What Happened in December 1982

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Dentist Barney B Clark gets 1st artificial heart

Music releaseAlbum Release

Dec 1 Michael Jackson releases his album "Thriller"

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Dec 1 Miguel de la Madrid inaugurated as President of Mexico

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 1 "Tootsie" directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange premieres in Hollywood

Actor Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack
  • Dec 2 1st permanent artificial heart successfully implanted (U of Utah) in retired dentist Barney Clark; lived 112 days with Jarvic-7 heart
  • Dec 3 1st NJ Devil hat-trick (Steve Tambellini) defeat Hartford 5-4
  • Dec 3 35.7 cm rainfall at Big Fork, Arkansas (state record)
  • Dec 3 77°F highest December temperature ever recorded in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dec 3 NJ Devils 1st hat trick (Steve Tambellini)
  • Dec 3 Tommy Hearns wins WBC Welterweight title in decision over Benitez
  • Dec 3 "Frances", film depicting life of actress Frances Frances and starring Jessica Lange, first released in the US
  • Dec 4 48th Heisman Trophy Award: Herschel Walker, Georgia (RB)
  • Dec 4 China adopts its constitution
  • Dec 4 Police & racist demonstrators clash in Antwerp
  • Dec 5 Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 33 pass completions
  • Dec 5 Ingrid Berghmans (Neth) retains judo's world championship
  • Dec 5 Mel Gray ends NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions
  • Dec 5 Seattle Univ Baptist Ch declares sanctuary for Cen Am refugees
  • Dec 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 5 15th NAACP Image Awards: "An Officer and a Gentleman" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Dec 6 Droppin Well bombing: 11 British soldiers and 6 civilians are killed by an Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) time bomb at the Droppin’ Well Bar in Ballykelly, County Londonderry
  • Dec 7 Suriname army under Desi Bouterse fires on radio station building
  • Dec 7 In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the US.
  • Dec 8 "Herman Van Veen: All of Him" opens at Ambassador NYC for 6 performances
  • Dec 8 Clark Gilles fails in 7th Islander penalty shot
  • Dec 8 Suriname army leader Bouterse murders 15 opponents
  • Dec 8 Norman Mayer holds Washington Monument hostage, demanding an end to nuclear weapons. Is killed by police after 10 hrs (he had no explosives)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 8 Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez receives the Nobel Prize for Literature

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 10 Heavyweight Michael Doakes KOs Mike Weaver in 1:03 in Las Vegas

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • Dec 10 Soyuz T-5 returns to Earth, 211 days after take-off
  • Dec 10 CDC report on a transfusion recipient who developed AIDS symptoms
  • Dec 12 "Herman Van Veen: All of Him" closes at Ambassador NYC after 6 perf
  • Dec 12 $9,800,000 in cash stolen from money transport car in NYC
  • Dec 12 Joanne Carner/John Mahaffey wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 12 The "Snowplow Game": when a snowstorm holds a New England vs Miami game scoreless, Mark Henderson, a convict on work release, on Patriots coach Ron Meyer order, clears the path for John Smith's attempt, which wins the game for the Patriots, 3-0
  • Dec 13 Earthquake hits Northern Yemen; 2,000 die
  • Dec 13 71st Men's Australian Open: Johan Kriek beats Steve Denton (6-3, 6-3, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Dec 13 71st Women's Australian Open: Chris Evert-Lloyd beats Martina Navratilova (6-3, 2-6, 6-3)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 14 Marcel Dionne, LA, becomes 9th NHLer to score 500 goals

NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 15 Bill Parcells becomes 12th head coach of NY Giants

NFL Coaching Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coaching Legend
Bill Parcells
  • Dec 15 Roy Williams, Teamsters pres, & 4 others convicted of bribery
  • Dec 15 Sao Tome & Principe constitution approved
  • Dec 15 Spain reopens border with Gibraltar
  • Dec 16 Tom Seaver agrees to new contract with Mets
  • Dec 16 The Federal Reserve announces that the operating capacity of factories has gone down to 67.8%.
  • Dec 18 Flight readiness firing of Challenger's main engines; 20 seconds
  • Dec 22 William Mastrosimone's "Extremities" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 23 The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces it has identified dangerous levels of dioxin in the soil of Times Beach, Missouri.
  • Dec 24 Chaminade, with a student body of only 850 students, beats #1 ranked Virginia 77-72 in a Honolulu holiday basketball classic
  • Dec 25 Mudassar Nazar scores century, then Imran Khan rips through Indians
  • Dec 26 TIME's Man of the Year is a computer
  • Dec 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 27 Imran Khan 8-60 to bring innings victory v India at Karachi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 29 Bob Marley postage stamp issued in Jamaica

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • Dec 29 Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant ends his career with Alabama (323 wins)
  • Dec 30 Anthony Shaffer's "Whodunnit" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 30 England defeat Australia by three runs at cricket MCG
  • Dec 30 US Assay Office in New York City, NY closes
  • Dec 31 CBS Mystery Theater final episode on radio after 8 years
  • Dec 31 NBC radio cancels almost all of its network daily features
  • Dec 31 TV soap "Doctors" ends 19 year run

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Michelle Banzer, model/beauty queen
  • Dec 2 Hristos Karipidis, Greek footballer
  • Dec 2 Matt Ware, American football player
  • Dec 2 Pizon, American rapper/producer
  • Dec 3 Michael Essien, Ghanaian footballer
  • Dec 3 Jaycee Chan, Hong Kong singer and actor
  • Dec 3 Manny Corpas, American baseball player
  • Dec 4 Ho-Pin Tung, Dutch-Chinese racing driver
  • Dec 5 Eddy Curry, American basketball player
  • Dec 5 Trai Essex, American football player
  • Dec 6 Alberto Contador, Spanish cyclist and 2007 Tour de France winner
  • Dec 6 Ryan Carnes, American actor
  • Dec 6 Sean Ervine, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Dec 6 Robbie Gould, American football player
  • Dec 8 Noelle Pikus-Pace, American skeleton racer
  • Dec 8 Dee Dee Trotter, American athlete
  • Dec 8 Hamit Altintop, German-born Turkish Football player (identical twin brother of Halil Altintop)
  • Dec 8 Halil Altintop, Turkish Football player (identical twin brother of Hamit Altintop)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 8 Nicki Minaj, Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidadian-born American rapper and singer (Super Bass, Starships)

Rapper & Singer Nicki Minaj
Rapper & Singer
Nicki Minaj
  • Dec 9 Tamilla Abassova, Russian cyclist
  • Dec 9 Nathalie De Vos, Belgian athlete
  • Dec 9 Vincent Accardi, American guitarist Brand New
  • Dec 10 Tim Deegan, Canadian MuchMusic VJ
  • Dec 10 Shilpa Anand, Indian film and television actress
  • Dec 11 Pablo Pérez Companc, Argentine racing driver
  • Dec 12 Dmitry Tursunov, Russian tennis player
  • Dec 13 Anthony Callea, Australian singer/songwriter
  • Dec 13 Ricky Nolasco, American baseball player
  • Dec 13 Tuka Rocha, Brazilian racing driver
  • Dec 13 Freddie Weinke, American football player
  • Dec 13 Dominik Werling, German footballer
  • Dec 14 Josh Fields, American baseball player
  • Dec 14 Steve Sidwell, English footballer
  • Dec 14 Anthony Way, English singer and actor
  • Dec 15 Charlie Cox, English actor
  • Dec 15 Borja García, Spanish racing driver
  • Dec 15 George O. Gore II, American actor
  • Dec 16 Garnon Davies, Welsh actor
  • Dec 16 Antrel Rolle, National Football League defensive back
  • Dec 17 Josh Barfield, American baseball player
  • Dec 17 Craig Kielburger, Canadian labour activist
  • Dec 17 Stephane Lasme, Gabonese basketball player
  • Dec 17 Ryan Moats, National Football League runningback
  • Dec 17 Onur Ozsu, Turkish music artist, born in Izmir
  • Dec 18 Dave Luetkenhoelter, American bassist (Kutless)
  • Dec 19 Maurice Williams, American basketball player
  • Dec 19 Tero Pitkamaki, Finnish javelin thrower
  • Dec 19 Vincent Accardi, American musician
  • Dec 20 Mohammed Asif, Pakistani cricket player
  • Dec 20 Kasper Klausen, Danish footballer
  • Dec 20 David Wright, American baseball player (New York Mets), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Dec 20 David Cook, American singer, winner of American Idol.
  • Dec 21 Mike Gansey, American basketball player
  • Dec 21 Erica Hayden, American journalist and radio personality
  • Dec 21 Philip Humber, American baseball player
  • Dec 21 Iljo Keisse, Belgian cyclist
  • Dec 24 Aiba Masaki, Japanese singer and actor
  • Dec 24 Robert Carmine, American singer
  • Dec 25 Shawn Andrews, American football player
  • Dec 25 Rob Edwards, Welsh footballer
  • Dec 25 Shystie, British rapper-songwriter
  • Dec 26 Kenneth Darby, American National Football League player
  • Dec 26 Oguri Shun, Japanese Actor/Model
  • Dec 27 James Mead, American guitarist (Kutless)
  • Dec 27 Terji Skibenæs, Faroese guitarist, (Týr)
  • Dec 28 Cedric Benson, American footballer
  • Dec 28 François Gourmet, Belgian decathlete
  • Dec 28 Quinton Porter, American footballer
  • Dec 28 Kevin Pereira, American television host
  • Dec 29 Gabrielle Destroismaisons, Quebec singer
  • Dec 30 Kristin Kreuk, Canadian actress
  • Dec 30 Dawan Landry, American football player
  • Dec 30 Dathan Ritzenhein, American runner
  • Dec 31 Julio DePaula, Dominican baseball player
  • Dec 31 Luke Schenscher, Australian basketball player
  • Dec 31 Craig Gordon, Scottish footballer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 1 Martial artist Jackie Chan (28) weds actress Lin Feng-jiao (29) in Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 18 Actor Phil Hartman (34) weds real estate agent Lisa Strain

Famous Divorces

  • Dec 6 US Senator Ted & Joan Kennedy divorce
  • Dec 9 Mary-Beth & William Hurt divorce

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Dorothy James, composer, dies on 81st birthday
  • Dec 2 David Blue, rocker, dies while jogging in Greenwich Village at 41
  • Dec 2 Marty Feldman, comedian (Young Frankenstein), dies at 49
  • Dec 7 Charlie Brooks Jr, convicted murderer became 1st US prisoner to be executed by lethal injection, at a prison in Huntsville, Texas
  • Dec 7 George Kistiakowsky, Ukrainian-American Chemist who helped develop the first atomic bomb (Manhattan Project) but later opposed nuclear weapons, dies at 82
  • Dec 8 Andre Kamperveen, Suriname minister, murdered
  • Dec 8 Bertus de Harder, Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux), dies
  • Dec 8 Bram Behr, Suriname revolutionary, murdered
  • Dec 8 Cyrill Daal, Suriname worker's union leader, murdered
  • Dec 8 Frank Wijngaarde, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • Dec 8 Harald Riedewald, Suriname attorney, murdered
  • Dec 8 John Baboeram, Suriname lawyer, murdered
  • Dec 8 Jozef Slagveer, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • Dec 8 Kenneth Goncalves, Deacon of Surinamese order of advocate, murdered
  • Dec 8 Leckie, Suriname scholar, murdered
  • Dec 8 Leslie Rahman, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • Dec 8 Marty Robbins, American country singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone), dies of complications following cardiac surgery.at 57
  • Dec 8 Shakey, [Walter Horton], rocker, dies at 72
  • Dec 8 Surendre Rambocus, Suriname army lieutenant, murdered
  • Dec 9 Fritz Usinger, German writer (Song against Death), dies at 87
  • Dec 9 Joey Forman, actor (Sid Caesar Show, Joey Bishop Show), dies at 53
  • Dec 9 Leon Jaworski, special prosecutor (Watergate), dies at 77
  • Dec 9 Paul Godwin, [Goldfein], Polish/Dutch violist, dies at 80
  • Dec 9 Roger Danneels, Flemish accordionist, dies at 55
  • Dec 10 Freeman "Amos" Gosden, US radio actor (Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 83
  • Dec 10 Roy Webb, American film composer, dies at 94
  • Dec 13 Jack Badcock, cricketer (7 Tests, 1 century but inconsistent), dies
  • Dec 16 Anthony C B Chapman, England, formula 1 racer, dies at 54
  • Dec 16 Colin Chapman, English engineer and automobile manufacturer, founder of Lotus Cars (b. 1928)
  • Dec 17 Leonid B Kogan, Russian violist, dies at 58
  • Dec 17 Philipp Jarnach, composer, dies at 90
  • Dec 17 Homer S. Ferguson, American politician (b. 1889)
  • Dec 18 Raymond Emery, cricketer (2 Tests NZ v WI 1952, 46 runs, 2 wkts), dies
  • Dec 18 Tibor de Machula, Hungary/Neth cellist, dies at 70
  • Dec 18 Hans-Ulrich Rudel, German pilot (b. 1916)
  • Dec 19 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 19 Lawrence Collingwood, composer, dies at 95
  • Dec 19 Dwight Macdonald, American social critic (b. 1906)
  • Dec 20 Artur Rubinstein, pianist (My Young Years), dies in Geneva at 95
  • Dec 23 Jack Webb, actor (Joe Friday-Dragnet), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Dec 23 Norman Dinnerstein, composer, dies at 45
  • Dec 24 Louis Aragon, French writer (b. 1897)
  • Dec 27 John Leonard Swigert Jr, astronaut (Apollo 13), dies of cancer at 51
  • Dec 28 Frederick Douglass Hall, composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 29 Sol C Siegel, US film producer (High Society), dies at 79