1982 events in history

Jan 1 ITV franchise ATV gets replaced by Central
Jan 1 Peruvian Javier Pérez de Cuéllar becomes the first Latin American to hold the title of Secretary-General of the United Nations
Jan 8 The break up of AT&T: AT&T agrees to divest itself of twenty-two subdivisions
Jan 13 Shortly after takeoff, Air Florida Flight 90, a Boeing 737 jet crashes into Washington, D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge and falls into the Potomac River, killing 78 including four motorists
Jan 17 "Cold Sunday": in numerous cities in the United States temperatures fall to their lowest levels in over 100 years
Jan 28 US Army general James L. Dozier is rescued by Italian anti-terrorism forces from captivity by the Red Brigades
Jan 30 Richard Skrenta writes the first PC virus code, which is 400 lines long and disguised as an Apple boot program called "Elk Cloner"
Feb 1 Senegal and the Gambia form a loose confederation known as Senegambia
Feb 2 1982 Hama Massacre: the government of Syria attacks the town of Hama
Feb 13 The Río Negro massacre takes place in Guatemala
Feb 15 The drilling rig Ocean Ranger sinks during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 84 workers
Mar 5 Soviet probe Venera 14 landed on Venus
Mar 19 Falklands War: Argentinian forces land on South Georgia Island, precipitating war with the United Kingdom
Mar 22 NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center on its third mission, STS-3
Mar 23 Guatemala's government, headed by Fernando Romeo Lucas García is overthrown in a military coup by right-wing General Efraín Ríos Montt
Mar 26 A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is held in Washington, D.C
Mar 29 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
Mar 30 Space Shuttle program: STS-3 Mission is completed with the landing of Columbia at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
Apr 2 Falklands War: Argentina invades the Falkland Islands
Apr 6 Estonian Communist Party bureau declares "fight against bourgeois TV"—meaning Finnish TV—a top priority of the propagandists of Estonian SSR
Apr 17 Patriation of the Canadian constitution in Ottawa by Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada
Apr 21 Baseball: Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers becomes the first pitcher to record 300 saves
Apr 25 Israel completes its withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula per the Camp David Accords
Apr 26 Fifty-seven people are killed by former police officer Woo Bum-kon in a shooting spree in Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
Apr 30 The Bijon Setu massacre occurs in Calcutta
May 1 The 1982 World's Fair opens in Knoxville, Tennessee
May 1 Operation Black Buck: The Royal Air Force attacks the Argentine Air Force during Falklands War
May 2 Falklands War: The British nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sinks the Argentine cruiser ARA General Belgrano
May 4 Twenty sailors are killed when the British Type 42 destroyer HMS Sheffield is hit by an Argentinian Exocet missile during the Falklands War
May 12 During a procession outside the shrine of the Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal, security guards overpower Juan María Fernández y Krohn before he can attack Pope John Paul II with a bayonet. Krohn, an ultraconservative Spanish priest opposed to the Vatican II reforms, believed that the Pope had to be killed for being an "agent of Moscow"
May 21 Falklands War: A British amphibious assault during Operation Sutton leads to the Battle of San Carlos
May 24 Liberation of Khorramshahr: Iranians recapture of the port city of Khorramshahr from the Iraqis during the Iran–Iraq War
May 25 HMS Coventry is sunk during the Falklands War
May 29 Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit Canterbury Cathedral
May 29 Falklands War: British forces defeat the Argentines at the Battle of Goose Green
Jun 3 The Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom, Shlomo Argov, is shot on a London street. He survives but is permanently paralysed
Jun 6 A British Army Air Corps Gazelle helicopter is destroyed in a friendly fire incident, resulting in the loss of four lives
Jun 6 The 1982 Lebanon War begins. Forces under Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon invade southern Lebanon during Operation Peace for the Galilee, eventually reaching as far north as the capital Beirut
Jun 7 Priscilla Presley opens Graceland to the public; the bathroom where Elvis Presley died five years earlier was kept off-limits
Jun 8 Bluff Cove Air Attacks during the Falklands War: 56 British servicemen are killed by an Argentine air attack on two landing ships, RFA Sir Galahad and RFA Sir Tristram
Jun 11 The Sentosa Musical Fountain was officially opened as part of the second phase of construction on the island of Sentosa, Singapore
Jun 13 Riccardo Paletti, was killed when he crashed on the start grid for the Canadian Grand Prix
Jun 13 Fahd becomes King of Saudi Arabia upon the death of his brother, Khalid
Jun 14 Falklands War: Argentine forces in the capital Stanley conditionally surrender to British forces
Jun 19 In one of the first militant attacks by Hezbollah, David S. Dodge, president of the American University of Beirut, is kidnapped
Jun 19 The body of "God's Banker", Roberto Calvi, is found hanging beneath Blackfriars Bridge in London
Jun 20 The Argentine base Corbeta Uruguay on Southern Thule surrenders to Royal Marine commandos in the final action of the Falklands War
Jun 21 John Hinckley is found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted assassination of U.S. President Ronald Reagan
Jun 23 Chinese American Vincent Chin dies in a coma after being beaten in Highland Park, Michigan on June 19, by two auto workers who had mistaken him for Japanese and who were angry about the success of Japanese auto companies
Jun 24 "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