On This Day

Historical Events in December 1982

  • Dec 1 Dentist Barney B Clark gets 1st artificial heart
  • Dec 1 Miguel de la Madrid inaugurated as President of Mexico
  • Dec 2 1st permanent artificial heart successfully implanted (U of Utah) in retired dentist Barney Clark; lived 112 days with Jarvic-7 heart
  • Dec 3 35.7 cm rainfall at Big Fork, Arkansas (state record)
  • Dec 3 77°F highest December temperature ever recorded in Cleveland, Ohio

Boxing Title Fight

Dec 3 After losing his world welterweight boxing titles to Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns wins WBC Super Welterweight crown in a majority points decision over Wilfred Benitez at Superdome, New Orleans

Film Release

Dec 3 "Frances", film depicting life of actress Frances Farmer and starring Jessica Lange, first released in the US

  • Dec 4 48th Heisman Trophy Award: Herschel Walker, Georgia (RB)
  • Dec 4 China adopts its constitution
  • Dec 4 Police and racist demonstrators clash in Antwerp
  • Dec 5 NFL Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 33 pass completions
  • Dec 5 Ingrid Berghmans (Neth) retains judo's world championship
  • Dec 5 Mel Gray ends NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions
  • Dec 5 Seattle Univ Baptist Ch declares sanctuary for Cen Am refugees
  • Dec 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 5 15th NAACP Image Awards: "An Officer and a Gentleman" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Dec 5 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Don January wins his lone Champions Tour major title by 1 stroke over Julius Boros
  • Dec 6 Droppin Well bombing: 11 British soldiers and 6 civilians are killed by an Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) time bomb at the Droppin’ Well Bar in Ballykelly, County Londonderry
  • Dec 7 Suriname army under Desi Bouterse fires on radio station building
  • Dec 7 In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the US.
  • Dec 7 Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala during country's civil war, 171 people killed led by Santos López Alonzo
  • Dec 8 "Herman Van Veen: All of Him" opens at Ambassador NYC for 6 performances
  • Dec 8 Clark Gilles fails in 7th Islander penalty shot
  • Dec 8 Suriname army leader Bouterse murders 15 opponents
  • Dec 8 Norman Mayer holds Washington Monument hostage, demanding an end to nuclear weapons. Is killed by police after 10 hrs (he had no explosives)

Nobel Prize

Dec 8 Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez receives the Nobel Prize for Literature

Film Release

Dec 8 "Sophie's Choice", directed by Alan J. Pakula and based on William Styton's 1979 novel of the same name, starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, is released (Academy Awards Best Actress 1983)

  • Dec 9 World Boxing Council first to reduce the length of championship fights from 15 to 12 rounds, and allows referees to order standing 8-count for fighters in trouble

Boxing Title Fight

Dec 10 Heavyweight Michael Doakes KOs Mike Weaver in 1:03 in Las Vegas

  • Dec 10 Soyuz T-5 returns to Earth, 211 days after take-off
  • Dec 10 CDC report on a transfusion recipient who developed AIDS symptoms
  • Dec 12 "Herman Van Veen: All of Him" closes at Ambassador NYC after 6 performances
  • Dec 12 $9,800,000 in cash stolen from money transport car in NYC
  • Dec 12 The "Snowplow Game": when a snowstorm holds a New England vs Miami game scoreless, Mark Henderson, a convict on work release, on Patriots coach Ron Meyer order, clears the path for John Smith's attempt, which wins the game for the Patriots, 3-0

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Dec 12 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert-Lloyd wins her first Australian title; beats Martina Navratilova 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

  • Dec 13 Earthquake hits Northern Yemen; 2,000 die
  • Dec 13 Australian Open Men's Tennis: South African Johan Kriek wins 2nd straight Australian title; repeats previous year's win over American Steve Denton 6-3, 6-3, 6-2

Sports History

Dec 14 LA Kings' Marcel Dionne becomes 9th NHLer to score 500 goals

Sports History

Dec 15 Bill Parcells becomes 12th head coach of NY Giants

  • Dec 15 Teamsters president Roy Williams and 4 others convicted of bribery
  • Dec 15 Sao Tome & Principe constitution approved
  • Dec 15 Spain reopens border with Gibraltar
  • Dec 16 The Federal Reserve announces that the operating capacity of factories has gone down to 67.8%.
  • Dec 18 Flight readiness firing of Challenger's main engines; 20 seconds
  • Dec 22 William Mastrosimone's play "Extremities" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 23 The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces it has identified dangerous levels of dioxin in the soil of Times Beach, Missouri.
  • Dec 24 Chaminade, with a student body of only 850 students, beats #1 ranked Virginia 77-72 in a Honolulu holiday basketball classic

Sports History

Dec 25 Mudassar Nazar scores 119 in Pakistan's 2nd innings 452 before Imran Khan takes 6 Indian wickets in 2nd Test in Karachi; he finished with 8/60 on the final day

  • Dec 26 TIME's Man of the Year is a computer
  • Dec 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 27 Imran Khan 8-60 to bring innings victory v India at Karachi
  • Dec 28 Ballon d'Or: Juventus striker Paolo Rossi is named best European football player; beats Bordeaux midfielder Alain Giresse and Juventus' Polish midfielder Zbigniew Boniek

Music History

Dec 29 Bob Marley postage stamp issued in Jamaica

  • Dec 29 American college football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant ends his career with University of Alabama (323 wins)
  • Dec 30 Anthony Shaffer's "Whodunnit" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 30 England defeat Australia by three runs at cricket MCG
  • Dec 30 US Assay Office in New York City, NY closes
  • Dec 31 CBS Mystery Theater final episode on radio after 8 years
  • Dec 31 NBC radio cancels almost all of its network daily features
  • Dec 31 TV soap "Doctors" ends 19 year run