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1982

Jan2 Erica Roe runs across the pitch at Twickenham during a Rugby Union match between England and Australia
Jan9 The famous London department store Swan and Edgar in Piccadilly closed. It had been in business since the early nineteenth century
Jan10 The temperature fell to -26.1 C, the lowest ever recorded in England, at Newport in Shropshire. At Braemar in Scotland the temperature reaches -27.2C which equals the lowest temperature ever recorded in Great Britain
Jan11 Mark Thatcher, son of the British Prime Minister, disappeared in the Sahara while on the Paris-Dakar rally. He was later spotted by a search plane and rescued (14 Jan)
Jan13 77 people died in an air crash in the Potomac River, in Washington, D.C.
Jan19 The new Billingsgate Fish Market at west India Dock Tower Hamlets opens for business at 05.30a.m.
  "Mad" Mike Hoare and four mercenaries are charged in South Africa with hijacking an aircraft after an abortive coup attempt in the Seychelles 
Jan21 Lands End in Cornwall is sold for 1.75 million
Jan26 Unemployment reached 3 million in Britain (1 in 8 of working population)
Jan26 Mauno Koivisto is elected the President of Finland 
Jan30 Serious public disturbances break out in the St Pauls district of Bristol
Feb5 Laker Airways collapses leaving 6000 passengers stranded and debts of 270 million
Feb6 Thirtieth anniversary of Queen Elizabeths accession to the throne
Feb10 Royal Mint introduce the new 20p and 1 coins that become legal tender today
Feb15 84 men were killed when a huge oil-drilling rig, the "Ocean Ranger," sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a fierce storm.
Feb19 The De Lorean Car factory in Belfast is put into receivership. It eventually closes in October with the loss of 1500 jobs 
Mar4 The Conservative government gives official sanction for satellite television
Mar18 An Argentinian scrap metal dealer raises the Argentinian flag in South Georgia
Apr2 Argentina invades Falkland (Malvinas) Islands. A task force leaves Portsmouth three days later
Apr3 Grittar ridden by Dick Saunders wins the Grand National at Aintree. Geraldine Rees becomes the first woman to complete the National course on a horse called Cheers
May2 British submarine sank the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano with the loss of more than 350 lives. Two days later the HMS Sheffield  is sunk
May 9 The second London Marathon is run with 15,758 people completing the course
May12 Spanish priest Juan Hernandes tries to stab the Pope with a bayonet during the latters pilgrimage to the Fatima shrine
May26 Kielder Water in Northumbria is officially opened by the Queen. It is the largest man made lake in Britain.
May28 Pope John Paul II arrived in Britain on the first Papal visit there since 1531. During the tour which lasted until 2 June he addressed crowds of 350,00 at Coventry,300,000 at Bellahouston Park (Glasgow) and 200,000 at Speke in Liverpool
May29 The Battle of Goose Green - 1400 Argentinian prisoners are taken
May30 Spain becomes a member of NATO
Jun2 At the University of Berkeley in California Professor Diogenes Angelokos is seriously injured by a bomb. The FBI begin their hunt for the person they term the "Unabomber"
Jun9 The 20p (84% copper 16%Nickel) coin goes into circulation with 300 million being minted
Jun13 In Alberta, Canada 15 members of the Black Leopards Karate Club demolish a house with their bare hands and feet. The owner consented to the destruction
Jun14 Ceasefire in the Falkland Islands
Jun19 The Italian banker Roberto Calvi is found hung from Blackfriars Bridge The following month a Coroners jury return a suicide verdict
Jun21 Birth of Prince William of Wales (9.03 p.m.) at St Marys Hospital Paddington.
Jun30 An extra leap second is added to the end of the day to bring the clock into alignment with solar time. It was the eleventh adjustment since 1972
July3 Martina Navratilova wins the Women's Singles title at Wimbledon beating Chris Evert Lloyd in the Final. A day later Jimmy Connors beats John McEnroe over five sets to win the Men's Title. It is the first time the final was played on a Sunday
July9 An intruder Michael Fagan visits the Queen in her bedroom for a chat
  A Boeing 727 crashes into a residential area near New Orleans killing over 150 people
July11 Italy beat West Germany 3-1 in the World Cup Final held in Madrid
Jul20 Ten soldiers were killed in IRA bomb explosions in London's Hyde Park and Regents Park
Aug12 A JAL passenger plans crashes near Tokyo killing 520 passengers
Aug29 The actress Ingrid Bergman dies of cancer in London
Sep5 The Second World War fighter pilot Douglas Bader dies
Sep10 Pablo Picasso's "Guernica"  is returned to Spain after 40 years' custodianship in the USA
Sep15 Princess Grace of Monaco dies from injuries sustained in a car crash the  previous day.
Sep18 Lebanese Christian Militia massacre hundreds in the Palestinian Sabra and Chatila refugee camps in West Beruit 
Sept25 400,000 march in Israel demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Oct1 Helmut Kohl is elected Chancellor of West Germany
Oct2  The UK Inland Telegram service is ended
Oct11 The Mary Rose Henry V111's flagship is raised from The Solent (sank 1545) 
Oct19 John Z DeLorean is arrested for drug trafficking in Los Angeles. The operation was proved to be an entrapment operation set up by the F.B.I.
Oct28 The Socialist Party win the election in Spain - Felipe Gonzales is elected Prime Minister
Nov2 Channel 4 goes on air with the first editions of Brookside and Countdown
Nov4 Lorries up to 38 tonnes allowed on Britain's roads
Nov7 The first public demonstration of the Thames Flood Barrier. The barrier took 8 years to construct and cost 435 million
Nov12 Ex-KGB Head Yuri Andropov was elected First Secretary of the Soviet Communist party following the death of Leonid Brezhnev.
Dec7 Charles Brooks Jnr, a prisoner at Fort Worth, is executed by lethal injection, the first to die by this method in the USA.
Dec12 Women's peace protest at Greenham Common (Cruise missiles arrived 14 Nov 1983). 30,000 women hold hands and form a human chain around the 14.5 km perimeter fence

 

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