On This Day

What Happened in December 1982

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Dentist Barney B Clark gets 1st artificial heart
  • Dec 1 Miguel de la Madrid inaugurated as President of Mexico

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 1 "Tootsie" directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange premieres in Hollywood

Actor Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack
Actress Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
  • Dec 2 1st permanent artificial heart successfully implanted (U of Utah) in retired dentist Barney Clark; lived 112 days with Jarvic-7 heart
  • Dec 3 35.7 cm rainfall at Big Fork, Arkansas (state record)
  • Dec 3 77°F highest December temperature ever recorded in Cleveland, Ohio

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 3 After losing his world welterweight boxing titles to Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns wins WBC Super Welterweight crown in a majority points decision over Wilfred Benitez at Superdome, New Orleans

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 3 "Frances", film depicting life of actress Frances Farmer and starring Jessica Lange, first released in the US

Actress Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
  • Dec 4 48th Heisman Trophy Award: Herschel Walker, Georgia (RB)
  • Dec 4 China adopts its constitution
  • Dec 4 Police and racist demonstrators clash in Antwerp
  • Dec 5 Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 33 pass completions
  • Dec 5 Ingrid Berghmans (Neth) retains judo's world championship
  • Dec 5 Mel Gray ends NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions
  • Dec 5 Seattle Univ Baptist Ch declares sanctuary for Cen Am refugees
  • Dec 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

  • Dec 5 15th NAACP Image Awards: "An Officer and a Gentleman" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Dec 5 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Don January wins his lone Champions Tour major title by 1 stroke over Julius Boros
  • Dec 6 Droppin Well bombing: 11 British soldiers and 6 civilians are killed by an Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) time bomb at the Droppin’ Well Bar in Ballykelly, County Londonderry
  • Dec 7 Suriname army under Desi Bouterse fires on radio station building
  • Dec 7 In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the US.
  • Dec 7 Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala during country's civil war, 171 people killed led by Santos López Alonzo
  • Dec 8 "Herman Van Veen: All of Him" opens at Ambassador NYC for 6 performances
  • Dec 8 Clark Gilles fails in 7th Islander penalty shot
  • Dec 8 Suriname army leader Bouterse murders 15 opponents
  • Dec 8 Norman Mayer holds Washington Monument hostage, demanding an end to nuclear weapons. Is killed by police after 10 hrs (he had no explosives)

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 8 Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez receives the Nobel Prize for Literature

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 8 "Sophie's Choice", directed by Alan J. Pakula and based on William Styton's 1979 novel of the same name, starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, is released (Academy Awards Best Actress 1983)

  • Dec 9 World Boxing Council first to reduce the length of championship fights from 15 to 12 rounds, and allows referees to order standing 8-count for fighters in trouble

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 10 Heavyweight Michael Doakes KOs Mike Weaver in 1:03 in Las Vegas

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • Dec 10 Soyuz T-5 returns to Earth, 211 days after take-off
  • Dec 10 CDC report on a transfusion recipient who developed AIDS symptoms
  • Dec 12 "Herman Van Veen: All of Him" closes at Ambassador NYC after 6 performances
  • Dec 12 $9,800,000 in cash stolen from money transport car in NYC
  • Dec 12 The "Snowplow Game": when a snowstorm holds a New England vs Miami game scoreless, Mark Henderson, a convict on work release, on Patriots coach Ron Meyer order, clears the path for John Smith's attempt, which wins the game for the Patriots, 3-0

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

Dec 12 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert-Lloyd wins her first Australian title; beats Martina Navratilova 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

  • Dec 13 Earthquake hits Northern Yemen; 2,000 die
  • Dec 13 Australian Open Men's Tennis: South African Johan Kriek wins 2nd straight Australian title; repeats previous year's win over American Steve Denton 6-3, 6-3, 6-2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 14 Marcel Dionne becomes 9th NHLer to score 500 goals

NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 15 Bill Parcells becomes 12th head coach of NY Giants

NFL Coach Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coach Legend
Bill Parcells
  • Dec 15 Teamsters president Roy Williams and 4 others convicted of bribery
  • Dec 15 Sao Tome & Principe constitution approved
  • Dec 15 Spain reopens border with Gibraltar
  • Dec 16 The Federal Reserve announces that the operating capacity of factories has gone down to 67.8%.
  • Dec 18 Flight readiness firing of Challenger's main engines; 20 seconds
  • Dec 22 William Mastrosimone's play "Extremities" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 23 The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces it has identified dangerous levels of dioxin in the soil of Times Beach, Missouri.
  • Dec 24 Chaminade, with a student body of only 850 students, beats #1 ranked Virginia 77-72 in a Honolulu holiday basketball classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 25 Mudassar Nazar scores century, then Imran Khan rips through Indians

Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan
  • Dec 26 TIME's Man of the Year is a computer
  • Dec 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 27 Imran Khan 8-60 to bring innings victory v India at Karachi
  • Dec 28 Ballon d'Or: Juventus striker Paolo Rossi is named best European football player; beats Bordeaux midfielder Alain Giresse and Juventus' Polish midfielder Zbigniew Boniek

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 29 Bob Marley postage stamp issued in Jamaica

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • Dec 29 Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant ends his career with Alabama (323 wins)
  • Dec 30 Anthony Shaffer's "Whodunnit" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 30 England defeat Australia by three runs at cricket MCG
  • Dec 30 US Assay Office in New York City, NY closes
  • Dec 31 CBS Mystery Theater final episode on radio after 8 years
  • Dec 31 NBC radio cancels almost all of its network daily features
  • Dec 31 TV soap "Doctors" ends 19 year run

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Rizwan "Riz" Ahmed, British-Pakistani actor (The Night Of), rapper (Swet Shop Boys) and activist, born in Wembley, London
  • Dec 2 Pizon [Michael Scala], Italian-American rapper and producer, born in Queens, New York
  • Dec 3 Michael Essien, Ghanaian soccer midfielder (58 caps; Chelsea, Lyon), born in Accra, Ghana
  • Dec 3 Jaycee Chan, American-born Hong Kong singer and actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 4 Ho-Pin Tung, Dutch-Chinese auto racer (FIA World Endurance C'ship 2017, 18-19, 19-20 runner-up), born in Velp, Netherlands
  • Dec 4 Waldo Ponce, Chilean soccer defender (42 caps; Universidad de Chile), born in Los Andes, Chile
  • Dec 5 Keri Hilson, American singer and songwriter (The Way I Are), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • Dec 5 Trai Essex, American football player, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Dec 6 Alberto Contador, Spanish cyclist and Tour de France winner (2007, 09), born in Pinto, Madrid, Spain
  • Dec 6 Sean Ervine, Zimbabwean cricketer (played for Zimbabwe in the 2003 Cricket World Cup), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Dec 6 Robbie Gould, American football player (San Francisco 49ers), born in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 8 Noelle Pikus-Pace, American skeleton racer, born in Provo, Utah
  • Dec 8 Dee Dee Trotter, American athlete, born in California, United States
  • Dec 8 Hamit Altintop, German-born Turkish football player (identical twin brother of Halil Altintop), born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Dec 8 Halil Altintop, German-born Turkish football player (identical twin brother of Hamit Altintop), born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Person of interestNicki Minaj

Dec 8 Nicki Minaj, Trinidadian-American rapper and singer (Super Bass, Starships), born in Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Rapper & Singer Nicki Minaj
Rapper & Singer
Nicki Minaj
  • Dec 8 Chrisette Michele [Payne], American R&B and soul singer-songwriter ("Be OK"; "Epiphany"), born in Central Islip, New York,
  • Dec 9 Tamilla Abassova, Russian cyclist, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Dec 9 Nathalie De Vos, Belgian athlete, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • Dec 9 Vincent Accardi, American guitarist (Brand New), born in Wantagh, New York,
  • Dec 9 Vincent Accardi, American rock guitarist (Brand New), born in Wantagh, New York
  • Dec 10 Matt Stutzman, American Paralympic archer and record holder for longest accurate shot in archery- despite having no arms, born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Dec 10 Tim Deegan, Canadian MuchMusic VJ, born in Oshawa, Ontario
  • Dec 10 Shilpa Anand, Indian film and television actress
  • Dec 11 Pablo Pérez Companc, Argentine racing driver, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Dec 12 Dmitry Tursunov, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow
  • Dec 13 Anthony Callea, Australian singer and songwriter, born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Dec 13 Ricky Nolasco, American baseball player, born in Corona, California
  • Dec 13 Tuka Rocha, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Dec 13 Dominik Werling, German footballer, born in Ludwigshafen, Germany
  • Dec 14 Josh Fields, American baseball player, born in Ada, Oklahoma
  • Dec 14 Steve Sidwell, English footballer, born in Wandsworth, England
  • Dec 14 Anthony Way, English singer and actor, born in London
  • Dec 15 Charlie Cox, English actor
  • Dec 15 Borja García, Spanish racing driver
  • Dec 15 George O. Gore II, American actor
  • Dec 16 Garnon Davies, Welsh actor
  • Dec 16 Antrel Rolle, National Football League defensive back
  • Dec 17 Josh Barfield, American baseball player
  • Dec 17 Craig Kielburger, Canadian labour activist
  • Dec 17 Stephane Lasme, Gabonese basketball player
  • Dec 17 Ryan Moats, National Football League runningback
  • Dec 17 Onur Ozsu, Turkish music artist, born in Izmir
  • Dec 18 Dave Luetkenhoelter, American bassist (Kutless)
  • Dec 19 Mo Williams, American basketball point guard (NBA C'ship 2016, NBA All Star 2009 Cleveland Cavaliers) and coach (Alabama State), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Dec 19 Tero Pitkamaki, Finnish javelin thrower
  • Dec 20 Mohammed Asif, Pakistani cricket player, born in Sheikhupura, Pakistan
  • Dec 20 Kasper Klausen, Danish footballer, born in Denmark
  • Dec 20 David Wright, American baseball player (New York Mets), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Dec 20 David Cook, American singer and American Idol winner, born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 21 Mike Gansey, American basketball player, born in Olmsted Falls, Ohio
  • Dec 21 Erica America Hayden, American journalist and radio personality, born in Long Island, New York
  • Dec 21 Philip Humber, American baseball player, born in Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Dec 21 Iljo Keisse, Belgian cyclist, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • Dec 24 Aiba Masaki, Japanese singer & actor, born in Chiba, Japan
  • Dec 24 Robert Schwartzman, American actor & musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 25 Shawn Andrews, American football player, born in Littleton, Massachusetts
  • Dec 25 Rob Edwards, English-born Welsh footballer, born in Madeley, United Kingdom
  • Dec 25 Shystie [Chanel Cali], British rapper-songwriter, born in London Borough of Hackney, United Kingdom
  • Dec 26 Kenneth Darby, American National Football League player, born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Dec 26 Oguri Shun, Japanese actor & model, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Dec 27 James Mead, American guitarist (Kutless)
  • Dec 27 Terji Skibenæs, Faroese guitarist, (Týr)
  • Dec 28 Cedric Benson, American football player, born in Midland, Texas
  • Dec 28 François Gourmet, Belgian decathlete, born in Libramont-Chevigny, Belgium
  • Dec 28 Kevin Pereira, American television host, born in Rochester, Michigan
  • Dec 29 Gabrielle Destroismaisons, Québécois singer, born in Québec, Canada
  • Dec 29 Alison Brie, American actress (Community, GLOW), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 30 Kristin Kreuk, Canadian actress
  • Dec 30 Dawan Landry, American football player
  • Dec 30 Dathan Ritzenhein, American runner
  • Dec 31 Julio DePaula, Dominican baseball player, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Dec 31 Luke Schenscher, Australian basketball player, born in South Australia, Australia
  • Dec 31 Craig Gordon, Scottish footballer, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 1 Martial artist Jackie Chan (28) weds actress Lin Feng-jiao (29) in Los Angeles

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 18 Actor Phil Hartman (34) weds real estate agent Lisa Strain

Famous Divorces

  • Dec 6 US Senator Ted & Joan Kennedy divorce

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 9 Mary-Beth & William Hurt divorce

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Dorothy James, composer, dies on 81st birthday
  • Dec 2 David Blue [Cohen], American folk musician, dies of a heart attack while jogging in Greenwich Village at 41
  • Dec 2 Marty Feldman, comedian (Young Frankenstein), dies at 49
  • Dec 2 Isador Goodman, South African-Australian composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 2 Giovanni Ferrari, Italian soccer midfielder and manager (44 caps; Juventus, Internazionale; mgr Italy), dies at 74
  • Dec 3 Dutch Meyer, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (National C'ship 1935, 38; TCU), dies at 84
  • Dec 7 Charlie Brooks Jr, convicted murderer became 1st US prisoner to be executed by lethal injection, at a prison in Huntsville, Texas
  • Dec 7 George Kistiakowsky, Ukrainian-American chemist who helped develop the first atomic bomb (Manhattan Project) but later opposed nuclear weapons, dies at 82
  • Dec 7 William "Will" Lee, American actor (They Live by Night, Melody Lane), dies from a heart attack at 74
  • Dec 8 Andre Kamperveen, Suriname minister, murdered
  • Dec 8 Bertus de Harder, Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux), dies
  • Dec 8 Bram Behr, Suriname revolutionary, murdered
  • Dec 8 Cyrill Daal, Suriname worker's union leader, murdered
  • Dec 8 Frank Wijngaarde, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • Dec 8 Harald Riedewald, Suriname attorney, murdered
  • Dec 8 John Baboeram, Suriname lawyer, murdered
  • Dec 8 Jozef Slagveer, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • Dec 8 Kenneth Goncalves, Deacon of Surinamese order of advocate, murdered
  • Dec 8 Leckie, Suriname scholar, murdered
  • Dec 8 Leslie Rahman, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • Dec 8 Marty Robbins, American country singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone), dies of complications following cardiac surgery.at 57
  • Dec 8 Surendre Rambocus, Suriname army lieutenant, murdered
  • Dec 9 Fritz Usinger, German writer (Song against Death), dies at 87
  • Dec 9 Joey Forman, actor (Sid Caesar Show, Joey Bishop Show), dies at 53
  • Dec 9 Leon Jaworski, American Watergate scandal special prosecutor, dies at 77
  • Dec 9 Paul Godwin, Polish-Dutch violinist, dies at 80
  • Dec 9 Roger Danneels, Flemish accordionist, dies at 55
  • Dec 10 Freeman "Amos" Gosden, US radio actor (Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 83
  • Dec 10 Roy Webb, American film score composer (films of Val Lewton), dies at 94
  • Dec 10 Freeman Gosden, American writer and actor (The Amos 'n' Andy Show, Calvin and the Colonel), dies at 83
  • Dec 13 Jack Badcock, Australian cricketer (7 Tests, 1 century but inconsistent), dies at 68
  • Dec 16 Colin Chapman, English engineer and automobile manufacturer, founder of Lotus Cars, dies at 54
  • Dec 17 Leonid B Kogan, Russian violist, dies at 58
  • Dec 17 Philipp Jarnach, French composer, dies at 90
  • Dec 17 Homer S. Ferguson, American politician (b. 1889)
  • Dec 18 Ray Emery, New Zealand cricketer (2 Tests NZ v WI 1952, 46 runs, 2 wkts), dies at 67
  • Dec 18 Tibor de Machula, Hungarian-Dutch cellist, dies at 70
  • Dec 18 Hans-Ulrich Rudel, German Combat pilot and highest-decorated German soldier of WWII, dies at 66
  • Dec 18 Bernard Malivoire, French cox pair (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 44
  • Dec 19 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 19 Lawrance Collingwood, English composer, dies at 95
  • Dec 19 Dwight Macdonald, American social critic (b. 1906)
  • Dec 20 Artur Rubinstein, Polish-American concert pianist, dies in Geneva at 95
  • Dec 20 Milan Ristić, Serbian composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 23 Jack Webb, American screenwriter, director and actor (Dragnet, Sunset Boulevard), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Dec 23 Norman Dinerstein, American composer, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • Dec 24 Louis Aragon, French poet and writer (Les Lettres françaises, Pour un réalisme socialiste), dies at 85
  • Dec 27 John Leonard Swigert Jr., American astronaut (Apollo 13), dies of cancer at 51
  • Dec 28 Frederick Douglass Hall, American composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 29 Sol C Siegel, US film producer (High Society), dies at 79