What Happened in 1982

Significant Events

  • Apr 2 Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain
  • Apr 17 Proclamation of the Constitution Act by Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau
  • May 2 Falklands War: Argentine cruiser General Belgrano sunk by British submarine Conqueror, killing more than 350 men
  • Jun 6 30,000 Israeli troops invade Lebanon to drive out the PLO
  • Jun 14 Argentina surrenders to Great Britain, ending the 74-day Falklands Islands conflict
  • Oct 14 US President Reagan proclaims a war on drugs
  • Oct 27 China announces its population has reached 1 billion plus people
  • Nov 16 Space Shuttle Columbia completes its 1st operational flight
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1982 in Film & TV

1982 in Music

  • Feb 14 "Night of 100 Stars" takes place at NY's Radio City Music Hall
  • Mar 26 Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder release "Ebony & Ivory" in the UK
  • Jul 24 Single "Eye Of The Tiger" by Survivor from "Rocky III" soundtrack starts 6-week run at No. 1 on US charts (Grammy for Best Rock Performance)
  • Jul 27 Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's musical "Little Shop of Horrors" opens Off-Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre in NYC
  • Oct 1 Marvin Gaye releases his last studio album "Midnight Love" featuring single "Sexual Healing"

1982 in Sport

  • Jan 2 "The Epic in Miami", in 85 degree heat (Fahrenheit), the San Diego Chargers defeat the Miami Dolphins 41-38 in overtime in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, a game that set numerous playoff scoring records
  • Jan 10 "The Catch" - iconic moment in NFL history - Dwight Clark makes a fingertip catch for a touchdown from Joe Montana with 58 seconds left (SF 49ers win the game and go on to win the Super Bowl)
  • Sep 21 NFL players begin a 57 day strike
  • Nov 12 Zaheer Abbas gets his 100th 100 in Test Cricket for Pakistan v India, goes to 215
  • Nov 13 A boxing match held in Las Vegas, Nevada, ends when Ray Mancini defeats Duk Koo Kim. Kim's death on November 17 led to significant changes in the sport.

Did You Know?

1st permanent artificial heart successfully implanted (U of Utah) in retired dentist Barney Clark; lived 112 days with Jarvic-7 heart

On December 2, 1982


World Leaders in 1982

Famous People in 1982

Would You Believe?

Michael Fagan breaks into Buckingham Palace and enters the Queen's bedroom in Buckingham Palace, London

On July 9, 1982

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