Memory Lane: 1981

MS DosMany notable technological advances happened in 1981 one of the most exciting was the First Flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

This was also the first year that the word “Internet” was mentioned.

MS-DOS was released by Microsoft along with the first IBM PC.

Lady Diana Spencer marrying Charles The Prince of Wales.

In politics a little known group before Solidarity inspire popular protests.

There was a general strike in Poland.

The government in the UK starts the process of privatization of Nationalized Industries which is later followed by many other countries around the world.

In The News

The Aids Virus identified

Iran Hostage Crisis ends

First flight of US Space Shuttle Columbia

Titanic wreck is found

Post-It Notes launched

MS-DOS released by Microsoft

Riots UK Cities

Charles and Diana marry

Anwar Sadat assassinated


Population/Economy

Population:

  • Wake County: 310,149
  • NC: 5,957,000
  • USA: 229,500,000

National Debt:

  • $997,855,000,000 (1981)
  • $18,152,809,942,589 (2015)

Value of a Dollar$1 in 1981 is $2.72 in 2015

Cost Of Living 1981:

  • Yearly inflation rate: 10.35%
  • Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average: 875
  • Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve: 15.75%
  • Average cost of new house: $78,200
  • Median price Of an existing home: $66,400
  • Average income per year: $21,050
  • Average monthly rent: $315
  • Cost of a gallon of gas: $1.25
  • 19 inch Color TV: $399.95
  • Under Counter Dishwasher: $249.95
  • Set Of Brass Bamboo Nested Tables $119.99
  • Star Wars Figure Set: $29.99
  • Ladies Felt Beret: $5.50
  • Men’s Leather Jacket: $129.99
  • Cheeseburger at McDonald’s: $0.38
  • Ticket to Disneyland: Admission and 12 Adventure ticket book: $11

Ounce of Gold Price:

  • The cost of an ounce of gold was $460.03
  • The inflation-adjusted price of an ounce of gold was $1,213.80


Going to the Movies

Cost of a movie ticket: $2.78

Inflation-adjusted price of a movie ticket: $7.34

The cost of a movie ticket in 2015: $7.92

Top 5 Movies:

  1. Raiders of the Lost Ark 
  2. On Golden Pond
  3. Superman II 
  4. Arthur 
  5. Stripes 

 

54th Academy Awards

  • Best Picture: Chariots of Fire
  • Best Director: Warren Beatty – Reds
  • Best Actor: Henry Fonda – On Golden Pond
  • Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn – On Golden Pond
  • Best Supporting Actor: John Gielgud – Arthur
  • Best Supporting Actress: Maureen Stapleton – Reds


Top 10 TV Shows

  1. Dallas – CBS – 23,146,000
  2. 60 Minutes – CBS – 22,575,500
  3. The Jeffersons – CBS – 19,071,000
  4. Three’s Company – ABC – 18,989,500
  5. Alice – CBS – 18,500,500
  6. The Dukes of Hazzard – CBS – 18,419,000
  7. Too Close for Comfort – ABC – 18,419,000
  8. ABC Monday Night Movie – ABC – 18,337,500
  9. M*A*S*H – CBS – 18,174,500
  10. One Day at a Time – CBS – 17,930,000

Top 20 Pop Songs

  1. Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes
  2. Diana Ross and Lionel Richie – Endless Love
  3. Kenny Rogers – Lady
  4. John Lennon – (Just Like) Starting Over
  5. Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl
  6. Kool and The Gang – Celebration
  7. Daryl Hall and John Oates – Kiss On My List
  8. Eddie Rabbitt – I Love A Rainy Night
  9. Dolly Parton – 9 To 5
  10. REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You
  11. Joey Scarbury – Theme From “Greatest American Hero” (Believe It Or Not)
  12. Sheena Easton – Morning Train (Nine To Five)
  13. Smokey Robinson – Being With You
  14. Juice Newton – Queen Of Hearts
  15. Blondie – Rapture
  16. Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio – A Woman Needs Love
  17. Blondie – The Tide Is High
  18. Grover Washington Jr. – Just The Two Of Us
  19. Pointer Sisters – Slow Hand
  20. Climax Blues Band – I Love You


Top 20 Country Songs

  1. Coward Of The County – Kenny Rogers
  2. I’ll Be Coming Back For More  – T.G. Sheppard
  3. Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight – The Oak Ridge Boys
  4. Love Me Over Again – Don Williams
  5. Years – Barbara Mandrell
  6. I Ain’t Living Long Like This – Waylon Jennings
  7. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys – Willie Nelson
  8. Why Don’t You Spend The Night – Ronnie Milsap
  9. I’d Love To Lay You Down – Conway Twitty
  10. Sugar Daddy – Bellamy Brothers
  11. Honky Tonk Blues – Charley Pride
  12. It’s Like We Never Said Goodbye – Crystal Gayle
  13. A Lesson In Leavin’ – Dottie West
  14. Are You On The Road To Lovin’ Me Again – Debby Boone
  15. Beneath Still Waters – Emmylou Harris
  16. Gone too Far – Eddie Rabbitt
  17. Starting Over Again – Dolly Parton
  18. My Heart – Ronnie Milsap
  19. One Day At A Time – Cristy Lane
  20. Trying To Love Two Women – The Oak Ridge Boys


This Year in Sports

ACC Football Champ: Clemson

ACC Basketball Champs: NC State (NCSU 87 – Duke 77)

World Series Winner: LA Dodgers over the NY Yankees

Heavyweight Boxing Champ: Mike Weaver

Super Bowl XV: Oakland Raiders (Raiders 27 – Philadelphia Eagles 10)

NASCAR Season WinnerDarrell Waltrip

Masters Winner: Tom Watson (8 under – won $60,000)

Wimbledon Winners:

  • Men’s Singles: United States John McEnroe defeated Sweden Björn Borg 4–6, 7–6 (7–1), 7–6 (7–4), 6–4
  • Women’s Singles: United States Chris Evert-Lloyd defeated Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 6–2, 6–2
  • Men’s Doubles: United States Peter Fleming / United States John McEnroe defeated United States Bob Lutz / United States Stan Smith 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
  • Women’s Doubles: United States Martina Navratilova / United States Pam Shriver defeated United States Kathy Jordan / Australia Anne Smith 6–3, 7–6 (8–6)
  • Mixed Doubles: Netherlands Betty Stöve / South Africa Frew McMillan defeated United States Tracy Austin / United States John Austin 4–6, 7–6 (7–2), 6–3