Not So Common Sense

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The Year 1982 From The People History

What happened in 1982: Major News Stories include Michael Jackson releases Thriller Album, First CD player sold in Japan, Dutch Elm Disease destroys millions of Elm Trees, Tylenol capsules laced with potassium cyanide kill 7 in Chicago, Times man of The Year is THE COMPUTER, Disney Futuristic Park EPCOT opens, UK and Argentina go to war over the Falklands, Recession starts in the United States, The Mary Rose, flagship of Henry VIII raised in the Solent.

Cost Of Living 1982

How Much things cost in 1982
Yearly Inflation Rate USA6.16 %
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 1046
Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve 11.50%
Average Cost of new house $82,200
Median Price Of and Existing Home $67,800
Average Income per year $21,050.00
Average Monthly Rent $320.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 91 cents
New Car Average price $7,983.00
US Postage Stamp 20 cents
More Prices Examples
Tomatoes Lb 39 cents
Bag Cheese Puffs 89 cents
Loaf White Sliced bread 50 cents
Comodore Vic 20 $299.95
Satellite Receiver $245.95
Walking / Jogging Machine $199.95
GMC 1500 Pickup $5,400
Sony 19 inch Color TV $499
Outdoor Gas Grill $199.95

What Events Happened In 1982


  • Doctors performed the first implant of a permanent artificial heart designed by Robert Jarvik
  • Severe recession begins in the United States.
  • The world’s largest oil rig ( The Ocean Ranger ) sinks in the north Atlantic
  • All time record temperature lows in dozens of cities throughout the Midwestern United States.
  • The largest cash robbery in History occurs in New York when $9,800,000 is stolen from an armored car
  • The First Issue of USA Today is published
  • Disney Futuristic Park EPCOT ( Experimental Community Of Tomorrow )is opened
  • Around 700,000 demonstrators gathered in New York City’s Central Park protesting the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC is dedicated


  • The International Whaling Commission decides to end commercial whaling


  • First CD player sold in Japan
  • The Weather Channel airs on cable television for the first time.
  • The Soviet Spaceship Vanera 13 lands on Venus and sends back color Photographs
  • 20 million Elm Trees die in the UK through Dutch Elm Disease
  • The First Commercial use of Genetic Engineering is Launched when human insulin produced by bacteria is marketed
  • Times man of The Year is THE COMPUTER

1982 Mens And Womens Fashion Clothes

Fashion Clothing From 1982

1982 Childrens Toys

Kids Toys From 82

Popular Culture 1982

Smileys 1982 was the year a computer scientist ( Scott Fahlman ) from Carnegie Mellon University first suggested the use of Smiley or emoticon as a way of expressing emotion in an email 🙂

Freeware first used by Andrew Flueleman and Jim Knopf to distribute their application which allowed programs to be copied, in 1984 the distribution of this type of software changed from freeware to Shareware ( name thought up by Bob Wallace )

  • Michael Jackson releases his second adult solo album, Thriller.
  • Graceland the home of Elvis Presley opens to the public
  • The screen legend Grace Kelly / Princess Grace of Monaco dies on September 14th in car crash

Popular Films

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Rocky III
  • On Golden Pond
  • Porky’s
  • An Officer and a Gentleman
  • The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Poltergeist
  • Annie
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Gandhi

Popular Musicians

  • Human League with ” Don’t You Want Me “
  • Bucks Fizz
  • The Jam
  • Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder with ” Ebony and Ivory “
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • Vangelis
  • Steve Miller band With ” Abracadabra “
  • Survivor with ” Eye of The Tiger “
  • Chicago with ” Hard to Say I’m Sorry “
  • Lionel Richie

Popular TV Programmes

  • Magnum, P.I.
  • The Other Arf (UK)
  • Dynasty
  • Falcon Crest
  • Hill Street Blues
  • Only Fools and Horses (UK)
  • Knight Rider

Born This Year 1982

Andy Roddick, August 30th
LeAnn Rimes, August 28th
Kelly Clarkson, April 24th

Born March 8th, 1982

Kat Von D, Mexican-American tattoo artist
Craig Stansberry, American baseball player
Nicolas Armindo, race car driver

And of course ME!