1982 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 484

  • 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 4 Chris Wallace becomes co-anchor of the Today Show
  • Jan 4 Golden Gate Bridge closed for 3rd time by fierce storm
  • Jan 5 Arkansas judge rules against obligatory teaching of creation
  • 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 11 Atlanta Ga's temperature goes below zero F
  • Jan 11 Honduras adopts constitution
  • 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 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 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 Mauno Koivisto installed as President of Finland
  • Jan 27 Roberto S Cordova installed as president of Honduras
  • 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 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".
  • 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 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
  • 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 Indoor distance record for a paper airplane (47m) Tacoma Wash
  • Feb 4 Suriname premier Chin A Sen flees
  • 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 President of Suriname Hendrick Chin A Sen resigns and flees to the Netherlands
  • Feb 6 "Centerfold" by J. Geils Band hits #1 on pop chart
  • Feb 7 Luis A Monge elected President of Costa Rica
  • 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
  • Feb 12 32nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Veronika Voss" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 14 24th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (153.991 MPH)
  • 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 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 22 NYC Mayor Koch announces he will run for NY governor (unsuccessful)
  • Feb 23 Michael Frayn's "Noises Off" premieres in London
  • Feb 25 Final episode of "The Lawrence Welk Show" airs
  • Feb 25 Record speed for a snowmobile (239 kph)
  • Feb 27 Earl Anthony becomes 1st pro bowler to win more than $1 million
  • Feb 27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Feb 27 Wayne Williams found guilty of murdering 2 of 28 blacks in Atlanta
  • Feb 28 AT&T looses a record $7 BILLION for the fiscal year ending on this day
  • Feb 28 FALN (PR Nationalist Group) bombs Wall Street
  • Mar 1 Ski lift malfunctions at Luz-Ardiden in Pyrenees, kills five people
  • 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 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 Russian spacecraft Venera 14 lands on Venus sends back data
  • Mar 6 Susan Birmingham makes loudest recorded human shout (120 dB)
  • Mar 7 Jarmilla Kratochvilova run world record 400 m indoor (49.59 sec)
  • 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.
  • Mar 11 Failed military coup under Rambocus/Hawker in Suriname
  • Mar 11 Harrison Williams (Sen-D-NJ) resigned rather than face expulsion
  • 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 Pairs Championship at Copenhagen won by Baess & Thierbach (GDR)
  • Mar 15 Nicaragua suspends their citizens rights for 30 days
  • Mar 17 4 Dutch TV crew members shot dead in El Salvador
  • 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 Rev A Treurnicht forms Conservative Party of South Africa
  • Mar 21 "Little Johnny Jones" opens & closes at Alvin Theater NYC

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 2 Athanasia Tsoumeleka, Greek race walker
  • Jan 5 Janica Kostelić, Croatian skier

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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 14 Víctor Valdés, Spanish goalkeeper
  • Jan 15 Prince Philip and Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia
  • Jan 18 Joanna Newsom, American harpist
  • Jan 31 Jānis Sprukts, National Hockey League player
  • Feb 11 Neil Robertson, Australian snooker player
  • Feb 13 Lanisha Cole, American model
  • Feb 22 Robert Weiner, Jr., American water polo player
  • Mar 7 Erika Yamakawa, Japanese talent
  • Mar 8 Kat Von D, Mexican-American tattoo artist
  • Mar 13 Jeremy Curl, British explorer
  • Mar 29 Hideaki Takizawa, Japanese artist
  • Apr 3 Kasumi Nakane, Japanese gravure idol
  • Apr 6 Ilan Hall, Israeli-American chef
  • Apr 16 Barry Jones, Scottish magician
  • Apr 16 Gina Carano, American Mixed Martial Arts fighter.
  • Apr 26 Joanne Gobure, Nauruan poet
  • Apr 26 Cooper Wallace, National Football League tight end
  • Apr 28 Nikki Grahame, Big Brother 7 Star
  • May 5 Randall Gay, National Football League player
  • May 10 Daniel Harris, Australian rules footballer
  • May 10 Jeremy Gable, American playwright
  • May 13 Yoko Kumada, Japanese gravure idol
  • May 13 Oguchi Onyewu, American footballer
  • May 24 DaMarcus Beasley, American footballer
  • May 26 Yoko Matsugane, Japanese model
  • Jun 4 Ronnie Prude, National Football League player
  • Jun 8 Katy Morgan-Davies, British politician
  • Jun 10 Princess Madeleine of Sweden
  • Jun 11 Eldar Rønning, Norwegian cross-country skier
  • Jun 18 Sean Conant, Irish-American artist

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Jun 21 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, son of Prince Charles & Lady Diana, born in London, England

Duke of Cambridge Prince William
Duke of Cambridge
Prince William
  • Jun 24 Brian Fitzgerald, American writer
  • Jun 24 Clint Bajada, Maltese television and radio presenter
  • Jul 9 Alecko Eskandarian, Armenian-American footballer
  • Aug 8 David Florence, British canoeist
  • Aug 31 G. Willow Wilson, American journalist and comic book writer
  • Sep 16 Michael McCall, Irish chemist
  • Sep 17 Hope Larson, American illustrator and cartoonist
  • Oct 1 Harry Lawrence, Bath born Entrepreneur
  • Oct 6 MC Lars, American hip-hop artist
  • Oct 10 Amon Buchanan, Australian rules footballer
  • Oct 17 Nick Riewoldt, Australian rules footballer
  • Oct 27 Dennis Moran, American computer hacker
  • Nov 8 Lynndie England, former U.S. Army reservist, associated with Abu Ghraib
  • Nov 11 Brittny Gastineau, American socialite
  • Nov 15 D. J. Fitzpatrick, National Football League kicker
  • Nov 15 Lofa Tatupu, National Football League
  • Nov 22 Alasdair Duncan, Australian novelist
  • Dec 8 Noelle Pikus-Pace, American skeleton racer
  • Dec 17 Craig Kielburger, Canadian labour activist
  • Dec 17 Ryan Moats, National Football League runningback
  • Dec 21 Erica Hayden, American journalist and radio personality
  • Dec 26 Kenneth Darby, American National Football League player
  • Dec 28 Cedric Benson, American footballer
  • Dec 28 Quinton Porter, American footballer

Weddings in History

  • Jun 26 Marie Osmond marries Steve Craig
  • Jul 1 Over 2000 Unification Church couples marry at NYC Madison Square Garden
  • Jul 22 Biggest mass wedding, Rev Sun Myung Moon weds 2,200 couples in NYC

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 24 Physicist and astronaut Sally Ride (31) weds astronaut Steven Hawley (30) in Salina, Kansas

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride

Divorces in History

  • Dec 6 US Senator Ted & Joan Kennedy divorce

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 166

  • Jan 1 Paul Belmondo, French sculptor (Bathing Woman, Orleans), dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Sir Edmund Herring, Australian military commander, Lieutenant Governor of Victoria (b. 1892)
  • Jan 13 Marcel Camus, French director (Orfeu Negro), dies at 69
  • Jan 19 Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy (WW II), dies at 77
  • Jan 22 Eduardo Frei Montalva, president of Chile (1964-70), dies at 71
  • Jan 24 Alfredo Ovando Candía, Bolivian president and dictator (b. 1918)
  • Jan 25 Mihail A Suslov, Soviet party ideologist, dies at 79
  • Jan 30 Félix L V L J Labisse, French painter (libidoscaphes), dies at 76
  • Feb 2 Stringfellow Barr, US educationalist (100 Great Books), dies at 85
  • Feb 2 Paul Desruisseaux, French Canadian lawyer, businessman and politician (b 1905)
  • Feb 4 Georg Konrad Morgen, German judge (b. 1909)
  • Feb 5 Neil Aggett, South African worker's union leader, commits suicide
  • Feb 5 Wies [Aloisius CA] Moens, Flemish writer/nazi, dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Ben Nicholson, England, painter/sculptor (Circle), dies at 87
  • Feb 8 John Hay Whitney, US newspaper magnate, dies at 76
  • Feb 12 Cornelis Rijnsdorp, Dutch writer (Culprit), dies at 87
  • Feb 13 Zeng Jinlian, Hunan China, grew to 8'1" (tallest woman), dies at 17
  • Feb 18 Edith Ngaio Marsh, NZ detective writer/producer, dies at 82
  • Feb 22 Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India and Pakistan (b. 1898)
  • Mar 2 Philip K[indred] Dick, US Sci-fi author (Hugo-1963, Dr Futurity), dies at 53
  • Mar 3 Georges Perec, French writer, dies at 45
  • Mar 6 Ayn Rand, Russian-born American author-philosopher (Atlas Shrugged), dies of heart failure at 77
  • Mar 9 Richard A Butler, England, min of Finance, dies at 79
  • Mar 11 Edmund Cooper, British sci-fi writer (Tomorrow Came), dies at 55
  • Mar 11 Horace Gregory, American poet, dies at 83
  • Mar 12 Elisabeth Zernike, Dutch writer (Course of Events), dies at 90
  • Mar 13 Wilfred Hawker, Suriname sgt-major, executed
  • Mar 17 Hans ter Laag, Dutch sound technician, murdered in El Salvador
  • Mar 17 Jan Kuiper, Dutch news editor (IKON), murdered in El Salvador
  • Mar 17 Joop Willemsen, Dutch cameraman, murdered in El Salvador
  • Mar 20 Hendrik L van Beek, Dutch vice-admiral, dies at 52
  • Mar 23 Mario Praz, Italian author (Casa della vita), dies at 85
  • Mar 25 Hugo Huppert, Austrian writer and poet, dies at 79
  • Mar 26 Agathe "Henriette" de Beaufort, writer (Dolly of Arnhem), dies at 91
  • Mar 28 William Giauque, Canadian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • Mar 29 Walter Hallstein, W German politician (CDU, H-doctrine), dies at 80
  • Mar 29 Nathan Twining, USAF general (b. 1897)
  • Mar 31 Fritz Eberhard, West German lawyer/resistor, dies at 85
  • Apr 3 Herman W Filarski, Dutch bridge journalist, dies at 69
  • Apr 5 Abe Fortas, Supreme court justice, dies at 71
  • Apr 6 Paul Wiens, German writer and Stasi informant, dies at 59
  • Apr 9 Robert H G Havemann, German chemist/dissident, dies
  • Apr 15 Five murderers of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat executed
  • Apr 15 Louis M de Guiringaud, Fren forgn min (1976-78), commits suicide at 70
  • Apr 20 Archibald MacLeish, US, lawyer/writer (Conquistador), dies at 89
  • Apr 22 Melville Bell Grosvenor, pres (National Geographic Society), dies at 80
  • Apr 25 John Cody, US cardinal/archbishop of Chicago (1965-82), dies at 74
  • Apr 25 Paul de Vree, Flemish writer/essayist (Round Table), dies
  • Apr 25 William R Burnett, US, writer (Asphalt Jungle), dies at 82
  • Apr 30 Albert TLCA Bird, lecture artist, dies
  • Apr 30 Herman Tholen, Dutch cabaret performer (Juveniles), dies
  • Apr 30 Taisen Deshimaru, founder of several Zen centers in France, dies at 67
  • May 1 William Primrose, Scottish violist (b. 1903)
  • May 7 Alfred Adam, dies at 72
  • May 8 Neil Bogart, American record executive (b. 1943)
  • May 10 Jean C M Picart le Doux, French designer, dies
  • May 10 Peter Weiss, German playwright (Marat-Sade), dies at 65
  • May 12 Humphrey Searle, writer (20th Century counterpoint), dies at 66
  • May 14 Baron Mariel-Henri Jaspar, Belgian minister/ambassador, dies
  • May 28 Lt Col 'H'. Jones VC, Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (British Army) (Falklands War) (b. 1940)
  • Jun 1 Hendrik Algra, Newspaper publisher/Dutch MP (ARP), dies
  • Jun 2 Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry, Pakistani politician (b. 1904)
  • Jun 6 Kenneth Rexroth, American poet (b. 1905)
  • Jun 9 Guillaume Jorissen, Flemish politician, dies at 60
  • Jun 12 Karl von Frisch, Austrian zoologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1886)
  • Jun 12 Sgt Ian McKay VC, Platoon Sergeant 4 Platoon, B Company, 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment (British Army) (Falklands War) (b. 1953)
  • Jun 13 Abdul Aziz Khaled, King of Saudi-Arabia, dies at 69
  • Jun 14 Marie Rambert, [Cyviam Ramberg], Polish/British ballerina, dies at 94
  • Jun 18 Djuna Barnes, writer, dies
  • Jun 18 John Cheever, Pulitzer prize winning author, dies at 70 in Ossining
  • Jun 18 Roberto Calvi, director (Banco Ambrosiano), hangs himself
  • Jun 19 John Cheever, US writer (Wapshot Chronicle, Pulitzer), dies at 70
  • Jun 23 Vincent Chin, Chinese-American hate crime victim (b. 1955)
  • Jun 26 Alexander Mitscherlich, German psychotherapist, dies
  • Jun 26 Sandy Powell, costume designer, dies at 82
  • Jun 28 Gerard[us M] Rutten, director (Sterren stralen overal), dies
  • Jun 29 Gerard[us PM] Knuvelder, literature historian (Anthology), dies
  • Jul 4 Sylvestre A Guzman Fernandez, pres Dominican Rep, commits suicide
  • Jul 4 Terry Higgins, early British AIDS death (b. 1945)
  • Jul 10 Gustav MR von Koenigswald, German/Dutch paleontologist, dies at 79
  • Jul 13 Edith Heerdegen, dies at 69
  • Jul 15 Wendy Caulfield, 1st Green River victim, found near Seattle
  • Jul 16 Leendert Braat, sculptor/writer (White World), dies
  • Jul 16 Charles Robberts, The first State President of South Africa, dies at 88
  • Jul 20 Okot p'Bitek, Ugandan poet (b. 1931)
  • Jul 21 Jean J A Girault, French director (Gendarme Saint-Tropez), dies at 58
  • Jul 23 Betty Parsons, American artist and art dealer, dies at 82
  • Jul 25 Beene Dubbelboer, writer (Turfgasgenerator), dies at 76
  • Jul 25 Hal Foster, Canadian-American cartoonist (Prince Valiant) (b. 1892)

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Jul 29 Vladimir K. Zworykin, Russian-American inventor (development of television, cathode ray tube), dies at 82

  • Jul 29 Cor[nelis R J] Kieboom, resistor/President Feyenoord, dies at 81
  • Jul 29 Richard N Gale, English general/paracommandant, dies at 86
  • Aug 4 Bruce Goff, American Architect (b. 1904)
  • Aug 8 Hermine Heijermans, author (Snikken en Smartlapjes), dies at 80
  • Aug 8 Valeer van Kerkhove, Flemish writer/producer (De Weerlozen), dies
  • Aug 9 Aleksandr A Alekseyev, Russian director, dies
  • Aug 12 Varlam Shalamov, Russian writer (b. 1907)
  • Aug 14 Thruston B. Morton, American republican politician (Sen-Ky, 1957-69), dies at 74
  • Aug 15 Hugo Theorell, Swedish scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1903)
  • Aug 17 Ruth Voorst, South African (A World Apart), killed by letter bomb