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Antitrust suit against AT&T results in
breakup of local Bell System phone companies in
exchange for permission to pursue new business
President Reagan promotes more program control
to states and local governments rather than the
federal government and calls a "New
Major demonstration in New York City calls for
nuclear freeze, which has little impact on
Argentinean forces invades the Falkland Islands
in the South Atlantic after a group of scrap
metal merchants land on South Georgia and raise
the Argentinean flag and Britain warns against
U.S. and Great Britain retake the Falkland
Islands to overcome Argentina's military. Over
200 British soldiers are killed and over 700
Argentinean soldiers are killed.
Israel Palestinian conflict and the first Israeli war on Lebanon in 1982. Experts believed the Israeli attack was timed during the U.S. preoccupation with the Falkland Islands conflict. 'Israel wanted to finish the PLO, once and for all.'
New Year's Eve bomb explodes at New York City
Police Headquarters and the Federal Building,
which also houses the New York headquarters of
the FBI. Officers injured seriously. Puerto
Rican nationalists (FALN) claim
NFL strike lasts 57 days.
In late September and early October, the work of
a killer (never apprehended) is revealed after
he or she contaminates Tylenol with cyanide and
replaces it on shelves in stores (Jewel Foods,
122 N. Vail, Arlington Heights; Jewel Foods, 948
Grove Mall, Elk Grove Village; Osco Drug Store,
Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg; Walgreen Drug Store,
1601 N. Wells, Chicago; Frank's Finer Foods,
0N040 Winfield Rd, Winfield; and one unknown
The first cyanide poisoning victim is a
12-year-old girl from Elk Grove who suffered a
morning headache. She is followed, unrelated, by
a 27-year-old postal worker. The postal worker's
brother and his brother's new wife (grieving
from their loss) unknowingly take Tylenol from
the the dead brother's tainted bottle and die
instantly in an Arlington Heights home. The
woman collapses right in front of the paramedics
on the scene who are treating her husband. Three
more random and unrelated deaths occur in the
Chicago area. Arlington Heights firefighter
Philip Cappittelli and Elk Grove firefighter
Richard Keyworth (during a discussion as
friends) recognize that the mysterious deaths in
Arlington Heights and Elk Grove both involved
Tylenol. Tylenol from the scene is tested and
cyanide is detected. Copycat cases and false
alarms follow nationwide. Police and fire
vehicles with loud speakers travel the streets
warning people not to take Tylenol. Millions of
bottles and packages of Tylenol are recalled and
burned. Investigators eventually recovered eight
tainted bottles, five related to the deaths, two
turned in by consumers and one pulled from a
store shelf. Tylenol was replaced on shelves
about two months later with secured packaging.
Packaging security in many products has improved
as a result of this crime.
The victims of cyanide poisoning were Mary
Kellerman, 12, Elk Grove Village; Adam Janus,
27, Arlington Heights; Stanley Janus, 25, Lisle;
Theresa Janus, 19, Arlington Heights; Paula
Prince, 35, Chicago; Mary Reiner, 27, Winfield;
and Mary McFarland, 31, Elmhurst.
Unemployment tops 10% for the first time since
the Great Depression in 1929.
Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment was
denied (three states short of ratification). ERA
supporters pledge "We'll Remember in
Lech Walesa released from detention camp.
Martial law in Poland suspended. Environmental
announces rule requiring all public and private
elementary and secondary schools in the U.S. to
identify any friable asbestos-containing
materials used in their buildings.
Surround Sound is introduced by Dolby
The Department of Defense standardizes TCP/IP
(Transmission Control Protocol/Internet
Protocol), which facilitates separate computer
network connections; the term Internet is coined
as a collection of TCP/IP internets.
publishes its first issue hitting the streets in
the Baltiore/Washington area on September
September 25. Northwestern University Football
ends its 34 game losing streak by beating
Nortern Illinois University 31-6. The losing
streak is the longest in Division I-A
Our coldest 11-day period occurred in 1982 -- a
frigid 0.6 average temperature from January
7-17, 1982. The period included a record low of
-26 on Jan. 10 (surpassed by -27 on Jan. 20,
1985) and a record low-max of -4 on Jan. 10. The
period also included a record low of -25 (Jan.
16) and a record low of -23 (Jan. 17). Ten of
the eleven days had nightly lows below zero (-6,
-3, -19, -26, -4, -1, 6, -10, -9, -25, -23).
Arlington Varsity Basketball beats Highland
Park, 68-59, in the Supersectional at
Northwestern University which puts Arlington at
the Elite Eight status. This is the last game
played in McGaw Hall with 7043 in attendance
(March 16, 1982).
Downstate at Assembly Hall the Arlington Varsity
Basketball team loses to East St. Louis Lincoln,
60-46. East St. Louis Lincoln went on to win the
State Championship (March 19, 1982).
A computer study lists Rolling Meadows, Hersey,
Forest View and Prospect High School in order as
the most likely schools to be closed (April,
The fight to keep Arlington High School open
begins. District 214 adjusts data for its
computer study and corrects its targets for
closing as Hersey, Arlington and Prospect High
Schools (May 3, 1982).
District 214 votes (5-2) to close Arlington High
School (May 17, 1982).
A group of Arlington High School parents form
the Assembly of Citizens and Taxpayers (ACT) to
study the possibility of seceding from District
214 and forming their own district (August,
Lawsuit filed by five Arlington Heights
residents and the Assembly of Citizens and
Taxpayers against District 214, charging the
board ignored facts from its own studies
(November 18, 1982).