1982 in the United States

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Events from the year 1982 in the United States.


Federal Government







  • May 1 – A crowd of over 100,000 attends the first day of the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. The fair is kicked off with an address by President Ronald Reagan. Over 11 million people attend the fair during its 6-month run.
  • May 30 – Indianapolis 500: In what Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian Donald Davidson and Speedway public address announcer Tom Carnegie later call the greatest moment in the track's history, 1973 winner Gordon Johncock wins his second race over 1979 winner Rick Mears by 0.16 seconds, the closest finish to that date, after Mears draws alongside Johncock with a lap remaining, after erasing a seemingly insurmountable advantage of more than 11 seconds in the final 10 laps.


  • June 8 – President Ronald Reagan becomes the first American chief executive to address a joint session of the British Parliament.
  • June 12 – 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. An international convocation at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine features prominent peace activists from around the world and afterward participants march on Fifth Avenue to Central Park for the rally.
  • June 19 – Vincent Chin, a 27 year old Chinese American, was beaten to death by two white auto-workers who thought he was Japanese and the cause of the declining prosperity of the American auto industry.
  • June 25 – The Institute for Puerto Rican Policy is founded in New York City to research and advocate for Puerto Rican and Latino community issues. In 2006, it changes its name to the National Institute for Latino Policy.




  • September 3 – Speaker O'Neill and President Reagan settle in one of the most unforgettable deals in the US History (Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act) which would cut the ratio of spendings of three to one and add more taxes.
  • September 5 – Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch is kidnapped.
  • September 29 – October 1 – The 1982 Chicago Tylenol murders occur when 7 people in the Chicago area die after ingesting capsules laced with potassium cyanide.


October 1: EPCOT Center opens


November 13: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated






See also


  1. ^ UPI staff (October 20, 1982). "DeLorean held in jail". The Bulletin – Bend, Deschutes County, Oregon. 

External links

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