Memory Lane: 1979

walkmanFor the first time in history a woman, Margaret Thatcher, is elected Prime minister in the UK.

As technology becomes smaller Sony released the Walkman a worldwide success costing $200 which at that time was a significant amount of money.

Also the first Snowboard is invented in the USA.

The bombing by the IRA in England continues with Lord Mountbatten and three others assassinated.

Following the return of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran becomes an Islamic Republic and 63 Americans are taken hostage in the American Embassy in Tehran on 4th November.

In The News

Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident

China institutes the one-child-per-family rule

Tehran US Embassy hostage crisis

General knowledge quiz game “Trivial Pursuit” launched

Pink Floyd release “The Wall”

USSR Invades Afghanistan


Population/Economy

Population:

  • Wake County: 293,549
  • NC: 5,823,000
  • USA: 225,100,000

National Debt:

  • $826,519,000,000 (1979)
  • $18,152,809,942,589 (2015)

Value of a Dollar$1 in 1973 is $5.52 in 2015

Cost Of Living 1979:

  • Yearly inflation rate: 11.2%
  • Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average: 838
  • Average cost of new house: $58,100 
  • Average income per year: $17,500 
  • Average monthly rent: $280
  • Cost of a gallon of gas: $0.86
  • Sony Walkman: $200
  • Chess Challenger Computer Chess Game: $199.49
  • Pachinko Pinball Machine: $199.49
  • Jox Trainers: $14.99
  • Girls Denim Overalls: $24
  • Atari Video Computer System: $199
  • JVC VHS Video Recorder System: $54.99
  • Men’s Blazer, Vest and Slacks: $39.99
  • King Size Bean Bag Chair: $19.99
  • Toyota Corolla: $3,698
  • Cheeseburger at McDonald’s: $0.38
  • Ticket to Disneyland: $10.00- $10.50

Ounce of Gold Price:

  • The cost of an ounce of gold was $306.68
  • The inflation-adjusted price of an ounce of gold was $1,012


Going to the Movies

Cost of a movie ticket: $2.47

Inflation-adjusted price of a movie ticket: $8.99

The cost of a movie ticket in 2015: $7.92

Top 5 Movies:

  1. Kramer vs. Kramer
  2. The Amityville Horror 
  3. Rocky II
  4. Apocalypse Now
  5. Star Treck

 

52nd Academy Awards

  • Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer 
  • Best Director:  Robert Benton  Kramer vs. Kramer 
  • Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman – Kramer vs. Kramer
  • Best Actress: Sally Field  Norma Rae
  • Best Supporting Actor: Melvyn Douglas  Being There 
  • Best Supporting Actress: Meryl Streep  Kramer vs. Kramer 

Top 10 TV Shows

  1. 1.60 Minutes – CBS – 21,669,200
  2. Three’s Company – ABC – 20,066,900
  3. That’s Incredible – ABC – 19,685,400
  4. Alice – CBS – 19,303,900
  5. M*A*S*H – CBS – 19,303,900
  6. Dallas – CBS – 19,075,000
  7. Flo – CBS – 18,617,200
  8. The Jeffersons – CBS – 18,540,900
  9. The Dukes of Hazzard – CBS – 18,388,300
  10. One Day at a Time – CBS – 17,549,000

Top 20 Pop Songs

  1. Knack – My Sharona
  2. Donna Summer – Bad Girls
  3. Chic – Le Freak
  4. Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy
  5. Peaches and Herb – Reunited
  6. Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
  7. Donna Summer – Hot Stuff
  8. Village People – Y.M.C.A.
  9. Anita Ward – Ring My Bell
  10. Robert John – Sad Eyes
  11. Bee Gees – Too Much Heaven
  12. Donna Summer – MacArthur Park
  13. Dr. Hook – When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman
  14. David Naughton – Makin’ It
  15. Pointer Sisters – Fire
  16. Bee Gees – Tragedy
  17. Olivia Newton-John – A Little More Love
  18. Blondie – Heart Of Glass
  19. Doobie Brothers – What A Fool Believes
  20. Chic – Good Times

 


Top 20 Country Songs

  1. Tulsa Time – Don Williams
  2. Lady Lay Down – John Conlee
  3. I Really Got The Feeling – Dolly Parton
  4. Why Have You Left The One You Left Me For – Crystal Gayle
  5. Every Which Way But Loose – Eddie Rabbitt
  6. Golden Tears – Dave & Sugar
  7. I Just Fall In Love Again – Anne Murray
  8. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Wanna Be Right – Barbara Mandrell
  9. All I Ever Need Is You – Kenny Rogers & Dottie West
  10. Where Do I Put Her Memory – Charley Pride
  11. Backside Of Thirty – John Conlee
  12. Don’t Take IT away – Conway Twitty
  13. If I Said You Have A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me – Bellamy Brothers
  14. She Believes In Me – Kenny Rogers
  15. Nobody Likes Sad Songs – Ronnie Milsap
  16. Amanda – Waylon Jennings
  17. Shadows In The Moonlight – Anne Murray
  18. You’re The Only One – Dolly Parton
  19. Suspicions – Eddie Rabbitt
  20. Coca Cola Cowboy – Mel Tillis


This Year in Sports

ACC Football Champ: NC State

ACC Basketball Champ: Duke (Duke  85 – Wake Forest 77)

World Series Winner: Pittsburg Pirates over the Baltimore Orioles

Heavyweight Boxing Champ: John Tate 

Super Bowl XII: Pittsburgh Steelers (Steelers 35 -Dallas Cowboys-31)

NASCAR Season Winner: Richard Petty

Masters Winner: Fuzzy Zoeller – 280 (8 under – won $50,000)

Wimbledon Winners:

  • Men’s Singles: Sweden Björn Borg defeated United States Roscoe Tanner, 6–7(7–4), 6–1, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
  • Women’s Singles: United States Martina Navratilova defeated United States Chris Evert, 6–4, 6–4
  • Men’s Doubles: United States Peter Fleming / United States John McEnroe defeated United States Brian Gottfried / Mexico Raúl Ramírez, 4–6, 6–4, 6–2, 6–2
  • Women’s Doubles: United States Billie Jean King / United States Martina Navratilova defeated Netherlands Betty Stöve / Australia Wendy Turnbull, 5–7, 6–3, 6–2
  • Mixed Doubles: South Africa Greer Stevens / South Africa Bob Hewitt defeated Netherlands Betty Stöve / South Africa Frew McMillan, 7–5, 7–6(9–7)

 

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