- British overcome Argentina in Falklands war (April 2-June 15).
- Israel invades Lebanon in attack on PLO. (June 4). Background: Arab-Israeli Wars
- Princess Grace, 52, dies of injuries when car plunges off mountain road; daughter Stephanie, 17, suffers serious injuries (Sept. 14).
- Lebanese Christian Phalangists kill hundreds of people in two Palestinian refugee camps in West Beirut (Sept. 15).
- Leonid I. Brezhnev, Soviet leader, dies at 75 (Nov. 10). Yuri V. Andropov, 68, chosen as successor (Nov. 15). Background: Rulers of Russia since 1533
- John W. Hinckley, Jr. found not guilty because of insanity in shooting of President Reagan (June 21).
- Alexander M. Haig, Jr., resigns as Secretary of State (June 25).
- Equal Rights Amendment fails ratification (June 30).
US GDP (1998 dollars): $3,242.10 billion
Federal spending: $745.76 billion
Federal debt: $1137.3 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars): $20,171
Consumer Price Index: 96.5
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.20
San Francisco d. Cincinnati (26-21)
St. Louis Cardinals d. Milwaukee Brewers (4-3)
LA Lakers d. Philadelphia 76ers (4-2)
NY Islanders d. Vancouver (4-0)
Women: Martina Navratilova d. C. Evert Lloyd (6-1 3-6 6-2)
Men: Jimmy Connors d. J. McEnroe (3-6 6-3 6-7 7-6 6-4)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Gato Del Sol
NCAA Basketball Championship
North Carolina d. Georgetown (63-62)
NCAA Football Champions
Penn St. (11-1-0)
Italy d. W. Germany (3-1)
- Michael Jackson releases Thriller, which sells more than 25 million copies, becoming the biggest-selling album in history.
- John Belushi dies of a drug overdose at age 33.
- Cats opens on Broadway. Becomes Broadway’s longest-running play.
- E.T. – the Extra-Terrestrial, Tootsie, Gandhi, The Verdict
- Michael Jackson, Thriller
- Thomas Keneally, Schindler’s List
- Alice Walker, The Color Purple
- A permanent artificial heart is implanted in a human for first time in Dr. Barney B. Clark, 61, at University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City (Dec. 2). Background: Health & Nutrition
- The space shuttle Columbia makes its first mission, deploying two communications satellites (Nov. 16). Background: US Staffed Space Flights
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) diagnostic machines are introduced in Britain.
- Washington University in St. Louis develops the Flavr Savr tomato, the first genetically-engineered plant approved for sale.
- John Belushi
- Ingrid Bergman
- Leonid Brezhnev
- Grace Kelly
- Satchel Paige