On This Day

Historical Events in October 1982

  • 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