The Senate voted to turn the Panama Canal over to Panama on December 31st, 1999.
The average life span of an American increased to 67, despite the many deaths of young men in Viet Nam. The mandatory retirement age was raised from 65 to 70.
911 members of the People's Temple cult, under the leadership of Reverend Jim Jones, committed suicide in Guyana.
The so-called "Son Of Sam," David Berkowitz, was given six concurrent life sentences for his New York City-area murders.
Americans were urged to stop the practice of making ice cream from snow when it was determined snowflakes contained dangerous levels of lead.
The Marine Corps appointed its first female General.
President Carter declared the Love Canal development in Niagara Falls, New York a disaster area, due to toxic waste leeching through the soil and groundwater. The area had been used as a dump for highly poisonous chemical waste from 1947 to 1953.
9 Lives spokescat Morris died at age 17.
Three's Company became America's number one TV show, but Taxi got the Emmy for outstanding comedy. 11 years after it was launched, 60 Minutes began to win the weekly TV ratings race.
The New York Yankees defeated the L.A. Dodgers four games to two in the World Series.
Saturday Night Fever, National Lampoon's Animal House, The Deer Hunter, Heaven Can Wait and the movie version of Grease were the year's biggest films.
Hit songs included You're The One That I Want by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, Grease by Frankie Valli, Kiss You All Over by Exile and Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees.