January 1982 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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 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

Birthdays in History

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Paul Belmondo, French sculptor (Bathing Woman, Orleans), dies at 83
  • Jan 1 Vladimir K Zworykin, Russ/American engineer (cathode-ray tube), dies
  • 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