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In 1980...
President: James Earl Carter, Jr.
Vice President: Walter F. Mondale

Population: 227,224,681
Life expectancy: 73.7 years

High: 1000
Low: 759

Federal spending: $590.95 billion
Federal debt: $909.1 billion
Inflation: 13.5%
Consumer Price Index: 82.4
Unemployment: 5.8%

News Headlines
President Halts Grain To Russia Following Afghanistan Invasion

Carter Severs Diplomatic Ties To Iran. Khomeini Militants Hold Hostages

US Olympic Committee Votes To Boycott Moscow Summer Games

125,000 Cuban Refugees Released By Castro Arrive In Miami

US Rescue Mission To Iran Fails, 8 Die As Two Aircraft Collide

Washington Volcano Mount Saint Helen Erupts , 22 Die

Iraq Invades Iran

John Lenon Is Shot To Death In New York

In The News
  • Andrei Sakhorov Is Exiled to Gorky
  • Operation "Abscam" indicts 30 officials
  • Yugoslav leader Marshall Tito, 87 dies
  • Workers seize shipyards in Gdansk, Polish court recognizes Solidarity as umbrella union
  • Reagan defeats Charter 43 million to 35 Million
  • Gold hits 880 dollars per ounce
  • Inflation rate hits 13.5%, Prime rate hits 21%
  • Gang of four including Mao's wife go on trial in Beijing
  • 400 case of "Toxic Shock Syndrome" caused by certain kinds of Tampons
  • Trial of Elvis Presley's physician reveals Elvis took 10,000 pills in the 20 months prior his death
  • Fads, Rubik's Cube, Sony Walkman, Yoda

  • Cost of a new home: $76,400.00
  • Median Household Income: $17,710.00
  • Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.15
  • Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $1.25
  • Cost of a dozen eggs: $0.91
  • Cost of a gallon of Milk: $2.16
Top 20 TV Shows
1 - Dallas
2 - 60 Minutes
3 - The Dukes of Hazzard
4 - Private Benjamin
5 - M*A*S*H
6 - The Love Boat
7 - The NBC Tuesday Night Movie
8 - House Calls
9 - The Jeffersons
10 - Little House on the Prairie
11 - The Two of Us
12 - Alice
13 - Real People
14 - Three's Company
15 - The NBC Movie of the Week
16 - One Day at a Time
17 - Too Close for Comfort
18 - Magnum P.I.
19 - Diff'rent Strokes
20 - NFL Monday Night Football
Emmy Awards
Best Drama - Hill Street Blues (NBC)
Best Actor - Daniel J. Travanti, Hill Street Blues
Best Actress - Barbara Babcock, Hill Street Blues: “Fecund Hand Rose”
Supporting Actor - Michael Conrad, Hill Street Blues
Supporting Actress - Nancy Marchand, Lou Grant

Best Comedy - Taxi (ABC)
Best Actor - Judd Hirsch, Taxi
Best Actress - Isabel Sanford, The Jeffersons
Supporting Actor - Danny DeVito, Taxi
Supporting Actress - Eileen Brennan, Private Benjamin
Best Variety- Lily: Sold Out (CBS)

Rubik's Cube was in

Yellow ribbons were displayed for concern of the hostages in Iran

Largest audience on record for a regular series. Who shot JR on "Dallas", JR's girlfriend Kristin.

"Donahue" becomes the most widely watched TV talk show in America

Fashion returns to the Preppy Look with the basics: challis skirt, navy blazer, button down shirt

The cordless phone and front-wheel-drive compact cars were new.

Top Movies
The Empire Strikes Back $290,268,568
Superman II $108,185,706
9 To 5 $103,290,500
Stir Crazy $101,300,000
Airplane! $83,400,000
Other Movie Releases
Breaker Morant
Coal Miner's Daughter
Flash Gordon
Friday the 13th
Gloria Herbie Goes Bananas
Mad Max
Ordinary People
Private Benjamin
Raging Bull
Stardust Memories
The Blue Lagoon
The Shining
Urban Cowboy
Academy Awards
Best Actor: Robert De Niro: Raging Bull

Best Actress: Sissy Spacek: Coal Miner's Daughter

Best Director: Robert Redford: Ordinary People

Best Picture: Ronald L. Schwary: Ordinary People

Best Supporting Actor: Timothy Hutton: Ordinary People

Best Supporting Actress: Mary Steenburgen: Melvin and Howard

Fiction Best Sellers
The Covenant - James A. Michener
The Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum
Rage of Angels - Sidney Sheldon
Princess Daisy - Judith Krantz
Firestarter - Stephen King
The Key to Rebecca - Ken Follett
Random Winds - Belva Plain
The Devil's Alternative - Frederick Forsyth
The Fifth Horseman - Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre

Nonfiction Best Sellers
Crisis Investigating - Douglas R. Casey
Cosmos - Carl Sagan
Free to Choose - Milton and Rose Friedman
Anatomy of an Illness as
Perceived by the Patient - Norman Cousins
The Neighbor's Wife - Gay Talese
The Sky's the Limit - Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
The Third Wave - Alvin Toffler

Pulitzer Fiction
The Executioner's Song, Norman Mailer -

Pulitzer Non-fiction
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, Douglas R. Hofstadter -