On This Day

What Happened on December 8, 1982

Historical Events

  • "Herman Van Veen: All of Him" opens at Ambassador NYC for 6 performances

Film Release

"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)

  • Clark Gilles fails in 7th Islander penalty shot

Nobel Prize

Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez receives the Nobel Prize for Literature

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez
  • Norman Mayer holds Washington Monument hostage, demanding an end to nuclear weapons. Is killed by police after 10 hrs (he had no explosives)
  • Suriname army leader Bouterse murders 15 opponents

Famous Birthdays

  • Chrisette Michele [Payne], American R&B and soul singer-songwriter ("Be OK"; "Epiphany"), born in Central Islip, New York,
  • Dee Dee Trotter, American athlete, born in California, United States
  • Halil Altintop, German-born Turkish football player (identical twin brother of Hamit Altintop), born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Hamit Altintop, German-born Turkish football player (identical twin brother of Halil Altintop), born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Nicki Minaj

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
  • Noelle Pikus-Pace, American skeleton racer, born in Provo, Utah

Famous Deaths

  • Andre Kamperveen, Suriname minister, murdered
  • Bertus de Harder, Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux), dies
  • Bram Behr, Suriname revolutionary, murdered
  • Cyrill Daal, Suriname worker's union leader, murdered
  • Frank Wijngaarde, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • Harald Riedewald, Suriname attorney, murdered
  • John Baboeram, Suriname lawyer, murdered
  • Jozef Slagveer, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • Kenneth Goncalves, Deacon of Surinamese order of advocate, murdered
  • Leckie, Suriname scholar, murdered
  • Leslie Rahman, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • Marty Robbins, American country singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone), dies of complications following cardiac surgery.at 57
  • Surendre Rambocus, Suriname army lieutenant, murdered
1982 Highlights

About December 8, 1982

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 38 years, 10 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Sagittarius