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1982 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1982 – Peruvian Javier Pérez de Cuéllar becomes the first Latin American to hold the title of Secretary-General of the United Nations.
- January 25, 1982 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Dog in Chinese astrology.
- February 13, 1982 – Río Negro massacre in Guatemala.
- June 3, 1982 – The Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom, Shlomo Argov, is shot on a London street. He survives but is permanently paralysed.
- June 19, 1982 – In one of the first militant attacks by Hezbollah, David S. Dodge, president of the American University in Beirut, is kidnapped.
- June 23, 1982 – Chinese American Vincent Chin is beaten to death in Highland Park, Michigan, by two auto workers who had mistaken him for Japanese and who were angry about the success of Japanese auto companies.
- July 20, 1982 – Hyde Park and Regents Park bombings: The Provisional IRA detonates two bombs in Hyde Park and Regents Park in central London, killing eight soldiers, wounding forty-seven people, and leading to the deaths of seven horses.
- September 29, 1982 – The 1982 Chicago Tylenol murders begin when the first of seven individuals dies in metropolitan Chicago.
- October 14, 1982 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan proclaims a War on Drugs.
- November 3, 1982 – The Salang tunnel fire in Afghanistan kills up to 2,000 people.
Who Were Born On 1982?
- January 29, 1982 – Adam Lambert, American actor and singer
- February 5, 1982 – Wheesung, Korean R&B singer
- June 19, 1982 – Alexander Frolov, Russian hockey player
- July 8, 1982 – Sophia Bush, American actress
- September 2, 1982 – Mandy Cho, Hong Kong actress
- September 13, 1982 – Lloyd Dyer, English footballer
- September 30, 1982 – Seth Smith, American baseball player
- November 26, 1982 – Keith Ballard, American hockey player
- December 6, 1982 – Sean Ervine, Zimbabwean cricketer
- December 9, 1982 – Tamilla Abassova, Russian cyclist