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Academy Awards
Chariots of Fire...Katharine Hepburn...Henry Fonda...
Barney Miller...Hill Street Blues...Marco Polo...
Amadeus...42nd Street...
"Bette Davis Eyes"...Double Fantasy...Sheena Easton...
Nobel Prizes
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ...
Pulitzer Prizes
A Confederacy of Dunces...Crimes of the Heart...Janet Cooke...
Oakland Raiders
Los Angeles Dodgers
Boston Celtics...Indiana...
John McEnroe...Chris Evert Lloyd...
World Soccer Cup: N/A
Americas Cup: N/A
Tom Watson...Larry Nelson...David Graham...
Stanley Cup: New York Islanders
Tour de France: Bernard Hinault (France) [Team: Peugeot]
Larry Holmes...
Auto Racing
Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser
The Olympics
Horse Racing
Kentucky Derby: Pleasant Colony
Memorable People Include
Ronald Reagan...John Hinckley, Jr....Mark David Chapman...
Prince Charles and Lady Diana...Pope John Paul II...Bob Marley...
Sandra Day O'Connor...Jodie Foster...

January 1

January 6

  • Mark David Chapman pleads not guilty by insanity to the John Lennon murder charge.

January 8

  • A study links cholesterol to heart disease.

January 12

  • ABC premieres Aaron Spelling's "Dynasty" to get a share of the audience watching the highly-rated Dallas.

January 14

  • The FCC allows stations to air as many commericials as they please and lifts requirements that time be allocated for news and public service announcements.

January 19

  • President Carter announces that an agreement has been made with Iran to release the hostages.

January 20

  • Ronald Reagan is inaugurated President of the United States.
  • Iran releases the hostages from the US embassy in Teheran after 444 days of captivity.

January 21

  • Bernhard Goetz, a New York resident, is assaulted by three teens.

January 31:
February 4

  • Gro Harlem Brundtland becomes the first female Prime Minister of Norway.

February 7

  • Kool and the Gang's "Celebration" begins a 2-week reign as the number 1 song.

February 9

  • Wojciech Jaruzelski becomes Premier of Poland.

February 19

  • The Sinclair Microvision 2700, a hand-held television, is unveiled.

February 21

  • Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" begins a 2-week reign as the number 1 song.

February 24

  • The engagement of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer is announced.

February 25

  • Despite an attempted military coup, Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo becomes Premier of Spain.

February 28
March 2

  • 3 Pakistani hijackers take control of a Pakistani airliner with 130 passengers aboard. They are demanding the release of political prisoners. The plane is flown to Afghanistan, where 33 of the hostages a released and 1 is killed.

March 5

  • A Superior Court rules that teaching evolution in the classroom does not violate religious rights.

March 6

  • John Hinckley, Jr. delivers notes to the dorm room of actress Jodie Foster indicating that something is about to happen and that he will "rescue [her] very soon."

March 9

  • The hijacked Pakistani airliner is flown to Syria, where hijackers threaten to blow it up.

March 14

  • After Pakistan releases 54 political prisoners, the 3 Pakistani hijackers release their hostages and surrender.

March 21

  • REO Speedwagon's "Keep On Loving You" begins a 1-week reign as the number 1 song.

March 28

  • Blondie's "Rapture" begins a 2-week reign as the number 1 song.

March 29

  • General Roberto Eduardo Viola becomes President of Argentina.

March 30
April 4

  • The first Mexican-American mayor of a major US city, Henry Gabriel Cisneros, was elected mayor of San Antonio, Texas.

April 6

  • Mark Eyskens becomes Premier of Belgium

April 8

  • World War 2 Army General Omar Nelson Bradley dies at the age of 88.

April 10

  • It is announced that for the first time, the US center of population is west of the Mississippi River. The Census Bureau identifies it as DeSoto, Missouri.

April 11

  • Hall and Oates' "Kiss On My List" begins a 3-week reign as the number 1 song.
  • American Boxer Joe Louis goes down for the count at the age of 66.

April 12

  • The space shuttle Columbia begins its maiden flight

April 13

  • The Pulitzer Prize is awarded to Janet Cooke of the Washington Post. However, it is later learned that the story she wins the prize for, about a child addicted to heroin, was made up.

April 14

  • The space shuttle Columbia returns to Earth, becoming the first spacecraft to land on wheels.

April 21

  • The United States announced its intentions to sell the Saudi Arabian government 1 billion dollars worth of military equipment, including AWACS surveillence planes.

April 24
May 2

  • Sheena Easton's "Morning Train (Nine to Five)" begins a 2-week reign as the number 1 song.

May 10

  • François Mitterand is elected President of France.

May 11

  • Reggae singer Bob Marley dies at the age of 36.

May 12

  • President Benjamin Sheares of Singapore dies at the age of 73.

May 13

  • Pope John Paul II is shot by Mehmet Ali Agca.

May 16

  • Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes" begins a 9-week reign as the number 1 song.

May 18

  • Playwright and author William Saroyan dies at the age of 72.

May 24

  • President Jaime Roldós Aguilera of Ecuador is killed in a plane crash.

May 27

  • John Hinkley, Jr. attempts suicide.

May 30
June 6

  • The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reports unexplained outbreaks of a form of pneumonia that normally affects only cancer patients. The only known link is that all of the victims are young homosexual men.
  • Maya Yang Lin wins a national contest to design a Vietnam War Memorial for Washington, DC.

June 7

  • Israel stages an air attack on Iraq, destroying a new nuclear reactor that Israel believed would be used to build nuclear weapons.

June 8

  • The Supreme Court ruled that women can sue for equal pay even if the work they did was not identical to their male counterparts.

June 11

  • An earthquake in Iran kills 3,000 people.

June 12

  • A Major Leage Baseball strike begins.

June 19

  • Hu Yaobang becomes Chairman of China's Communist Party.

June 20

  • Stars On 45's "Medley: Intro Venus/Sugar Sugar/No Reply/I'll Be Back/Drive My Car/Do You Want to Know a Secret/We Can Work it Out/I Should Have Known Better/Nowhere Man/You're Going to Lose That Girl/Stars On 45" begins a 1-week reign as the number 1 song.

June 22

  • President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr of Iran is dismissed by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
  • Mark David Chapman changes his plea to guilty and is sentenced to prison for mudering John Lennon.

June 25

  • The US Supreme Court rules that the draft can constitutionally exclude women.

June 28

  • Canadian student and runner Terry Fox dies of cancer at the age of 22.
  • Giovanni Spadolini becomes Premier of Italy.

June 30
Early July

  • Riots break out in Great Britain and spread to 30 cities. The rioters are mostly youths, and the cause of the riot is not certain.

July 1

  • Architect Marcel Breuer dies at the age of 79.

July 3

  • The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reports that it is studying outbreaks of Kaposi's sarcoma, a rare form of skin cancer. The only known link is that all of the victims are young homosexual men.

July 7

  • Claus von Bulow is indicted on charges that he tried to murder his wife, Sunny, by injecting her with an overdose of insulin. She had been in a coma since the alleged incident occurred the previous December.
  • The Solar Challenger flies across the English Channel, the first solar-powered plan to do so.
  • President Reagan nominates Sandra Day O'Connor to the US Supreme Court. She will become the first woman to serve on this court.

July 9

  • An experimental drug, acyclovir, is developed to suppress the herpes simplex virus.

July 17

  • 23-year-old Wayne Williams is indicted for 2 of 28 murders of black children in the Atlanta area over the previous 2 years.
  • An Israeli air attack on Beiruit, targetting the PLO headquarters, kills 300 people.
  • Two skywalks collapse into the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri during a tea dance, killing 113 people and injuring 190.

July 18

  • Jack Henry Abbott, a convicted bank robber who had been freed into a work-release program after pressure from author Norman Mailer (who respected Abbott's literary style), murders a young man in Manhattan.

July 24

  • Mohammed Ali Rajai becomes President of Iran.

July 25

  • Air Supply's "The One That You Love" begins a 1-week reign as the number 1 song.

July 28

  • An earthquake in Iran kills 1,500 people.

July 29

  • 700,000,000 TV viewers worldwide watch the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.

July 31
August 1

  • Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl" begins a 2-week reign as the number 1 song.
  • Playwright Paddy Chayefsky dies at the age of 58. He doesn't have to take it anymore.

August 3

  • 13,000 members of PATCO, the air traffic controller's union, went on strike.
  • Israel and Egypt establish a multinational peacekeeping force in the Siani peninsula.

August 4

  • Actor Melvyn Douglas dies at the age of 80.
  • Mohammed Javad Bahonar becomes Premier of Iran.

August 5

  • President Reagan orders the striking air traffic controllers back to work. Those who refuse are fired.

August 10

  • The United States begins production of the neutron bomb.

August 15

  • Diana Ross and Lionel Richie's "Endless Love" begins a 9-week reign as the number 1 song.

August 17

  • The FAA begins hiring new air traffic controllers o replace striking workers.

August 19

  • An exchange of fire between US and Libyan jets on the Gulf of Sidra results in the downing of 2 Libyan planes.

August 25

  • Voyager 2 visits Saturn.

August 29

  • Author and commentator Lowell Thomas dies at the age of 89.

August 30
September 1

  • A military coup overthrows the government of the Central African Republic. General André Kolingba rises to power.
  • Architect and author Albert Speer dies at the age 76. He had served as Hitler's Minister of Armaments and War Production and later wrote books about his experiences.
  • General Gregorio Alvarez becomes President of Uruguay.

September 4

  • The Department of Agriculture proposes a reduction in the school lunch program that includes a provision that condiments such as ketchup and relish be classified as vegetables.
  • General Celso Torrelio Villa becomes President of Bolivia.

September 7

  • "The People's Court" makes its TV premiere.

September 8

  • American civil rights leader Roy Wilkins dies at the age of 80.

September 25

  • President Reagan withdrawls the plan to trim school lunches.

September 14

  • Kaare Willoch becomes Prime Minister of Norway.

September 17

  • The fossilized jawbone of a previously undiscovered mammal is found in Arizona. The fossil dates to 180,000,000 years ago, showing that mammals lived in North America 45,000,000 years earlier than had previously been thought.

September 21

  • British Honduras becomes the independent nation of Belize, with George Price as Prime Minister.
  • Sandra Day O'Connor is confirmed as the first female US Supreme Court justice.

September 27

  • The world's fastest trains, capable of speeds up to 225 mph and cruising at 160 mph, begin carrying passengers between Paris and Lyons in France.
  • Actor Robert Montgomery dies at the age of 77.

Late September
October 2

  • Hojatolislam Ali Khamenei becomes President of Iran.

October 6

  • President Anwar el-Sadat of Egypt is assassinated by Islamic extremists.

October 11

  • While opening for the Rolling Stones at a Los Angeles concert, His Royal Badness (Prince) was booed off the stage by a predominantly-white audience that threw garbage at him.

October 13

  • Muhammed Hosni Mubarak becomes President of Egypt

October 16

  • Israeli statesman Moshe Dayan dies at the age of 66.

October 17

  • Christopher Cross's "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" begins a 3-week reign as the number 1 song.

October 18

  • Poland's Prime Minister, Wojciech Jaruzelski becomes the head of Poland's Communist Party. The move is intended to create a tougher stance against the Solidarity union and to prevent a threatened use of force by the Soviet Union to maintain control.

October 20

  • A bungled armored-car holdup in Nanuet, NY takes place resulting in three dead and two injured. Four arrests were made in what became known as the Brinks robbery.

October 21

  • Andreas Papandreou becomes Premier of Greece.

October 22

  • PATCO, the air traffic controller's union, is dissolved by the Labor Relations Authority.

October 27
November 1

  • Antigua and Barbuda gains independence from Britain.

November 7

  • Hall and Oates' "Private Eyes" begins a 2-week reign as the number 1 song.
  • Philosopher and historian Will Durant dies at the age of 96.

November 9

  • U San Yu becomes President of Burma.

November 11

  • Antigua and Barbuda joins the United Nations.

November 12

  • The first trans-Pacific balloon flight is completed after a 6,000 mile, 3-1/2 day flight.

November 14

  • Fragments of baked clay discovered in Kenya indicate that fire was used by humans, 1,400,000 years ago, a million years earlier than previously thought.

November 15

  • John Hinckley, Jr., attempts suicide again.

November 16

  • Actor William Holden dies at the age of 63.

November 21

  • Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" begins a 10-week reign as the number 1 song.

November 28

  • Roberto Suazo Córdova is elected President of Honduras.

November 29
December 2

  • Canada's House of Commans passes the British North America Act, which would transfer control of Canada's constitution from Britain to Canada.

December 4

  • President Reagan signed an executive order authorizing the CIA to conduct domestic covert intelligence.

December 8

  • The US Supreme Court rules that student organizations may hold religious services in campus buildings.
  • Canada's Senate passes the British North America Act, which is then sent to London for a vote by Britain's Parliament.

December 11

  • General Leopoldo Galtieri becomes President of Argentina.

December 13

  • Martial law is declared in Poland, the Solidarity union is suspended, and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa is among those arrested.

December 15

  • Javier Pérez de Cuéllar of Peru becomes Secretary-General of the United Nations.

December 20

  • Romuald Spasowski, Poland's ambassador to the United States, defects to the US.

December 31

  • A coup takes place in Ghana, and Jerry Rawlings becomes the new president.
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