What Happened in January 1982

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 30 Something stars Ken Olin & Patricia Wettig meet, later they marry
  • Jan 1 Peru's Javier Pérez de Cuéllar becomes the 5th Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Jan 1 MTA launches a 5 year plan to upgrade the NYC subway system

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Jan 1 Pope John Paul II prays for an end to martial law in Poland

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jan 1 TA launches 5 year capital program to overhaul NYC subway system
  • Jan 1 68th Rose Bowl: #12 Washington beats #13 Iowa, 28-0
  • Jan 1 48th Sugar Bowl: #10 Pittsburgh beats #2 Georgia, 24-20
  • Jan 1 11th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Penn State beats #8 Southern California, 26-10
  • Jan 1 48th Orange Bowl: #1 Clemson beats #4 Nebraska, 22-15
  • Jan 2 "Camelot" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Jan 2 Islanders start 23 undefeated home streak (21-0-2) 14 straight wins
  • Jan 2 "The Epic in Miami", in 85 degree heat (Fahrenheit), the San Diego Chargers defeat the Miami Dolphins 41-38 in overtime in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, a game that set numerous playoff scoring records
  • Jan 3 70th Men's Australian Open: Johan Kriek beats Steve Denton (6-2, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 3 70th Women's Australian Open: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd (6-7, 6-4, 7-5)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jan 4 Bryant Gumbel became co-host of NBC's "Today Show"
  • Jan 4 Chris Wallace becomes co-anchor of the Today Show
  • Jan 4 Golden Gate Bridge closed for 3rd time by fierce storm
  • Jan 4 ABC Direction Network (57 affiliates) & ABC Rock Network (40 affiliates) become the 5th & 6th ABC radio network
  • Jan 5 Arkansas judge rules against obligatory teaching of creation

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Jan 5 Darryl Sittler, on advice from his doctor, leaves the Toronto Maple Leafs because of mental depression

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • Jan 7 "Fame" premieres on NBC TV

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Jan 7 Islander's Bryan Trottier's 10th career hat trick

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Jan 8 AT&T agrees to divest itself of 22 Bell System companies
  • Jan 8 Johnny Cash Parkway opens in Hendersonville, Tennessee
  • Jan 8 Justice Dept withdraws antitrust suit against IBM, pending since
  • Jan 9 5.9 earthquake in New England & Canada; 1st since 1855
  • Jan 9 Steve D'Innocenzo scores 3 hockey goals in 12 sec in Mass HS game
  • Jan 10 -17°F (27.2°C) in Braemar Grampian (equals UK record)
  • Jan 10 "Freezer Bowl", Bengals beat Chargers in -59°F (-51°C) to win AFC championship
  • Jan 10 Petra Schneider swims world record 1500 m freestyle (15:43.31)

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Jan 10 "The Catch" - iconic moment in NFL history - Dwight Clark makes a fingertip catch for a touchdown from Joe Montana with 58 seconds left (SF 49ers win the game and go on to win the Super Bowl)

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • Jan 10 NBC's premiere of TV film "Will: G. Gordon Liddy", based on the Watergate conspirator, participant and convict
  • Jan 10 AFC Championship Game: Cincinnati Bengals beat San Diego Chargers 27-7
  • Jan 10 NFC Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys 28-27
  • Jan 11 Atlanta Ga's temperature goes below zero F
  • Jan 11 Honduras adopts constitution

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 13 Hank Aaron & Frank Robinson elected to Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Jan 13 Air Florida 737 took off in a snowstorm, crashes into 14th St Bridge in Washington, D.C., & falls into Potomac River, killing 78
  • Jan 15 "Forbidden Broadway" by/with Gerard Alessandrini premieres in NYC
  • Jan 15 Mark Thatcher, son of UK prime minister Magaret Thatcher, makes his way home after 6 days missing in the Sahara
  • Jan 17 "Cold Sunday" in the United States would see temperatures fall to their lowest levels in over 100 years in numerous cities.
  • Jan 19 Aust-WI one-day game that produced a Privy Council libel case
  • Jan 19 Heater explodes at Star Elementary School, Oklahoma, kills 6 children & teacher
  • Jan 20 7 miners killed in an explosion in Craynor Ky
  • Jan 20 Honduras constitution goes into effect
  • Jan 20 Piet Dankert elected chairman of European Parliament
  • Jan 20 Darryl Sittler is traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Philadelphia Flyers

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Jan 20 Heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a bat on stage in Des Moines, Iowa

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • Jan 21 "Little Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • Jan 21 NY Islanders begin then NHL record 15 game winning streak
  • Jan 22 75% of North America is covered by snow
  • Jan 23 Urbe Blanca (cow) produces record 110 kg of milk, Cuba (approx date)
  • Jan 23 World Airways DC-10 skids at Boston Logan Airport killing 2
  • Jan 24 Super Bowl XVI: SF 49ers beat Cin Bengals, 26-21 in Pontiac Michigan, MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 25 9th American Music Awards: Pat Benatar & Kenny Rogers win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • Jan 26 Islanders score 4 goals within 1:38, 5 within 2:37 vs Penguins
  • Jan 26 Mauno Koivisto elected president of Finland
  • Jan 26 For the first time since the 1930s, the unemployed population in UK rises above three million
  • Jan 27 "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" opens at Royale NYC for 747 performances
  • Jan 27 Mauno Koivisto installed as President of Finland
  • Jan 27 Philadelphia trades Larry Bowa & Ryne Sandberg to Cubs for Ivan DeJesus
  • Jan 27 Roberto S Cordova installed as president of Honduras
  • Jan 27 West Indies beat Australia 3-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Jan 28 US Gen Dozier freed from Red Brigade of Padua Italy
  • Jan 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 28 Italian police rescue, James Dozier, a US Brigadier General, held hostage by the Red Brigade for 6 weeks
  • Jan 29 Old Dominion ends Louisiana Tech's women's basketball rec 54-game win streak
  • Jan 29 Wayne Garland, baseball 1st millionaire free agent, waived by Indians
  • Jan 30 US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners
  • Jan 30 Richard Skrenta writes the first PC virus code, which is 400 lines long and disguised as an Apple boot program called "Elk Cloner".

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 30 39th Golden Globes: On Golden Pond, Henry Fonda & Meryl Streep win

  • Jan 31 10 Arabian oryx (extinct except in zoos) released in Oman
  • Jan 31 Gustafson skates world record 10 km (14:26.59)
  • Jan 31 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek
  • Jan 31 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 16-13
  • Jan 31 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
  • Jan 31 32nd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 120-118 at East Rutherford, New Jersey

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 David Nalbandian, Argentinian tennis player
  • Jan 2 Athanasia Tsoumeleka, Greek race walker
  • Jan 4 Paulo Ferrari, Argentinian footballer
  • Jan 4 Kang Hye-jeong, South Korean actress
  • Jan 4 Richard Logan, English footballer
  • Jan 5 Janica Kostelić, Croatian skier
  • Jan 6 Gilbert Arenas, American basketball player
  • Jan 6 Brian Bass, American baseball player
  • Jan 6 Tiffany Pollard, American reality television personality

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 6 Eddie Redmayne, English actor (The Other Boleyn Girl, The Theory of Everything), born in London

  • Jan 7 Francisco Rodriguez, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Jan 7 Hannah Stockbauer, German swimmer
  • Jan 7 Ianina Zanazzi, Argentine racing driver
  • Jan 8 Gaby Hoffman, actress (Field of Dreams, Uncle Buck, Now & Then)
  • Jan 8 Emanuele Calaiò, Italian footballer
  • Jan 8 John Utaka, Nigerian footballer
  • Jan 8 wiL Francis, American singer

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Jan 9 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge [Kate Middleton], English wife of Crown Prince William, born in Reading, Berksire

Wife of Prince William Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Wife of Prince William
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
  • Jan 10 Josh Ryan Evans, American actor (d. 2002)
  • Jan 11 Ashley Taylor Dawson, British actor and singer
  • Jan 11 Son Ye-jin, South Korean actress
  • Jan 12 Sherzod Abdurahmonov, Uzbekistanian boxer
  • Jan 12 Paul-Henri Mathieu, French tennis player
  • Jan 12 Dimitrios Tsiamis, Greek triple jumper
  • Jan 12 Hans Van Alphen, Belgian decathlete
  • Jan 12 Chris Ray, American baseball player
  • Jan 12 Dontrelle Willis, American baseball player
  • Jan 13 Guillermo Coria, Argentine tennis player
  • Jan 14 Léo Lima, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 14 Víctor Valdés, Spanish goalkeeper
  • Jan 15 Armando Galarraga, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Jan 15 Prince Philip and Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia
  • Jan 16 Tuncay Şanlı, Turkish footballer
  • Jan 16 Samuel Preston, British singer (The Ordinary Boys)
  • Jan 17 Dwyane Wade, American basketball player
  • Jan 17 Amanda Wilkinson, Canadian singer
  • Jan 17 Alex Varkatzas, American Singer (Atreyu)
  • Jan 18 Joanna Newsom, American harpist
  • Jan 19 Jodie Sweetin, actress (Stephanie Tanner-Full House)
  • Jan 19 Angela Chang, Taiwanese singer and actress
  • Jan 19 Mike Komisarek, American ice hockey player
  • Jan 21 Dean Whitehead, English footballer
  • Jan 22 Kevin Sheridan, actor (Soul Man)
  • Jan 22 Fabricio Coloccini, Argentine footballer
  • Jan 22 Jason Peters, American football player
  • Jan 23 Wily Mo Peña, Dominican baseball player
  • Jan 25 Sho Sakurai, Japanese singer and actor
  • Jan 25 Shawna Waldron, American actress
  • Jan 29 Heidi Mueller, American actress
  • Jan 30 Jorge Cantu, Mexican baseball player
  • Jan 31 Yuniesky Betancourt, Major League Baseball shortstop
  • Jan 31 Andreas Görlitz, German football player
  • Jan 31 Bruno Nogueira, Portuguese actor, comedian and TV host
  • Jan 31 Elena Paparizou, Greek singer
  • Jan 31 Jānis Sprukts, National Hockey League player
  • Jan 31 Brad Thompson, Major League Baseball player

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 28 Actor Danny Devito (37) weds actress Rhea Perlman (33)


Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Paul Belmondo, French sculptor (Bathing Woman, Orleans), dies at 83
  • Jan 1 Victor Buono, actor (Mr Schubert-Man from Atlantis), dies at 43
  • Jan 1 Vladimir K Zworykin, Russ/American engineer (cathode-ray tube), dies
  • Jan 3 Derek Sealy, cricketer (West Indies 1930-39), dies
  • Jan 5 Hans Conried, actor (Bullwinkle Show, Make Room for Daddy), dies at 64
  • Jan 5 Harvey Lembeck, actor (Phil Silvers, Hathaways), dies at 56
  • Jan 5 Sir Edmund Herring, Australian military commander, Lieutenant Governor of Victoria (b. 1892)
  • Jan 7 Bert Oosterhuis, Dutch motor racer (Paris-Dakar), dies in race crash
  • Jan 8 Gregoire Aslan, actor (Concrete Jungle), dies of 73 of a heart attack
  • Jan 8 Reta Shaw, actress (Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies of emphysema at 69
  • Jan 9 Paul Lynde, American comedian and actor (The Hollywood Squares, Uncle Arthur-Bewitched), dies of a possible stroke at 55
  • Jan 10 Lazar Weiner, Russian-born American composer, dies at 84
  • Jan 13 Marcel Camus, French director (Orfeu Negro), dies at 69
  • Jan 15 Red Smith, sportscaster (Pulitzer, Fight Talk), dies at 76
  • Jan 16 Red Smith, American sports columnist (b. 1905)
  • Jan 18 Burnet Corwin Tuthill, US composer (Laurentia), dies at 93
  • Jan 18 Trent Lehman, actor (Butch-Nanny & the Professor), dies at 20
  • Jan 19 Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy (WW II), dies at 77
  • Jan 19 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Roubaix '76), dies [or 1/20]
  • Jan 19 Elis Regina, Brazilian singer (b. 1945)
  • Jan 20 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Brus 1974), dies at 31[or 1/19]
  • Jan 22 Eduardo Frei Montalva, president of Chile (1964-70), dies at 71
  • Jan 23 Hope Hampton, actress (Star Dust, Lawful Larcency), dies at 83
  • Jan 24 Alfredo Ovando Candía, Bolivian president and dictator (b. 1918)
  • Jan 25 Mihail A Suslov, Soviet party ideologist, dies at 79
  • Jan 27 Iris Korn, actress (Widder-Palmerstown USA), dies at 60
  • Jan 30 Félix L V L J Labisse, French painter (libidoscaphes), dies at 76
  • Jan 30 Lightning Hopkins, rocker, dies of cancer at 69
  • Jan 30 Riccardo Nielsen, composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 30 Stanley Holloway, comedian (My Fair Lady, Our Man Higgins), dies at 91

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Jan 30 Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), dies of esophageal cancer at 69

Blues Singer Lightnin Hopkins
Blues Singer
Lightnin Hopkins