What Happened in April 1982

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Anguilla (dependent territory of UK) adopts constitution
  • Apr 1 US formally transfers Canal Zone to Panama
  • Apr 2 Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain
  • Apr 2 In exhibition game A's pitcher Steve McCatty comes to bat using a 15" toy bat (under Billy Martins orders), protesting disallowing of DH
  • Apr 3 Buffalo Sabre Gil Perrault scores his 1,000th NHL point
  • Apr 3 UN Security Council demanded Argentina withdraw from Falkland Islands
  • Apr 3 136th Grand National: Mr. Dick Saunders aboard Grittar wins
  • Apr 4 11th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sally Little
  • Apr 5 Aircraft carriers Invincible and Hermes with escort vessels left Portsmouth for the Falkland Islands
  • Apr 5 Cards' Jim Kaat, pitches in record 24th consecutive season
  • Apr 5 Lord Carrington, British foreign secretary resigns due to Falklands war
  • Apr 6 Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center from White Sands
  • Apr 6 Largest crowd ever to see a baseball game in Minn 52,279
  • Apr 7 Iran minister of Foreign affairs Ghotbzadeh arrested
  • Apr 8 Tracy Caulkins, 19, wins her 36th US swimming title
  • Apr 9 LA Lakers block 21 Denver shots setting NBA regulation game record
  • Apr 10 LA Kings losing 5-0 to Edmonton in 3rd period, win in OT 6-5
  • Apr 11 46th Masters Golf Tournament: Craig Stadler wins, shooting a 284
  • Apr 12 3 CBS employees shot to death in NYC parking lot
  • Apr 15 Apollo Computer announces DN400, DN420, & landscape display
  • Apr 16 Queen Elizabeth proclaims Canada's new constitution
  • Apr 17 Canada adopts its constitution
  • Apr 17 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 Proclamation of the Constitution Act by Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • Apr 18 Atlanta Braves win record 11th straight opening game (beat Astros)
  • Apr 18 Canada Constitution Act replaces British North America Act
  • Apr 18 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA CPC Women's Golf International
  • Apr 18 Zimbabwean capital Salisbury renamed Harare
  • Apr 19 86th Boston Marathon: Alberto Salazar of United States 1st man in 2:08:51 and Charlotte Teske of West Germany 1st woman in 2:29:33
  • Apr 19 Guinon Bluford announced as 1st African American NASA astronaut
  • Apr 19 Rosie Ruiz, marathon race cheater, arrested for forgery

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 19 Sally Ride announed will be 1st American woman astronaut

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride
  • Apr 19 USSR Salyut 7 space station put into orbit
  • Apr 20 Atlanta Braves become 1st team to win 1st 12 games of the season
  • Apr 20 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode bombs in Belfast, Derry, Armagh, Ballymena, Bessbrook and Magherafelt; 2 civilians are killed and 12 injured
  • Apr 21 Atlanta Braves win their 13th straight game
  • Apr 21 Dr Michael E Bakey performs 1st successful heart implant
  • Apr 21 Dutch Queen Beatrice addresses US Congress
  • Apr 22 Atlanta Braves lose after winning 1st 13 games of season
  • Apr 22 Launch of STS-3-Lousma & Fullerton [03/23]
  • Apr 23 Conch Republic is established - secession of the Florida Keys from the United States of America
  • Apr 23 The Sinclair ZX Spectrum is released.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 24 150 Khomeini followers assault student dormitory in West Germany

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Apr 24 Cards win 12th game in a row; 7-4 over Phillies
  • Apr 24 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Mike Durbin
  • Apr 24 27th Eurovision Song Contest: Nicole for Germany wins singing "Ein bichen Frieden" in Harrogate
  • Apr 25 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 25 In accordance with Camp David, Israel completes Sinai withdrawal
  • Apr 25 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Orlando Lady Golf Classic
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 25 Yanks fire manager Bob Lemon & replaces him with Gene Michael
  • Apr 26 Argentina surrenders to Britain on S Georgia near Falkland Island
  • Apr 26 CBS radio begins youth oriented broadcast Radio Radio
  • Apr 26 Gene Michael becomes NY Yankee manager for 2nd time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 26 Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 27 Trial of John W Hinckley Jr attempted assassin of Reagan, begins

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Apr 27 1982 NFL Draft: Kenneth Sims from University of Texas first pick by New England Patriots

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 29 17th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Merle Haggard, and Barbara Mandrell win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Apr 29 Alfredo Magana elected President of El Salvador

MurderMurder of Interest

Apr 29 American mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski murders pharmacist Paul Hoffman by beating him with a tire iron

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski
  • Apr 30 Alvaro Magana chosen to succeed Jose N Duarte as President of El Salvador
  • Apr 30 Atlanta Braves win record 12th straight from beginning of season
  • Apr 30 Iranian offensive in Khusistan

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Sam Huntington, Peterborough, New Hampshire, American actor (Jungle 2 Jungle, Being Human)
  • Apr 1 Gemma Hunt, British children's television presenter
  • Apr 1 Taran Killam, American comedian and actor
  • Apr 2 Bianca Chatfield, Australian netballer
  • Apr 2 Marco Amelia, Italian World Cup-winning footballer
  • Apr 2 Jeremy Bloom, American skier and football player
  • Apr 2 Jack Evans, American professional wrestler
  • Apr 2 Leyla Milani, Canadian actress and model
  • Apr 3 Iain Fyfe, Australian soccer player
  • Apr 3 Kasumi Nakane, Japanese gravure idol
  • Apr 3 Jared Allen, American football player
  • Apr 3 Fler [Patrick Losensky], German rapper, born in Berlin
  • Apr 3 Cobie Smulders, Canadian actress
  • Apr 5 Alexandre Prémat, French racing driver
  • Apr 5 Thomas Hitzlsperger, German footballer
  • Apr 5 Matt Pickens, American soccer player
  • Apr 6 Ilan Hall, Israeli-American chef
  • Apr 6 Bret Harrison, American actor
  • Apr 6 Michael Guy Chislett, Australian born, American guitarist of The Academy Is...
  • Apr 7 Sonjay Dutt, Indian American professional wrestler
  • Apr 9 Carlos Hernández, Costa Rican footballer
  • Apr 9 Jay Baruchel, Canadian actor
  • Apr 10 Damián Lanza, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Apr 10 Chyler Leigh, American actress
  • Apr 10 Andre Ethier, American baseball player
  • Apr 11 Ian Bell, English cricketer
  • Apr 12 Deen [Fuad Backović], Bosnian singer and fashion designer, born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Apr 13 Nellie McKay, American singer
  • Apr 13 Janice Vidal, Hong Kong singer
  • Apr 13 Jill Vidal, Hong Kong singer
  • Apr 15 Mark Mizzark, [Marlis Pugh], rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Apr 15 Albert Riera, Spanish footballer
  • Apr 15 Anthony Green, American musician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 15 Seth Rogen, Canadian actor and writer (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Interview), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen
  • Apr 15 Michael Aubrey, American baseball player
  • Apr 16 Boris Diaw, French basketball player
  • Apr 16 Barry Jones, Scottish magician
  • Apr 16 Jonathan Vilma, American football player
  • Apr 16 Gina Carano, American Mixed Martial Arts fighter.
  • Apr 17 Lee Jun Ki, South Korean actor and model
  • Apr 17 Brad Boyes, Canadian hockey player
  • Apr 18 Marie-Élaine Thibert, Canadian singer
  • Apr 18 Scott Hartnell, NHL hockey player
  • Apr 21 Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, American football player
  • Apr 22 Kaká, Brazilian footballer
  • Apr 23 Taio Cruz, London/English R&B, Pop, Hip Hop singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 24 Kelly Clarkson, American singer and winner of the inaugural season of TV series American Idol, born in Fort Worth, Texas

  • Apr 25 Monty Panesar, English cricketer
  • Apr 25 Brian Barton, American baseball player
  • Apr 26 Joanne Gobure, Nauruan poet
  • Apr 26 Cooper Wallace, National Football League tight end
  • Apr 26 Brock Gillespie, American basketball player
  • Apr 26 Jon Lee, British singer (S Club)
  • Apr 27 Katrina Johnson, American actress
  • Apr 28 Nikki Grahame, Big Brother 7 Star
  • Apr 29 Kamran Jawaid, Pakistani film critic

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 30 Kirsten Dunst, American actress (Interview with the Vampire, Spider-Man), born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey

Actress Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst
  • Apr 30 Lloyd Banks, American rapper
  • Apr 30 Cleo Higgins, British singer and actress
  • Apr 30 Andrew Seeley, Canadian actor and singer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 28 Professional boxer George Foreman (33) weds Andrea Skeete

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 8 Actor Bryan Cranston (26) divorced writer Mickey Middleton after 4 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 23 Professional boxer George Foreman (33) divorces Sharon Goodson after 7 months of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Herman W Filarski, Dutch bridge journalist, dies at 69
  • Apr 3 Warren Oates, actor (East of Eden, Stoney Burke), dies at 53
  • Apr 4 Tsvetan Tsvetanov, composer, dies at 50
  • Apr 5 Abe Fortas, Supreme court justice, dies at 71
  • Apr 6 Paul Wiens, German writer and Stasi informant, dies at 59
  • Apr 7 Brenda Benet, actress (Track of Thunder), commits suicide by gun at 36
  • Apr 7 Harald Ertl, Austrian racing driver (b. 1948)
  • Apr 9 Robert H G Havemann, German chemist/dissident, dies
  • Apr 9 Wilfred Pelletier, symph conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 85
  • Apr 15 5 murderers, of Egyptian pres Sadat, executed
  • Apr 15 Arthur Lowe, Brits actor (Capt Mainwaring in Dad's army), dies at 66
  • Apr 15 Louis M de Guiringaud, Fren forgn min (1976-78), commits suicide at 70
  • Apr 20 Andrew Sandham, cricketer (325 Eng 1930, 879 runs in 14 Tests), dies
  • Apr 20 Archibald MacLeish, US, lawyer/writer (Conquistador), dies at 89
  • Apr 20 Mimi Boesnach, actress (Wedding of Kloris & Roses), dies at 82
  • Apr 21 Joe Sawyer, actor (Biff O'Hara-Adventures of Rin Tin Tin), dies at 80
  • Apr 22 Melville Bell Grosvenor, pres (National Geographic Society), dies at 80
  • Apr 25 Celia Johnson, English actress (Brief Encounter, Happy Breed), dies at 73
  • Apr 25 Don Wilson, TV announcer (Jack Benny Show), dies at 81
  • Apr 25 John Cody, US cardinal/archbishop of Chicago (1965-82), dies at 74
  • Apr 25 Paul de Vree, Flemish writer/essayist (Round Table), dies
  • Apr 25 William R Burnett, US, writer (Asphalt Jungle), dies at 82
  • Apr 26 Celia Johnson, British actress (Jean Brodie), dies of stroke at 73
  • Apr 26 Ville Ritola, Finnish 5/10km runner (Olympic-gold-1924, 28), dies
  • Apr 27 Tom Tully, actor (Line-up, Shane), dies at 85
  • Apr 28 Bert van Dongen, [Abraham J Cohen], Dutch singer/actor, dies at 66
  • Apr 28 EW "Nobby" Clark, Engl cricketer (32 wickets in 8 Tests 1929-34), dies
  • Apr 30 Albert TLCA Bird, lecture artist, dies
  • Apr 30 Herman Tholen, Dutch cabaret performer (Juveniles), dies
  • Apr 30 Taisen Deshimaru, founder of several Zen centers in France, dies at 67
  • Apr 30 Lester Bangs, American music journalist, author, and musician (b. 1949)