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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