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Dated Events

  • Real World: January 7. Vietnamese and Cambodian insurgent forces announce the end of Pol Pot's regime in Cambodia.
  • Real World: January 16. The Shah of Iran and his family flee to Egypt in the face of increasing unrest.
  • Real World: February 7. Ayatollah Khomeini's supporters take over key sectors of the Iranian government, including the law enforcement agencies and the judiciary. Pluto moves inside the orbit of Neptune, becoming the eighth planet of the solar system until 1999.
  • Real World: March 26. President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel sign a peace treaty at the White House.
  • Real World: March 28. A nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania releases radiation into the immediate area.
  • Real World: April 2. At Sverdlovsk, Russia, airborne anthrax spores leak into the air from a Soviet bio-warfare lab, killing 66 people and many livestock.
  • Real World: July 9. A note purportedly written by the rumored Nazi fugitive network ODESSA claims responsibility for a car bombing aimed at "Nazi hunters" Serge and Beate Klarsfeld in France.
  • Real World: September 22. A mysterious flash- possibly a nuclear weapons test by South Africa or Israel- is detected in either the south Atlantic or Indian Oceans between the Norway-dependent island of Bouvet and the South Africa-dependent Prince Edward Islands.
  • Real World: November 4. The U.S. embassy in Tehran is seized by Iranian radicals, beginning the Iran Hostage Crisis.

Undated Events

  • Tick (Live): The Red Scare is built and programmed to kill President Jimmy Carter. ("Pilot Episode")
  • Real World: The Guardian Angels are formed in New York City.

New Fictional Works

Notable Books

The Dead Zone by Stephen King, Ghost Story by Peter Straub.

Notable Films

Alien, The Amityville Horror, Mad Max, Moonraker, Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Notable Television Series

  • Beginning: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Fred and Barney Meet the Thing, Jason of Star Command, The New Adventures of Flash Gordon, Quatermass, Sapphire and Steel, Spider-Woman, Star Blazers (U.S.).
  • Continuing: Blake's 7 (Season 2), Challenge of the Super Friends becomes The World's Greatest Super Friends, Doctor Who (Season 17), The Incredible Hulk (Season 2), The Tomorrow People (Season 8).
  • Ending: Godzilla and the Super 90, The New Fantastic Four.

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