1982 – The Battle of Goose Green

One of the relatively few land engagements of the Falklands War, the Battle of Goose Green began at about 2:30AM when elements of the British 2nd Paratroops attacked Argentine positions at Goose Green.

They had expected to be able to capture the site ‘before breakfast’, but resistance was greater than anticipated, and the battle lasted into the following day, finally concluding the following day after the British brought in reinforcements and soundly defeated the defenders. The Argentine forces on East Falkland Island surrendered in their entirety on May 29, and the British reclaimed the rest of the Falkland Islands a little over two weeks later.

Referenced in:

Broken Heroes — Saxon

1982 – The Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC is dedicated

A three-part memorial located in Washington DC, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial consists of three parts.

The largest is the Memorial Wall, on which the names of more than 50,000 men and woman who died or went missing in action are listed chronologically in order of death, from 1955 to 1975. The other two are a sculpture called The Three Soldiers and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.

The memorial was opened in 1982, and represented an important milestone in America’s long healing process after the chaos and death of the Vietnam War. It remains a popular tourist attraction today.

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Civil War — Guns and Roses

1982 – Prince William of England is born

The eldest child of Prince Charles (himself the eldest child and heir of the current Queen of England), Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis Windsor is second in line to the British throne, and quite likely to be King of England someday. In fact, it is widely assumed that his father will stand aside for him in the event that the apparently indestructible cyborg that is Elizabeth Windsor ever malfunctions permanently, in which event, the current His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales will become His Majesty King William V of the United Kingdom.

William’s mother was the now-deceased Diana Spencer, whom his father separated from some years previously. Despite the personal tragey of his mother’s death and the pressure-cooker of media attention that flourishes around the Royal Family in England (and to a lesser extent, throughout the British Commonwealth, Europe and the United States), William appears to be a reasonably well-edjusted young man who appears to have absorbed the media and people skills of his father, grandmother and great-grandmother, and the sense of humour of the former.

Referenced in:

Heartland – Nenah Cherry

1982 – Hezbollah abducts David Dodge

David Stewart Dodge was the acting President of the University of Beirut in Lebanon when he was abducted by members of the Hezbollah. He was one of the first foreigners to be abducted by Hezbollah, although far from the last.

Dodge’s previous work had included stints with Aramco, the Trans-Arabian Pipeline Company and US Military Intelligence – any or all of which may have been the motivations for his kidnappers. Hezbollah was, at the time, a very new movement – it had formed largely in reaction to Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon. The name means “Party of God”, and nowadays it is (among other things) a political party in Lebanon. It has also been, depending on where your sympathies lie, a resistance movement or a terrorist organisation (the diffference is largely one of perspective).

Dodge was lucky – he was released by his abductors, and lived a long and reasonably happy life.

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Doctor Jeep — Sisters of Mercy

1982 – Graceland is opened to the public

When Elvis died in 1977, he left most of his fortune to his daughter Lisa-Marie, who was only 9 at the time. The assets, including Graceland, were held in trust for her, with his father Vernon as the executor. Upon Vernon’s death in 1979, this responsibility passed to Priscilla Presley.

Taxes and other bills were eating into the inheritance, and in order to keep it going, Priscilla decided to convert Graceland into a tourist attraction. It rapidly became one of the most popular destinations in the United States, and the income it generated saved the Presley fortune. Graceland was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1991, and declared a National Historic Landmark on March 27, 2006.

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Going To Graceland – The Dead Milkmen