|January 8:||AT&T broken up|
|April 2:||Falkland Islands War |
Argentina invades the British-occupied Falklands. After two months, Argentina surrenders to British forces on June 14.
|June 30:||Equal Rights Amendment defeated |
The ERA, that would prohibit discrimination by sex, falls short of ratification when the deadline passes.
|July 9:||Pan Am crash|
|August 5:||Spontaneous human combustion |
A Chicago woman burst into flames and dies. She is the eighth recorded victim of human spontaneous combustion, based on records dating back to the 18th century.
|September 29:||Tylenol tampering scare |
In the fall of 1982, seven people die from taking cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules. The nation panics and Johnson and Johnson quickly recalls over 30 million bottles.
|November 13:||Dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial|