December 7, 1982

December 7, 1982, was a Tuesday. It was 41 years, 7 months, and 4 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

On This Day

What happened?

What happened on December 7, 1982?

  • Sesame Street actor Will Lee (Mr. Hooper) passes away at the age of 74.
Song charts

Music charts

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on December 7, 1982:

  • United States: "Truly" by Lione Richie
  • United Kingdom: "Beat Surrender" by Jam

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 7, 1982

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

  • Truly - Lionel Richie
  • Gloria - Laura Branigan
  • Mickey - Toni Basil
  • Maneater - Daryl Hall John Oates
  • Heartlight - Neil Diamond
Play the top singles 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 December 7, 1982.


This date occurred 15,193 days ago. Approximately 506 months have passed. It was the 341st day of 1982, in week 49. The decade was the eighties. There were only 24 days left in the year. People who were born on December 7, 1982, are now 41 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. The Earth has experienced 169 seasons of weather since then.


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Joshua Coleman

On that day, Will Lee, who played Mr. Hooper on Sesame Street, passed away.
Posted on February 15, 2024 14:51

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Take me back to December 7, 1982

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is December 7, 1982, and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. The Christmas season of 1982 has begun.

In America, the song "Truly" by Lione Richie is at the top of the singles charts, while "Beat Surrender" by Jam 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.

On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Last of the Summer Wine", "Laverne & Shirley", "The Facts of Life", and "Knots Landing". 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 Karen Carpenter and Jobriath would be still alive. People are playing video games such as "Space Invaders", "Asteroids", "Pac-Man", and "Missile Command". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "The All New Popeye Hour", "Cockleshell Bay", and "Danger Mouse".

Children are playing with toys such as Big Jim (action figure), Strawberry Shortcake dolls, Rubik's Cube, and the Commodore 64.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on December 7, 1982.

  • Christmas 1982 has begun.

    Christmas 1982 has begun

    The Christmas holiday season of 1982 had just begun. Retailers were starting to play festive music, and decorations were beginning to spring up.
  • The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64

    The Commodore 64 was dominating the home computer market.
  • 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 December 7, 1982.

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around December 7, 1982.

  • November 12, 1982: Dance music composer Patrick Cowley dies from AIDS.
  • November 18, 1982: South Korean boxer Kim Duk-koo dies four days after sustaining head injuries during a fight.
  • November 25, 1982: An entire block of Downtown Minneapolis goes up in flames after two juvenile arsonists start a fire in an abandoned department store.
  • November 30, 1982: Michael Jackson's album Thriller is released.
  • December 6, 1982: Droppin Well bombing: 11 soldiers and 6 civilians people are killed when the Irish National Liberation Army bombs a disco in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland.
  • This date: December 7, 1982
  • December 11, 1982: Swedish pop group ABBA make their final public appearance as a group.
  • December 18, 1982: Ireland: It is revealed that former Minister for Justice Sean Doherty had authorized the illegal phone tapping of journalists.
  • January 2, 1983: Michael Jackson releases the single "Billie Jean".
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 7, 1982, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1982 was the year of the Dog (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 7, 1982 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

Early 1980s fashion

Photographs of early 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Early 1980s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in December 1982

The following TV shows were popular in December 1982:

TV shows from December 1982.

Knight Rider
Knight Rider
Family Ties
Family Ties
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

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 December 1982

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

Inspector Gadget
Inspector Gadget
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

Toys in 1982

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

My Little Pony (figures)
My Little Pony (figures)
The Commodore 64
The Commodore 64
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)
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in December 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 December 7, 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 December 7, 1988, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on December 7.

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky

Born on December 7, 1928
He turned 54 on this day in 1982.

Rick Rude

Rick Rude

Wrestler Deceased
Born on December 7, 1958
He turned 24 on this day in 1982.

Jennifer Syme

Jennifer Syme

Actress Deceased
Born on December 7, 1972
She turned 10 on this day in 1982.

Nicole Appleton

Nicole Appleton

All Saints
Born on December 7, 1974
She turned 8 on this day in 1982.

John Terry

John Terry

Soccer player
Born on December 7, 1980
He turned 2 on this day in 1982.

Aaron Carter

Aaron Carter

Singer Deceased
Born on December 7, 1987
He was born exactly 5 years after this date.


US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on December 7, 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 December 7, 1982 was most likely conceived around March 16, 1982.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 7, 1982 is close to August 30, 1983.

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Stats for December 7, 1982


Here are some interesting statistics about December 7, 1982:

  • 15,193 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,170 weeks have passed.
  • 1,312,671,600 seconds have passed since December 7, 1982.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,531,450,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 677,338,545,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 218,778,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 112,889,758 steps. That's roughly 50,173 miles.
  • 15,752,059 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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