1982 Newspapers

Find out what happened on any date this year with an original 1982 newspaper from Historic Newspapers’ extensive archive, featuring over 4 million newspaper originals from Britain’s most well established newspaper outlets.

The 1980s was one of the most dynamic decades in history, for Britain and all over the world. The digital age had begun, and computers began to make their way into the home, changing the humanity worked, spent leisure time, and communicated. It was the decade that gave birth to contemporary society, where popular culture was completely reshaped by technology and mass media, and cultural norms were challenged as British society became more fascinated with diversity.

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1982 News Headlines

Original 1982 newspaper articles offer coverage of the most engrossing events of the year, from natural disasters, to tragic death, to new political leaders; all the highs and lows of the year are covered. Which 1982 headlines were particularly memorable or shocking?

It was during this year that the lowest ever temperature in the United Kingdom was recorded as -27.2 degrees in Scotland. The Falklands war began as Argentina invaded the remote archipelago, and ended a few months later the same year. The People’s Princess – Diana – gave birth to Prince William,Michael Jackson released “Thriller”, and Italy beat Germany to win the FIFA World Cup. An original 1982 newspaper is a fantastic way to reflect on this year in history, and will make the ideal gift for birthdays, anniversaries, or other special occasions.

10th January 1982
The lowest ever United Kingdom temperature of -27.2°C is recorded at Braemar, in Aberdeenshire. This equals the record set in the same place in 1895.

11th January 1982
Mark Thatcher, son of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, disappears in the Sahara during the Paris-Dakar Rally. He is rescued three days later.

26th January 1982
Unemployment in the United Kingdom increases by 129,918 to 3,070,621, a post-war record.

19th February 1982
The DeLorean Car Factory in Belfast is put into receivership.

25th February 1982
The European Court of Human Rights rules that teachers who cane or belt children against the wishes of their parents are in breach of the Human Rights Convention.

3rd March 1982
The Queen opens the Barbican Centre in London.

2nd April 1982
Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.

2nd May 1982
The nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sinks the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano, killing 323 sailors.

26th May 1982
Aston Villa wins the European Cup in Rotterdam, beating Bayern Munich 1-0 with a 69th minute goal by Peter Withe.

29th May 1982
Battle of Goose Green: British paratroopers defeat a larger force of Argentine troops in the first land battle of the Falklands War.

14th June 1982
A formal surrender is agreed, ending the Falklands War.

21st June 1982
Prince William is born at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, West London.

9th July 1982
Intruder Michael Fagan breaks into Buckingham Palace and enters the Queen’s bedroom, evading both security guards and electronic alarms.

11th July 1982
Italy beats West Germany 3-1 to win the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain.

1st October 1982
Sony launches CDP-101, the first consumer compact disc player model.

11th October 1982
The Mary Rose, flagship of Henry VIII that sank in 1545, is raised.

13th October 1982
The Ford Sierra is launched in Europe, replacing the Ford Cortina.

2nd November 1982
Channel 4, the fourth terrestrial television channel, is launched in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The first program broadcast is the game show “Countdown“.

30th November 1982
Michael Jackson releases “Thriller”, the biggest-selling album of all time.

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