John Belushi dies on March 5th of cocaine and heroine overdose.
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" sells 20 million albums to become the largest selling record ever at that time.
Ozzy bites the head off a live bat thrown at him at a January 20 concert performance.
Argentina invades the Falklands (UK); Argentina has to withdraw its troops after two months.
Italy wins the Soccer World Cup in Spain.
Helmut Kohl becomes chancellor in Germany (and remains chancellor to this day).
Leonid Breznjev dies, Yuri Andropov takes over.
The Reverend Sun Myung Moon marries 4,150 of his "Moonie" followers at Madison Square Garden.
Tylenol Scare / Murders, October 5th in Chicago.
Nancy Reagan appears at a Washington benefit dressed as a bag lady to protest criticism of her expensive outfits.
Princess Grace of Monaco dies when her car is driven off a cliff.
Prine William is born to Charles and Di.
Mexico's economy collapses.
Liposuction is introduced.
Telephone company breaks up into 22 distinct regional phone companies.
The Equal Rights Amendment dies, three states short of ratification.
The Vietnam Memorial is erected in Washington D.C.
The first artificial heart transplant takes place; the receipent lives 112 days.
Delorean Motor Company goes bankrupt.
Larry Walters on July 2nd tied 42 weather balloons to a lawn chair and flies as high as 16 thousand feet before shooting the balloons with a pellet gun and landing about 90 minutes later. The FAA fined him $1,500.