May 1, 1982

May 1, 1982, was a Saturday. It was 42 years, 1 month, and 23 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.


Born on May 1, 1982

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 1, 1982:

  • United States: "I Love Rock 'n Roll" by Joan Jett & Blackhearts
  • United Kingdom: "Ebony And Ivory" by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder

The Billboard Hot 100 on May 1, 1982

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • I Love Rock 'N Roll - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • Chariots Of Fire - Titles - Vangelis
  • Ebony And Ivory - Paul McCartney And Stevie Wonder
  • Freeze-frame - The J. Geils Band
  • Don't Talk To Strangers - Rick Springfield
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A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1982. Take a trip back to the days of TOTO, the Pointer Sisters, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran and Survivor.

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Porky's" was at the top of the box office on May 1, 1982.


This date occurred 15,395 days ago. Approximately 513 months have passed. It was the 121st day of 1982, in week 17. The decade was the eighties. People who were born on May 1, 1982, are now 42 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. The Earth has experienced 171 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to May 1, 1982

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is May 1, 1982, and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. People are currently enjoying their weekend.

The summer of 1982 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up, and the evenings are brighter than usual. The school year is nearly finished. In America, the song "I Love Rock 'n Roll" by Joan Jett & Blackhearts is at the top of the singles charts, while "Ebony And Ivory" by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder is the number-one song in the UK. Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Porky's is at the top of the box office.

Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Laverne & Shirley", "Quincy, M.E.", "Only Fools and Horses", and "Cagney & Lacey". In fashion, women are wearing jelly shoes, turtleneck sweaters, loose high-waist pants, crop tops, and puffer jackets lined with fur. Meanwhile, men have been ditching the disco look of the 1970s in favor of athletic clothing such as tracksuits and sports jerseys. The "preppy" look has also been making a comeback.

Because it's 1982, the radio stations are being dominated by artists such as Survivor, Men at Work, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Dexys Midnight Runners, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Peter Maivia, Grace Kelly, Dominique Dunne, and Karen Carpenter would all still be alive. People are playing video games such as "Lunar Lander", "Pac-Man", "Missile Command", and "Donkey Kong".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Schoolhouse Rock!", "Diff'rent Strokes", and "Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds". Children are playing with toys such as Lego Technic, Screwball Scramble, the Big Wheel (tricycle), and the Lego train set.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 1, 1982.

  • The Falklands War.

    The Falklands War

    The Falklands War was being fought between Argentina and the United Kingdom.
  • 1982 in music.

    1982 in music

    Popular music artists in 1982 included Olivia Newton-John, Survivor, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, The J. Geils Band, The Human League and John Cougar.
  • Leg warmers.

    Leg warmers

    Wearing leg warmers was a popular fad during this period. The trend was popularized by movies such as Fame and Flashdance.
  • Who were the best NBA players in 1982?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1982?

    The best NBA players in 1982 were Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Julius Erving, George Gervin and Gus Williams.
  • VCRs are becoming popular.

    VCRs are becoming popular

    VCRs started to become a popular household item during the first half of the 1980s. However, they were still very costly. This device gave people the ability to play VCR tapes and record TV programs and movies.
  • 1982 in movies.

    1982 in movies

    Movies released in 1982 included E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Tootsie, An Officer and a Gentleman, Rocky III, Porky's, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 48 Hrs., Poltergeist, Annie, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Blade Runner, Rambo: First Blood, Conan the Barbarian and The Thing.
  • Best soccer players.

    Best soccer players

    In 1982, the best soccer players were Paolo Rossi, Alain Giresse, Zbigniew Boniek, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bruno Conti, Rinat Dasayev, Pierre Littbarski, Dino Zoff, Michel Platini and Bernd Schuster.
  • Gandhi.


    The film "Gandhi" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1982.
  • Time Person of the Year: 1982.

    Time Person of the Year: 1982

    "The Computer" was named Time Person of the Year in 1982.
  • Willie Nelson - "Always on My Mind"

    Willie Nelson - "Always on My Mind"

    "Always on My Mind" by Willie Nelson went on to win a Grammy for 1982's Song of the Year.
  • The Rubik's Cube.

    The Rubik's Cube

    The Rubik's Cube became a craze in 1981 and 1982. The toy was so popular that books on how to solve it regularly made it into the top ten selling books list.
  • Iran-Iraq War.

    Iran-Iraq War

    Between September 1980 and August 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.
  • Early 1980s fashion.

    Early 1980s fashion

    The early 1980s saw a minimalist approach to fashion, with some trends carrying over from the late 1970s. Sweaters, fur-lined puffer jackets, tunics, ripped jeans, leotards, velour tracksuits, tube tops, knee-length skirts, high-waisted pants, and embroidered jeans were all popular. The colors during the early 1980s were subdued, quiet, and basic. Varying shades of brown, tan, and orange were in fashion.
  • Computers are replacing typewriters.

    Computers are replacing typewriters

    Desktop computers were beginning to replace typewriters in offices.
  • TV remotes.

    TV remotes

    Although TV remotes existed, many homes didn't have one. Infrared technology was still relatively new.
  • The Atari 2600.

    The Atari 2600

    The Atari 2600 was the dominant video game system.
  • The Walkman.

    The Walkman

    In the late 1970s and 1980s, portable cassette players such as the "Sony Walkman" were becoming more common.
  • Wallpaper.


    Wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

Personality traits

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around May 1, 1982.

  • April 2, 1982:
    • Businessman Ken Bates purchases Chelsea for £1.
    • The Falklands War begins.
  • April 7, 1982: Former Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Sadegh Ghotbzadeh is arrested for allegedly plotting the assassination of Ayatollah Khomeini.
  • April 26, 1982: A former police officer kills 57 people in a shooting spree in South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea.
  • April 30, 1982: American music journalist Lester Bangs dies from an accidental overdose in New York City.
  • This date: May 1, 1982
  • May 10, 1982: Toto release their single "Africa".
  • May 12, 1982: A Spanish Traditionalist Catholic priest named Juan María Fernández y Krohn attempts to attack Pope John Paul II with a bayonet in Fátima, Portugal.
  • May 14, 1982:
    • Conan the Barbarian (1982) is released in movie theaters.
    • English ska group Madness release their single "House of Fun".
  • May 21, 1982: The movie Annie (1982) is released in cinemas.
  • May 26, 1982: Football: Aston Villa win the European Cup after defeating Bayern Munich 1-0.
  • May 27, 1982: FA Cup Final 1982: Tottenham Hotspur defeat Queens Park Rangers 1-0 in a replay.
  • May 29, 1982: The single "Eye of the Tiger" is released by Survivor.
  • May 30, 1982: Spain officially joins NATO.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 1, 1982, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1982 was the year of the Dog (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 1, 1982 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Early 1980s fashion

Photographs of early 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Early 1980s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in May 1982

Television shows that people were watching in May 1982:

TV shows from May 1982.

Cagney & Lacey
Cagney & Lacey
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues
Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
Knots Landing
Knots Landing
Archie Bunker's Place
Archie Bunker's Place
Trapper John, M.D.
Trapper John, M.D.
Hart to Hart
Hart to Hart
The Facts of Life
The Facts of Life

Cars in 1982

1982 saw the introduction of cars such as the Cadillac Cimarron, the Honda Jazz, the Dodge Rampage, the Toyota Camry, the Ford Sierra, and the Holden Camira.

Cars in 1982.

Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in May 1982

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds
Danger Mouse
Danger Mouse
Postman Pat
Postman Pat

The Smurfs
The Smurfs
Thundarr the Barbarian
Thundarr the Barbarian
Cockleshell Bay
Cockleshell Bay
The New Adventures of Flash Gordon
The New Adventures of Flash Gordon
Diff'rent Strokes
Diff'rent Strokes
Mork & Mindy
Mork & Mindy
Battle of the Planets
Battle of the Planets
The All New Popeye Hour
The All New Popeye Hour

Toys in 1982

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

The Lego train set
The Lego train set
Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
Space Lego
Space Lego
Fischer Price cassette player
Fischer Price cassette player
Monchhichi / Chicaboo
Monchhichi / Chicaboo
Rubik's Cube
Rubik's Cube
Strawberry Shortcake dolls
Strawberry Shortcake dolls
The Big Wheel (tricycle)
The Big Wheel (tricycle)
Intellivision (games console)
Intellivision (games console)
The Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
The Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble
Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in May 1982.

Donkey Kong 1981
Donkey Kong
Missile Command 1980
Missile Command
Pac-Man 1980
Galaxian 1980
Asteroids 1979
Lunar Lander 1979
Lunar Lander
Space Invaders 1978
Space Invaders

Were you born on May 1, 1982?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1982.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out May 1, 1988, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on May 1.

Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane

Historical figure Deceased
Born on May 1, 1852
She was not alive on this date.

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw

American country singer
Born on May 1, 1967
He turned 15 on this day in 1982.

Mary Lou McDonald

Mary Lou McDonald

Irish politician
Born on May 1, 1969
She turned 13 on this day in 1982.

Romain Ntamack

Romain Ntamack

Rugby player
Born on May 1, 1999
He was born exactly 17 years after this date.

Charli D'Amelio

Charli D'Amelio

Social media personality
Born on May 1, 2004
She was born exactly 22 years after this date.



National holidays and famous events that fall on May 1:


US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on May 1, 1982.


UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 1, 1982 was most likely conceived around August 8, 1981.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 1, 1982 is close to January 22, 1983.

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Stats for May 1, 1982


Here are some interesting statistics about May 1, 1982:

  • 15,395 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,199 weeks have passed.
  • 1,330,128,000 seconds have passed since May 1, 1982.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,551,816,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 686,346,048,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 221,688,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 114,391,008 steps. That's roughly 50,840 miles.
  • 15,961,536 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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