1982 was the year, and what a year it was:
→Pope John Paul II prays for an end to marital law in Poland.
→Bryant Gumbel became the new co host of NBC's Today Show (which was the beginning of a 15 year run).
→Golden Gate Bridge was closed for couple hours due to high winds.
→Jan 17 was "Cold Sunday"
→Ozzy Osborne bit the head off a bat
→Jan 9 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was born, wife to Prince William, whose birthday is June 21.
→Danny DeVito and and Rhea Perlman married. They are still together, only separating for less than a year during that time. Impressive for a celebrity marriage. side note - I recently rematch 'Cheers' and it definitely a classic, which also began in 1982.
→Find top songs of 1982 here.
→Jane Fonda released a workout video.
→E.T. is released.
→Adobe was founded.
→Trivial Pursuit was released.
→Glo Worm was introduced.
→1982 World's Fair opened May 1.
→Johnny Gosch disappeared.
Other Sources -http://www.onthisday.com/date/1982/january
For more on the History of 1982 see this site.