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Events in History in April 1982

  • Apr 1 Anguilla (dependent territory of UK) adopts constitution
  • Apr 1 US formally transfers Canal Zone to Panama
  • Apr 2 Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain
  • Apr 3 UN Security Council demanded Argentina withdraw from Falkland Islands
  • Apr 5 British Royal Navy aircraft carriers Invincible and Hermes, with escort vessels, depart Portsmouth, England for the Falkland Islands in response to the Argentine invasion
  • Apr 5 Lord Carrington, British Foreign Secretary resigns for his failure to foresee the invasion of the Falkland Islands
  • Apr 6 Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center from White Sands
  • Apr 7 Iran minister of Foreign affairs Ghotbzadeh arrested
  • Apr 15 Apollo Computer announces DN400, DN420, & landscape display
  • Apr 16 Queen Elizabeth proclaims Canada's new constitution
  • Apr 17 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Apr 17 Proclamation of the Constitution Act by Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • Apr 18 Canada Constitution Act replaces British North America Act
  • Apr 18 Zimbabwean capital Salisbury renamed Harare
  • Apr 19 Guinon Bluford announced as 1st African American NASA astronaut

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Apr 19 Sally Ride is named the 1st American woman astronaut

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride

  • Apr 19 USSR Salyut 7 space station put into orbit
  • Apr 20 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode bombs in Belfast, Derry, Armagh, Ballymena, Bessbrook and Magherafelt; 2 civilians are killed and 12 injured
  • Apr 21 Dr Michael E Bakey performs 1st successful heart implant
  • Apr 21 Dutch Queen Beatrice addresses US Congress
  • Apr 22 Launch of STS-3-Lousma & Fullerton [03/23]
  • Apr 23 Conch Republic is established - secession of the Florida Keys from the United States of America
  • Apr 23 The 8-bit personal home computer the Sinclair ZX Spectrum is released (goes on to sell 5 million worldwide)

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Apr 24 150 Khomeini followers assault student dormitory in West Germany

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Apr 24 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Mike Durbin
  • Apr 25 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 25 In accordance with Camp David, Israel completes Sinai withdrawal
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

UKArgentine Soldiers Surrender in the Falklands

Apr 26 Argentina surrenders to Great Britain on South Georgia Island, near the Falkland Islands

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Argentinian prisoners of war are marched in Port Stanley after they surrendered in the Falklands War
Argentinian prisoners of war are marched in Port Stanley after they surrendered in the Falklands War
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Assassination AttemptRonald Reagan is Shot

Apr 27 Trial of John Hinckley begins for the attempted assassination of US President Ronald Reagan

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The scene moments after John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981
The scene moments after John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981
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  • Apr 29 Alfredo Magana elected President of El Salvador

MurderMurder of Interest

Apr 29 American mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski murders pharmacist Paul Hoffman by beating him with a tire iron

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski
  • Apr 30 Alvaro Magana chosen to succeed Jose N Duarte as President of El Salvador
  • Apr 30 Iranian offensive in Khusistan