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Thriller turns 30: a look back at 1982


November 30 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album. In honor of the birthday of the world's top selling album of all time, we bring you a look back at 1982.

Average cost of a new house: $82,200
Average income per year: $21,050
Cost of a gallon of gas: 91 cents


News headlines from 1982:

Tylenol capsules laced with potassium cyanide kill 7 in Chicago
Disney's EPCOT theme park is opened
Severe recession begins in the United States
The first CD player is sold in Japan
Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, opens to the public

Top movies of 1982:

An Officer and a Gentlemen
Rocky III
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn
48 Hours
Chariots of Fire
Gandhi (winner of best film at the Oscars)

Top shows of 1982:

The Jefferson's
Dukes of Hazzard
Three's Company
Falcon Crest
The Love Boat
Archie Bunker's Place (All in the Family spin-off)

Top songs of 1982:

Centerfold - J. Geils Band
I Love Rock n' Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Jack and Diane - John Mellencamp
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
Hard to Say I'm Sorry - Chicago

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