Top 20 Things That Happened In 1982

By Nadia Noir

We’re a little more than excited for Jack FM’s Flashback Prom featuring A Flock Of Seagulls on Friday, May 9th at Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City.

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. 🙂

    Photo by Vince Gatto//Getty Images

    Photo by Vince Gatto//Getty Images

  • 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.

    Photo by Michael Jackson//Getty Images

    Photo by Michael Jackson//Getty Images

  • 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. 🙂

    Photo by Getty Images

    Photo by Getty Images

  • 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.

    Photo by Kevork Djansezian//Getty Images

    Photo by Kevork Djansezian//Getty Images

  • 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.




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