Historical Events in February 1982

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 Islander's Bryan Trottier scores 5 goals against Flyers

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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