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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 to become 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

Sports in 1982
  • American Football:

    1982 Super Bowl (Super Bowl XVI):

    • Winning Team: San Francisco 49ers

    • Losing Team: Cincinnati Bengals

    National Football League players stage a 57-day strike.

  • Baseball:

    1982 World Series

    • Winning Team: St. Louis Cardinals

    • Losing Team: Milwaukee Brewers

  • Soccer:

    1982 FIFA World Cup:

    • Host Nation for World Cup Finals: for World Cup Finals: Spain

    • Winners: Italy

    • Runners-Up: West Germany

    1982 European Cup:

    • Winners: Aston Villa

    • Runners-Up: Bayern Munich

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