Top 20 Things That Happened In 1982
By Nadia Noir
Their big hit “I Ran” was released in 1982, a pretty dull year for all intents and purposes.
Do you remember what you were doing in 1982? Here’s twenty facts to stir your memory.
- Time Magazine names the Man of the Year as the COMPUTER. It’s all downhill from here.
- That same year, the Commodore 64 8-bit home computer is launched.
- First ever CD player is sold in Japan.
- Emoticons are created! They were invented by a computer scientist at Carnegie Melon to add emotion to computer interaction. :)
- John Belushi dies of a drug overdose at the age of 33. :(
- Michael Jackson releases his album Thriller, to this day still one of the most popular albums ever.
- Sea Biscuit wins a triple crown.
- Robert Jarvik is the recipient of the the first permanent artificial heart implant.
- Chariots of Fire wins the Academy Award for Best Picture. “Bette Davis Eyes” wins a Grammy for Song of the Year.
- The most popular television show was 60 minutes. God, that’s boring.
- Unemployment in 1982 was 9.7%. In 2012, it was 7.7.%. Maybe we aren’t as bad off as we think?
- Nadia Noir was born. :)
- So, was Prince William, son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
- Both Fast Times at Ridgemont High and ET came out that year. Boobs and aliens. Can’t go wrong.
- Cats comes out on Broadway and is the longest running Broadway play EVER.
- The most popular song of the year was Olivia Newton John’s “Physical.”
- A 7-year-old Drew Barrymore hosts Saturday Night Live.
- Speaking of kids, the most popular toys that Christmas were Strawberry Shortcake, Smurfs, My Little Pony, BMX Bikes, Trivial Pursuit, and Sequence.
- The house of Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones burns down.
- The Oakland Raiders become the Los Angeles Raiders. That didn’t last long.