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Class of 1982

Welcome to the Apopka High School, Darters - Class of 1982 website. I haven't yet determined what I want to do with this page. Perhaps photos from the yearbook or stats from games, etc. Any suggestions? Until then, here's a review of World and National events from 1982:

World Events

  World Statistics

Population: 4.610 billion

Nobel Peace Prize:
Alva Myrdal (Sweden) and Alfonso García Robles (Mexico)
  • British overcome Argentina in Falklands war (April 2-June 15).
  • Israel invades Lebanon in attack on PLO. (June 4).
  • Princess Grace, 52, dies of injuries when car plunges off mountain road; daughter Stephanie, 17, suffers serious injuries (Sept. 14).
  • Lebanese Christian Phalangists kill hundreds of people in two Palestinian refugee camps in West Beirut (Sept. 15).
  • Leonid I. Brezhnev, Soviet leader, dies at 75 (Nov. 10). Yuri V. Andropov, 68, chosen as successor (Nov. 15).
U.S. Events

  U.S. Statistics

President: Ronald W. Reagan
Vice President: George Bush
Population: 231,664,458
Life expectancy: 74.5 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 56.0
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 50.3
  • John W. Hinckley, Jr. found not guilty because of insanity in shooting of President Reagan (June 21).
  • Alexander M. Haig, Jr., resigns as Secretary of State (June 25).
  • Equal Rights Amendment fails ratification (June 30).

US GDP (1998 dollars):   $3,242.10 billion
Federal spending:   $745.76 billion
Federal debt:   $1137.3 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):  $20,171
Consumer Price Index:   96.5
Unemployment:   9.7%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.20


Super Bowl
San Francisco d. Cincinnati (26-21)

World Series
St. Louis Cardinals d. Milwaukee Brewers (4-3)

NBA Championship
LA Lakers d. Philadelphia 76ers (4-2)

Stanley Cup
NY Islanders d. Vancouver (4-0)

Women: Martina Navratilova d. C. Evert Lloyd (6-1 3-6 6-2)
Men: Jimmy Connors d. J. McEnroe (3-6 6-3 6-7 7-6 6-4)

Kentucky Derby Champion
Gato Del Sol

NCAA Basketball Championship
North Carolina d. Georgetown (63-62)

NCAA Football Champions
Penn St. (11-1-0)

World Cup
Italy d. W. Germany (3-1)


  Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: Rabbit Is Rich, John Updike
Music: Concerto for Orchestra, Roger Sessions
Drama: A Soldier's Play, Charles Fuller

Oscars awarded in 1982
Academy Award, Best Picture: Chariots of Fire, David Puttnam, producer (The Ladd Co.; Warner Bros.)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia)

Grammys awarded in 1982
Record of the Year: "Bette Davis Eyes," Kim Carnes
Album of the Year: Double Fantasy, John Lennon and Yoko Ono (Warner Bros/Geffen)
Song of the Year: "Bette Davis Eyes," Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon, songwriters

Miss America: Elizabeth Ward (AR)


  • Michael Jackson releases Thriller, which sells more than 25 million copies, becoming the biggest-selling album in history.

  • John Belushi dies of a drug overdose at age 33.

  • Cats opens on Broadway. Becomes Broadway's longest-running play.


  • E.T. – the Extra-Terrestrial, Tootsie, Gandhi, The Verdict


  • Michael Jackson, Thriller


  • Thomas Keneally, Schindler's List

  • Alice Walker, The Color Purple
  Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Aaron Klug (UK), for research in the detailed structures of viruses and components of life

Physics: Kenneth G. Wilson (US), for analysis of changes in matter under pressure and temperature

Physiology or Medicine: Sune Bergstrom, Bengt Samuelsson (both Sweden), and John R. Vane (UK), for research in prostaglandins, hormonelike substances involved in a wide range of illnesses

  • A permanent artificial heart is implanted in a human for first time in Dr. Barney B. Clark, 61, at University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City (Dec. 2).

  • The space shuttle Columbia makes its first mission, deploying two communications satellites (Nov. 16).

  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) diagnostic machines are introduced in Britain.

  • Washington University in St. Louis develops the Flavr Savr tomato, the first genetically-engineered plant approved for sale.
  • John Belushi

  • Ingrid Bergman

  • Leonid Brezhnev

  • Grace Kelly

  • Satchel Paige