* Pete Rose collects his 4,000th career hit, while in a Montreal Expos uniform on April 13, and then returns to Cincinnati in August as player-manager.
* Peter Ueberroth, who served as president of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, becomes the new commissioner on Oct. 1.
* Geraldine Ferraro becomes first woman to run for a national office on a major political party ticket.
* Vanessa Williams abdicates her Miss America crown.
* Elizabeth Taylor marries for the eighth time.
* Mary Lou Retton captures the all-around gold in women's gymnastics.
* The last episode of "Little House on the Prairie" airs.
* Ronald Reagan is re-elected president.