What Happened in February 1982

Historical Events


Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Feb 1 "Late Night With David Letterman" debuts on NBC-TV, Bill Murray is first guest

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Actor/Comedian
Bill Murray
  • Feb 1 Senegal & Gambia form loose confederation (Senegambia)
  • Feb 2 Government troops and Muslim fundamentalists battle in Hamah, Syria
  • Feb 3 Columbia Shuttle moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating for STS-3 mission
  • Feb 3 Greatest helicopter lift, 56,888 kg, Podmoscovnoe, USSR
  • Feb 3 John Sharples of England finishes 371 hours of disco dancing
  • Feb 3 Porn star John Holmes ordered to stand trial for murder
  • Feb 4 "Pump Boys & Dinettes" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 573 performances
  • Feb 4 Indoor distance record for a paper airplane (47m) Tacoma Wash
  • Feb 4 Musical "Pump Boys & Dinettes" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 4 Suriname premier Chin A Sen flees
  • Feb 5 DEA announces seizure of 3,192 tons of marijuana, 495 people
  • Feb 5 British airline Laker Airways collapses owing 270M pounds ($351M)
  • Feb 5 President of Suriname Hendrick Chin A Sen resigns and flees to the Netherlands
  • Feb 6 "Centerfold" by J. Geils Band hits #1 on pop chart
  • Feb 7 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • Feb 7 Luis A Monge elected President of Costa Rica
  • Feb 8 Dodgers trade Davey Lopes to A's breaking up the longest-playing infield (Cey-Russell-Lopes-Garvey)
  • Feb 9 34th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 4-2 at Washington
  • Feb 10 28 skiers perform backflips while holding hands, Bromont, Quebec
  • Feb 11 Ozzie Smith for Garry Templeton trade finally goes through
  • Feb 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Feb 12 Wayne Gretzky scores 153rd point of season, breaking NHL record

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Feb 12 32nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Veronika Voss" wins the Golden Bear

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 Pink Floyd's album "Dark Side of the Moon" marks 402 weeks in the album charts

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 Islander's Bryan Trottier scores 5 goals against Flyers

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Feb 14 "Night of 100 Stars" takes place at NY's Radio City Music Hall
  • Feb 14 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • Feb 14 24th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (153.991 MPH)
  • Feb 15 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), begins streak of 63 consecutive free throw
  • Feb 15 Ocean Ranger oil-drilling platform lost off Newfoundland, 84 die
  • Feb 16 Agatha Barbara elected as 1st female president of Malta
  • Feb 16 Assembled STS-3 vehicle moves from Vandenberg AFB to launch pad
  • Feb 17 Commencement of Sri Lanka's 1st Test Cricket match, v England
  • Feb 19 Hanneke Jagersma installed as Neth's 1st Communist mayor
  • Feb 19 Sharie Langford, California, sets women's bowling series record of 853
  • Feb 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 20 NY Islanders wins then NHL record 15th straight game
  • Feb 21 "Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 1604 performances
  • Feb 21 "Little Me" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • Feb 21 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Bent Tree Ladies Golf Classic
  • Feb 22 NYC Mayor Koch announces he will run for NY governor (unsuccessful)
  • Feb 23 Michael Frayn's "Noises Off" premieres in London
  • Feb 24 Basketball team Boston Celtics begin 18 NBA game win streak
  • Feb 24 24th Grammy Awards: Betty Davis Eyes, Double Fantasy wins
  • Feb 24 Wayne Gretzky scores NHL-record 78th goal of season en route to 92
  • Feb 25 Final episode of "The Lawrence Welk Show" airs
  • Feb 25 Record speed for a snowmobile (239 kph)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 26 Test Cricket debut of batsman Martin Crowe, playing for New Zealand v Australia in Wellington, run out for 9

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Cricketer
Martin Crowe
  • Feb 27 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), hits on 63rd consecutive free throw
  • Feb 27 Earl Anthony becomes 1st pro bowler to win more than $1 million
  • Feb 27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Feb 27 Wayne Williams found guilty of murdering 2 of 28 blacks in Atlanta
  • Feb 28 AT&T looses a record $7 BILLION for the fiscal year ending on this day
  • Feb 28 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Arizona Copper Golf Classic
  • Feb 28 FALN (PR Nationalist Group) bombs Wall Street

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Shoaib Malik, Pakistani cricketer
  • Feb 2 Han Ga In, South Korean model/actress
  • Feb 2 Sergio Castaño, Spanish footballer
  • Feb 2 Kelly Mazzante, American basketball player
  • Feb 3 Alan Gurr, Australian V8 Supercar driver
  • Feb 3 Jessica Harp, American singer (The Wreckers)
  • Feb 4 Chris Sabin, American professional wrestler
  • Feb 4 Tomas Vaitkus, Lithuanian professional road racing cyclist
  • Feb 4 Kimberly Wyatt, American singer and dancer (Pussycat Dolls)
  • Feb 5 Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Iranian basketball player (d. 2007)
  • Feb 5 Rodrigo Palacio, Argentine footballer
  • Feb 5 Tomas Kopecky, Ice hockey player
  • Feb 5 Kevin Everett, American football player
  • Feb 6 Alice Eve, English actress
  • Feb 6 Tank, Mandopop singer
  • Feb 8 Eric Alexander, American football player
  • Feb 8 Satomi Kōrogi, Japanese voice actress
  • Feb 8 Sousuke Takaoka, Japanese actor
  • Feb 8 Danny Tamberelli, American actor
  • Feb 9 Ami Suzuki, Japanese singer
  • Feb 10 Keith Dunne, Irish footballer
  • Feb 10 Iafeta Paleaaesina, New Zealand rugby league player
  • Feb 10 Justin Gatlin, American sprinter
  • Feb 11 Neil Robertson, Australian snooker player
  • Feb 11 Kate Mulleavy, American fashion designer (Rodarte), born in California
  • Feb 12 Onil Joseph, Dominican baseball player
  • Feb 12 Louis Tsatoumas, Greek long jumper
  • Feb 13 Michael Turner, Running Back for the San Diego Chargers
  • Feb 13 Lanisha Cole, American model
  • Feb 14 Marián Gáborík, Slovak hockey player
  • Feb 16 Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, American rapper
  • Feb 17 Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actor (Tommy Solomon-Third Rock From the Sun)
  • Feb 17 Adriano, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 17 Lupe Fiasco, American rapper
  • Feb 17 Brian Bruney, American baseball player
  • Feb 20 Jason Hirsh, American baseball player
  • Feb 21 Bernhard Auinger, Austrian racing driver
  • Feb 21 Chantal Claret, American musician
  • Feb 22 Robert Weiner, Jr., American water polo player, born in Newport Beach, California
  • Feb 23 Adam Hann-Byrd, American actor
  • Feb 23 Karan Singh Grover, Indian Television Actor
  • Feb 24 Emanuel Villa, Argentine footballer
  • Feb 24 Klára Zakopalová, Czech tennis player
  • Feb 24 Nick Blackburn, American baseball player
  • Feb 25 Chris Baird, Irish footballer
  • Feb 25 Anton Volchenkov, Russian ice hockey player
  • Feb 25 Bert McCracken, American singer (The Used)
  • Feb 25 Maria Kanellis, American model and professional wrestler
  • Feb 25 Tara Wilson, Canadian actress
  • Feb 26 Song Hye Kyo, South Korean model and actress
  • Feb 28 Natalia Vodianova, Russian supermodel

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 16 Lee Majors & Farrah Fawcett Majors divorce


Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Stringfellow Barr, US educationalist (100 Great Books), dies at 85
  • Feb 2 Paul Desruisseaux, French Canadian lawyer, businessman and politician (b 1905)
  • Feb 4 Sue Carol, actress (She's My Weakness), dies at 73 of a heart attack
  • Feb 4 Alex Harvey, Scottish musician (b. 1935)
  • Feb 4 Georg Konrad Morgen, German judge (b. 1909)
  • Feb 5 Dolores Moran, actress (Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at 56
  • Feb 5 Neil Aggett, South African worker's union leader, commits suicide
  • Feb 5 Wies [Aloisius CA] Moens, Flemish writer/nazi, dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Ben Nicholson, England, painter/sculptor (Circle), dies at 87
  • Feb 8 John Hay Whitney, US newspaper magnate, dies at 76
  • Feb 10 K R Meher-Homji, cricket wk (Test as Indian, catch no stumped), dies
  • Feb 11 Eleanor Powell, tap dancer and wife of Glenn Ford, dies of cancer at 69
  • Feb 11 Takashi Shimura, Japans actor (Rashomon, 7 Samurais), dies at 76
  • Feb 11 Victor Jory, Canadian actor (Kings Row, Manhunt), dies at 79
  • Feb 12 Cornelis Rijnsdorp, Dutch writer (Culprit), dies at 87
  • Feb 12 Hal Hooker, cricket (307 partners with Kippax for last wicket), dies
  • Feb 13 Zeng Jinlian, Hunan China, grew to 8'1" (tallest woman), dies at 17
  • Feb 14 Henk Schaer [Hendricus Schaareman], Dutch actor and conductor (Majoor Barbara, Lijmen), dies at 79
  • Feb 17 Lee Strasberg, Austrian acting coach and actor (The Godfather: Part II, Somewhere in the Night), dies at 80
  • Feb 17 Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (b. 1922)
  • Feb 17 Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 64
  • Feb 18 Edith Ngaio Marsh, NZ detective writer/producer, dies at 82
  • Feb 18 Tina Carver, actress (Inside Detroit, Uranium Boom), dies at 58
  • Feb 21 Murray "the K" Kaufman, NYC DJ (5th Beatle), dies at 60
  • Feb 22 Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India and Pakistan (b. 1898)
  • Feb 24 Virginia Bruce, actress (Born to Dance, Great Ziegfield), dies at 71
  • Feb 25 J K Irani, cricket wicketkeeper (2 Tests for India 1947-48), dies
  • Feb 26 Gabor Szabo, Hungarian jazz guitarist (Perfect Circle), dies at 45
  • Feb 26 Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japanese actor and director (Gate of Hell, A Page of Madness, Jujiro, Jigoku-mon), dies at 86
  • Feb 27 Malika A Sabirova, Russian dancer, dies at 39