February 1982 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 11 Neil Robertson, Australian snooker player
  • Feb 11 Kate Mulleavy, American fashion designer (Rodarte), born in California
  • Feb 13 Lanisha Cole, American model
  • Feb 22 Robert Weiner, Jr., American water polo player

Deaths in History

  • 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)