• Thriller turns 30: a look back at 1982

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    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:

    E.T.
    An Officer and a Gentlemen
    Rocky III
    Porky's
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn
    48 Hours
    Poltergeist
    Annie
    Chariots of Fire
    Gandhi (winner of best film at the Oscars)

    Top shows of 1982:

    Dallas
    The Jefferson's
    Dukes of Hazzard
    M*A*S*H
    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

    Info from: 

    http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1982.html
    http://www.rmc.edu/Alumni/reunions/~/media/4DC40AD3494D4C9AB12964583365B0A5.ashx

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