What Happened in October 1982

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 EPCOT Center opens in Orlando, Florida
  • Oct 1 USSR performs underground nuclear test

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Oct 1 West Germany's Christian Democrat Union ousts Helmut Schmidt as Chancellor, replacing him with Helmut Kohl

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl
  • Oct 1 The Sony CDP-101, world's first commercially released Compact Disc player released in Japan for 168,000 yen ($730)
  • Oct 2 Bomb attack in Tehran, kills 60, injures 700

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Oct 2 The Portland Building, designed by Michael Graves, considered the 1st postmodern building is opened in Portland Oregon

Architect Michael Graves
Architect
Michael Graves
  • Oct 3 Cox 4 rowing record set at 12:52 for 99 miles (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Oct 3 Milwaukee whips Baltimore 10-2 to win AL East championship
  • Oct 3 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Inamori Golf Classic
  • Oct 3 Record 11,763 start a 186 mile cross-country race near Stockholm
  • Oct 3 Scott Weiland runs Detroit marathon backwards in less than 5 hours
  • Oct 4 West German parliament officially confirms Helmut Kohl as the country's new Chancellor
  • Oct 5 1st NJ Devils game, tie the Pitts Penguins 3-3 at the Meadowlands
  • Oct 5 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 5 Hernan Siles Zuazo appointed president of Bolivia
  • Oct 5 Unmanned rocket sled reaches 9,851 kph at White Sands, NM
  • Oct 6 Auburn's Al Del Greco kicks 6 field goals
  • Oct 6 Fokker Fellowship crashes at Moerdijk Neth, 17-22 die
  • Oct 7 Olof Palme forms Swedish government
  • Oct 7 Musical "Cats" opens at Winter Garden Theater on Broadway NYC and runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000.
  • Oct 8 NJ Devils 1st victory, beating NY Rangers 3-2 at Meadowlands
  • Oct 8 Poland bans Solidarity & all labor unions
  • Oct 9 Attack on synagouge in Rome, 1 dead
  • Oct 9 12th Commonwealth Games close in Brisbane, Australia
  • Oct 10 Hernan Siles Zuazo installed as president of Bolivia

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Oct 10 Pope John Paul II canonizes Rev Maximilian Kolbe, who volunteered to die in place of another inmate at Auschwitz concentration camp, a saint

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Oct 10 US imposes sanctions against Poland for banning Solidarity trade union
  • Oct 10 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Atlanta Braves, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 10 MLB American League Championship: Milwaukee Brewers beat California Angels, 3 games to 2

Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 11 16th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson & Ricky Skagg

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • Oct 11 English ship Mary Rose, which sank during an engagement with France in 1545, raised at Portsmouth, England
  • Oct 11 Riot in Amsterdam as tram catches fire
  • Oct 12 38.6 cm (15.2") of rainfall, Angoon Alaska (state record)
  • Oct 12 Milwaukee Brewer Paul Molitor gets World series record 5 hits

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Oct 13 IOC Executive Committee approves the reinstatement of Jim Thorpe's gold medals from the 1912 Olympics

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Oct 13 NJ Devils 1st short handed goal-Don Lever
  • Oct 14 6,000 Unification church couples wed in Korea
  • Oct 14 Islanders assessed 108 penality minutes Penguins 125 (233 total)
  • Oct 14 NY Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Pittsburgh Penguins

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Oct 14 US President Reagan proclaims a war on drugs

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Oct 16 Devils 1st road victory 6-5 over Penguins
  • Oct 16 Mt Palomar Observatory 1st to detect Halley's comet on 13th return
  • Oct 16 Shultz warns US will withdraw from UN if they vote to exclude Israel
  • Oct 16 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 17 1st live orchestra on a US commercial network since 1954 (National Symphony)
  • Oct 17 Robin Yount is 1st to have 2 4-hit games in a World Series
  • Oct 17 Sam Shepard's "True West" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 17 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 19 Automaker John DeLorean arrested on cocaine charges (Not guilty)
  • Oct 20 Billy Martin fired as manager of Oakland A's
  • Oct 20 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to George Stigler
  • Oct 20 Sri Lanka President Jayewardene re-elected
  • Oct 20 St Louis Cards beat Milwaukee Brewers, 4 games to 3 in 79th World Series
  • Oct 20 During the UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem, 66 people are crushed to death in the Luzhniki disaster.

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Oct 21 Private funeral service held for Bess Truman, former First Lady of the United States

US First Lady Bess Truman
US First Lady
Bess Truman
  • Oct 22 Gene Mauch resigns as manager of Angels
  • Oct 24 "Rock 'n Roll!: The 1st..." opens at St James Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Oct 24 12th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:14
  • Oct 24 13th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:09:29

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Oct 24 Steffi Graf plays her 1st pro tennis match

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • Oct 25 David Hookes scores Cricket century in 34 balls 43 mins, SA v Victoria
  • Oct 26 Steve Carlton became 1st pitcher to win 4 Cy Young awards
  • Oct 26 US budget deficit reaches more than $110 trillion for fiscal year 1982
  • Oct 27 China announces its population has reached 1 billion plus people
  • Oct 27 IBM ROM is capable of EGA graphics
  • Oct 28 NASA launches RCA-E
  • Oct 28 Spain's socialists win/communists lose elections
  • Oct 29 Car maker John DeLorean indicted for drug trafficking, later acquitted

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Oct 29 Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson release "Girl is Mine"

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Oct 30 Portugal revises constitution
  • Oct 31 "Rock 'n Roll!: The 1st..." closes at St James NYC after 9 performances
  • Oct 31 Pope John Paul II becomes first pontiff to visit Spain

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Haruna Babangida, Nigerian footballer
  • Oct 1 Harry Lawrence, Bath born Entrepreneur
  • Oct 1 Sandra Oxenryd, Swedish singer
  • Oct 2 George Pettit, Canadian singer (Alexisonfire)
  • Oct 3 Erik von Detten, American actor
  • Oct 4 Jered Weaver, American baseball player
  • Oct 4 Tony Gwynn Jr., American baseball player
  • Oct 5 Natalie Vlandis, Northridge California, pairs skater (& Jered Guzman)
  • Oct 6 MC Lars, American hip-hop artist
  • Oct 6 William Butler, Musician and member of Arcade Fire
  • Oct 7 Madjid Bougherra, Algerian footballer
  • Oct 7 Li Yundi, Chinese classical pianist
  • Oct 7 Jermain Defoe, English footballer
  • Oct 7 Robby Ginepri, American tennis player
  • Oct 9 António Mendonça, Angolan footballer
  • Oct 9 Shi Jun, Chinese footballer
  • Oct 10 Eddie J Peck, Lynchburg Pa, actor (Sutton-Wildside)
  • Oct 10 Amon Buchanan, Australian rules footballer
  • Oct 10 Hideki Mutoh, Japanese racing driver
  • Oct 12 Molly Bennett, Irish singer
  • Oct 13 Ian Thorpe, Australian swimmer
  • Oct 15 Paulini Curuenavuli, Fijian singer
  • Oct 15 Charline Labonté, French Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • Oct 16 Frédéric Michalak, French rugby player
  • Oct 16 Vincy Chan, Hong Kong singer
  • Oct 17 Nick Riewoldt, Australian rules footballer
  • Oct 19 Gonzalo Pineda, Mexican footballer
  • Oct 20 Yasser Al-Qahtani, Saudi footballer
  • Oct 20 Becky Brewerton, Welsh golfer
  • Oct 21 James White, American basketball player
  • Oct 21 Matt Dallas, American Actor
  • Oct 22 Robinson Canó, Dominican baseball player
  • Oct 22 Heath Miller, American football player
  • Oct 22 Daniel M. Johnson "The Untouchable DJ Drastic", American DJ, music industry professional, and radio presenter
  • Oct 23 Valentin Badea, Romanian footballer
  • Oct 24 Mohamed Fairuz Fauzy, Malaysian racing driver
  • Oct 24 Macay McBride, American baseball player
  • Oct 25 Jerome Carter, American football player
  • Oct 25 Eman Lam, Hong Kong singer
  • Oct 26 Adam Carroll, British racing driver
  • Oct 27 Patrick Fugit, American actor
  • Oct 27 Dennis Moran, American computer hacker
  • Oct 27 Takashi Tsukamoto, Japanese actor
  • Oct 27 Keri Hilson, American singer, songwriter
  • Oct 28 Jeremy Bonderman, American baseball player
  • Oct 28 Mai Kuraki, Japanese singer
  • Oct 28 Anthony Lerew, American baseball player
  • Oct 28 Matt Smith, English actor (11th Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Northampton
  • Oct 29 Chelan Simmons, Canadian actress
  • Oct 29 Ariel Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • Oct 30 Andy Greene, American ice hockey player
  • Oct 30 Manny Parra, American baseball player (Bridgeport Bluefish), born in Carmichael, California
  • Oct 31 Tomáš Plekanec, Czech ice hockey player
  • Oct 31 The Cheeky Girls, British-Romanian singers
  • Oct 31 Justin Chatwin, Canadian actor

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 17 Actor Robert Goulet (48) weds artist/writer Vera Novak in Las Vegas, Nevada

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 William Bernbach, advertising magnate, dies at 71
  • Oct 3 Roger J J Claessen, Belgian soccer star, dies at 41
  • Oct 3 Vivien Merchant, actress (Accident, Offense), dies at 53
  • Oct 4 Ahmad H al-Bakr, Iraqi fieldmarshal/president/premier, dies
  • Oct 4 Glenn H Gould, Canadian pianist, dies at 50
  • Oct 8 Fernando Lamas, Argentine American actor/director (Lost World), dies of cancer at 67
  • Oct 8 Philip J Noel-Baker, English minister (Nobel 1959), dies at 92
  • Oct 9 Anna Freud, Austria/Engl psychoanalyst/daughter of Sigmund, dies at 86
  • Oct 10 Jean Effel, French painter and journalist (b. 1908)
  • Oct 12 Chris[tiaan R] Reumer, Dutch opera singer, dies at 73
  • Oct 15 Elsie Randolph, actress (That'll Make You Whistle), dies
  • Oct 16 Jacov Gotovac, composer, dies at 86
  • Oct 16 Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini), dies at 67
  • Oct 16 Hans Selye, Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist, dies at 75
  • Oct 17 Peterus van Doorne, Dutch industrialist, dies at 47

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Oct 18 Bess Truman, 1st lady (1945-53), dies in Independence, Mo at 97

US First Lady Bess Truman
US First Lady
Bess Truman
  • Oct 18 Maurice Gilliams, Flemish literary (Sources of Insomnia), dies at 82
  • Oct 18 Pierre Mendès-France, French Premier (1954-55), dies at 75
  • Oct 18 Dwain Esper, American film director (b. 1892)
  • Oct 18 John Robarts, Canadian politician, Premier of Ontario (b. 1917)
  • Oct 19 Jock Ewing, dies in an aircrash on TV show "Dallas"
  • Oct 23 Jacques Klein, Brazilian pianist, dies at 52
  • Oct 24 James Philbrook, actor (Islanders, Investigators), dies at 58
  • Oct 26 Giovanni Benelli, archbishop of Florence/Pope candidate, dies