On This Day

Historical Events in May 1982

  • 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