On This Day

What Happened in October 1982

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 EPCOT Center opens in Orlando, Florida
  • Oct 1 USSR performs underground nuclear test

Historic Event

Oct 1 West Germany's Christian Democrat Union ousts Helmut Schmidt as Chancellor, replacing him with Helmut Kohl

  • Oct 1 The Sony CDP-101, world's first commercially released Compact Disc player released in Japan for 168,000 yen ($730)

Album Release

Oct 1 Marvin Gaye releases his last studio album "Midnight Love" featuring single "Sexual Healing"

  • Oct 2 Bomb attack in Tehran, kills 60, injures 700

Historic Event

Oct 2 The Portland Building, designed by Michael Graves, considered the 1st postmodern building is opened in Portland Oregon

  • Oct 3 Center fielder Robin Yount homers twice as Milwaukee whips Baltimore, 10-2 at Memorial Stadium to win the Brewers only AL East Championship
  • Oct 4 West German parliament officially confirms Helmut Kohl as the country's new Chancellor
  • Oct 5 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 5 Hernan Siles Zuazo appointed president of Bolivia
  • Oct 5 Unmanned rocket sled reaches 9,851 kph at White Sands, NM
  • Oct 5 First regular season NHL game is played in New Jersey (Newark; NJ Devils play a 3-3 tie against Pittsburgh Penguins at Brendan Byrne Arena; Don Lever scores first Devils' goal
  • Oct 5 Pakistan cricket leg-spin bowler Abdul Qadir takes 7-142 as Australia is dismissed for 330 in 2nd Test in Faisalabad; Greg Ritchie scores maiden Test century (106 no) but home side prevails by an innings & 3 runs
  • Oct 6 Auburn's Al Del Greco kicks 6 field goals
  • Oct 6 Fokker Fellowship crashes at Moerdijk Neth, 17-22 die
  • Oct 7 Olof Palme forms Swedish government
  • Oct 7 Musical "Cats" opens at Winter Garden Theater on Broadway, NYC; runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000, wins 7 Tony and 1 Grammy Award
  • Oct 8 New Jersey Devils 1st NHL victory; beat New York Rangers 3-2 at Meadowlands
  • Oct 8 Poland bans Solidarity & all labor unions
  • Oct 9 Attack on synagogue in Rome leaves 1 dead
  • Oct 10 Hernan Siles Zuazo installed as president of Bolivia

Canonization

Oct 10 Pope John Paul II canonizes Rev Maximilian Kolbe, who volunteered to die in place of another inmate at Auschwitz concentration camp, a saint

  • Oct 10 US imposes sanctions against Poland for banning Solidarity trade union
  • Oct 10 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Atlanta Braves, 3-0
  • Oct 10 MLB American League Championship: Milwaukee Brewers beat California Angels, 3 games to 2

Music Awards

Oct 11 16th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson & Ricky Skagg

  • Oct 11 English ship Mary Rose, which sank during an engagement with France in 1545, raised at Portsmouth, England
  • Oct 11 Riot in Amsterdam as tram catches fire
  • Oct 12 38.6 cm (15.2") of rainfall, Angoon Alaska (state record)

Baseball Record

Oct 12 Milwaukee Brewer Paul Molitor gets World series record 5 hits

Olympic Gold

Oct 13 IOC Executive Committee approves the reinstatement of Jim Thorpe's gold medals from the 1912 Olympics

  • Oct 14 6,000 Unification church couples wed in Korea
  • Oct 14 Islanders assessed 108 penalty minutes, Penguins 125 (233 total)
  • Oct 14 NY Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Historic Event

Oct 14 US President Reagan proclaims a war on drugs

  • Oct 16 Mt Palomar Observatory 1st to detect Halley's comet on 13th return

Historic Event

Oct 16 Secretary of State George P. Shultz warns the US will withdraw from the UN if they vote to exclude Israel

  • Oct 16 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 17 1st live orchestra on a US commercial network since 1954 (National Symphony)
  • Oct 17 Robin Yount is 1st to have 2 4-hit games in a World Series
  • Oct 17 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 19 Automaker John DeLorean arrested on cocaine charges (Not guilty)

Sports History

Oct 20 Billy Martin fired as manager of Oakland A's

  • Oct 20 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to George Stigler
  • Oct 20 Sri Lanka President Jayewardene re-elected
  • Oct 20 Baseball World Series: St. Louis Cardinals beat Milwaukee Brewers, 6-3 at Busch Stadium for 4 games to 3 series triumph; MVP: St. Louis catcher Darrell Porter
  • Oct 20 During the UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem, 66 people are crushed to death in the Luzhniki disaster.

Historic Event

Oct 21 Private funeral service held for Bess Truman, former First Lady of the United States

  • Oct 22 Gene Mauch resigns as manager of Angels
  • Oct 24 "Rock 'n Roll!: The 1st..." opens at St James Theater NYC for 9 performances

NYC Women's Marathon

Oct 24 12th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:14

  • Oct 24 13th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:09:29

Sports History

Oct 24 Steffi Graf plays her 1st pro tennis match

  • Oct 25 David Hookes scores Cricket century in 34 balls 43 mins, SA v Victoria

Sports History

Oct 26 MLB Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton became 1st pitcher to win 4 Cy Young awards

  • Oct 26 US budget deficit reaches more than $110 trillion for fiscal year 1982
  • Oct 27 China announces its population has reached 1 billion plus people
  • Oct 27 IBM ROM is capable of EGA graphics
  • Oct 28 NASA launches RCA-E
  • Oct 28 Spain's socialists win/communists lose elections
  • Oct 29 Car maker John DeLorean indicted for drug trafficking, later acquitted

Music Single

Oct 29 Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson release single "The Girl is Mine"; peaks at # 2 in US, and #8 in UK

  • Oct 30 Portugal revises constitution
  • Oct 31 "Rock 'n Roll!: The 1st..." closes at St James NYC after 9 performances
  • Oct 31 Pope John Paul II becomes first pontiff to visit Spain

Canonization

Oct 31 Pope John Paul II canonizes Canadian Marguerite Bourgeoys, founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal, as a saint


Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Harry Lawrence, Bath born Entrepreneur
  • Oct 1 Sandra Oxenryd, Swedish pop-dance singer, born in Kristinehamn, Sweden
  • Oct 2 George Pettit, Canadian hardcore singer (Alexisonfire), born in Grimsby, Ontario
  • Oct 2 Tyson Chandler, American basketball center (NBA C'ship 2011 Dallas Mavericks; NBA Defensive Player of the Year 2012 NY Knicks; Olympics gold 2012), born in Hanford, California
  • Oct 3 Erik von Detten, American actor (Brink!; Toy Story; The Princess Diaries), born in San Diego, California
  • Oct 4 Jered Weaver, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2010-12; LA Angels), born in Northridge, California
  • Oct 5 Natalie Vlandis, American pairs skater (with partner Jered Guzman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 6 MC Lars, American hip-hop artist
  • Oct 6 William Butler, Canadian musician (Arcade Fire)
  • Oct 7 Madjid Bougherra, Algerian footballer, born in Longvic, France
  • Oct 7 Li Yundi, Chinese classical pianist, born in Chongqing, China
  • Oct 7 Jermain Defoe, English footballer, born in Beckton, London
  • Oct 7 Robby Ginepri, American tennis player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Oct 8 Mo Martin, American golfer (Women's British Open 2014), born in Pasadena, California
  • Oct 9 António Mendonça, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • Oct 9 Shi Jun, Chinese footballer, born in Dalian, China
  • Oct 10 Amon Buchanan, Australian rules footballer
  • Oct 10 Hideki Mutoh, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo
  • Oct 12 Émile Parisien, French jazz soprano and alto saxophonist, and composer, born in Cahors, France
  • Oct 13 Ian Thorpe, Australian swimmer (5 Olympic gold medals), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Oct 15 Paulini [Pauline Curuenavuli], Fijian-Australian singer, born in Suva, Fiji
  • Oct 15 Charline Labonté, French Canadian ice hockey goaltender (Canadian team), born in Greenfield Park, Quebec
  • Oct 16 Frédéric Michalak, French rugby player
  • Oct 16 Vincy Chan, a Hong Kong-Singaporean Canto-pop singer ("My Memories are Not My Own"), born in Hong Kong
  • Oct 17 Nick Riewoldt, Australian rules footballer
  • Oct 19 Gonzalo Pineda, Mexican footballer
  • Oct 19 Louis Oosthuizen, South African golfer (British Open 2010; runner-up in all 4 major events), born in Mossel Bay, South Africa
  • Oct 20 Yasser Al-Qahtani, Saudi footballer, born in Khobar, Saudi Arabia
  • Oct 21 James White, American basketball player
  • Oct 21 Matt Dallas, American Actor
  • Oct 22 Robinson Canó, Dominican baseball second baseman (8 × All-Star; World Series 2009 NY Yankees; Gold Glove Award 2010, 12; World Baseball Classic MVP 2013), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • Oct 22 Heath Miller, American football tight end (Super Bowl 2005, 08; Pro Bowl 2009, 12; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Richlands, Virginia
  • Oct 22 Daniel M. Johnson "The Untouchable DJ Drastic", American DJ, music industry professional, and radio presenter
  • Oct 24 Mohamed Fairuz Fauzy, Malaysian racing driver, born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Oct 24 Macay McBride, American baseball player, born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Oct 25 Eman Lam, Hong Kong singer (at17), born in Hong Kong
  • Oct 26 Adam Carroll, Northern Irish racing driver, born in Portadown, Northern Ireland
  • Oct 27 Patrick Fugit, American actor (Wristcutters: A Love Story), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Oct 27 Dennis Moran, American computer hacker, born in Middlesex County, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • Oct 27 Takashi Tsukamoto, Japanese actor (Battle Royale), born in Tokyo
  • Oct 28 Jeremy Bonderman, American baseball player
  • Oct 28 Mai Kuraki, Japanese pop and R&B singer-songwriter ("If I Believe"), born in Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
  • Oct 28 Anthony Lerew, American baseball player
  • Oct 28 Matt Smith, English actor (11th Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Northampton
  • Oct 29 Ariel Lin, Taiwanese actress (They Kiss Again), and pop singer ("You"), born in Yilan, Taiwan
  • Oct 30 Manny Parra, American baseball player (Bridgeport Bluefish), born in Carmichael, California
  • Oct 30 Clémence Poésy [Guichard], French stage and screen actress (Harry Potter films; The Tunnel), and fashion model, born in L'Haÿ-les-Roses, France
  • Oct 31 Tomáš Plekanec, Czech ice hockey player, born in Cladno, Czech Republic
  • Oct 31 The Cheeky Girls [Gabriela and Monica Irimia], British-Romanian pop singers, born in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania
  • Oct 31 Justin Chatwin, Canadian actor (War of the Worlds), born in Nanaimo, Canada

Famous Weddings

Robert Goulet

Oct 17 American singer and actor Robert Goulet (48) weds his Macedonian business partner and manager, artist, and writer Vera Novak in Las Vegas, Nevada

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 William Bernbach, American advertising creative director, dies at 71
  • Oct 3 Roger Claessen, Belgian soccer striker (17 caps; Standard de Liège), dies at 41
  • Oct 3 Vivien Merchant [Ada Thompson], British actress (Alfie; The Homecoming; The Offence), dies from alcoholism at 53
  • Oct 4 Glenn Gould, Canadian classical pianist (Bach's Goldberg Variations) and broadcaster (Solitude Trilogy), dies after suffering a stroke at 50
  • Oct 4 Ahmad Hassan al-Bakr, Iraqi fieldmarshal and President of Iraq (1968-79), dies at 68
  • Oct 7 Salvador Araneta, Filipino lawyer, educator, businessman, and philanthropist, dies at 80
  • Oct 8 Fernando Lamas, Argentine American actor and director (Lost World, You look marvelous), dies of cancer at 67
  • Oct 8 Philip Noel-Baker, British politician and disarmament advocate (Nobel 1959), dies at 92
  • Oct 9 Anna Freud, Austrian-English psychoanalyst and daughter of Sigmund Freud, dies at 86
  • Oct 10 Jean Effel, French painter and journalist (b. 1908)
  • Oct 12 (Christiann) "Chris"Reumer, Dutch opera singer, dies at 73
  • Oct 15 Elsie Randolph, English actress (That'll Make You Whistle), dies at 77
  • Oct 16 Jakov Gotovac, Croatian conductor and composer (Ero the Joker), dies at 87
  • Oct 16 Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini), dies at 67
  • Oct 16 Hans Selye, Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist, dies at 75
  • Oct 17 Peterus van Doorne, Dutch industrialist, dies at 47
  • Oct 17 Alain de Rothschild, French banker (Banque Rothschild), dies at 72

Bess Truman

Oct 18 Bess Truman, 1st lady (1945-53), dies in Independence, Mo at 97

  • Oct 18 Maurice Gilliams, Flemish literary (Sources of Insomnia), dies at 82
  • Oct 18 Pierre Mendès-France, French Premier (1954-55), dies at 75
  • Oct 18 Dwain Esper, American film director (The Seventh Commandment), dies at 89
  • Oct 18 John Robarts, Canadian politician, Premier of Ontario (b. 1917)
  • Oct 18 Paul Lebeau, Flemish writer (Last Rose, Xanthippe), dies at 74
  • Oct 19 Jock Ewing, dies in an aircrash on TV show "Dallas"
  • Oct 21 Radka Toneff, Norwegian jazz singer (It Don't Come Easy), dies of a drug overdose at 30
  • Oct 22 Savitri Devi [Maximiani Portas], Greek French Nazi writer, dies at 77
  • Oct 23 Jacques Klein, Brazilian pianist and composer, dies at 52
  • Oct 24 James Philbrook, actor (Islanders, Investigators), dies at 58
  • Oct 26 Giovanni Benelli, archbishop of Florence/Pope candidate, dies
  • Oct 30 Angelo Ephrikian, Armenian-Italian composer, dies at 69