(Events are chosen arbitrarily)

January 20: Iran releases the 52 U.S. captives first seized at the U.S. embassy in Teheran.
March 30: Reagan shot by John W. Hinckley, Jr., outside of a Washington D.C. hotel ("Jodie, I love you!")
April 12-14: The space shuttle Columbia was launched on its maiden flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
August 10: Reagan authorizes production of the neutron bomb.
August 25: Voyager 2 (launched 1977) came within 63,000 miles of Saturn.
November 04: Columbia completes its second mission, which was the second flight ever of a reusable spacecraft.
The L.A. Dodgers were the champs
Academy Awards: Best Picture - Chariots of Fire; Best Supporting Actor - John Gielgud for Arthur; Best Sound -Raiders of the Last Ark
John Kennedy Toole wins the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for A Confederacy of Dunces
Rick Springfield wins a Grammy for the Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male
John Lennon and Yoko Ono win an Album of the Year Grammy for Double Fantasy.
Terry Welles was the Playmate of the Year
Admiral Bobby Ray Inman was Deputy Director of the CIA.

...and lots of other stuff.