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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 17, 1982 – “Cold Sunday” - in the United States temperatures fell to their lowest levels in over 100 years in numerous cities.
- January 25, 1982 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Dog in Chinese astrology.
- May 29, 1982 – Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit Canterbury Cathedral.
- 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.
- June 24, 1982 – “The Jakarta Incident”: British Airways Flight 9 flies into a cloud of volcanic ash thrown up by the eruption of Mount Galunggung, resulting in the failure of all four engines.
- June 27, 1982 – Space Shuttle Columbia launched from the Kennedy Space Center on the final research and development flight mission, STS-4.
- July 8, 1982 – Assassination attempt against Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Dujail.
- September 20, 1982 – The National Football League players begin a 57-day strike.
- December 23, 1982 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces it has identified dangerous levels of dioxin in the soil of Times Beach, Missouri.
Who Were Born On 1982?
- January 15, 1982 – Benjamin Agosto, American skater
- February 7, 1982 – Osamu Mukai, Japanese actor
- June 16, 1982 – Fraser Cartmell, British triathlete
- June 18, 1982 – Nadir Belhadj, French-born Algerian footballer
- August 20, 1982 – Youssouf Hersi, Ethiopian footballer
- August 28, 1982 – Anderson Silva de França, Brazilian footballer
- September 2, 1982 – Jason Hammel, American baseball player
- September 7, 1982 – Ryoko Shiraishi, Japanese seiyu
- September 19, 1982 – Shaun Barker, English footballer
- October 3, 1982 – Erik von Detten, American actor