President Ronald Reagan wounded by gunman John Hinckley, Jr., Press secretary James Brady & two police officers are wounded as well
  • President Ronald Reagan appoints the first female US Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor

Major World Events

  • U.S. & Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity
  • Pope John Paul II is shot at and nearly killed by Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turkish gunman
  • In Geneva, representatives from the U.S. & the Soviet Union begin to negotiate intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe the meetings end inconclusively

January-April

  • Three workers are killed and five injured during a test of the Space Shuttle Columbia
  • The first launch of a Space Shuttle: Columbia launches on the STS-1 mission

May-July

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 5 men in L.A., CA have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems (these were the first recognized cases of AIDS)
  • Lady Diana Spencer marries Charles, Prince of Wales

August-December

  • President Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work
  • President Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), giving the CIA the authority to recruit and support Contra rebelsin Nicaragua

Top Songs

  • Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield
  • The Tide Is High by Blondie
  • Celebration by Kool And The Gang
  • Physical by Olivia Newton-John
  • Keep On Loving You by REO Speedwagon

Other New Songs

  • 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
  • Super Freak by Rick James
  • Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes
  • Queen Of Hearts by Juice Newton
  • Don't Stand So Close To Me by The Police

Top Movies

  • Chariots of Fire
  • On Golden Pond
  • Reds
  • Arthur
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

Top Books

  • An Indecent Obsession by Colleen McCullough
  • No Time for Tears by Cynthia Freeman
  • Masquerade by Kit Williams
  • Cujo by Stephen King
  • Nobel House by James Clavell

Top TV Shows (1980-81)

  • Dallas
  • M*A*S*H
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
  • The Love Boat
  • Three's Company
  • Little House on the Prairie

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Los Angeles Dodgers d. New York Yankees

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: Oakland Raiders d. Philadelphia Eagles

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • New York Islanders d. Minnesota North Stars

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Boston Celtics d. Houston Rockets

NCAA Champions

  • Football: Southwest Texas State Bokos
  • Basketball: Indiana Hoosiers

Other Champions

  • Golf: Bill Rogers is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Pleasant Colony wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Bobby Unser wins Indianapolis 500
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