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What Happened in 1982 Important News and Events, Key Technology and Popular Culture

What happened in 1982 Major News Stories include Michael Jackson releases Thriller Album, First CD player sold in Japan, Dutch Elm Disease destorys millions of Elm Trees, Tylenol capsules laced with potassium cyanide kill 7 in Chicago, Times man of The Year is THE COMPUTER, Disney Futuristic Park EPCOT opens, Recession starts in the United States, The Mary Rose, flagship of Henry VIII raised in the Solent. New technology continues to change our buying habits with smaller and cheaper electronic gadgets appearing including and a new industry is just beginning with the use of Genetic Engineering human insulin produced by bacteria is sold for the first time. On the world stage Argentina invades the Falkland Islands and Argentina and the UK go to war over a small island thousands of miles away. After many reports of Whales becoming and endangered species the International Whaling Commission decides to end commercial whaling, and a major recession hits the United States.

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Cost of Living 1982

How Much things cost in 1982
Yearly Inflation Rate USA6.16 %
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 1046
Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve 11.50%
Average Cost of new house $82,200
Median Price Of and Existing Home $67,800
Average Income per year $21,050.00
Average Monthly Rent $320.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 91 cents
New Car Average price $7,983.00
US Postage Stamp 20 cents
Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling
Average House Price 23,644
Gallon of Petrol 1.59
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 8.6%
Interest Rates Year End Bank of England 10.00%
More Prices Examples
Tomatoes Lb 39 cents
Bag Cheese Puffs 89 cents
Loaf White Sliced bread 50 cents
Comodore Vic 20 $299.95
Satellite Receiver $245.95
Walking / Jogging Machine $199.95
GMC 1500 Pickup $5,400
Sony 19 inch Color TV $499
Outdoor Gas Grill $199.95

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New Single Family Homes Just building new choose color and appliances if you order now from $64,900


United States - Michael Jackson's Thriller

Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking album “Thriller” was released during November. The King of Pop’s nine song album was produced by legendary musician Quincy Jones and was Jackson’s sixth studio album. It featured hit songs like Billie Jean, Beat It, Human Nature, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing), Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, and the eponymous Thriller. It was also known for the 14-minute long horror-themed music video with memorable choreography that took MTV by storm. Since its release it has become the one of the highest-selling albums of all time.


United States -- AT&T Ordered to Break Up

1. The break-up of the AT&T monopoly was ordered during January of 1982.
2. The US government’s deal with the AT&T Corporation stated that AT&T would give up control of the Bell System (colloquially called Ma Bell) that had owned most of the telephone services in the United States and Canada since the 1940s.
3. The agreement came as the result of an anti-trust case brought against the company in 1974 by the US Department of Justice.
4. The break-up of the Bell System officially became effective two years later in 1984 when it was split into seven different independent Regional Bell operating Companies, informally known as “Baby Bells."


Canada -- Proclamation of the Constitution Act

Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau signed the Proclamation of the Constitution Act in Canada during April. The Canada Act, as it was also known, finalized the patriation process that had been ongoing in Canada for years, resulting in the establishment of full sovereignty and independence of the nation. The proclamation also included the Canadian Carter of Rights and Freedoms which outlined 34 basic rights that would be guaranteed in the country.

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Argentina invades the Falkland Islands / Maldives

Argentina invades the Falkland Islands / Maldives on March 19th , and the UK sends the Royal Navy, RAF and the Army and retakes possession of the Falkland Islands during the conflict Argentine Exocet missile sinks HMS Sheffield on May 4th and the Nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sinks the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano. Argentina surrenders on June 14th

NASA STS-3 Mission

NASA’s STS-3 mission launched on March 22nd. This was the third mission for the Space Shuttle Columbia and it launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The commander of the mission was Jack R. Lousma and the pilot was C. Gordon Fullerton. Sally Ride, who would become the first American woman in space the following year, was a member of the support crew. The two-man crew completed their mission objectives and several experiments during orbit. STS-3 successfully landed at the White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico after eight days on March 30th.


1982 Mens and Womens Fashion Clothes

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Fashion Clothing From 1982

Calendar For The Year 1982

1982 Calendar

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Toys From The Year 1982

Kids Toys From 82


More News and Key Events From 1982

Carlos the Jackal
  • Wave of Terrorist attacks in France by Carlos the Jackal

Record low temperatures
  • All time record lows in dozens of cities throughout the Midwestern United States.

  • Israeli forces invade Lebanon
  • Thousands of palestinian refugees in refugee camps in West Beirut murdered by Lebanese militia

  • Israeli returns Sinai to Egypt

$9,800,000 is stolen
  • The largest cash robbery in History occurs in New York when $9,800,000 is stolen from an armored car

USA Today
  • The First Issue of USA Today is published

  • Disney Futuristic Park EPCOT ( Experimental Community Of Tomorrow )is opened

IRA bombing campaign in London
  • The Provisional IRA continues it's bombing campaign in London and Mainland Britain

Laker Airways
  • Laker Airways the first of the low cost airlines operating out of the UK Folds

Demonstrations New York
  • Around 700,000 demonstrators gathered in New York City's Central Park protesting the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Michael Fagan
  • Michael Fagan Brakes Into The Queens Bedroom in Buckingham Palace

International Whaling Commission
  • The International Whaling Commission decides to end commercial whaling

Tylenol capsules laced with potassium cyanide
  • Tylenol capsules laced with potassium cyanide kill 7 in Chicago September 29th

The Mary Rose
  • The Mary Rose, flagship of Henry VIII of England is raised in the Solent on October 11th and taken to Portsmouth Dockyard where it is preserved and on show to the public

Channel 4
  • Channel 4 is launched in UK

Lech Walesa
  • Lech Walesa, leader of the outlawed Solidarity movement is released after 11 months in jail

Yassar Arafat elected
  • Yassar Arafat elected the President of the Palestinian National Council

First artificial heart US
  • Doctors performed the first implant of a permanent artificial heart designed by Robert Jarvik

Severe recession begins in the United States
  • Severe recession begins in the United States.

The Ocean Ranger
  • The world's largest oil rig ( The Ocean Ranger ) sinks in the north Atlantic

Clifford Robert Olson
  • The Serial killer Clifford Robert Olson is covicted and given 11 concurrent life sentences for the murder of 11 children in Canada

Italy Wins World Cup
  • Italy Wins 1982 World Cup in Spain

Leonid Brezhnev
  • Leonid Brezhnev the General Secretary of the Communist Party dies of a heart attack while in office.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC is dedicated

  • Gates connecting Gibraltar are opened after 13 years to allow pedestrian access to and from Spain

El Chichon Earthquake
  • Earthquake and a volcanic eruption at El Chichon in southern Mexico kills thousands

Popular Culture 1982

Smileys 1982 was the year a computer scientist ( Scott Fahlman ) from Carnegie Mellon University first suggested the use of Smiley or emoticon as a way of expressing emotion in an email :-)

Freeware first used by Andrew Flueleman and Jim Knopf to distribute their application which allowed programs to be copied, in 1984 the distribution of this type of software changed from freeware to Shareware ( name thought up by Bob Wallace )
  • Michael Jackson releases his second adult solo album, Thriller.
  • Graceland the home of Elvis Presley opens to the public
  • The screen legend Grace Kelly / Princess Grace of Monaco dies on September 14th in car crash

Popular Films

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Rocky III,
  • On Golden Pond
  • Porky's
  • An Officer and a Gentleman
  • The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Poltergeist
  • Annie
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Gandhi

Popular Musicians

  • Human League with " Don't You Want Me "
  • Bucks Fizz
  • The Jam
  • Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder with " Ebony and Ivory "
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • Vangelis
  • Steve Miller band With " Abracadabra "
  • Survivor with " Eye of The Tiger "
  • Chicago with " Hard to Say I'm Sorry "
  • Lionel Richie

Popular TV Programmes

  • Magnum, P.I.
  • The Other Arf (UK)
  • Dynasty
  • Falcon Crest
  • Hill Street Blues
  • Only Fools and Horses (UK)
  • Knight Rider

Born This Year

Born This Year 1982

Andy Roddick August 30th
LeAnn Rimes August 28th
Kelly Clarkson April 24th


  • First CD player sold in Japan
  • The Weather Channel airs on cable television for the first time.
  • The Soviet Spaceship Vanera 13 lands on Venus and sends back color Photographs
  • 20 million Elm Trees die in the UK through Dutch Elm Disease
  • The First Commercial use of Genetic Engineering is Launched when human insulin produced by bacteria is marketed
  • Times man of The Year is THE COMPUTER
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Major World Political Leaders

Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser Brazil President João Figueiredo Canada Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau

China Chairman of the People's Republic of China Post Abolished

France President François Mitterrand

Germany Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Till 1 October
Germany Chancellor Helmut Kohl From 1 October
India Prime Minister Indira Gandhi

Italy Prime Minister Giovanni Spadolini Till 1 December
Italy Prime Minister Amintore Fanfani From 1 December
Japan Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki Till 27 November
Japan Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone From 27 November
Mexico President José López Portillo Till 30 November
Mexico President Miguel de la Madrid From 30 November
Russia / Soviet Union
Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars Leonid Brezhnev South Africa Prime Minister Pieter Willem Botha United States President Ronald Reagan United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher