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December 16th, 1982.

December 16th, 1982, was a Thursday. It was day 350 of 1982. The decade was the 1980s.

38 years, 10 months and 5 days have passed since December 16th, 1982.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 16th, 1982.

  • United States: Mickey - Toni Basil
  • United Kingdom: Beat Surrender - Jam
Play the top hits 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.
The Toy

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "The Toy" was at the top of the box office on December 16th, 1982.

Take me back to December 16th, 1982!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 16th, 1982 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. The Christmas season of 1982 is in full swing. The decorations are up and festive songs are playing on the radio.

In America, the song Mickey by Toni Basil is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Beat Surrender by Jam is the number one hit song. Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and the movie The Toy is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher is the current Prime Minister. In fashion, women are currently 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 70s 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "M*A*S*H", "The Love Boat", "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "Hart to Hart". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Space Invaders", "Lunar Lander", "Galaxian" and "Donkey Kong".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Diff'rent Strokes", "Cockleshell Bay" and "The Smurfs". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Magna Doodle, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Simon (memory game) and Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on December 16th, 1982.

  • The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64 dominated the home computer market during this period.

  • 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.

    At this time, wearing leg warmers was a popular fad. 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.

    During the first half of the 1980s, VCRs started to become a popular household item. 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.

  • Who were the best football players in 1982?

    Who were the best football players in 1982?

    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.

    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 as the 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.

    During 1981 and 1982, the Rubik's Cube became a craze. 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 80s 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 during this period. The colors during the early 1980s were subdued, quiet and basic. Varying shades of brown, tan, and orange were in fashion.

  • The Atari 2600.

    The Atari 2600.

    During this period, the Atari 2600 was the dominant game system.

  • The Walkman.

    The Walkman.

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

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

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

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 38 years, 10 months and 5 days have passed since December 16th, 1982.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 50 of 1982.
  • Leap Year: 1982 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 16th, 1982, will be 38 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1982 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 408844800.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 16th, 1982.

  • November 18th, 1982: South Korean boxer Kim Duk-koo dies four days after sustaining head injuries during a fight.
  • November 30th, 1982: Michael Jackson's album Thriller is released.
  • December 11th, 1982: Swedish pop group ABBA make their final public appearance as a group.
  • This date: December 16th, 1982
  • December 18th, 1982: Ireland: It is revealed that former Minister for Justice Sean Doherty had authorized the illegal phone tapping of journalists.
  • January 2nd, 1983: Michael Jackson releases the single "Billie Jean".
  • January 10th, 1983: Mobster Roy DeMeo is shot and killed.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on this date.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 16th, 1982, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Ophiuchus.
  • 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 16th, 1982 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

Photos of early 1980s fashion.

Photographs of early 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of early 1980s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from December, 1982.

  • Cheers - Sitcom starring Ted Danson.
  • Knight Rider - Starring David Hasselhoff.
  • Family Ties - Sitcom starring Michael J. Fox.
  • Cagney & Lacey - Police drama starring Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly.
  • The Smurfs - Animated fantasy-comedy television series.
  • Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends - Animated television series that ran in the early 1980s.
  • Only Fools and Horses - British television comedy.
  • The Greatest American Hero - Comedy-drama superhero series starring William Katt as Ralph Hinkley.
  • Magnum, P.I. - Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.
  • Knots Landing - American soap opera.
  • Archie Bunker's Place - Sitcom starring Carroll O'Connor.
  • Trapper John, M.D. - Medical drama.
  • Hart to Hart - TV show about a couple who moonlight as detectives.
  • The Dukes of Hazzard - American television series.
  • Taxi - American sitcom starring Andy Kaufman and Danny DeVito.
  • Dallas - Soap opera.
  • The Love Boat - Television series that was set on a cruise ship. Starring Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing.
  • Chips - TV show about two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers called Jon Baker and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello.
  • Three's Company - Sitcom about two girls and their male room mate.
  • Quincy, M.E. - TV show about a Los Angeles County medical examiner called Dr. Quincy.

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.

Kid's TV shows on December 16th, 1982.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1982.

  • Inspector Gadget
  • Danger Mouse
  • The Smurfs
  • Cockleshell Bay
  • Diff'rent Strokes
  • Happy Days
  • Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • The Bugs Bunny Show
  • Captain Kangaroo

Popular toys and games in 1982.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1982.

  • My Little Pony (figures)
  • The Commodore 64
  • Masters of the Universe (figures)
  • The Lego train set
  • Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
  • Monchhichi / Chicaboo
  • Rubik's Cube
  • Strawberry Shortcake dolls
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Intellivision (games console)
  • Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Simon (memory game)
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Water Ring Toss
  • The Atari 2600
  • Lego Technic
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Magna Doodle

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • Donkey Kong 1981

    Donkey Kong
    Arcade game released by Nintendo.

  • Missile Command 1980

    Missile Command
    Arcade game developed by Atari.

  • Pac-Man 1980

    Pac-Man
    Maze arcade game.

  • Galaxian 1980

    Galaxian
    Fixed shooter arcade game.

  • Asteroids 1979

    Asteroids
    Space-themed shooter arcade game.

  • Lunar Lander 1979

    Lunar Lander
    In which the player controls a lunar landing module.

  • Space Invaders 1978

    Space Invaders
    Shooter arcade game.

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out December 16th, 1988 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 16th.

Xander Berkeley

Actor.
Born on December 16th, 1955
He turned 27 on this day in 1982.

Bill Hicks

Stand-up comedian. Deceased
Born on December 16th, 1961
He turned 21 on this day in 1982.

Mats Hummels

German soccer player.
Born on December 16th, 1988
He was born exactly 6 years after this date.

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on December 16th, 1982.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 16th, 1982.

Irish Taoiseach.

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 16th, 1982 was most likely conceived around the 8th of March, 1982.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 16th, 1982 is close to the 25th of September, 1983.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 16th, 1982.

  • A total of 14,190 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,027 weeks have passed.
  • 1,226,012,400 seconds have passed since the December 16th, 1982.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,430,347,800 times.
  • Since December 16th, 1982, the earth has travelled approximately 632,622,398,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 204,335,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 105,437,066 steps. That's about 46,861 miles!
  • Since this date, 14,712,149 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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