General Facts about the year you entered the “real world” in 1977:
Average Cost of new house $49,300.00
Average Income per year $15,000.00
Average Monthly Rent $240.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 65 cents
Loaf of bread 36 cents
The New York City Blackout lasts for 25 hours and results in looting and disorder
The US returns the Panama Canal back to Panama
Jimmy Carter Elected President of United States
French is adopted as the official language of Quebec
World Trade Center in New York, is completed
US Population reaches 216 million
The first Apple II computers went on sale
NASA space shuttle makes its first test flight off the back of a jetliner
Star Wars opens in cinemas and filmgoers line up for hours to see it
"The King" Elvis Presley Dies at the age of 42 from a heart attack August 16th
William & Mary historical events from when you were a student:
1972-The College initiated Project Plus, an innovative educational program in which 84 students lived and studied together under the same faculty who taught in the residence itself. The new residence hall complex provided the facilities for the program.
1972-The Order of the White Jacket was founded with the goal of strengthening bonds among alumni who worked their way through the College by holding food service jobs. OWJ operates as a recognized special interest group of the Society of the Alumni.
1973-The College of William and Mary established its first language house in the new residence hall complex to provide a common environment for students pursuing a foreign language.
1973-The first major renovation of the President's House in more than 40 years was completed.
1974-The first volume of The Papers of John Marshall was published by the Institute of Early American History and Culture, co-sponsored by the College of William and Mary and Colonial Williamsburg.
1975-William and Mary became one of the first universities to be named a Bicentennial Campus by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration.
1975-A new chemistry and philosophy building was named for William Barton Rogers, alumnus and former professor who was a founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
1976-The newly created Virginia Research Center for Archaeology was located at the College of William and Mary. The Commonwealth of Virginia charged the center with the responsibility of overseeing all archaeological research for the state.
1976-A Presidential Debate, the third of the 1976 campaign, between President Gerald R. Ford and Democratic nominee Jimmy Carter, was held in Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall.
1976-The United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa met at William and Mary to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Phi Beta Kappa by students at the College of William and Mary on December 5, 1776.