Events of 1982

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