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1982

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U.S. Facts

  • President: Ronald W. Reagan
  • Population: 231,664,458
  • Life Expectancy: 74.5 years
  • Unemployment: 9.7%
  • Average Annual Salary: $20,171
  • Minimum Wage: $3.35 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $5,967
  • Gasoline: $1.19 per gallon
  • House: $103,073
  • Bread: $0.60 per loaf
  • Milk: $1.79 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.20

Major U.S. Events

  • First bomb later attributed to Unabomber injures professor Diogenes Angelokos in the University of Berkeley in California
  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington D.C. after a march to its site by thousands of Vietnam War veterans

Major World Events

  • Lebanese Christian Phalangists kill hundreds of people in two Palestinian refugee camps in West Beirut
  • Argentina invades the Falkland Islands

January-March

  • A brutal cold snap sends temperatures to all-time record lows in dozens of cities throughout the Midwestern U.S.
  • The United States places an embargo on Libyan oil imports, alleging Libyan support of terrorist groups

April-July

  • United Nations Security Council votes to demand that Israel withdraw its troops from Lebanon
  • 750,000 people rally against nuclear weapons in New York City's Central Park

August-December

  • A Gasoline tanker explodes in the Salang Tunnel in Afghanistan, killing 2,000+ people
  • Women's peace protest at Greenham Common - 30,000 women hold hands and form a human chain around the 14.5 km (9 mi) perimeter fence

Top Songs

  • I Love Rock 'N' Roll by Joan Jett
  • Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
  • Abracadabra by Steve Miller Band
  • Who Can It Be Now? by Men At Work
  • 867-5309 (Jenny Jenny) by Tommy Tutone

Other New Songs

  • Tainted Love by Soft Cell
  • Jack and Diane by John Cougar Melloncamp
  • Centerfold by J. Geils Band
  • Up Where We Belong by Joe Cocker And Jennifer Warnes
  • Steppin' Out by Joe Jackson

Top Movies

  • Gandhi
  • Sophie's Choice
  • An Officer and a Gentleman
  • Tootsie
  • E. T. - The Extra-Terrestrial

Top Books

  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel
  • Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
  • Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon
  • North and South by John Jakes

Top TV Shows 1981-82)

  • Dallas
  • The Jefferson's
  • Alice
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
  • M*A*S*H
  • One Day at a Time

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • St. Louis Cardinals d. Milwaukee Brewers

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: San Francisco 49ers d. Cincinnati Bengals

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • New York Islanders d. Vancouver Canucks

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Los Angeles Lakers d. Philadelphia 76ers

NCAA Champions

  • Football: Pennsylvania State University
  • Basketball: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels

Other Champions

  • Golf: Tom Watson is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Gato Del Sol wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Gordon Johncock wins Indianapolis 500
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