1982 was a free year.
February 2 - A massacre takes place in Hama, Syria.
March 19 - The Argentine army lands on the island of South Georgia, which will lead to the Falklands War with the United Kingdom.
March 29 - Queen Elizabeth II gives royal assent to the 1982 Canada Act, ending all of Canada's remaining dependence on the United Kingdom.
April 2 - Argentine military forces land in the Falkland Islands, a British colony in the South Atlantic guarded by 84 British Marines.
April 17 - Queen Elizabeth II and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau sign a proclamation on the 1982 Constitutional Act, formally ending Canada's colonial ties with the United Kingdom.
April 25 - The last Israeli troops leave Sinai, ending a 15-year occupation of the Egyptian peninsula.
May 2 - HMS Conqueror sank the Argentine light cruiser Generalo Belgrano during the Falklands War, the only ship to be sunk by a nuclear submarine.
May 15 - Petar Stambolic is elected President of the Presidency of the SFRY.
May 21 - British troops land on East Falkland Island during the Falklands War.
May 24 - In the Iran-Iraq war, Iranian troops regain control of Koramshar, which Iraqis have held for 20 months.
June 6 - Israel begins invading Lebanon in an effort to expel members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
June 15 - The surrender of Argentine forces to the British in the Falkland Islands ends the Falklands War, which kills about 1,000 people.
June 17 - The President of Argentina, General Leopoldo Galtieri, resigns after the defeat of the Argentine army in the Falklands War with the United Kingdom for the Falkland Islands.
June 26 - The 12th Congress of the SKJ, the first congress after Tito's death, begins in Belgrade.
August 12 - Mexico announces it is unable to pay its large foreign debt, sparking a debt crisis that has spread across Latin America.
September 16 - A Lebanese Christian militia begins a three-day massacre at the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, killing at least 800 people.