Information for the Year 1982

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  • British overcome Argentina in Falklands war (April 2-June 15).
  • Israel invades Lebanon in attack on PLO.
  • Princess Grace, 52, dies of injuries when car plunges off mountain road; daughter Stephanie, 17, suffers serious injuries (Sept. 14).
  • Leonid I. Brezhnev, Soviet leader, dies at 75 (Nov. 10). Yuri V. Andropov, 68, chosen as successor (Nov. 15).
  • Population:   4.610 billion
  • Nobel Peace Prize:  Alva Myrdal (Sweden) and Alfonso García Robles (Mexico)
  • John W. Hinckley, Jr. found not guilty because of insanity in shooting of President Reagan (June 21).
  • Alexander M. Haig, Jr., resigns as Secretary of State (June 25).
  • Equal Rights Amendment fails ratification (June 30).
  • President:  Ronald W. Reagan
  • Vice President:  George Bush
  • Population:  231,664,458
  • Life expectancy:  74.5 years
  • US GDP (1998 dollars):   $3,242.10 billion
  • Federal spending:   $745.76 billion
  • Federal debt:   $1137.3 billion
  • Median Household Income(current dollars): $20,171
  • Consumer Price Index:   96.5
  • Unemployment:  9.7%
  • Cost of a first-class stamp:  $0.20
  • Super Bowl  San Francisco 49'ers defeated Cincinnati Bengals (SCORE 26-21)
  • World Series of Baseball  St. Louis Cardinals defeated Milwaukee Brewers
  • National Basketball Association Championship  LA Lakers defeated Philadelphia 76ers
  • National Hockey League Stanley Cup  New York Islanders defeated Vancouver Canucks
  • Women Wimbledon Tennis  Martina Navratilova defeated Chrissy Evert Lloyd (6-1 3-6 6-2)
  • Men Wimbledon Tennis   Jimmy Connors defeated John McEnroe (3-6 6-3 6-7 7-6 6-4)
  • Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion   Gato Del Sol
  • National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship  North Carolina defeated Georgetown (SCORE 63-62)
  • National College Athletic Association Football Champions  Penn St. (RECORD 11-1-0)
  • Michael Jackson releases Thriller, which sells more than 25 million copies, becoming the biggest-selling album in history.
  • John Belushi dies of a drug overdose at age 33.
  • Cats opens on Broadway. Becomes Broadway's longest-running play.
  • Academy Award, Best Picture:  Chariots of Fire
  • Grammy Award - Record of the Year  Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes
  • Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy  Barney Miller - ABC
  • Miss America:   Elizabeth Ward (Arizona)
  • A permanent artificial heart is implanted in a human for first time in Dr. Barney B. Clark, 61, at University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City (Dec. 2).
  • The space shuttle Columbia makes its first mission, deploying two communications satellites (Nov. 16).
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) diagnostic machines are introduced in Britain.
  • Washington University in St. Louis develops the Flavr Savr tomato, the first genetically-engineered plant approved for sale.

 

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