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I was born in 1978.

U.S./world events during 1978

- Jimmy Carter was U.S. president.

- members of the Peoples Temple led by cult leader Jim Jones committed suicide and were murdered in Jonestown, Guyana with poisoned Kool Aid.

U.S. Cost of living in 1978

- Average Cost of new house $54,800
- Average Monthly Rent $260.00
- Average Income per year $17,000

- Average price of a car $4,645
- Cost of a gallon of Gas 63 cents

technology in 1978

- Illinois Bell Company introduces first ever Cellular Mobile Phone System
- The first computer bulletin board system BBS is created

fashion, fads, recreation in 1978

- Platform shoes
- Turtle neck shirts
- bell bottoms
- Shag rugs
- Disco
- afros
- long hair

- big eye glasses 
- roller skating

- Lava lamps-

- Chia pets

U.S. number 1 music singles in 1978

- "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees
- "Night Fever" by the Bee Gees
- "How Deep Is Your Love" by the Bee Gees
- "Three Times a Lady" by the Commodores
- "Le Freak" by Chic

movies released in 1978

- "Halloween"
- "Grease"
- "Superman"
- "Jaws 2"

TV shows that first aired in 1978

- Fantasy Island
- Mork & Mindy
- Taxi
- WKRP in Cincinnati
- Diff'rent Strokes
- Project U.F.O.
- Dallas

other popular tv shows that aired in 1978

- Welcome Back, Kotter
- All in the Family
- What's Happening!!
- The Jeffersons
- Good Times
- Three's Company
- Laverne & Shirley
- Happy Days
- Charlie's Angels
- Eight Is Enough
- M*A*S*H
- Alice
- One Day at a Time
- What's Happening
- The Waltons
- Little House on the Prarie
- Hawaii Five-O
- Quincy, M.E.
- Barnaby Jones
- Battlestar Galactica
- The Dukes of Hazzard
- The Love Boat
- CHiPs
- Starsky and Hutch

famous people born in 1978

- Ashton Kutcher
- Zoe Saldana
- Nicole Scherzinger
- Josh Hartnett
- Kobe Bryant
- Usher

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I was also born in '78 and what I find the most interesting about your list is that when I began driving in late '93/early '94 I remember gas being only about 25 to 30 cents more per gallon.  In fact I vividly remember the price briefly dipping and I love telling the story of when I paid 70 cents for a gallon of the juice.  It's disheartening to think that if the rate of price increase had remained consistant this whole time we would be paying approximately $1.50. I guess a positive way of looking at it though is that if the price remained low then there wouldn't have been such a resurgence of urban style living and there certainly wouldn't have been nearly as many public transit projects started throughout the country.

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Born in 1983. Here are some of the highlights for that year:


  • The U.S. Embassy is bombed in Beirut, killing 63 people.
  • Vanessa Williams becomes the first African-American to be crowned Miss America, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  • Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program launched in U.S.
  • McDonald’s introduces the McNugget.


  • Billie Jean and Beat It – Michael Jackson
  • Africa – Toto
  • True – Spandau Ballet
  • Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
  • Making Love Out of Nothing at All – Air Supply


  • The A-Team
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe [cartoon]
  • Alvin & the Chipmunks [cartoon]


  • Return of the Jedi
  • Superman III
  • Scarface
  • The Outsiders
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I was born in 1985.


  • The Live Aid Concert
  • Coldest Winter in Eastern U.S.
  • "Calvin and Hobbes" debuts in newspapers.
  • Route 66 is removed from the United States Highway System.
  • Nintendo releases the NES in North American markets during October.


  • A View to a Kill - Duran Duran
  • Shout - Tears for Fears
  • We Built This City - Starship
  • One More Night - Phil Collins
  • Saving All My Love - Whitney Houston


  • Growing Pains
  • Moonlighting
  • Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears
  • The Golden Girls
  • MacGyver


  • Back to the Future
  • The Goonies
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Fright Night
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II
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