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1940, 1941, 1492, 1943, 1944, 1945 ,1946, 1947, 1948, 1949 - Everything from the 40s from the war in Europe and the Pacific to radio and the new rage--television!

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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1978!


  • Senate approves the Panama Cana Neutrality Treaty requiring the U.S. to turn over control of the Panama Canal to Panama by 2000
  • Former Italian Premiere Aldo Moro is kidnapped by left wing terrorists who kill five of Moro's bodyguards before leaving Moro dead
  • President Carter hosts the Framework for Peace conference at Camp David with Egypt's Sadat and Israel's Begin that results in a treaty between the nations after the 13-day summit
  • Jim Jones and his followers commit mass suicide at Jonestown, Guyana
  • Robert K. Jarvik patents the first artificial heart, the Jarvik-7
  • The first test tube baby is born in England
  • NY Yankees defeat the LA Dodgers to win the World Series
  • Muhammad Ali defeats Leon Spinks to regain the heavyweight championship
  • Affirmed wins the Triple Crown
  • Actor Freddie Prinze commits suicide
  • Pope Paul VI dies at 81
  • Pope John Paul I is installed as Pope
  • Pope John Paul I dies at 60
  • Pope John Paul II is installed as Pope


  • CBS Radio Mystery Theater
  • Foundation Trilogy
  • Frankenstein
  • Harry Nile
  • Turk Murphy Jazz Band


  • Dallas
  • CHIPs
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Taxi


  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Skateboards
  • Mattel Electronic Soccer
  • Easy Bake MiniWave ovens
  • Battlestar Galactica action figures


  • Car: $6,379
  • Gasoline: 65 cents per gallon
  • House: $62,500
  • Bread: 34 cents per loaf
  • Milk: $1.44 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: 15 cents
  • Average Annual Salary: $20,091
  • Minimum Wage: $2.65 per hour


  • The Deer Hunter - a dramatic film by Michael Cimino starring Robert DeNiro, John Cazale, John Savage, Christopher Walken, and Meryl Streep


  • Ain't Misbehavin - music by Fats Waller, lyrics by multiple artists, choreographed by Arthur Faria, starring Nell Carter, Andre DeShields, Armelia McQueen, Ken Page, and Charlaine Woodard


  • Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson (fiction)
  • The Gin Game by Donald L. Coburn (drama)
  • The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business by Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. (history)
  • Samuel Johnson by Walter Jackson Bate (biography)
  • Collected Poems by Howard Nemerov (poetry)
  • The Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan (non-fiction)


  • Mohammad Anwar Al-Sadat, President of Egypt; and
  • Menachem Begin, Prime Minister of Israel


  • Baby Come Back by Player
  • Stayin Alive by The Bee Gees
  • Hot Child in the City by Nick Gilder
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