On This Day

What Happened in 1982

Historical 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
  • 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)
  • Oct 14 US President Reagan proclaims a war on drugs
  • Oct 27 China announces its population has reached 1 billion plus people
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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 and Stevie Wonder release the single "Ebony & Ivory" in the UK
  • 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"
  • Oct 7 Musical "Cats" opens at Winter Garden Theater on Broadway, NYC; runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000, wins 7 Tony and 1 Grammy Award
  • Nov 30 "Thriller", 6th studio album by Michael Jackson is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year 1984, best-selling album of all time, Billboard Album of the Year 1983)

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 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys, 28-27; "The Catch" - iconic moment in NFL history - Dwight Clark makes fingertip catch for a TD from Joe Montana with 58" remaining; SF goes on to win 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 WBA lightweight champion Ray Mancini beats South Korean challenger Duk Koo Kim by TKO in 14th round in Las Vegas; Kim collapses, falls into a coma and dies 4 days later; as a result, WBC shortens title bouts to 12 rounds; WBA & WBO follow in 1988, and IBF in 1989
  • Dec 24 Chaminade, with a student body of only 850 students, beats #1 ranked Virginia 77-72 in a Honolulu holiday basketball classic

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

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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