Memory Lane: 1984

Mac Computer

The AIDS virus is identified.

Following on from the PC, Apple releases the Macintosh computer.

Following the widespread famine in Ethiopia many of the top British and Irish USSR pop musicians join together under the name Band Aid and record the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas”.

Following the boycott by the US of the Moscow Olympics the Soviet bloc boycotts the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Recession continues to be a problem in the US and 70 US banks fail in just one year.

In The News

Indria Ghandi assassinated

DNA profiling developed

Virgin Atlantic starts operations

Union Carbide Pesticide plant in Bhopal India leaks lethal gas

McDonalds restaurant shooting leaves 20 dead


Population/Economy

Population:

  • Wake County: 342,267
  • NC: 6,164,000
  • USA: 235,800,000

National Debt:

  • $1,572,266,000,000 (1984)
  • $18,152,809,942,589 (2015)

Value of a Dollar: $1 in 1984 is $2.31 in 2015

Cost Of Living 1984:

  • Yearly Inflation Rate USA: 4.3%
  • Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve: 10.75%
  • Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average: 1211
  • Average Cost of New House: $86,730
  • Median Price of an Existing Home: $72,400
  • Average Monthly Rent: $350
  • Average Yearly Wages: $21,600
  • Dodge RAM 50 truck $8,995.00
  • Chrysler New Yorker $13,045
  • Chevrolet Corvette $23,392
  • Apples Lb. .43 cents
  • Bacon Lb. $1.69
  • McDonald’s Hamburger: $.50
  • Ticket to Disneyland: Adult One Day Ticket $17-$18; 3 Day World Passport $40-$42; 4 Day World Passport  $50-$52

Ounce of Gold Price:

  • The cost of a Ounce of Gold was $360.48
  • The inflation-adjusted price of a Ounce of Gold was $832.52


Going to the Movies

Cost of a movie ticket: $3.36

Inflation-adjusted price of a movie ticket: $7.76

The cost of a movie ticket in 2015: $7.92

Top 5 Movies:

  1. Ghostbusters
  2. Beverly Hills Cop
  3. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  4. Gremlins
  5. The Karate Kid


57th Academy Awards

  • Best Picture: Amadeus
  • Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham – Amadeus
  • Best Actress: Sally Field – Places in the Heart
  • Best Supporting Actor: Haing S. Ngor – The Killing Fields
  • Best Supporting Actress: Peggy Ashcroft – A Passage to India


Top 10 TV Shows

  1. Dynasty – ABC – 21,225,000
  2. Dallas – CBS – 20,970,300
  3. The Cosby Show – NBC – 20,545,800
  4. 60 Minutes – CBS – 18,847,800
  5. Family Ties – NBC – 18,847,800
  6. The A-Team – NBC – 18,593,100
  7. Simon & Simon – CBS – 18,508,200
  8. Murder, She Wrote – CBS – 17,064,900
  9. Knots Landing – CBS – 16,980,000
  10. Cagney & Lacey – CBS – 17,514,200


Top 20 Pop Songs

  1. Prince – When Doves Cry
  2. Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
  3. Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson – Say Say Say
  4. Kenny Loggins – Footloose
  5. Phil Collins – Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)
  6. Van Halen – Jump
  7. Lionel Richie – Hello
  8. Yes – Owner Of A Lonely Heart
  9. Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters
  10. Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
  11. John Waite – Missing You
  12. Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)
  13. Deniece Williams –    Let’s Hear It For The Boy
  14. Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark
  15. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
  16. Duran Duran – The Reflex
  17. Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
  18. Pointer Sisters – Jump (For My Love)
  19. Romantics – Talking In Your Sleep
  20. Laura Branigan – Self Control


Top 20 Country Songs

  1. You Look So Good In Love – George Strait
  2. Slow Burn – T. G. Sheppard
  3. In My Eyes – John Conlee
  4. The Sound Of Goodbye – Crystal Gayle
  5. Show Her – Ronnie Milsap
  6. That’s The Way Love Goes – Merle Haggard
  7. Don’t Cheat In Our Hometown – Ricky Skaggs
  8. Stay Young – Don Williams
  9. Woke Up In Love – Exile
  10. Going, Going, Gone – Lee Greenwood
  11. Elizabeth – The Statler Brothers
  12. Roll On – Alabama
  13. Let’s Stop Talking About It – Janie Fricke
  14. Don’t make It Easy For Me – Earl Thomas Conley
  15. Thank God For The Radio – The Kendalls
  16. The Yellow Rose – Johnny Lee with Lane Brody
  17. Right Or Wrong – George Strait
  18. I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes – The Oak Ridge Boys
  19. To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before – Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson\
  20. As Long AS I’m Rockin’ With You – John Conlee


This Year in Sports

ACC Football Champ: Maryland

ACC Basketball Champs: Maryland (Maryland 74 – Duke 62)

World Series Winner: Detroit Tigers over the San Diego Padres, 4 games to 1

Heavyweight Boxing Champ: Larry Holmes (IBF); Tim Witherspoon (WBC), Pinklon Thomas (WBC), Greg Page (WBA)

NFL Championship Game: LA Raiders (LA Raiders 38 – Washington Redskins 9)

NASCAR Season Winner: Terry Labonte

Masters Winner: Ben Crenshaw – 277 (-11) – Winner’s share $108,000

Wimbledon Winners:

  • Men’s Singles: United States John McEnroe defeated United States Jimmy Connors 6–1, 6–1, 6–2. It was McEnroe’s 7th career Grand Slam title and his 3rd Wimbledon title.
  • Women’s Singles: United States Martina Navratilova defeated United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 7–6(7–5), 6–2. It was Navratilova’s 26th career Grand Slam title and her 5th Wimbledon singles title.
  • Men’s Doubles: United States Peter Fleming / United States John McEnroe defeated Australia Pat Cash / Australia Paul McNamee 6–2, 5–7, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
    It was Fleming’s 7th career Grand Slam title and his 4th and last Wimbledon title. It was McEnroe’s 14th career Grand Slam title and his 7th Wimbledon title.
  • Women’s Doubles: United States Martina Navratilova / United States Pam Shriver defeated United States Kathy Jordan / United States Anne Smith 6–3, 6–4
    It was Navratilova’s 27th career Grand Slam title and her 11th Wimbledon title. It was Shriver’s 8th career Grand Slam title and her 4th Wimbledon title.
  • Mixed Doubles: Australia Wendy Turnbull / United Kingdom John Lloyd defeated United States Kathy Jordan / United States Steve Denton 6–3, 6–3
    It was Turnbull’s 9th and last career Grand Slam title and her 3rd Wimbledon title. It was Lloyd’s 3rd and last career Grand Slam title and his 2nd Wimbledon title.

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