- Real World: February 21. An Aztec monolith is found in the middle of Mexico City by electrical workers.
- Real World: March 3. The New York Post runs an article on David Rorvik's book In His Image, in which the author claimed to have taken part in the successful creation of a human clone.
- Real World: May 25. At Northwestern University, a bomb explodes in the security section of campus, injuring one guard. This is the first known attack by the Unabomber.
- Real World: July 25. Louise Brown, the first baby conceived through in vitro fertilization, is born.
- Real World: August 7. U.S. President Jimmy Carter declares a federal emergency at the contaminated Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls, New York.
- Real World: September 17. The Camp David Accords are signed by Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt, and Menachem Begin, Prime Minister of Israel, at Camp David, Maryland.
- Real World: November 18. Jim Jones, leader of the People's Temple cult, leads his followers in a mass-suicide at their compound in Jonestown, Guyana. More than 900 people (including more than 200 children) die, including Jones himself.
- DC (Generations): Alan Scott attempts to pass the mantle of Green Lantern to Hal Jordan, who refuses because he thinks he can do more good through his political career. (Superman & Batman: Generations II)
- DC (Generations): Around this time, Stephanie Trevor disappears to ancient Greece for three years Earth time (1000 years from her perspective), during which she feels Kara Kent's death. (Superman & Batman: Generations II)
New Fictional Works
Night Shift by Stephen King, A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle, The Wolfen by Whitley Strieber.
The Boys from Brazil, Damien: Omen II, Halloween, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Lord of the Rings, Jaws 2, The Star Wars Holiday Special (TV movie), Superman, Watership Down.
Notable Comic Books
Fantasy Quarterly #1 (first Elfquest stories).
Notable Television Series
- Beginning: The Amazing Spider-Man, Battle of the Planets (U.S.), Battlestar Galactica, Blake's 7, Godzilla and the Super 90, The Incredible Hulk, The New Fantastic Four, Tales of the Unexpected, Tarzan and the Super Seven.
- Continuing: The All-New Super Friends Hour becomes Challenge of the Super Friends, The Bionic Woman (Season 3), Doctor Who (Season 16), The Tomorrow People (Seasons 6 and 7).
- Ending: The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour, Logan's Run, The Young Sentinels.
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