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
  • Dec 2 1st permanent artificial heart successfully implanted (U of Utah) in retired dentist Barney Clark; lived 112 days with Jarvic-7 heart
  • Dec 2 American track and field record holder Steve Scott sets record for fastest round of golf played on a regulation course; posts a 95, completing 18 holes in 29:33.05s at Miller Golf Club in Anaheim, California; he used only two clubs, and ran between holes
  • Dec 3 35.7 cm rainfall at Big Fork, Arkansas (state record)
  • Dec 3 77°F highest December temperature ever recorded in Cleveland, Ohio

Boxing 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

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

  • 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 NFL 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 Prize

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

Film 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

Boxing Title Fight

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

  • 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

Australian 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

  • 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

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

  • 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

Sports History

Dec 25 Mudassar Nazar scores 119 in Pakistan's 2nd innings 452 before Imran Khan takes 6 Indian wickets in 2nd Test in Karachi; he finished with 8/60 on the final day

  • 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

Music History

Dec 29 Bob Marley postage stamp issued in Jamaica

  • Dec 29 American college football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant ends his career with University of 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

Nicki Minaj

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

  • 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 rock guitarist (Brand New), born in Wantagh, New York
  • Dec 10 Matt Stutzman, American archer (WR 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 (Daredevil, The Theory of Everything, Boardwalk Empire), born in London
  • 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 Christian-rock bassist (Kutless, 2005-13), born in Medford, Oregon
  • 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 offensive lineman (Pro Bowl 2006, 07; First-team All-Pro 2006; Philadelphia Eagles), born in Littleton, Massachusetts
  • 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), born in Skipanes, Faroe Islands
  • 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 30 Wesley Schultz, American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter (The Lumineers - "Submarines"), born in Ramsey, New Jersey
  • 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 soccer goalkeeper (70 caps; Hearts, Sunderland, Celtic; SFWA Footballer of the Year 2006, 15, 22), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

Famous Weddings

Jackie Chan

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

Phil Hartman

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


Famous Divorces

  • Dec 6 US Senator Ted & Joan Kennedy divorce

William Hurt

Dec 9 American actors Mary-Beth & William Hurt divorce, after 10 years of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Dorothy James, American composer, dies on her 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, English comedian (Young Frankenstein), dies of a heart attack 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, American 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, Hammond organ player, and bandleader, dies at 55
  • Dec 10 Roy Webb, American film score composer (films of Val Lewton), dies at 94
  • Dec 10 Freeman Gosden, American radio and television 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 Kogan, Soviet Russian violinist (Lenin Prize, 1952), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Dec 17 Philipp Jarnach, French pianist, composer, and music educator (Hamburg Music Academy, 1949-70), 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 rower (Olympic gold coxed pair 1952), dies at 44
  • Dec 19 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist and 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, American film producer (A Letter To Three Wives, High Society, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Dec 30 Alberto Vargas, Peruvian-American painter, primarily of "pin-up girls", dies at 86
  • Dec 31 Kurt Otto Friedrichs, German-American mathematician, and educator (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences), dies at 82