May 1982 calendar

May 1982

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 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 May 1982: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1982?


  • 01 May 1982 Nordiques 4 - Isles 5 (OT) - Semifinals - Isles hold 3-0 lead
  • 02 May 1982 Falklands War: Argentine cruiser General Belgrano sunk by British submarine Conqueror, killing more than 350 men
  • 03 May 1982 US President Ronald Reagan begins five-minute weekly radio broadcasts.
  • 04 May 1982 British torpedo boat Sheffield off Falkland hit by Exocet rocket
  • 05 May 1982 A Unabomber bomb explodes in the computer science department at Vanderbilt University; secretary Janet Smith is injured.
  • 06 May 1982 Seattle Mariners' Gaylord Perry becomes 15th pitcher to win 300 games.
  • 07 May 1982 Is There Life after High School? opens at Barrymore NYC for 12 performances
  • 08 May 1982 Canucks 5-Isles 6 (OT) - Stanley Cup - Isles hold 1-0 lead
  • 09 May 1982 9 opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 739 performances
  • 11 May 1982 Canucks 4-Isles 6-Stanley Cup-Isles hold 2-0 lead
  • 12 May 1982 In Fatima Portugal, a Spanish priest with a bayonet is stopped prior to his attempt to attack Pope John Paul II
  • 13 May 1982 Braniff Airlines files for bankruptcy
  • 14 May 1982 Hugh Beaumont, American actor (Ward - Leave it to Beaver), dies at age 73 (born 1909).
  • 16 May 1982 Barnum closes at St. James Theater NYC after 854 performances
  • 18 May 1982 Unification Church founder Reverend Sun Myung Moon convicted of tax evasion.
  • 19 May 1982 Sophia Loren jailed in Naples for tax evasion
  • 21 May 1982 British troops lands on Falkland Islands
  • 23 May 1982 Cathy Morse wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Golf Classic.
  • 24 May 1982 Liberation of Khorramshahr: Iranians recapture of the port city of Khorramshahr from the Iraqis during the Iran : Iraq War.
  • 25 May 1982 Ferguson Jenkins becomes 7th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters
  • 26 May 1982 British ship Atlantic Conveyor and Coventry were hit in Falkland war
  • 27 May 1982 Do Black Patent Leather Shoes... opens at Alvin NYC for 5 performances
  • 28 May 1982 Pope John Paul II is first pope to visit Great Britain since 1531.
  • 29 May 1982 I Know What Boys Like, by The Waitresses hits #62
  • 30 May 1982 Do Black Patent Leather Shoes... closes at Alvin NYC after 5 performances
  • 02 May 1982 Falklands War: The British nuclear submarine HMS  sinks the Argentine cruiser ARA .
vinyl songs

Music charts

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

  1. - I Love Rock 'N Roll
  2. - Chariots Of Fire - Titles
  3. - Ebony And Ivory
  4. - Don't Talk To Strangers
  5. - I've Never Been To Me

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Ebony And Ivory
  2. - Goody Two Shoes
  3. - A Little Peace
  4. - House Of Fun
  5. - I Won't Let You Down


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1982?

Twice Shy by Dick Francis

Twice Shy


Jonathan Derry gets a computerized horse-betting system. Unless he returns it, his chances of survival are slim.

The Parsifal Mosaic by Robert Ludlum

The Parsifal Mosaic


Michael Havelock watched as his lover and double agent Jenna Karas were efficiently killed by his own agency.

Public Smiles, Private Tears by Helen Van Slyke with James Elward

Public Smiles, Private Tears


London published Fiction

Southern Discomfort by Rita Mae Brown

Southern Discomfort


Southern Discomfort could only have been written by Rita Mae Brown (author of Rubyfruit Jungle). This is a story of two decades set in Montgomery that's witty, warm, and persuasive.

Living, Loving & Learning by Leo Buscaglia

Living, Loving & Learning


Living Loving and Learning is a charming collection of Leo Buscaglia’s entertaining and informative lectures that were given worldwide between 1970-1981. While some of these lectures have been published in magazines and books, this collection is the complete one.