- Michael Jackson releases his first breakthrough album ‘Off The Wall.’ It sells over 7 million copies in the United States alone.
- The Music for UNICEF Concert is held in New York City at the United Nations.
- The Bee Gees collect 4 Grammy awards for their album ‘Saturday Night Fever.’
- U2 records their very first locally released single.
- Nickelodeon is launched in the U.S.
- THE DUKES OF HAZZARD premieres on CBS.
- Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo debut in their own animated series.
- The made-for-TV movie ELVIS premieres, with 43 millions viewers watching.
- It’s a big year for the science-fiction genre! STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, the very first movie adaptation of the popular sci-fi show’s franchise, hits theatres.
- Jim Henson’s Muppets also make their first leap to the big screen with THE MUPPET MOVIE.
- Kate Hudson (HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS) and Heath Ledger (THE DARK KNIGHT) are born.
OTHER IMPORTANT EVENTS
- Skylab, NASA’s first orbiting space station, begins its return to Earth after being in orbit for 6 years and 2 months.
- McDonald’s introduces the first Happy Meal in June.
- LEGOS become a hit with their Legoland Space, Legoland Town and Legoland Castle sets.
- Smallpox is eradicated, making it the first human infectious disease to be destroyed.