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Events from the year 1982 in the United Kingdom. The year was dominated by the Falklands War.

Incumbents

Events

January

  • 1 January – ITV launches three regional TV stations – Central, TV South and TV South West, replacing ATV Midlands, Southern Television and Westward Television respectively.
  • 2 January –
  • 10 January – The lowest ever UK temperature of −27.2 °C is recorded at Braemar, in Aberdeenshire. This equals the record set in the same place in 1895, and the record will be equalled again at Altnaharra in 1995.[2]
  • 11 January – Mark Thatcher, son of the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, disappears in the Sahara during Paris-Dakar rally.[3]
  • 14 January – Mark Thatcher is found safe and well in the Sahara Desert, six days after going missing.[4]
  • 21 January – Miners vote against strike action and accept the National Coal Board offer of a 9.3% pay rise.
  • 26 January – Unemployment in the United Kingdom is recorded at over 3,000,000 people for the first time since the 1930s.[5][6] However, the 11.5% of the workforce currently unemployed is approximately half of the record percentage which was reached half a century ago.[7]

February

March

April

  • 1 April – A twelve-year-old unnamed Birmingham boy becomes one of the youngest people in England and Wales to be convicted of murder after he admits murdering an eight-year-old boy, and is sentenced to be detained indefinitely.[1]
  • 2 April – Falklands War begins as Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.[2]
  • 4 April – Falklands War: The British Falkland Islands government surrenders, placing the islands in Argentine control.
  • 5 April – Falklands War: Royal Navy task force sets sail to the Falklands from Portsmouth.[17]
  • 7 April – Britain declares a 200-mile "exclusion zone" around the Falklands.
  • 17 April – By proclamation of the Queen of Canada on Parliament Hill, Canada repatriates its constitution, granting full political independence from the United Kingdom; included is the country's first entrenched bill of rights.
  • 21 April – Walsall F.C.'s hopes of becoming the first Football League club to ground-share are dashed when officials condemn their plans to sell their Fellows Park stadium and become tenants at the Molineux (home of Wolverhampton Wanderers).[18]
  • 24 April
  • 25 April – Falklands War: Royal Marines recapture South Georgia.[17]
  • 29 April – Daniel and Christopher Smith, Britain's first test tube twins, are born to parents Josephine and Stewart, at the Royal Free Hospital in London.
  • 30 April – The Conservatives have returned to the top of the opinion polls for the first time since late 1979, with the latest MORI poll showing that they have 43% of the vote, ahead of the SDP-Liberal Alliance.[19]

May

June

July

August

September

  • 7 September – Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher expresses her concern at the growing number of children living in single-parent families, but says that she is not opposed to divorce.
  • 22 September – An estimated 14% of the workforce is now reported to be unemployed.[29]
  • 23 September – Nigel Lawson announces that no industry should remain in state ownership unless there is an "overwhelming" case.
  • 27 September – General Motors launches the Spanish-built Opel Corsa, which will be sold in Britain from April next year as the Vauxhall Nova. The new front-wheel drive range of small hatchbacks and saloons will effectively replace the Chevette. However, the transport workers union has thrown the future of the new car, which is expected to sell around 50,000 units a year, into jeopardy by blocking imports to Britain.[30]
  • 30 September – Lord Denning delivers his last judgement as Master of the Rolls.
  • 30 September – After well over 100 years, the UK Inland Telegram service closed. Telegram figures peaked after the first world war with over 100m sent annually, by the time the service closed the annual figure was down to less than 3 million.

October

  • October – Government statistics for unemployment are now based on those claiming benefits rather than those registered unemployed.[citation needed]
  • 8 October – With the economy now climbing out of recession after more than two years, Margaret Thatcher vows to stick to her economic policies, and blames previous governments for the decline that she inherited when entering power more than three years ago.
  • 11 October – The Mary Rose, flagship of Henry VIII of England that sank in 1545, is raised from the Solent.[31]
  • 12 October – A victory parade is held in London to mark the end of the Falklands war.
  • 15 October – The Ford Sierra is launched as a replacement for the long-running Cortina, and its ultra-modern aerodynamic styling causes controversy among potential buyers who for years had been drawn to the conventional Cortina.[32]
  • 21 October – Sinn Féin win their first seats on the Northern Ireland Assembly, with Gerry Adams winning the Belfast West seat.[33]
  • 27 October – Three RUC officers killed by an IRA bomb near Lurgan in Northern Ireland.[34]

November

  • November – The Government announces that more than 400,000 council houses have been sold off under the right-to-buy scheme within the last three years.[35]
  • 1 November
    • The Welsh language television station, S4C, launches in Wales.
    • Opinion polls show the Conservatives still firmly in the lead, suggesting that a general election will be held by next summer.
  • 2 November – The fourth terrestrial television channel, Channel 4, begins broadcasting,[2] the first programme broadcast being the game show Countdown, hosted by Richard Whiteley. Another flagship programme is the Liverpool-based soap opera Brookside.[36]
  • 7 November – The Thames Barrier is first publicly demonstrated.
  • 12 November – Express Lift Tower in Northampton officially opened.
  • 15 November – Unemployment remains in excess of 3,000,000 people – 13.8% of the workforce.
  • 28 November – Opinion polls show the Conservative government with an approval rating of up to 44% and well on course for a second successive electoral victory, 13 points ahead of Labour. Support for the Alliance has halved in the space of a year.[37]

December

Undated

  • Inflation has fallen to a 10-year low of 8.6%, although some 1,500,000 jobs have reportedly been lost largely due to Government policy in attaining this end.[40]

Publications

Births

Deaths

See also

References

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