Historical Events in 1982

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  • 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 made "Will: G. Gordon Liddy", based on title Watergate conspirator, participant and convict
  • Jan 10 NBC premiere of the film about G. Gordon Liddy
  • 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 kids & 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

Actress Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
  • 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

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Feb 1 "Late Night With David Letterman" debuts on NBC-TV, Bill Murray is first guest

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Bill Murray
  • Feb 1 Senegal & Gambia form loose confederation (Senegambia)
  • Feb 2 Government troops and Muslim fundamentalists battle in Hamah, Syria
  • Feb 3 Columbia Shuttle moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating for STS-3 mission
  • Feb 3 Greatest helicopter lift, 56,888 kg, Podmoscovnoe, USSR
  • Feb 3 John Sharples of England finishes 371 hours of disco dancing
  • Feb 3 Porn star John Holmes ordered to stand trial for murder
  • Feb 4 "Pump Boys & Dinettes" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 573 performances
  • Feb 4 Indoor distance record for a paper airplane (47m) Tacoma Wash
  • Feb 4 Musical "Pump Boys & Dinettes" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 4 Suriname premier Chin A Sen flees
  • Feb 5 Chin A Sen ends term as president of Suriname
  • Feb 5 DEA announces seizure of 3,192 tons of marijuana, 495 people
  • Feb 5 British airline Laker Airways collapses owing 270M pounds ($351M)
  • Feb 5 Suriname pres Chin A Sen resigns & flees to Neth
  • Feb 6 "Centerfold" by J Geils Band hits #1 on pop chart
  • Feb 7 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • Feb 7 Luis A Monge elected President of Costa Rica
  • Feb 8 Dodgers trade Davey Lopes to A's breaking up the longest-playing infield (Cey-Russell-Lopes-Garvey)
  • Feb 9 34th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 4-2 at Washington
  • Feb 10 28 skiers perform backflips while holding hands, Bromont, Quebec
  • Feb 11 Ozzie Smith for Garry Templeton trade finally goes through
  • Feb 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Feb 12 Wayne Gretzky scores 153rd point of season, breaking NHL record

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Feb 12 32nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Veronika Voss" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 13 Dark Side of the Moon is in charts for 402nd week
  • Feb 13 Islander's Bryan Trottier scores 5 goals against Flyers
  • Feb 14 "Night of 100 Stars" takes place at NY's Radio City Music Hall
  • Feb 14 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • Feb 14 24th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (153.991 MPH)
  • Feb 15 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), begins streak of 63 consecutive free throw
  • Feb 15 Ocean Ranger oil-drilling platform lost off Newfoundland, 84 die
  • Feb 16 Agatha Barbara elected as 1st female president of Malta
  • Feb 16 Assembled STS-3 vehicle moves from Vandenberg AFB to launch pad
  • Feb 17 Commencement of Sri Lanka's 1st Test Cricket match, v England
  • Feb 19 Hanneke Jagersma installed as Neth's 1st Communist mayor
  • Feb 19 Sharie Langford, California, sets women's bowling series record of 853
  • Feb 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 20 NY Islanders wins then NHL record 15th straight game
  • Feb 21 "Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 1604 performances
  • Feb 21 "Little Me" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • Feb 21 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Bent Tree Ladies Golf Classic
  • Feb 22 NYC Mayor Koch announces he will run for NY governor (unsuccessful)
  • Feb 23 Michael Frayn's "Noises Off" premieres in London
  • Feb 24 Basketball team Boston Celtics begin 18 NBA game win streak
  • Feb 24 24th Grammy Awards: Betty Davis Eyes, Double Fantasy wins
  • Feb 24 Wayne Gretzky scores NHL-record 78th goal of season en route to 92
  • Feb 25 Final episode of "The Lawrence Welk Show" airs
  • Feb 25 Record speed for a snowmobile (239 kph)

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Feb 26 Test Cricket debut of batsman Martin Crowe, playing for New Zealand v Australia in Wellington, run out for 9

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Martin Crowe
  • Feb 27 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), hits on 63rd consecutive free throw
  • Feb 27 Earl Anthony becomes 1st pro bowler to win more than $1 million
  • Feb 27 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Feb 27 Wayne Williams found guilty of murdering 2 of 28 blacks in Atlanta
  • Feb 28 AT & T looses record $7 BILLION for fiscal year ending on this day
  • Feb 28 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Arizona Copper Golf Classic
  • Feb 28 FALN (PR Nationalist Group) bombs Wall Street
  • Mar 1 5 dies as ski lift malfunctions at Luz-Ardiden in Pyrenees
  • Mar 1 NY Times raises its price from 25 cents to 30 cents
  • Mar 1 Russian spacecraft Venera 14 lands on Venus, sends back data
  • Mar 2 60th hat trick in Islander history-Bryan Trottier
  • Mar 2 Terror group "The Illuminated Path" frees 260 prisoners in Peru
  • Mar 3 Senate begins debate on expulsion of Sen Harrison Williams (D-NJ)
  • Mar 4 2nd double hat trick in Islander history-Bossy & D Potvin
  • Mar 4 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 504
  • Mar 5 Gaylord Perry (with 297 wins) signs with Seattle Mariners
  • Mar 5 Russian spacecraft Venera 14 lands on Venus sends back data
  • Mar 6 NBA highest scoring game: San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 (3 OT)
  • Mar 6 Susan Birmingham makes loudest recorded human shout (120 dB)
  • Mar 6 23rd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats Kentucky, 48-46
  • Mar 7 Beth Daniel wins LPGA American Express Sun City Golf Classic
  • Mar 7 Jarmilla Kratochvilova run world record 400 m indoor (49.59 sec)
  • Mar 7 NCAA Tournament Selection televised live for 1st time
  • Mar 7 29th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Virginia, 47-45

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Mar 10 US President Reagan proclaims economic sanctions against Libya

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Mar 10 Salim Malik scores 100 in 2nd inning of Test Cricket debut (v SL)
  • Mar 10 Sygyzy: all 9 planets aligned on same side of Sun
  • Mar 10 Travis Jackson & Happy Chandler elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 10 The United States places an embargo on Libyan petroleum imports because of their support of terrorist groups.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 10 8th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field & Jane Fonda win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Barbara Mandrell win (TV)

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • Mar 11 Failed military coup under Rambocus/Hawker in Suriname
  • Mar 11 Harrison Williams (Sen-D-NJ) resigned rather than face expulsion

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Mar 11 Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat sign peace treaty in Washington, D.C.

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • Mar 11 US boycotts Libyan crude oil
  • Mar 12 1st-class debut of Courtney Walsh, Jamaica v Leeward Islands
  • Mar 12 PLO chief Yassar Arafat appears on "Nightline"
  • Mar 13 Ice Dance Championship at Copenhagen won by Torvill & Dean (GRB)
  • Mar 13 Ice Pairs Championship at Copenhagen won by Baess & Thierbach (GDR)
  • Mar 13 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Copenhagen won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • Mar 13 Worlds Ladies Fig Skate Champs in Copenhagen won by Elaine Zayak (USA)
  • Mar 13 Elaine Zayak, lands 6 triple jumps to win world skating championship

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Mar 13 TV drama "T.J. Hooker" premieres on on US's ABC network starring William Shatner

  • Mar 14 Sally Little wins LPGA Olympia Gold Golf Classic
  • Mar 14 Sidath Wettimuny scores Sri Lanka's 1st Test Cricket century
  • Mar 15 Actress Theresa Saladana, stabbed repeatedly by obsessed fan
  • Mar 15 KGB-AM in San Diego CA changes call letters to KCNN (now KPOP)
  • Mar 15 Nicaragua suspends their citizens rights for 30 days
  • Mar 17 4 Dutch TV crew members shot dead in El Salvador
  • Mar 18 Singer Teddy Pendergrass' spinal cord severed in a car accident
  • Mar 19 National Guard jet tanker crashes killing 27
  • Mar 19 Falklands War: Argentinian forces land on South Georgia Island, precipitating war with the U.K..
  • Mar 20 1st-class debut of Richie Richardson, Leeward Is v Barbados
  • Mar 20 France performs nuclear test
  • Mar 20 Joan Jett & Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" goes #1 for 7 wks
  • Mar 20 Rev A Treurnicht forms Conservative Party of South Africa
  • Mar 21 "Little Johnny Jones" opens & closes at Alvin Theater NYC
  • Mar 21 Jerry Pate celebrates golf win by jumping into the water hazard
  • Mar 21 Movie "Annie" premieres
  • Mar 21 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • Mar 22 3rd Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 3 launched
  • Mar 22 Iran offensive against Iraq
  • Mar 23 Guatemala military coup under gen Rios Montt, president Romeo Lucas flees

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Mar 23 Isle's Mike Bossy's 20th career hat trick-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 24 US sub Jacksonville collides with a Turkish freighter near Virginia
  • Mar 25 Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st NHL to score 200 points in a season
  • Mar 25 1st broadcast of "Cagney & Lacey" on CBS-TV
  • Mar 26 Ground-breaking in Washington, D.C. for Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Mar 26 Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder release "Ebony & Ivory" in the UK

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • Mar 26 Soap opera "Capitol" premieres
  • Mar 27 "Best Little Whorehouse..." closes at 46th St NYC after 1577 performances
  • Mar 27 Imran takes 14-116 for cricket match v Sri Lanka at Lahore
  • Mar 27 Randy Holt sets Wash Cap record of 34 penalty minutes