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1984

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U.S. Facts

  • President: Ronald W. Reagan
  • Population: 235,824,902
  • Life Expectancy: 74.7 years
  • Unemployment: 7.5%
  • Average Annual Salary: $12,497
  • Minimum Wage: $3.35 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $6,294
  • Gasoline: $1.27 gallon
  • House: $110,610
  • Bread: $0.71 per loaf
  • Milk: $1.94 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.20

Major U.S. Events

  • U.S. President Ronald Reagan calls for an international ban on chemical weapons
  • Congress rebukes President Reagan on use of federal funds for mining Nicaraguan harbors

Major World Events

  • Konstantin Chernenko succeeds the late Yuri Andropov as general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
  • The Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California
  • Toxic gas leaks from Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, killing 2,000 and injuring 150,000

January-March

  • The United States and the Vatican establish full diplomatic relations
  • Space Shuttle Challenger is launched on the tenth space shuttle mission

April-August

  • Indian troops storm the Golden Temple at Amritsar, the Sikh's holiest shrine, killing an estimated 1000 people
  • Half a million people in Manila demonstrate against the regime of Ferdinand Marcos

September-December

  • The People's Republic of China and United Kingdom signs the Sino-British Joint Declaration which concerns the future of Hong Kong

Top Songs

  • Like A Virgin by Madonna
  • When Doves Cry by Prince
  • Whats Love Got to Do With It by Tina Turner
  • Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham
  • Karma Chameleon by Culture Club

Other New Songs

  • Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper
  • Footloose by Kenny Loggins
  • I Just Called To Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder
  • Hold Me Now by Thompson Twins
  • Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.

Top Movies

  • Amadeus
  • The Terminator
  • The Killing Fields
  • Ghostbusters
  • Once Upon a Time in America

Top Books

  • Empire of the Sun by James Ballard
  • The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Suess
  • Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner
  • The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
  • The Fourth Protocol by Frederick Forsyth

Top TV Shows (1983-84)

  • Dallas
  • Dynasty
  • Magnum, P.I
  • The A-Team
  • Cagney & Lacey
  • Hotel

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Detroit Tigers d. San Diego Padres

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: Los Angeles Raiders d. Washington Redskins

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Edmonton Oilers d. New York Islanders

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Boston Celtics d. Los Angeles Laker's

NCAA Champions

  • Football: Brigham Young University Cougars
  • Basketball: Georgetown University Goyas

Other Champions

  • Summer Olympics: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Winter Olympics: Sarajevo, Bosnia
  • Golf: Tom Watson is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Swale wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Rick Mears wins Indianapolis 500
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