On This Day

Historical Events in February 1982

Television Debut

Feb 1 "Late Night With David Letterman" debuts on NBC-TV; Bill Murray is his first guest

  • Feb 1 Senegal & Gambia form loose confederation (Senegambia)
  • Feb 2 Government troops and Muslim fundamentalists battle in Hamah, Syria
  • Feb 3 Columbia Shuttle moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating for STS-3 mission
  • Feb 3 Greatest helicopter lift, 56,888 kg, Podmoscovnoe, USSR
  • Feb 3 John Sharples of England finishes 371 hours of disco dancing
  • Feb 3 Porn star John Holmes ordered to stand trial for murder
  • Feb 4 Musical "Pump Boys & Dinettes" opens at Princess Theater, NYC; runs for 573 performances
  • Feb 4 Indoor distance record for a paper airplane (47m) Tacoma Wash
  • Feb 4 Suriname premier Chin A Sen flees
  • Feb 5 DEA announces seizure of 3,192 tons of marijuana, 495 people
  • Feb 5 British airline Laker Airways collapses owing 270M pounds ($351M)
  • Feb 5 President of Suriname Hendrick Chin A Sen resigns and flees to the Netherlands
  • Feb 6 "Centerfold" by J. Geils Band hits #1 on pop chart
  • Feb 7 Luis A Monge elected President of Costa Rica
  • Feb 8 Los Angeles Dodgers trade 2B Davey Lopes to Oakland A's, breaking up MLB's longest-playing infield (Garvey-Lopes-Russell-Cey) after 8 1/2 seasons

NHL All-Star Game

Feb 9 34th NHL All-Star Game, Capital Centre, Landover: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 4-2; MVP: Mike Bossy, NY Islanders, RW

  • Feb 10 28 skiers perform backflips while holding hands, Bromont, Quebec

Sports History

Feb 11 Ozzie Smith for Garry Templeton trade finally goes through

  • Feb 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

NHL Record

Feb 12 Wayne Gretzky scores 153rd point of season, breaking NHL record

  • Feb 12 32nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Veronika Voss" wins the Golden Bear

Music History

Feb 13 Pink Floyd's album "Dark Side of the Moon" marks 402 weeks in the album charts

Sports History

Feb 13 Islander's Bryan Trottier scores 5 goals against Flyers

  • Feb 14 "Night of 100 Stars" takes place at NY's Radio City Music Hall
  • Feb 14 24th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins with margin of victory over Cale Yarborough an impressive 23 seconds, more than half a lap
  • Feb 15 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), begins streak of 63 consecutive free throw
  • Feb 15 Ocean Ranger oil-drilling platform lost off Newfoundland, 84 die
  • Feb 16 Agatha Barbara elected as 1st female president of Malta
  • Feb 16 Assembled STS-3 vehicle moves from Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) to launch pad
  • Feb 17 Commencement of Sri Lanka's 1st Test Cricket match, v England
  • Feb 19 Hanneke Jagersma installed as Neth's 1st Communist mayor
  • Feb 19 Sharie Langford, California, sets women's bowling series record of 853
  • Feb 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 20 NY Islanders win then NHL record 15th straight game by beating Colorado Rockies, 3-2 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Musical Finale

Feb 21 Musical review of Fats Waller songs "Ain't Misbehavin'", starring Nell Carter and Irene Cara, closes at Longacre Theater, NYC, after 1604 performances, winning 3 Tony and 4 Drama Desk Awrds

  • Feb 21 "Little Me" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • Feb 22 NYC Mayor Koch announces he will run for NY governor (unsuccessful)
  • Feb 23 Michael Frayn's "Noises Off" premieres in London
  • Feb 24 Boston Celtics begin an 18 NBA game winning streak
  • Feb 24 24th Grammy Awards: "Bette Davis Eyes", "Double Fantasy" win
  • Feb 24 Wayne Gretzky scores NHL-record 78th goal of season en route to 92
  • Feb 25 Final episode of "The Lawrence Welk Show" airs
  • Feb 25 Record speed for a snowmobile (239 kph)

Sports History

Feb 26 Test Cricket debut of batsman Martin Crowe, playing for New Zealand v Australia in Wellington, run out for 9

  • Feb 27 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), hits on 63rd consecutive free throw
  • Feb 27 Earl Anthony becomes 1st pro bowler to win more than $1 million
  • Feb 27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Feb 27 Wayne Williams found guilty of murdering 2 of 28 blacks in Atlanta
  • Feb 28 AT&T looses a record $7 BILLION for the fiscal year ending on this day
  • Feb 28 FALN (PR Nationalist Group) bombs Wall Street