December 1982 calendar

December 1982

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 1982.
The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on December 1982: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1982?


  • 01 Dec 1982 Dentist Barney B Clark gets 1st artificial heart
  • 02 Dec 1982 1st permanent artificial heart successfully implanted (University of Utah) in retired dentist Barney Clark; lived 112 days with Jarvic-7 heart
  • 03 Dec 1982 New Jersey Devils 1st hat trick (Steve Tambellini)
  • 04 Dec 1982 China adopts its constitution
  • 05 Dec 1982 Herschel Walker of Georgia wins Heisman Trophy
  • 06 Dec 1982 Bomb attack on Londonderry, North Ireland disco, 17 killed
  • 07 Dec 1982 Suriname army under Desi Bouterse fires on radio station building.
  • 08 Dec 1982 Herman Van Veen: All of Him opens at Ambassador NYC for 6 performances
  • 09 Dec 1982 Mary-Beth and William Hurt divorce
  • 10 Dec 1982 Freeman "Amos" Gosden, US radio actor (Amos 'n' Andy), dies at age 83.
  • 12 Dec 1982 Herman Van Veen: All of Him closes at Ambassador NYC after 6 performances
  • 13 Dec 1982 Earthquake hits Northern Yemen; 2,000 die
  • 14 Dec 1982 Marcel Dionne, Los Angeles, California, becomes 9th NHL player to score 500 goals.
  • 15 Dec 1982 Bill Parcells becomes the 12th head coach of the New York Giants.
  • 16 Dec 1982 Tom Seaver agrees to new contract with New York Mets.
  • 22 Dec 1982 William Mastrosimones Extremities, premieres in New York City
  • 23 Dec 1982 Jack Webb, actor (Joe Friday - Dragnet), dies of a heart attack at age 62.
  • 24 Dec 1982 Chaminade, with a student body of only 850 students, beats #1 ranked Virginia 77-72 in a Honolulu holiday basketball classic.
  • 25 Dec 1982 Mudassar Nazar scores century, then Imran rips through Indians.
  • 26 Dec 1982 A brief but severe recession begins in the United States.
  • 27 Dec 1982 Imran Khan 8-60 to bring innings victory versus India at Karachi.
  • 29 Dec 1982 Bob Marley postage stamp issued in Jamaica
  • 30 Dec 1982 Anthony Shaffers Whodunnit, premieres in New York City
  • 31 Dec 1982 TV soap Doctors ends 19 year run
  • 02 Dec 1982 At the University of Utah, Barney Clark becomes the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in December 1982?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Trulyyoutube
  2. - Mickeyyoutube
  3. - Maneateryoutube
  4. - Gloria
  5. - The Girl Is Mine

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Save Your Love
  2. - You Can't Hurry Love
  3. - The Land Of Make Believe
  4. - Beat Surrender
  5. - Don't You Want Meyoutube


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1982?

Growing Up by Russell Baker

Growing Up


This Pulitzer Prize-winner "is the saddest, most funny, most tragical, and yet the best picture of coming to age in the U.S.A. during the Depresson years, World War II."

Atlantic High by William F. Buckley Jr

Atlantic High


Atlantic High tells the story of Buckley’s 1980 crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. It is also a recollection of Buckley’s reflections on sailing and the importance good company.

Megatrends by John Naisbitt



Megatrends: 10 New Directions that Transform Our Lives

The Valley Of Horses by Jean M. Auel

The Valley Of Horses


This extraordinary journey into the distant past takes us back to the amazing mysteries of The Clan of the Cave Bear's exotic, primeval world, and to Ayla now a young, brave woman.

Foundation'S Edge by Isaac Asimov

Foundation'S Edge


The bitter and costly war between the Foundations was finally over. The First Foundation's scientists had won; now they return to Hari