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1982

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Major Events of 1982

1982 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXXXII) was the 82nd year of the 20th century. 1982 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Friday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1982.
News Events of 1982

Argentina invades Falkland Islands, a British colony, resulting in Falklands War. The war ends with a British victory.

First artifical heart transplant.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated in Washington D.C.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial


Israel invades Lebanon .

King Fahd succeeds to the throne of Saudi Arabia.

King Fahd


John Hinckley found not guilty by reason of insanity, for the attempted assassination of US President Ronald Reagan.

Ronald Reagan


Jean-Loup Chretien is the first French man in space.

The Mary Rose, a sunken Tudor battleship is raised from the sea near Portsmouth, England.

John De Lorean is arrested for trafficking in cocaine (he will later be acquitted).

Commodore 64 computer released. It goes on (and remains to this day), the biggest selling computer in history.

Commodore 64


First 3½ inch floppy disks introduced.

3½ inch Floppy Disk


European Community adopts the European flag.

European Flag


The International Whaling Commission decides to end commercial whaling by 1985-1986.

First Compact Discs (CDs) released to the public.

Compact Disc


Honda becomes the first Asian automobile company to begin producing cars in the United States.

Michael Jackson's album Thriller is released. It goes on to become the biggest selling album in history.

Michael Jackson




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