6 thoughts on “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About 1982…

  1. Adriane August 24, 2011 / 7:12 pm

    Music
    Top 10 Billboard Hits
    1.“Harden My Heart” -Quarterflash
    2.“Rosanna” -Toto
    3.“Eye In the Sky” –Alan Parsons Project
    4.“Gloria” –Laura Branigan
    5.“Who Can It Be Now?” –Men At Work
    6.“Open Arms” -Journey
    7.“Don’t Talk To Strangers” –Rick Springfield
    8.“Maneater” –Hall and Oates
    9.“Up Where We Belong” –Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
    10.“Centerfold” –J. Geils Band

    Television
    Top 10 TV Shows
    1.60 Minutes
    2.Dallas
    3.M*A*S*H
    4.Magnum, P.I.
    5.Dynasty
    6.Three’s Company
    7.Simon & Simon
    8.Falcon Crest
    9.The Love Boat
    10.The A-Team

    Top Grossing Movies
    #1 E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
    #2 Tootsie
    #3 An Officer and a Gentleman
    #4 Rocky III
    #5 Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan

    Newspaper Headlines
    1.Lech Walesa, former leader of Solidarity, the Polish labor union, is freed after 11 months of internment under martial law.
    2.The space shuttle Columbia completes its first operational flight.
    3.Actor John Belushi is found dead of a drug overdose in a West Hollywood hotel.
    4.Automobile manufacturer John DeLorean is arrested and charged with possession of 59 pounds of cocaine.
    5.The first artificial heart is implanted in American Barney Clark.

    Sports Champions
    MLB – St. Louis Cardinals
    NFL – San Francisco 49ers
    NBA – Los Angeles Lakers
    NHL – New York Islanders

  2. Antoinette August 24, 2011 / 7:24 pm

    U.S. Brigadier General James L. Dozier is rescued by Italian anti-terrorism forces after 42 days of captivity under the Red Brigades.

    On March 10 all 9 planets align on the same side of the Sun.

    Israel completes withdrawing from the Sinai peninsula per the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty.

    The Weather Channel (United States) airs on cable television for the first time.

    By Proclamation of the Queen Elizabeth (queen of England & Canada) on Parliament Hill, Canada patriates its constitution, granting full political independence from the United Kingdom.

    A rally against nuclear weapons draws 750,000 to New York City’s Central Park. Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, and Linda Ronstadt attend.

    Longest Luna Eclipse of the 20th century took place on July 6, lasting 106 min.

    The first International Day of Peace on Sept 21.

    The Tylenol scare is sparked when 7 people in the Chicago area die after ingesting capsules laced with potassium cyanide.

    The Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World opens to the public for the first time.

    Sony launches the first consumer compact disc player (model CDP-101).

    On Nov 13, The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., after a march to its site by thousands of Vietnam War veterans.

    Thriller album by Michael Jackson is released, becoming the biggest selling album of all time in entertainment history.

    At the University of Utah, 61-year-old retired dentist Barney Clark becomes the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart (he will live for 112 days with the device).

    Time Magazine’s Man of the Year is given for the first time to a non-human, the computer.

    Commodore 64 is released. The Commodore 64 goes on to sell over 20 million computers until 1994.

    Prince William is born on June 21 at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, West London.

    So there are all those interesting facts. My dad told me that he remembers going to bars and clubs in New Orleans, being 25, and still dancing to disco.

  3. Lo August 24, 2011 / 7:47 pm

    Celeb/ Social Events:
    Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” sells 20 million albums to become the largest selling record ever.
    Ozzy bites the head off a live bat thrown at him at a January 20 performance.
    Liposuction is introduced.
    Larry Walters on July 2nd ties 42 weather balloons to a lawn chair and flies as high as 16 thousand feet before shooting the balloons with a pellet gun and landing about 90 minutes later. The FAA fined him $1,500.
    Nancy Reagan appears at a Washington benefit dressed as a bag lady to protest criticism of her expensive outfits.

    Simple Fashion observations:
    The ‘Like a Virgin Style’:
    Big hair
    Lace gloves
    Leather

    Other:
    Rara Skirts
    Hair bands
    Miniskirts with leggings
    Big shoulder pads (Dynasty)
    Leg warmers
    athletic wear (leotards)
    sweatshirts (with the collar cut off)
    Pennylophers
    Mustaches
    Punk fashion

    ‘82 was a busy time. Music history was being made. Obvious celebrity blunders were going on. Musical artists such as Madonna and Salt and Pepper were popular. I’d have to say that it was a rather vain period. Sure a lot of fashion trends were introduced, but so was liposuction. Even today we are a vain society. I see a lot of fashion trends resurfacing. We also have our share crazy celebrity blunders. To me, the Ozzy situation is equivalent to Britney spears or Lindsey Lohan. But that’s my opinion. Things back then seemed flamboyant. There are certain groups these days that share the same quality. I actually think that 1982 is a lot like present day when it comes to celebrity and fashion. (Minus the leg warmers and shoulder pads.)

  4. Antoinette August 24, 2011 / 7:52 pm

    The Falklands War was fought in 1982 between Argentina and the UK over the disputed Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

    September 19, the first emoticons are posted by Scott Fahlman.

    There were some natural disasters, sort of quirky cases as there are every year, but there was no major political or otherwise upheaval that affected America. There was however, a very quick but serious dip in the economy.

  5. Adriane August 24, 2011 / 8:03 pm

    I talked with my mother, who was a seventh grader at the time. She said that she hated school because there were gangs on every corner and the teachers didn’t care about the students’ education. She hung out with her best friend as much as she could. They rode bikes, blasted New Kids On the Block out of her friend’s boom box, and studied together. For fun, she went to the skating rink, the movies, or high school games. Her sister was a senior in the marching band, so she was forced to attend every football game. She wasn’t allowed at the fast food restaurant where all the high school teens hung out because middle school kids just weren’t “cool.” Her parents were somewhat poor. They didn’t let her listen to the radio in the car or to music at home because they didn’t want their daughter being boisterous. Her family owned a small black and white television with three channels- 6, 13, and 42. Her home phone was a spin-and-dial (which my grandparents still use). Her hair was short, like Princess Diana’s.

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