On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1982

Historical Events

  • 11th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Penn State beats #8 Southern California, 26-10
  • 30 Something stars Ken Olin & Patricia Wettig meet, later they marry
  • 48th Orange Bowl: #1 Clemson beats #4 Nebraska, 22-15
  • 48th Sugar Bowl: #10 Pittsburgh beats #2 Georgia, 24-20
  • 68th Rose Bowl: #12 Washington beats #13 Iowa, 28-0
  • MTA launches a 5 year capital program to upgrade the NYC subway system
  • Peru's Javier Pérez de Cuéllar becomes the 5th Secretary-General of the United Nations

Historic Event

Pope John Paul II prays for an end to martial law in Poland


Famous Birthdays

  • David Nalbandian, Argentine tennis player (ATP Finals 2005; Wimbledon 2002 runner-up), born in Unquillo, Argentina
  • Egidio Arévalo, Uruguayan soccer midfielder (90 caps; Bella Vista), born in Paysandú, Uruguay

Famous Deaths

  • Margot Grahame [Margaret Clark], British actress (The Three Musketeers, Criminal Lawyer), dies from chronic bronchitis at 70
  • Paul Belmondo, French sculptor (Bathing Woman, Orleans), dies at 83
  • Victor Buono, American actor & comic (Mr Schubert-Man from Atlantis), dies at 43
1982 Highlights

About January 1, 1982

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 39 years, 11 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: New Year's Day (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Capricorn