Saturday, September 19, 2009

~The Year 1984~



US GDP (1998 dollars): $3,902.40 billion
Federal spending: $851.85 billion
Federal debt: $1564.7 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars): $22,415
Consumer Price Index: 103.9
Unemployment: 7.5%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.20

•The Cosby Show debuts on NBC. The sitcom is widely considered the most popular show of the 1980s.
•The Supreme Court rules that taping television shows at home on VCRs does not violate copyright law.
•Led by Bob Geldof, the band Band Aid releases "Do They Know It's Christmas," with proceeds of the single going to feed the starving in Africa.

Careless Whisper by Wham
Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Like a Virgin by Madonna
Original Sin by INXS

TV and at the MOVIES
Amadeus became a foolhardy, farting, genius
We all rang the Ghostbusters
Gremlins got into everything
The Killing Fields shook the world to the atrocities suffered in Cambodia
Police Academy started it's epic movie serial
Night Court had us watching Bull
Miami Vice got those groovy pastel suits emptying off the shelves


Judi said...

Bob Geldof, I think, introduced a generation to the idea of philanthropy and of what an individual can achieve. It is certainly more in the meaning of Christmas than say.... Frosty:)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

There's the Dokken video!

I didn't like Prince, but Purple Rain was a big hit that year, too. Plus Bryan Adams' biggest album ever came out late that year. I still love the video for Run To You!

This was also the year I graduated high school...

Diane said...

i did get your mailing info and mailed the book you won today; enjoy.

Lisa said...

Oh, God I loved "Miami Vice!" Loved me some Don Johnson.


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