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What Happened in April 1982

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Anguilla (dependent territory of UK) adopts constitution
  • Apr 1 US formally transfers Canal Zone to Panama
  • Apr 1 NHL Quebec center Peter Stastny scores 4th career hat trick and 4 assists, and his brother Marian adds 5 assists to lead the Nordiques to an 8-5 win at Boston
  • Apr 2 Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain
  • Apr 3 Buffalo Sabre Gil Perrault scores his 1,000th NHL point
  • Apr 3 UN Security Council demanded Argentina withdraw from Falkland Islands
  • Apr 3 136th Grand National: 48 year old Dick Saunders wins aboard 7/1 favourite Grittar; oldest jockey to win the event
  • Apr 5 British Royal Navy aircraft carriers Invincible and Hermes, with escort vessels, depart Portsmouth, England for the Falkland Islands in response to the Argentine invasion
  • Apr 5 43 year old St. Louis reliever Jim Kaat pitches 1 inning for the Cardinals in a season-opening, 14-3 rout of Houston; sets a MLB record for pitchers by playing in his 24th consecutive season
  • Apr 5 Lord Carrington, British Foreign Secretary resigns for his failure to foresee the invasion of the Falkland Islands
  • Apr 6 Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center from White Sands
  • Apr 6 Largest crowd ever to see a baseball game in Minnesota 52,279
  • Apr 7 Iran minister of Foreign affairs Ghotbzadeh arrested
  • Apr 8 Tracy Caulkins, 19, wins her 36th US swimming title
  • Apr 9 LA Lakers block 21 Denver shots setting NBA regulation game record
  • Apr 10 LA Kings losing 5-0 to Edmonton in 3rd period, win in OT 6-5

  • Apr 11 46th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Craig Stadler wins his only major title by defeating Dan Pohl on the 1st hole of a sudden-death playoff
  • Apr 12 3 CBS employees shot to death in NYC parking lot
  • Apr 15 Apollo Computer announces DN400, DN420, & landscape display
  • Apr 16 Queen Elizabeth proclaims Canada's new constitution
  • Apr 17 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 Proclamation of the Constitution Act by Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • Apr 18 Atlanta Braves win record 11th straight opening game (beat Astros)
  • Apr 18 Canada Constitution Act replaces British North America Act
  • Apr 18 Zimbabwean capital Salisbury renamed Harare
  • Apr 19 86th Boston Marathon: American Alberto Salazar claims men's title in 2:08:51; Charlotte Teske of West Germany wins women's section in 2:29:33
  • Apr 19 Guinon Bluford announced as 1st African American NASA astronaut
  • Apr 19 Rosie Ruiz, marathon race cheater, arrested for forgery

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 19 Sally Ride is named the 1st American woman astronaut

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride
  • Apr 19 USSR Salyut 7 space station put into orbit
  • Apr 20 Atlanta Braves become 1st team to win 1st 12 games of the season
  • Apr 20 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode bombs in Belfast, Derry, Armagh, Ballymena, Bessbrook and Magherafelt; 2 civilians are killed and 12 injured
  • Apr 21 Atlanta Braves win their 13th straight game
  • Apr 21 Dr Michael E Bakey performs 1st successful heart implant
  • Apr 21 Dutch Queen Beatrice addresses US Congress
  • Apr 22 Atlanta Braves lose after winning 1st 13 games of season

  • Apr 22 Launch of STS-3-Lousma & Fullerton [03/23]
  • Apr 23 Conch Republic is established - secession of the Florida Keys from the United States of America
  • Apr 23 The 8-bit personal home computer the Sinclair ZX Spectrum is released (goes on to sell 5 million worldwide)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 24 150 Khomeini followers assault student dormitory in West Germany

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Apr 24 Cards win 12th game in a row; 7-4 over Phillies
  • Apr 24 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Mike Durbin
  • Apr 24 27th Eurovision Song Contest: Nicole for Germany wins singing "Ein bißchen Frieden" in Harrogate
  • Apr 25 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 25 In accordance with Camp David, Israel completes Sinai withdrawal
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 25 Yanks fire manager Bob Lemon & replaces him with Gene Michael

UKArgentine Soldiers Surrender in the Falklands

Apr 26 Argentina surrenders to Great Britain on South Georgia Island, near the Falkland Islands

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Argentinian prisoners of war are marched in Port Stanley after they surrendered in the Falklands War
Argentinian prisoners of war are marched in Port Stanley after they surrendered in the Falklands War
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  • Apr 26 Gene Michael becomes NY Yankee manager for 2nd time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 26 Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart

Assassination AttemptRonald Reagan is Shot

Apr 27 Trial of John Hinckley begins for the attempted assassination of US President Ronald Reagan

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The scene moments after John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981
The scene moments after John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981
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  • Apr 27 NFL Draft: University of Texas defensive end Kenneth Sims first pick by New England Patriots

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 29 17th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Merle Haggard, and Barbara Mandrell win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell
  • Apr 29 Alfredo Magana elected President of El Salvador

MurderMurder of Interest

Apr 29 American mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski murders pharmacist Paul Hoffman by beating him with a tire iron

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski
  • Apr 30 Alvaro Magana chosen to succeed Jose N Duarte as President of El Salvador
  • Apr 30 Atlanta Braves win record 12th straight from beginning of season
  • Apr 30 Iranian offensive in Khusistan

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Sam Huntington, American actor (Jungle 2 Jungle, Being Human), born in Peterborough, New Hampshire
  • Apr 1 Gemma Hunt, British children's television presenter, born in Wiltshire, England
  • Apr 1 Taran Killam, American comedian, actor, and writer (Saturday Night Live, 2010-16; Single Parents), born in Culver City, California
  • Apr 1 Andreas Thorkildsen, Norwegian athlete (Olympic gold men's javelin 2004, 08; World C'ship gold 2009), born in Kristiansand, Norway
  • Apr 2 Bianca Chatfield, Australian netball defender (42 caps; World C'ship gold 2007; C'wealth Games gold 2014) and TV personality (The Block 2018), born in Somerville, Mornington Peninsula, Australia
  • Apr 2 Marco Amelia, Italian soccer goalkeeper (9 caps; 2006 FIFA World Cup; Livorno), born in Frascati, Italy
  • Apr 2 Jeremy Bloom, American alpine skier (FIS Freestyle World Ski C'ships gold dual moguls 2003) and football wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Loveland, Colorado
  • Apr 2 Leyla Milani, Iranian-Canadian actress and model, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 2 David Ferrer, Spanish tennis player (World #3 2013; Davis Cup champion Spain 2008, 09, 11; French Open 2013 runner-up; 23 ATP titles), born in Xàbia, Alicante, Spain
  • Apr 3 Iain Fyfe, Australian soccer player (Campbelltown City), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Apr 3 Kasumi Nakane, Japanese gravure idol, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Apr 3 Jared Allen, American football player, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Apr 3 Fler [Patrick Losensky], German rapper, born in Berlin
  • Apr 3 Cobie Smulders, Canadian actress (How I Met Your Mother), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Apr 5 Alexandre Prémat, French racing driver, born in Juvisy-sur-Orge, Essonne, France
  • Apr 5 Thomas Hitzlsperger, German footballer, 2001-13, and football director (VfB Stuttgart), born in Munich, West Germany
  • Apr 5 Matt Pickens, American professional soccer goalkeeper, 2002-19, and coach (Nashville), born in Washington, Missouri
  • Apr 5 Hayley Atwell, British-American actress (Captain America; Agent Cater), born in London, England
  • Apr 6 Ilan Hall, Israeli-American chef
  • Apr 6 Bret Harrison, American actor (Orange County), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Apr 6 Michael Guy Chislett, Australian-American rock and Christian music guitarist (The Academy Is...2007-11; Hillsong United, 1998-present), born in Skipton, Australia
  • Apr 7 Sonjay Dutt, Indian American professional wrestler
  • Apr 8 Gennady Golovkin, Kazakh boxer (undisputed world middleweight champion), born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan
  • Apr 9 Carlos Hernández, Costa Rican footballer, born in San José, Costa Rica
  • Apr 9 Jay Baruchel, Canadian actor (Man Seeking Woman), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Apr 10 Damián Lanza, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Apr 10 Chyler Leigh, American actress (Not Another Teen Movie), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Apr 10 Andre Ethier, American baseball player, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Apr 11 Ian Bell, English cricketer, born in Walsgrave, Coventry, Warwickshire
  • Apr 12 Deen [Fuad Backović], Bosnian singer and fashion designer, born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Apr 13 Nellie McKay, British-American singer, born in London
  • Apr 13 Janice Vidal, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong
  • Apr 13 Jill Vidal, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong
  • Apr 15 Mark Mizzark [Marlis Pugh], rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Apr 15 Anthony Green, American musician (Circa Survive, Saosin), born in Holland, Pennsylvania

Person of interestSeth Rogen

Apr 15 Seth Rogen, Canadian actor and writer (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Interview), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen
  • Apr 15 Michael Aubrey, American baseball player
  • Apr 16 Boris Diaw, French basketball player, born in Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France
  • Apr 16 Barry Jones, Scottish magician, born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Apr 16 Jonathan Vilma, American football player, born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Apr 16 Gina Carano, American Mixed Martial Arts fighter, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Apr 17 Lee Joon-gi, South Korean actor and model, born in Busan, South Korea
  • Apr 17 Brad Boyes, Canadian hockey player, born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 18 Marie-Élaine Thibert, Canadian singer, born in Lasalle, Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 18 Scott Hartnell, Canadian NHL hockey player, born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Apr 19 Ali Wong, American stand-up comedian, actress and writer (Always Be My Maybe), born in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 22 Kaká [Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite], Brazilian footballer (Orlando City, Brazil national team), born in Gama, Brazil
  • Apr 23 Taio Cruz, English singer and record producer, born in London

Person of interestKelly Clarkson

Apr 24 Kelly Clarkson, American singer and winner of the inaugural season of TV series American Idol, born in Fort Worth, Texas

  • Apr 25 Monty Panesar, English cricketer, born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England
  • Apr 25 Brian Barton, American baseball player (Atlanta Braves), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 26 J. B. Holmes, American golfer (British Open 2016 3rd; 5 PGA Tour titles), born in Campbellsville, Kentucky
  • Apr 26 Joanne Gobure, Nauruan poet, born in Denigomodu, Nauru
  • Apr 26 Brock Gillespie, American basketball player (CB Ciudad de Valladolid), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Apr 26 Jon Lee, English actor and singer (S Club 7), born in Ipplepen, Devon
  • Apr 27 Katrina Johnson, American actress, born in San Diego, California
  • Apr 28 Nikki Grahame, Big Brother 7 Star
  • Apr 29 Kamran Jawaid, Pakistani film critic

Person of interestKirsten Dunst

Apr 30 Kirsten Dunst, American actress (Interview with the Vampire, Spider-Man), born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey

Actress Kirsten Dunst
Actress
Kirsten Dunst
  • Apr 30 Lloyd Banks, American rapper
  • Apr 30 Cleo Higgins, British singer and actress (Cleopatra), born in Birmingham, England
  • Apr 30 Andrew Seeley, Canadian actor and singer

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 28 Professional boxer George Foreman (33) weds Andrea Skeete

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 8 Actor Bryan Cranston (26) divorces writer Mickey Middleton after 4 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 23 Professional boxer George Foreman (33) divorces Sharon Goodson after 7 months of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Herman W Filarski, Dutch bridge journalist, dies at 69
  • Apr 3 Warren Oates, American actor (Dillinger, East of Eden, Stoney Burke), dies of a heart attack at 53
  • Apr 4 Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 50
  • Apr 5 Abe Fortas, US Supreme Court Justice, 1965-69, dies at 71
  • Apr 6 Paul Wiens, German writer and Stasi informant, dies at 59
  • Apr 7 Brenda Benet, actress (Track of Thunder), commits suicide by gun at 36
  • Apr 7 Harald Ertl, Austrian racing driver (b. 1948)
  • Apr 8 Katherine Rawls, American swimming and diving champion, dies at 64
  • Apr 9 Robert H G Havemann, German chemist/dissident, dies
  • Apr 9 Wilfred Pelletier, Canadian conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 85
  • Apr 15 Arthur Lowe, British actor (Dad's Army, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Ruling Class), dies following a stroke at 66
  • Apr 15 Louis de Guiringaud, French foreign minister (1976-78), commits suicide at 70
  • Apr 20 Andy Sandham, English cricket batsman (14 Tests; 1st triple centurion 325 v WI 1930), dies at 91
  • Apr 20 Archibald MacLeish, American lawyer and writer (Conquistador), dies at 89
  • Apr 20 Mimi Boesnach, actress (Wedding of Kloris & Roses), dies at 82
  • Apr 21 Joe Sawyer, actor (Biff O'Hara-Adventures of Rin Tin Tin), dies at 80
  • Apr 22 Melville Bell Grosvenor, American photographer & president of National Geographic Society, dies at 80
  • Apr 25 Celia Johnson, English actress (Brief Encounter, Happy Breed), dies at 73
  • Apr 25 Don Wilson, TV announcer (Jack Benny Show), dies at 81
  • Apr 25 John Cody, US cardinal/archbishop of Chicago (1965-82), dies at 74
  • Apr 25 Paul de Vree, Flemish author (Round Table), dies at 72
  • Apr 25 W. R. Burnett, American writer (Asphalt Jungle), dies at 82
  • Apr 26 Celia Johnson, British actress (Jean Brodie), dies of stroke at 73
  • Apr 26 Ville Ritola, Finnish 5/10km runner (Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies at 86
  • Apr 27 Tom Tully, American actor (Line-up, Shane), dies at 85
  • Apr 28 Bert van Dongen [Albert Cohen], Dutch singer, impressionist and actor (Het meisje met den blauwen hoed), dies at 66
  • Apr 28 Nobby Clark, English cricketer (32 wickets in 8 Tests 1929-34), dies at 81
  • Apr 29 Herbert Collum, German composer, dies at 67
  • 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
  • Apr 30 Lester Bangs, American music journalist, author, and musician (b. 1949)