Gary Gilmore was executed by firing squad.
Chicago Consumer Electronics Show debuted the first PC, the Commodore PET
The rings of Uranus were "discovered." Star Wars opened to biggest box office ever.
Johnstown, Pa had another terrible flood
Elvis (may or may not have) died.
Steven Biko did die.
Ted Turner won the America's Cup.
AND... on Sept. 5, Voyager was launched. Still traveling at 36,000 mph, voyager is in the process of leaving the solar system. At least someone (or something) has found a way to avoid the nothingness of the fiscal cliff. The juxtaposition of peeking behind the curtain at the mind of God, while simultaneously dumbing the budget process down on the public was not lost on us. Run away Voyager, run away.