On This Day

What Happened in May 1982

Historical Events

  • May 1 108th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye wins aboard Gato Del Sol, the first of consecutive Derby victories (1983 Sunny's Halo)
  • May 1 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville Tennessee opens
  • May 2 Falklands War: Argentine cruiser General Belgrano sunk by British submarine Conqueror, killing more than 350 men
  • May 3 ABC's All Talk network begins on radio (2 west coast stations)
  • May 3 NY Times reports that military will get 25% of NASA's budget

Radio Premiere

May 3 President Reagan begins 5 minute weekly radio broadcasts

  • May 4 British destroyer HMS Sheffield hit by Exocet rocket off Falkland Islands: 20 of her crew died.
  • May 4 Twins rookie outfielder Jim Eisenreich, who suffers from Tourette's Syndrome, removes himself, due to taunts from Red Sox bleacher fans
  • May 4 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Quebec Nordiques, 4 games to 0
  • May 6 Seattle Mariner Gaylord Perry becomes 15th pitcher to win 300 games
  • May 6 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Vancouver Canucks beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • May 7 "Is There Life after High School?" opens at Barrymore Theatre, NYC; runs for 12 performances
  • May 7 Californian federal jury rules NFL violates antitrust laws in preventing Oakland Raiders move to Los Angeles Coliseum
  • May 7 IBM releases PC-DOS version 1.1
  • May 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 9 Arthur Kopit's musical "Nine" premieres in NYC

Radio History

May 10 WABC radio (NYC) plays its last record - John Lennon's "Imagine" - and switches to all-talk format

  • May 10 WABC joins ABC's All Talk radio network
  • May 12 FC Barcelona of Spain win 22nd European Cup Winner's Cup against Standard Liège of Belgium 2-1 in Barcelona
  • May 12 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Updike (Rabbit is Rich)
  • May 12 US Football League forms

Historic Event

May 12 In Fatima Portugal, a Spanish Traditionalist priest who opposed Vatican II reforms and saw Pope John Paul II as a perpetrator of them, is stopped prior to his attempt to attack the Pope with a bayonet

  • May 13 Braniff Airlines files for bankruptcy
  • May 13 Chicago Cubs win their 8,000th (beat Astros)
  • May 13 Soyuz T-5 is launched-Berezovoi & Lebedev for 211 days in space
  • May 13 Terri Lea Utley, 20 (Arkansas) crowned 31st Miss USA
  • May 14 Guinea adopts constitution
  • May 15 107th Preakness: Jack Kaenel aboard Aloma's Ruler wins in 1:55.4
  • May 16 "Barnum" closes at St James Theater NYC after 854 performances
  • May 16 "Is There Life After High School?" closes at Barrymore after 12 performances
  • May 16 Columbia moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating in preparation for STS-4
  • May 16 Salvador Jorge Blanco wins presidential election in Dominican Rep
  • May 16 Stanley Cup Final, Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC: 3-peat for NY Islanders; sweep Vancouver Canucks in 4 games with a 3-1 Game 4 win
  • May 18 Tigers outfielder Larry Herndon is 14th to hit 4 consecutive HRs
  • May 18 Unification Church founder Rev Sun Myung Moon convicted of tax evasion

Film & TV History

May 19 Sophia Loren jailed in Naples, Italy for tax evasion

  • May 21 British troops land on Falkland Islands
  • May 23 BBC warns Britain will bomb Argentina
  • May 23 Colin Wilson rides a surfboard 294 miles
  • May 23 Pope John Paul II declares "Peerke" Donders a saint
  • May 24 Liberation of Khorramshahr; Iranians recapture of the port city of Khorramshahr from the Iraqis during the Iran-Iraq War
  • May 25 Ferguson Jenkins becomes 7th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters
  • May 25 Iranian troops reconquer Khorramshar
  • May 25 STS-4 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • May 26 British ship Atlantic Conveyor carrying Chinook helicopters and destroyer HMS Coventry hit in Falkland war: 39 crew members die
  • May 26 35th Cannes Film Festival: "Missing" directed by Costa Gavras and "Yol" directed by Serif Goren and Yilmaz Güney jointly awarded the Palme d'Or
  • May 26 26th European Cup: Aston Villa beats Bayern Munich 1-0 at Rotterdam
  • May 27 New owners headed by John McMullen buy NHL's Colorado Rockies and move the team to the New Jersey Meadowlands under the new name NJ Devils
  • May 27 Musical "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?", after successful runs in Chicago and Philadelphia, opens at Alvin Theatre, NYC; runs for 5 performances
  • May 28 Leonard Maltin's 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight
  • May 28 Pope John Paul II is 1st reigning pope to visit Great Britain (Adrian IV was born in England, as Nicholas Breakspear)
  • May 29 "I Know What Boys Like" by The Waitresses hits #62
  • May 29 1st papal visit to Britain since 1531
  • May 29 Pentagon plans 1st strategy to fight a nuclear war
  • May 30 Musical "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?", after successful runs in Chicago and Philadelphia, closes at Alvin Theatre, NYC, after 5 performances
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Gordon Johncock beats Rick Mears by 0.16 seconds; closest finish in Indy 500 history to that point
  • May 30 Spain becomes 16th member of NATO
  • May 31 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 63 performances

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Tommy Robredo, Spanish tennis player (12 ATP titles), born in Hostalric, Spain
  • May 1 Jamie Dornan, Irish actor (Fifty Shades of Grey), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • May 1 Katya [Brian McCook] American drag queen, comedian and TV performer (The Trixie and Katya Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 1 Darijo Srna, Croatian soccer defender (134 caps; Shakhtar Donetsk 339 games), born in Metković, Croatia
  • May 1 Beto, Portuguese soccer goalkeeper (16 caps; Sevilla, Göztepe S.K.), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • May 1 Justė Janulytė, Lithuanian contemporary classical composer (Observation Of Clouds; The Color of Water), born in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • May 1 Ambrose Akinmusire, American avant-garde jazz trumpeter and composer (The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint), born in Oakland, California
  • May 2 Lorie [Laure Pester], French singer, born in Le Plessis-Bouchard, Île-de-France
  • May 3 Igor Olshansky, Ukrainian-American football player, born in Dnipro, Ukraine
  • May 3 Rebecca Hall, British stage and screen actress (Vicky Cristina Barcelona; Frost/Nixon; Christine), and filmmaker (Passing), born in London, England m.
  • May 4 Kleopas Giannou, Greek footballer, born in Peristeri, Athens
  • May 4 Markus Rogan, Austrian swimmer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • May 4 Hector King, Mexican singer and songwriter, born in Culiacán, Mexico
  • May 5 Wouter D'Haene, Belgian flatwater canoer, born in Kortrijk, Belgium
  • May 5 Randall Gay, American NFL player (New Orleans Saints), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • May 5 Jay Bothroyd, English footballer (striker for J1 League club Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo), born in London
  • May 7 Akos Buzsaky, Hungarian Football player
  • May 7 Matt Gaetz, American politician (Rep-R-Fla 2017-), born in Hollywood, Florida
  • May 8 Adrian Gonzalez, American-Mexican baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in San Diego, California
  • May 8 Anthony Roth Costanzo, American operatic countertenor (Akhnaten), actor, and educator, born in Durham, North Carolina
  • May 9 Rachel Boston, American actress
  • May 10 Daniel Harris, Australian rules footballer
  • May 10 Despina Caldis, Greek-Australian actress
  • May 10 Jeremy Gable, American playwright
  • May 11 Jonathan Jackson, actor (Lucky-General Hospital), born in Orlando Florida
  • May 11 Andrew Walter, American football player

Cory Monteith

May 11 Cory Monteith, Canadian actor and singer (Glee; Monte Carlo), born in Calgary, Alberta (d. 2013)

  • May 13 Yoko Kumada, Japanese gravure idol
  • May 13 Oguchi Onyewu, American footballer, born in Washington D.C.
  • May 13 Ana Cabrera, American journalist and TV news anchor (CNN), born in Denver, Colorado
  • May 14 Ai Shibata, Japanese swimmer
  • May 14 BeardyMan, English beatboxer
  • May 15 Segundo Castillo, Ecuadorian footballer, born in San Lorenzo, Ecuador
  • May 15 Alex Breckenridge, American actress
  • May 15 Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaican athlete
  • May 15 Tatsuya Fujiwara, Japanese actor
  • May 15 Jessica Sutta, American dancer, singer and actress (The Pussycat Dolls)
  • May 16 Łukasz Kubot, Polish tennis player
  • May 16 Hanna Mariën, Belgian athlete
  • May 16 Joo Ji Hoon, Korean actor and model
  • May 17 Tony Parker, French basketball guard (NBA C'ship 2003, 05, 07, 14; NBA Finals MVP 2007; 6 × NBA All-Star; San Antonio Spurs), born in Bruges, Belgium
  • May 17 Hunter Mahan, American golfer (World Matchplay 2012; Ryder Cup 2014), born in Orange, California
  • May 18 Jason Brown, English-born footballer, born in London, England
  • May 19 Pål Steffen Andresen, Norwegian footballer
  • May 19 Kevin Amankwaah, English footballer
  • May 20 Petr Čech, Czech footballer
  • May 20 Imran Farhat, Pakistani cricketer
  • May 21 Tay Zonday [Adam Bahner], American singer-songwriter ("Chocolate Rain"), and YouTube personality, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 21 Ma'a Nonu, New Zealand rugby union player and All Black, born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • May 22 Apolo Anton Ohno, American short track speed skater
  • May 22 John Bobek, American actor
  • May 23 Cyrill Gloor, Swiss footballer
  • May 23 Malene Mortensen, Danish jazz and pop singer
  • May 23 Tristan Prettyman, American singer-songwriter, born in Del Mar, California
  • May 24 Bill Haas, American golfer (6 PGA Tour titles), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • May 24 Issah Ahmed, Ghanaian football player, born in Dawu, Ghana
  • May 24 DaMarcus Beasley, American footballer (Houston Dynamo), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • May 25 Rasheeda [Buckner-Frost], American hiphop singer, born in Decatur, Illinois
  • May 25 Adam Boyd, English footballer, born in Hartlepool, England
  • May 25 Daniel Braaten, Norwegian footballer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • May 25 Ryan Gallant, American professional skateboarder, born in Southboro, Massachusetts
  • May 26 Yoko Matsugane, Japanese model
  • May 26 David Reed, British writer and comedian
  • May 28 Alexa Davalos, American actress
  • May 28 Jhonny Peralta, Dominican MLB baseball shortstop, 2003-17, 3X All-Star (Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals), born in Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • May 29 Ana Beatriz Barros, Brazilian model (Sports Illustrated), born in Itabira, Brazil
  • May 29 Joanne Borgella, American plus-sized model and singer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • May 29 Nataliya Dobrynska, Ukrainian heptathlete (Olympic gold 2008), born in Yakushyntsi, Vinnytsia Oblast, Ukraine
  • May 29 Kim Tae-kyun, South Korean baseball 1st baseman (KBO Triple Crown 2005, 08), born in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province
  • May 30 Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (d. 2007)
  • May 31 Jonathan Tucker, American actor (Kingdom), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Famous Weddings

Kate Jackson

May 1 Actress Kate Jackson (33) weds business executive David Greenwald in Beverly Hills, California

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Gene Sheldon, actor (Bernardo-Zorro), dies at 72
  • May 1 William Primrose, Scottish violist (Method for Violin & Viola), dies at 77
  • May 2 Helmut Dantine, Austrian-American actor (Shadow of the Cloak), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • May 2 Hugh Marlowe [Hipple], American actor (All About Eve, Ellery Queen), dies from a heart attack at 71
  • May 5 Cal Tjader, American Latin jazz musician, dies at 56
  • May 6 Sam Baker, American actor, dies at 75
  • May 7 Alfred Adam, French character actor, dies at 72
  • May 8 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer (World F1 runner-up 1979; Ferrari), dies in a practice accident prior to Belgian GP, at 32
  • May 8 Neil Bogart, American record executive (b. 1943)
  • May 8 Al Leader, Canadian-American Hockey Hall of Fame player, referee and administrator (Western Hockey League), dies at 78
  • May 10 Jean C M Picart le Doux, French designer, dies
  • May 10 Peter Weiss, German author and playwright (Marat/Sade), dies at 65
  • May 11 Leigh Snowden [Martha Lee Estes], American actress (All That Heaven Allows), dies of cancer at 51
  • May 11 Piet van Egmond, Dutch organist and conductor (Netherlands Chamber Orchestra), dies at 70
  • May 12 Humphrey Searle, British composer and musicologist (Twentieth Century Counterpoint; The Music of Franz Liszt), dies at 66
  • May 13 Gara Garayev [Kara Karayev], Soviet-Azerbaijani composer (Seven Beauties), dies at 64
  • May 13 Renzo Rossellini, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • May 14 Mariel-Henri Jaspar, Belgian minister who unsuccessfully attempted to establish a Belgian government in London during World War II, dies at 80
  • May 14 Hugh Beaumont, American actor (The Mole People, Leave it to Beaver), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • May 25 Larry J. Blake, American actor (Earth vs the Flying Saucers), dies at 68
  • May 26 Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer, dies at 97
  • May 28 Lt Col 'H'. Jones VC, Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (British Army) (Falklands War) (b. 1940)
  • May 29 Romy Schneider, actress (Cardinal), dies of cardiac arrest at 43