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98% of all American homes have a television

The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago, Illinois)

Senate proceedings are broadcast on radio for the first time

In Vitro Fertilisation "the First test tube baby is born"

In 1978:

Inventions in 1978

39th President: Jimmy Carter
January 20th 1977 - Jan 20th 1981

1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am

Photo: Kevin586

The average house cost $55,700
Equivalent today: $186,865

The average car cost $6,300
Equivalent today: $21,136

The average wage was $10,556
Equivalent today: $35,414

1978 Laserdisc

Forerunner of CD and DVD format, but never really took off, partly due to their size - see below a Laserdisc compared to a CD/DVD

1978 Space Invaders

Has earned the Manufacturers Taito US$500 million in revenue. Guinness World Records ranks it the top arcade game

Photo: Stuurm

Photo: Taito