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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.
- March 29, 1982 – The Canada Act 1982 (U.K.) receives the Royal Assent from Queen Elizabeth II, setting the stage for the Queen of Canada to proclaim the Constitution Act, 1982.
- 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 25, 1982 – Greece abolishes the head shaving of recruits in the military.
- August 11, 1982 – A bomb explodes on Pan Am Flight 830, en route from Tokyo to Honolulu, killing one teenager and injuring 15 passengers.
- September 1, 1982 – The United States Air Force Space Command is founded.
- October 8, 1982 – Poland bans Solidarity and all trade unions.
- November 17, 1982 – Duk Koo Kim dies unexpectedly from injuries sustained during a 14-round match against Ray Mancini in Las Vegas, Nevada, prompting reforms in the sport of boxing.
- December 7, 1982 – In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the United States.
Who Were Born On 1982?
- March 13, 1982 – Adam Thomson, New Zealand rugby player
- March 26, 1982 – Nate Kaeding, American football player
- May 5, 1982 – Wouter D'Haene, Belgian flatwater-canoeist
- August 20, 1982 – Youssouf Hersi, Ethiopian footballer
- September 5, 1982 – Sondre Lerche, Norwegian musician
- November 11, 1982 – Gonzalo Canale, Argentine-born Italian rugby player
- November 17, 1982 – Otacílio Mariano Neto, Brazilian footballer
- November 21, 1982 – Ryan Starr, American singer
- November 26, 1982 – Dallas Johnson, Australian rugby league player
- December 19, 1982 – Maurice Williams, American basketball player