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1980

Prince Charles and Lady Diana

Apple MacIntosh

Space Shuttle Challenger

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Population

226,542,199 U.S. Resident Population
64.0
Population per square mile of land area
11.4
Percent increase of population from 1970 to 1980
50
Number of States

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The 1980 Census

Cost $1.1 billion
Cost per Capita (cents) 486.5
Total Pages in Published Reports 300,000
Number of Enumerators 458,523
Census Bureau Director Vincent Barabba
Number of Questions on the Questionnaire 19
Number of Questions on the Long Form 52

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10 Largest Urban Places

Rank
Place
Population
1
New York City, NY 7,071,639
2
Chicago, IL 3,005,072
3
Los Angeles, CA 2,966,850
4
Philadelphia, PA 1,688,210
5
Houston, TX 1,595,138
6
Detroit, MI 1,203,339
7
Dallas, TX 904,078
8
San Diego, CA 875,538
9
Phoenix, AZ 789,704
10
Baltimore, MD 786,775

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Pop Culture

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  • On April 12, 1980, the United States Olympic Committee voted to boycott the Summer Olympics in Moscow in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
  • Mark David Chapman murders John Lennon outside the Dakota Hotel in New York City, NY, the evening of December 8, 1980.
  • Prince Charles and Lady Diana marry at Westminister Abbey on July 29, 1981.
  • The musical Cats debuts on Broadway, October 8, 1982. It would hold the record for most performances (7,484) until surpassed by The Phantom of the Opera in January 2006.
  • Apple Computer® launches its Macintosh computer in 1984.
  • The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes 74 seconds after liftoff on January 28, 1986.
  • Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express wins the 1986 Caldecott Award.
  • The stock market loses 22.6 percent of its value on "Black Monday," October 19, 1987.
  • Sylvester Stallone stars in 1988's Rambo III following the success with Rambo: First Blood (1982) and Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985).
  • Best selling author Tom Clancy concludes a successful decade with the publication of Clear and Present Danger in 1989. The book follows previous bestsellers The Hunt for Red October (1984), Red Storm Rising (1986), Patriot Games (1987), and The Cardinal of the Kremlin (1988).

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