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Historical Events in April 1982

  • Apr 1 Anguilla (dependent territory of UK) adopts constitution
  • Apr 1 US formally transfers Canal Zone to Panama
  • Apr 1 Quebec center Peter Stastny scores his 4th career hat trick and 4 assists, and his brother Marian adds 5 assists to lead the Nordiques to an 8-5 win at Boston
  • Apr 2 Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain
  • Apr 3 Buffalo Sabre Gil Perrault scores his 1,000th NHL point
  • Apr 3 UN Security Council demanded Argentina withdraw from Falkland Islands
  • Apr 3 136th Grand National: 48 year old Dick Saunders wins aboard 7/1 favourite Grittar; oldest jockey to win the event
  • Apr 5 Aircraft carriers Invincible and Hermes with escort vessels left Portsmouth for the Falkland Islands
  • Apr 5 43 year old St. Louis reliever Jim Kaat pitches 1 inning for the Cardinals in a season-opening, 14-3 rout of Houston; sets a MLB record for pitchers by playing in his 24th consecutive season
  • Apr 5 Lord Carrington, British foreign secretary resigns due to Falklands war
  • Apr 6 Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center from White Sands
  • Apr 6 Largest crowd ever to see a baseball game in Minnesota 52,279
  • Apr 7 Iran minister of Foreign affairs Ghotbzadeh arrested
  • Apr 8 Tracy Caulkins, 19, wins her 36th US swimming title
  • Apr 9 LA Lakers block 21 Denver shots setting NBA regulation game record
  • Apr 10 LA Kings losing 5-0 to Edmonton in 3rd period, win in OT 6-5

  • Apr 11 46th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Craig Stadler wins his only major title by defeating Dan Pohl on the 1st hole of a sudden-death playoff
  • Apr 12 3 CBS employees shot to death in NYC parking lot
  • Apr 15 Apollo Computer announces DN400, DN420, & landscape display
  • Apr 16 Queen Elizabeth proclaims Canada's new constitution
  • Apr 17 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Apr 17 Proclamation of the Constitution Act by Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • Apr 18 Atlanta Braves win record 11th straight opening game (beat Astros)
  • Apr 18 Canada Constitution Act replaces British North America Act
  • Apr 18 Zimbabwean capital Salisbury renamed Harare
  • Apr 19 86th Boston Marathon: American Alberto Salazar claims men's title in 2:08:51; Charlotte Teske of West Germany wins women's section in 2:29:33
  • Apr 19 Guinon Bluford announced as 1st African American NASA astronaut
  • Apr 19 Rosie Ruiz, marathon race cheater, arrested for forgery

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Apr 19 Sally Ride is named the 1st American woman astronaut

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride
  • Apr 19 USSR Salyut 7 space station put into orbit
  • Apr 20 Atlanta Braves become 1st team to win 1st 12 games of the season
  • Apr 20 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode bombs in Belfast, Derry, Armagh, Ballymena, Bessbrook and Magherafelt; 2 civilians are killed and 12 injured
  • Apr 21 Atlanta Braves win their 13th straight game
  • Apr 21 Dr Michael E Bakey performs 1st successful heart implant
  • Apr 21 Dutch Queen Beatrice addresses US Congress
  • Apr 22 Atlanta Braves lose after winning 1st 13 games of season

  • Apr 22 Launch of STS-3-Lousma & Fullerton [03/23]
  • Apr 23 Conch Republic is established - secession of the Florida Keys from the United States of America
  • Apr 23 The 8-bit personal home computer the Sinclair ZX Spectrum is released (goes on to sell 5 million worldwide)

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Apr 24 150 Khomeini followers assault student dormitory in West Germany

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Apr 24 Cards win 12th game in a row; 7-4 over Phillies
  • Apr 24 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Mike Durbin
  • Apr 24 27th Eurovision Song Contest: Nicole for Germany wins singing "Ein biƟchen Frieden" in Harrogate
  • Apr 25 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 25 In accordance with Camp David, Israel completes Sinai withdrawal
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 25 Yanks fire manager Bob Lemon & replaces him with Gene Michael

UKArgentine Soldiers Surrender in the Falklands

Apr 26 Argentina surrenders to Great Britain on South Georgia Island, near the Falkland Islands
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Argentinian prisoners of war are marched in Port Stanley after they surrendered in the Falklands War
Argentinian prisoners of war are marched in Port Stanley after they surrendered in the Falklands War
  • Apr 26 Gene Michael becomes NY Yankee manager for 2nd time

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Apr 26 Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart

Assassination AttemptRonald Reagan is Shot

Apr 27 Trial of John Hinckley begins for the attempted assassination of US President Ronald Reagan
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The scene moments after John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981
The scene moments after John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981
  • Apr 27 NFL Draft: University of Texas defensive end Kenneth Sims first pick by New England Patriots

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 29 17th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Merle Haggard, and Barbara Mandrell win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Apr 29 Alfredo Magana elected President of El Salvador

MurderMurder of Interest

Apr 29 American mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski murders pharmacist Paul Hoffman by beating him with a tire iron

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski
  • Apr 30 Alvaro Magana chosen to succeed Jose N Duarte as President of El Salvador
  • Apr 30 Atlanta Braves win record 12th straight from beginning of season
  • Apr 30 Iranian offensive in Khusistan