ormer Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan was elected the 40th President of the United States. As one of his last acts in office President Jimmy Carter proclaimed that the U.S. would boycott the 1980 Olympics to be held in Moscow as the result of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan.
Carlos the Jackal continued his terrorist campaigns in Europe and was the subject of books by both Robert Ludlum in his Bourne trilogies and Tom Clancy’s “Rainbow Six.” The I.R.A. stepped up its bombing of London and Britain. After 444 days being held captive by Iranian students, 52 American hostages were released. The United States was gripped by the worst economic recession in history. On Wall Street, “Greed was good.” CNN became the first 24 hour news service on the fledgling cable television services. Mark David Chapman greets John Lennon and Yoko Ono outside their New York residence, the Dakota, and has the former Beatle sign latest album, Double Fantasy. Five hours later upon the couple’s return home from a recording session, Chapman shots Lennon dead; sits down on the sidewalk and awaits the police.
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