Historical Events in May 1982

  • May 1 108th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye on Gato Del Sol wins in 2:02.4
  • May 1 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville Tennessee opens
  • May 2 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • May 2 Falklands War: Argentine cruiser General Belgrano sunk by British submarine Conqueror, killing more than 350 men
  • May 3 ABC's All Talk network begins on radio (2 west coast stations)
  • May 3 NY Times reports that military will get 25% of NASA's budget

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May 3 President Reagan begins 5 minute weekly radio broadcasts

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • May 4 British destroyer HMS Sheffield hit by Exocet rocket off Falkland Islands: 20 of her crew died.
  • May 4 Twins rookie outfielder Jim Eisenreich, who suffers from Tourette's Syndrome, removes himself, due to taunts from Red Sox bleacher fans
  • May 4 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Quebec Nordiques, 4 games to 0
  • May 6 Seattle Mariner Gaylord Perry becomes 15th pitcher to win 300 games
  • May 6 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Vancouver Canucks beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • May 7 "Is There Life after High School?" opens at Barrymore NYC for 12 performances
  • May 7 Federal jury rules NFL violates antitrust laws in preventing
  • May 7 IBM releases PC-DOS version 1.1
  • May 7 Oakland Raiders to move to LA
  • May 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 9 "9" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 739 performances
  • May 9 Arthur Kopit's musical "Nine" premieres in NYC
  • May 9 Sally Little wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • May 10 WABC NYC plays its last record (John Lennon's Imagine)
  • May 10 WABC joins ABC's All Talk radio network
  • May 12 FC Barcelona of Spain win 22nd European Cup Winner's Cup against Standard Li├Ęge of Belgium 2-1 in Barcelona
  • May 12 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Updike (Rabbit is Rich)
  • May 12 US Football League forms

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May 12 In Fatima Portugal, a Spanish Traditionalist priest who opposed Vatican II reforms and saw Pope John Paul II as a perpetrator of them, is stopped prior to his attempt to attack the Pope with a bayonet

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 13 Braniff Airlines files for bankruptcy
  • May 13 Chicago Cubs win their 8,000th (beat Astros)
  • May 13 Soyuz T-5 is launched-Berezovoi & Lebedev for 211 days in space
  • May 13 Terri Lea Utley, 20 (Arkansas) crowned 31st Miss USA
  • May 14 Guinea adopts constitution
  • May 15 107th Preakness: Jack Kaenel aboard Aloma's Ruler wins in 1:55.4
  • May 16 "Barnum" closes at St James Theater NYC after 854 performances
  • May 16 "Is There Life after High School?" closes at Barrymore after 12 performances
  • May 16 Columbia moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating in preparation for STS-4
  • May 16 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament
  • May 16 Salvador Jorge Blanco wins presidential election in Dominican Rep
  • May 16 Stanley Cup: NY Islanders sweep Vancouver Canucks in 4 games
  • May 18 Tigers outfielder Larry Herndon is 14th to hit 4 consecutive HRs
  • May 18 Unification Church founder Rev Sun Myung Moon convicted of tax evasion

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May 19 Sophia Loren jailed in Naples for tax evasion

Actress Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
  • May 21 British troops land on Falkland Islands
  • May 23 BBC warns Britain will bomb Argentina
  • May 23 Cathy Morse wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Golf Classic
  • May 23 Colin Wilson rides a surfboard 294 miles
  • May 23 Pope John Paul II declares "Peerke" Donders a saint
  • May 24 Liberation of Khorramshahr, Iranians recapture of the port city of Khorramshahr from the Iraqis during the Iran-Iraq War.
  • May 25 Ferguson Jenkins becomes 7th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters
  • May 25 Iranian troops reconquer Khorramshar
  • May 25 STS-4 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • May 26 British ship Atlantic Conveyor carrying Chinook helicopters & destroyer HMS Coventry were hit in Falkland war: 39 crew members died
  • May 26 35th Cannes Film Festival: "Missing" directed by Costa Gavras and "Yol" directed by Serif Goren and Yilmaz Guney jointly awarded the Palme d'Or
  • May 26 26th European Cup: Aston Villa beats Bayern Munich 1-0 at Rotterdam
  • May 27 New owners purchase NHL Colorado Rockies, & get approval to move them to NJ Meadowlands (Devils)
  • May 27 "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes..." opens at Alvin NYC for 5 performances
  • May 27 John McMullen buys NHL Colorodo Rockies & gets approval to move to NJ
  • May 28 Leonard Maltin's 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight
  • May 28 Pope John Paul II is 1st reigning pope to visit Great Britain (Adrian IV was born in England, as Nicholas Breakspear)
  • May 29 "I Know What Boys Like" by The Waitresses hits #62
  • May 29 1st papal visit to Britain since 1531
  • May 29 Pentagon plans 1st strategy to fight a nuclear war
  • May 30 "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes..." closes at Alvin NYC after 5 perf
  • May 30 Closest Indy 500, Gordon Johncock beats Rick Mears by 0.16 seconds
  • May 30 Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 30 Spain becomes 16th member of NATO
  • May 31 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 63 performances