July 4, 1982 Independence Day (USA)

July 4, 1982, was a Sunday. It was 42 years and 8 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Cancer.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on July 4, 1982?

  • Terry Higgins becomes the first person to die of AIDS in the United Kingdom.

Born on July 4, 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 July 4, 1982:

  • United States: "Ebony And Ivory" by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
  • United Kingdom: "I've Never Been To Me" by Charlotte

The Billboard Hot 100 on July 4, 1982

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

  • Don't You Want Me - The Human League
  • Rosanna - Toto
  • Ebony And Ivory - Paul McCartney And Stevie Wonder
  • Heat Of The Moment - Asia
  • Hurts So Good - John Cougar
Play the top songs from 1982
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 "E.T." was at the top of the box office on July 4, 1982.


Independence Day 1982 was 15,349 days ago. Approximately 512 months have passed. It was the 185th day of 1982, in week 26. The decade was the eighties. People born on this day are currently 42 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. The Earth has experienced 171 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to July 4, 1982

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

It is Sunday, July 4, 1982. Anyone born today will have the star sign Cancer. People are currently enjoying their weekend. However, because it's a Sunday, some are dreading the days ahead.

America is celebrating the 4th of July, which means that fireworks are being set off and families are holding barbeques together. The summer of 1982 is in full swing. The weather is warm, and the evenings are brighter than usual. Most schools and colleges are now finished until August or September. In America, the song "Ebony And Ivory" by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder is at the top of the singles charts, while "I've Never Been To Me" by Charlotte is the number-one song in the UK.

Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie E.T. is at the top of the box office. Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 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. In Spain, the 1982 FIFA World Cup is currently taking place. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Grace Kelly, Dominique Dunne, Karen Carpenter, and Jobriath would all still be alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Last of the Summer Wine", "The Dukes of Hazzard", "The Facts of Life", and "Archie Bunker's Place". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Asteroids", "Galaxian", "Missile Command", and "Donkey Kong". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Happy Days", "Thundarr the Barbarian", and "Postman Pat".

Popular toys at the moment include Hungry Hungry Hippos, the Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine, Monchhichi / Chicaboo, and Masters of the Universe (figures).


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on July 4, 1982.

  • The 1982 FIFA World Cup is taking place in Spain.

    The 1982 FIFA World Cup is taking place in Spain

    The 1982 FIFA World Cup was taking place in Spain at this time. The competition was won by Italy after they defeated West Germany 3-1 in the final.
  • E.T. is showing at movie theaters.

    E.T. is showing at movie theaters

    Steven Spielberg's movie "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" was showing in movie theaters at this time.
  • 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

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on July 4, 1982.

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to July 4, 1982.

  • June 4, 1982:
    • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) is released.
    • The horror film Poltergeist (1982) is released in cinemas.
  • June 6, 1982: The Lebanon War begins after Israeli forces launch a three-pronged invasion of southern Lebanon.
  • June 7, 1982: Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion is opened to the public.
  • June 8, 1982: The Los Angeles Lakers win the 1982 NBA Finals after they defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 4-2.
  • June 11, 1982:
    • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) is released in cinemas.
    • The film Grease 2 (1982) is released.
    • Boxing: Larry Holmes wins the WBC Heavyweight Championship after defeating Gerry Cooney in the 13th round.
  • June 13, 1982: The 1982 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Spain.
  • June 14, 1982: The Falklands War comes to an end.
  • June 18, 1982:
    • Argentine military dictator Leopoldo Galtieri resigns.
    • A postal clerk discovers the body of "God's Banker" Roberto Calvi hanging underneath Blackfriars Bridge in London.
  • June 21, 1982:
    • Lady Diana gives birth to Prince William.
    • John Hinckley is found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted assassination of US President Ronald Reagan.
  • June 25, 1982:
    • Blade Runner (1982) is released in cinemas.
    • The Thing (1982) is released in movie theaters.
    • The song "Come On Eileen" is released by Dexys Midnight Runners.
  • This date: July 4, 1982
  • July 8, 1982: The "Green River Killer" Gary Ridgway murders his first victim: 16-year-old Wendy Lee Coffield.
  • July 9, 1982:
    • The sci-fi movie TRON (1982) is released in cinemas.
    • Pan Am Flight 759 crashes in Kenner, Louisiana, killing 154 people.
    • 31-year-old Michael Fagan breaks into Buckingham Palace and spends ten minutes talking to the Queen in her bedroom.
  • July 11, 1982: Italy win the World Cup after defeating West Germany 3-1.
  • July 19, 1982: American university president David S. Dodge is kidnapped by pro-Iranian militants in Lebanon.
  • July 23, 1982: Actor Vic Morrow and two children are killed by a stunt helicopter crash during the making of Twilight Zone: The Movie.
  • July 24, 1982: The Rolling Stones headline at Slane.
  • July 26, 1982: Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan suffers a near-fatal intestinal injury while filming a fight scene for the movie Coolie.
  • July 27, 1982: The term AIDS is officially coined, replacing the previous acronym of GRIDS (gay-related immune deficiency).
  • July 30, 1982: Labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa is declared dead after being missing for seven years.
  • July 31, 1982: 46 children die in a highway accident in Beaune, France.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 4, 1982, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1982 was the year of the Dog (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 4.
  • Native American Zodiac: July 4, 1982 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

Early 1980s fashion

Photographs of early 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Early 1980s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1982

Television shows that people were watching in July 1982:

TV shows from July 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

Kids TV shows on July 4, 1982

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1982:

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
Battle of the Planets
Battle of the Planets
The All New Popeye Hour
The All New Popeye Hour
Happy Days
Happy Days

Popular toys and games in 1982

Toys and games that were popular in 1982:

Masters of the Universe (figures)
Masters of the Universe (figures)
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
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in July 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 July 4, 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 July 4, 1988, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on July 4.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Author Deceased
Born on July 4, 1804
He was not alive on this date.

Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge

US President Deceased
Born on July 4, 1872
He was not alive on this date.

Melissa Barrera

Melissa Barrera

Born on July 4, 1990
She was born exactly 8 years after this date.



National holidays and famous events that fall on July 4:


US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on July 4, 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 July 4, 1982 was most likely conceived around October 11, 1981.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 4, 1982 is close to March 27, 1983.

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Stats for July 4, 1982


Here are some interesting statistics about July 4, 1982:

  • 15,349 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,192 weeks have passed.
  • 1,326,153,600 seconds have passed since July 4, 1982.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,547,179,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 684,295,257,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 221,025,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 114,049,210 steps. That's roughly 50,689 miles.
  • 15,913,843 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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