• Poisoned Tylenol scare, 7 people in the Chicago area die after ingesting capsules laced with potassium cyanide.
• Argentina took on the British Empire over the Falkland Islands
• Princess Di gives birth to her first child William.
• USA Today was first published.
• All eight planets align on the same side of the Sun.
• A ground-breaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is held in Washington, DC.
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
• MOVIES: “Tron”, “Blade Runner”, “ET” and “Tootsie”.
• T.V.: “Fame”, “Late Night with David Letterman “(debuts on NBC after The Tonight Show)
• CD’s & CD players are the hot new technology.
• Chia pets are introduced (The ram, is the first Chia Pet.)
• The Commodore 64 computer comes into the market. (Over 20 million are sold)
• “Lawn Chair Larry” tied weather balloons to his lawn chair and floated over 16,000 feet above Long Beach California.
• The Weather Channel airs on cable television for the first time.
• Cal Ripken, Jr. starts the first game of what eventually becomes his record-breaking consecutive games played streak of 2,632.
• John Belushi
• Paul Lynde
• Henry Fonda
• Vic Morrow :Dies on the set of Twilight Zone the movie along with 2 child actors during a helicopter stunt accident.
• Previously known by the stage names Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, and John Cougar Mellencamp
• One of the founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985.
• American Fool is his sixth album.
• He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2008.
• John Mellencamp with Jack & Diane your #1 @ 1 from October 1982