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The Library of America begins publishing collected editions of works by major American authors. • Compact discs are introduced by the Sony Corporation of Japan and Philips of the Netherlands. • The Salvador Dali Museum opens in Saint Petersburg, Florida. • Carnegie Hall in New York City undergoes a $20 million renovation. • The J. 1 billion bequest from oil magnate J. Paul Getty, making it the best-endowed museum in America. : The Extra-Terrestrial earns a record $235 million at the box office in only three months.

Grease, the longest-running show on Broadway to date, closes after 3,388 performances. 6 Sept. The Whitney Museum buys Jasper Johns's Three Flags for $1 million, the highest price yet paid for a work by a living artist. 1981 ARTS Movies Arthur, starring Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, and John Gielgud; Atlantic City, starring Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon; Blow Out, directed by Brian De Palma and starring John Travolta and Nancy Allen; Body Heat, starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner; Endless Love, starring Brooke Shields; Escape from New York, starring Kurt Russell; The French Lieutenant's Woman, starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons; Heaven's Gate, starring Christopher Walken and Kris Kristofferson; Mommie Dearest, starring Faye Dunaway; My Dinner with Andre, starring Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory; On Golden Pond, starring Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, and Jane Fonda; Ragtime, starring James Olson, Mary Steenburgen, Howard E.

And Ladies of the Club"; Danielle Steel, Full Circle; John Updike, The Witches of Eastwick; Leon Uris, The Haj; Gore Vidal, Lincoln; John Edgar Wideman, Brothers and Keepers; Richard Yates, Young Hearts Crying. , "The Glamorous Life"; Eurythmics, "Here Comes the Rain Again"; Frankie Goes to Hollywood, "Two Tribes" and "War"; The Go-Go's, "Head Over Heels"; Daryl Hall and John Oates, "Out of Touch" and "Say It Isn't So"; Corey Hart, "Sunglasses at Night"; 30 A M E R I C A N D E C A D E S : 1980-1989 IMPORTANT EVENTS OF THE 1980S Dan Hartman, "I Can Dream About You"; Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson, "To All the Girls I've Loved Before"; Michael Jackson, "Thriller"; Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, "Say Say Say"; The Jacksons, "State of Shock"; Rick James, "17"; Billy Joel, "Uptown Girl"; Elton John, "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" and "Sad Songs (Say So Much)"; Howard Jones, "New Song"; The Judds, "Mama He's Crazy"; Chaka Khan, "I Feel for You"; Laid Back, "White Horse"; Cyndi Lauper, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "She Bop," and "Time After Time"; John Lennon, "Nobody Told Me"; Huey Lewis and the News, "I Want a New Drug," "If This Is It," and "The Heart of Rock 'n' Roll"; Kenny Loggins, "Footloose"; Madonna, "Holiday," "Borderline," and "Lucky Star"; Barbara Mandrell, "Only a Lonely Heart Knows"; John Cougar Mellencamp, "Pink Houses"; Nena, "99 Luftballoons"; Billy Ocean, "Caribbean Queen"; Ollie and Jerry, "Breakin'.

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