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How many years ago was 1982?

1982 was 42 years ago.

42 years have passed between March 1st, 1982, and March 1st, 2024. It was 15,341 days ago.

How long ago was 1982?

To put into perspective how long ago 1982 was:

  • The teenagers that existed in 1982 are now 55–61 years old.
  • Four decades have passed since then.
  • People were still listening to music on portable cassette players called Walkmans.
  • Movies came on VHS tapes.
  • Mullets were "everywhere".
  • Most offices were still using typewriters. It wasn't until the nineties that PCs began to take over.
  • The Internet wasn't invented yet.
  • Motorists had to rely on printed maps and directions to get to places. GPS systems didn't appear until more than a decade later.
  • The Moon is moving away from Earth at roughly 1.49 inches per year. That means that it has moved away by about 63 inches since 1982.
  • There have been roughly 2,184 weekends since then.
  • Names such as Madonna, Whitney Houston, Michael Jordan, Demi Moore, George Michael, Tom Hanks, and Hulk Hogan were not famous at the time.
  • Popular songs that year included the likes of "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John, "I Can't Go For That" by Hall & Oates, "Centerfold" by J. Geils Band, "I Love Rock 'n Roll" by Joan Jett & Blackhearts, "Chariots Of Fire" by Vangelis, and "Ebony And Ivory" by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder.
  • Films such as "Sharky's Machine", "Absence of Malice", "On Golden Pond", "Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip", "Porky's", and "Conan the Barbarian" were playing at movie theaters in 1982.
  • Ronald Reagan was still the President of the United States.
  • Margaret Thatcher was still the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • The Earth has travelled 189 billion miles through space since 1982.
  • Most cars didn't have electric windows.
  • Costco didn't exist.
  • There was no such thing as "Chicken McNuggets."
  • Although TV remote controls existed, many homes did not have them.
  • Microwave ovens were only starting to become a common fixture in kitchens.
  • There was no such thing as "Gangsta rap".
  • Due to the expansion of the Atlantic Ocean, the distance between the United States and Europe has grown 105 centimeters since 1982.
  • A person who was born that year has had roughly 84–126 colds in their lifetime.
  • The world has gone through 168 seasons of weather.
  • Camcorders weren't a thing yet. Video cameras were heavy and often had to be mounted on special supports.
  • "Cheers", "Knight Rider", "'Allo 'Allo!", "Family Ties", and "Cagney & Lacey" were among the TV shows that started airing that year.

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