Herscher Tigers

Herscher High School Class of '82 30th Reunion
August 18,  2012


Cost of Living

Yearly Inflation Rate: 13.58%

Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average: 963

Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve: 21.50%

Average Cost of new house: $68,700

Median Price Of and Existing Home: $62,200

Average Income per year: $19,500.00

Average Monthly Rent: $300.00

Cost of a gallon of Gas: $1.19

Average cost new car: $7,200.00

Men's Casual Shirt: $14.00

Datsun 210 Sedan: $4,516

Pontiac Firebird: $5,992

Magnavox VHS Video Recorder: $699

VHS Home Movie Camera: $1,599

Ground Beef: $1.39 per pound

Ivory Dish Soap: $0.79

Navel Oranges: $1.39 for 10

US GDP (1998 dollars): $2,784.20 billion

Federal Spending: $590.95 billion

Federal debt: $909.1 billion

Median Household Income (current dollars): $17,710

Consumer Price Index: 82.4

Unemployment: 7.1%

Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.15

Nobel Prizes

Physics : James Watson Cronin, Val Logsdon Fitch

Chemistry : Paul Berg, Walter Gilbert, Frederick Sanger

Medicine : Baruj Benacerraf, Jean Dausset, George D. Snell

Literature : Czesław Miłosz

Peace : Adolfo Pérez Esquivel

Economics : Lawrence Klein

Major Events


01/04: President Jimmy Carter proclaims a grain embargo against the USSR with the support of the European Commission.

01/07: President Jimmy Carter signs legislation approving $1.5 billion in loan guarantees to bail out the Chrysler Corporation.

01/22: Andrei Sakharov, Soviet scientist and human rights activist, is arrested in Moscow.

01/24: The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad is ordered liquidated due to bankruptcy and debt owed to creditors.

01/26: Israel and Egypt establish diplomatic relations.

01/27: Six U.S. diplomats, posing as Canadians, manage to escape from Tehran as they board a flight to Zürich.


02/02: Abscam: FBI personnel target members of the Congress of the United States in a sting operation.

02/13: The 1980 Winter Olympics open in Lake Placid, New York.

02/22: The United States Olympic Hockey Team defeats the Soviet Union in the semifinals of the Winter Olympics, "The Miracle on Ice".

02/23: Ayatollah Khomeini states that Iran's parliament will decide the fate of the American embassy hostages.


03/01: The Voyager 1 probe confirms the existence of Janus, a moon of Saturn.

03/08: The Soviet Union's first rock music festival starts.

03/21: President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

03/24: The Australia Olympic Committee announces it will send an Olympic delegation to Moscow, despite objections by Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.

03/24: Archbishop Óscar Romero is killed by gunmen while celebrating Mass in San Salvador. At his funeral 6 days later, 42 people are killed amid gunfire and bombs.

03/31: Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad operates its final train.


04/07: The U.S. severs diplomatic relations with Iran and imposes economic sanctions.

04/14: Iron Maiden's self-titled debut album is released.

04/21: Rosie Ruiz wins the Boston Marathon, but is later exposed as a fraud and stripped of her award.

04/25: A commando mission in Iran to rescue American embassy hostages is aborted after mechanical problems ground the rescue helicopters. Eight United States troops are killed in a mid-air collision during the failed operation, (Operation Eagle Claw).

04/30: Six Iranian-born terrorists take over the Iranian embassy in London. SAS retakes the Embassy on May 5; 1 terrorist survives.


05/04: Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito dies.

05/07: Paul Geidel, convicted of second-degree murder in 1911, is released from prison in Beacon, New York after 68 years and 245 days
(the longest-ever time served by an inmate).

05/17: A Tampa, Florida court acquits 4 white police officers of killing Arthur McDuffie, a black insurance executive, provoking 3 days of race riots in Miami.

05/18: Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, killing 57 and causing $3 billion in damage.

05/21: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is released.

05/22: Pac-Man (the best-selling arcade game of all time) is released.

05/24: The International Court of Justice calls for the release of U.S. Embassy hostages in Tehran.

05/24: The New York Islanders win their first Stanley Cup in overtime of game six of the Stanley Cup.

05/25: Johnny Rutherford wins Indianapolis 500 for a third time.


06/01: The Cable News Network (CNN) is officially launched.

06/09: Comedian Richard Pryor is badly burned trying to freebase cocaine.

06/10: A Unabomber bomb injures United Airlines president Percy Wood in Lake Forest, Illinois.

06/27: In response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, President Jimmy Carter signs Proclamation 4771, requiring 18- to 25-year-old males to register fort the draft.


07/09: Pope John Paul II visits Brazil; 7 people are crushed to death in a crowd meeting him.

07/16: Former California Governor and actor Ronald Reagan (R) is nominated for President

07/19: The 1980 Summer Olympics begin in Moscow.

07/25: The album Back in Black is released by the Australian band AC/DC.

07/27: The deposed Shah of Iran dies in Cairo.


08/07: Lech Wałęsa leads the first of many strikes at the Gdańsk Shipyard in Poland.

08/14: President Jimmy Carter defeats Senator Edward Kennedy to win the Democraic nomination.

08/31: Victory of the strike in Gdańsk Shipyard. Gdańsk Agreement is signed.


09/17: The nationwide independent trade union Solidarity is established after weeks of strikes at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk.

09/17: Former Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Debayle is killed in Asunción, Paraguay.

09/22: The command council of Iraq orders its army to "deliver its fatal blow on Iranian military targets" initiating the Iran–Iraq War.

09/30: Digital Equipment Corporation, Intel and Xerox introduce the DIX standard for Ethernet communication.


10/10: British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher delivers her famous 'The lady's not for turning' speech.

10/14: The Staggers Rail Act is enacted, deregulating American railroads.

10/21: The Philadelphia Phillies win the World Series beating the Kansas City Royals 4–2 in game 6.

10/27: Six Provisional Irish Republican Army prisoners in Maze prison refuse food and demand status as political prisoners. The hunger strike lasts until December.

10/31: The Polish government recognizes Solidarity.


11/04: Ronald Reagan is elected President defeating Jimmy Carter.

11/10: The NASA space probe Voyager I begins its closest approach to Saturn.

11/20: The Gang of Four trial begins in China.

11/21: A then-record number of viewers tune into the TV soap opera Dallas to learn "Who Shot J.R.?".


12/02: American missionary Jean Donovan and three Roman Catholic nuns are murdered by a military death squad in El Salvador while doing charity work during the country's civil war.

12/08: John Lennon is murdered in New York City.

12/16: During a summit on the island of Bali, OPEC decides to raise the price of petroleum by 10%.

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