- Real World: March 19. Argentine military forces land on South Georgia Island, sparking the Falklands War with the U.K.
- Real World: April 25. As part of the terms of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty, Israel finishes its withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula.
- Real World: June 2. Professor Diogenes Angelokos of the University of Berkeley in California is injured by a bomb- this is the first such attack attributed to the Unabomber.
- Real World: June 6. Israel invades Lebanon in response to an assassination attempt against Israel's ambassador to the United Kingdom.
- Real World: June 14. Argentine forces surrender to the British at Port Stanley; end of the Falklands War.
- Real World: December 2. Barney Clark becomes the first human to receive a permanent artificial heart, extending his life for 112 days.
- Creepshow: Nathan Grantham returns from the dead on Father's Day, killing his daughter, great niece, the family maid and Hank Blaine, a meteorite falls to earth on Jordy Verrill's property, Richard Vickers takes revenge on his wife and her lover, Norman Castonmeyer commits suicide, and Pratt International absorbs Pacific Aerodyne. Upson Pratt is killed by a horde of cockroaches. (Father's Day, The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill, Something to Tide You Over and They're Creeping Up on You!)
- Doctor Who, Doctor Who (Expanded Universe): Around this time, Speedbird Concorde 192 is drawn through a time corridor to the Heathrow Airport region of 140 million years ago. The Fifth Doctor and company follow on another Concorde and rescue the passengers. After they return, Tegan Jovanka remains behind (and gets fired from her job not long afterward). ("Time-Flight," "Arc of Infinity")
- Real World: The first computer virus, known as "Elk Cloner" and written by Rich Skrenta, is unleashed "into the wild."
- Zhenya Marchenko (Space Odyssey)
New Fictional Works
Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov, The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel, The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks, 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke, Different Seasons by Stephen King, The Running Man by "Richard Bachman" (Stephen King).
- Amityville II: The Possession, Android, L'Ange, Arcadia of My Youth (Japan), Basket Case, The Beastmaster, Blade Runner, Brainwaves, Cat People, Children of the Full Moon, Chronopolis, Conan the Barbarian, Creepshow, Deadly Eyes, Don't Go To Sleep, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Endangered Species, The Evil Dead, Evilspeak
- The Final Option, First Blood, The Flight of Dragons, Forbidden World, Friday the 13th, Part III, Frightmare, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Humongous, Hunchback (TV movie), Invasion of the Flesh Hunters, The Kid with the Broken Halo, King Richard II, The Last Unicorn, Living Dead Girl, The Loch Ness Horror
- The Man with Two Heads, Megaforce, Merlin and the Sword, Parasite, Poltergeist, Q, Rude Awakening, The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV movie), The Secret of N.I.M.H., The Sender, Spasms, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Swamp Thing, The Sword and the Sorcerer, Tempest, The Thing, Time Walker, Tron, World War III (TV movie), Xtro, Zombie Lake.
Notable Comic Books
G.I. Joe #1, The Death of Captain Marvel.
Notable Television Series
- Beginning: The Incredible Hulk (animated), Ivanhoe (miniseries), Knight Rider, Q.E.D., Remington Steele, Voyagers.
- Continuing: Blackstar (Season 2), Doctor Who (Season 20), The Incredible Hulk (Season 5), Magnum P.I. (Season 3), Sapphire and Steel (Season 4).
- Ending: Hero High, Into the Labyrinth, Shazam!, Space Stars, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour, Thundarr the Barbarian.
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