On This Day

1982 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 455

  • Jan 1 30 Something stars Ken Olin & Patricia Wettig meet, later they marry
  • Jan 1 Peru's Javier Pérez de Cuéllar becomes the 5th Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Jan 1 MTA launches a 5 year capital program to upgrade the NYC subway system

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 Pope John Paul II prays for an end to martial law in Poland

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jan 4 Chris Wallace becomes co-anchor of the Today Show
  • Jan 4 Golden Gate Bridge closed for 3rd time by fierce storm
  • Jan 5 Arkansas judge rules against obligatory teaching of creation
  • Jan 8 AT&T agrees to divest itself of 22 Bell System companies
  • Jan 8 Johnny Cash Parkway opens in Hendersonville, Tennessee
  • Jan 8 Justice Department withdraws antitrust suit against IBM, pending since
  • Jan 9 5.9 earthquake in New England & Canada; 1st since 1855
  • Jan 9 Steve D'Innocenzo scores 3 hockey goals in 12 sec in Mass HS game
  • Jan 10 -17°F (27.2°C) in Braemar Grampian (equals UK record)
  • Jan 11 Atlanta, Georgia's temperature goes below zero F
  • Jan 11 Honduras adopts constitution
  • Jan 13 Air Florida 737 took off in a snowstorm, crashes into 14th St Bridge in Washington, D.C., & falls into Potomac River, killing 78

  • Jan 15 "Forbidden Broadway" by/with Gerard Alessandrini premieres in NYC
  • Jan 15 Mark Thatcher, son of UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher, makes his way home after 6 days missing in the Sahara
  • Jan 17 "Cold Sunday" in the United States would see temperatures fall to their lowest levels in over 100 years in numerous cities
  • Jan 19 Aust-WI one-day game that produced a Privy Council libel case
  • Jan 19 Heater explodes at Star Elementary School, Oklahoma, kills 6 children & teacher
  • Jan 20 7 miners killed in an explosion in Craynor Ky
  • Jan 20 Honduras constitution goes into effect
  • Jan 20 Piet Dankert elected chairman of European Parliament
  • Jan 22 75% of North America is covered by snow
  • Jan 23 Urbe Blanca (cow) produces record 110 kg of milk, Cuba (approx date)
  • Jan 23 World Airways DC-10 skids at Boston Logan Airport killing 2
  • Jan 26 Mauno Koivisto elected president of Finland
  • Jan 26 For the first time since the 1930s, the unemployed population in UK rises above three million
  • Jan 27 Mauno Koivisto installed as President of Finland
  • Jan 27 Roberto S. Cordova installed as President of Honduras
  • Jan 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 28 Italian police rescue US Brigadier General James Dozier, held hostage for six weeks by the Red Brigade of Padua, Italy
  • Jan 30 US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners
  • Jan 30 Richard Skrenta writes the first PC virus code, which is 400 lines long and disguised as an Apple boot program called "Elk Cloner".
  • Jan 31 10 Arabian oryx (extinct except in zoos) released in Oman

  • Jan 31 Gustafson skates world record 10 km (14:26.59)
  • 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 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 7 Luis A Monge elected President of Costa Rica
  • Feb 10 28 skiers perform backflips while holding hands, Bromont, Quebec
  • Feb 11 Ozzie Smith for Garry Templeton trade finally goes through
  • Feb 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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 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 22 NYC Mayor Koch announces he will run for NY governor (unsuccessful)
  • Feb 23 Michael Frayn's "Noises Off" premieres in London
  • Feb 25 Final episode of "The Lawrence Welk Show" airs
  • Feb 25 Record speed for a snowmobile (239 kph)
  • 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
  • Mar 1 Ski lift malfunctions at Luz-Ardiden in Pyrenees, kills five people
  • Mar 1 NY Times raises its price from 25 cents to 30 cents
  • Mar 1 Russian spacecraft Venera 14 lands on Venus, sends back data
  • Mar 2 Terror group "The Illuminated Path" frees 260 prisoners in Peru
  • Mar 3 Senate begins debate on expulsion of Sen Harrison Williams (D-NJ)
  • Mar 4 2nd double hat trick in Islander history-Bossy & D Potvin
  • Mar 4 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 504
  • Mar 4 Bertha Wilson is appointed as first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Mar 5 Russian spacecraft Venera 14 lands on Venus sends back data

  • Mar 6 Susan Birmingham makes then world's loudest recorded human shout (120 dB)
  • Mar 7 Jarmilla Kratochvilova run world record 400 m indoor (49.59 sec)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 10 US President Reagan proclaims economic sanctions against Libya

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Mar 10 Sygyzy: all 9 planets aligned on same side of Sun
  • Mar 10 Travis Jackson & Happy Chandler elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 10 The United States places an embargo on Libyan petroleum imports because of their support of terrorist groups.
  • Mar 11 Failed military coup under Rambocus and Hawker in Suriname
  • Mar 11 Harrison Williams (Sen-D-NJ) resigns rather than face expulsion
  • Mar 11 US boycotts Libyan crude oil
  • Mar 12 1st-class debut of Courtney Walsh, Jamaica v Leeward Islands
  • Mar 13 Ice Pairs Championship at Copenhagen won by Baess & Thierbach (GDR)
  • Mar 15 Nicaragua suspends their citizens rights for 30 days
  • Mar 17 4 Dutch TV crew members shot dead in El Salvador
  • Mar 19 National Guard jet tanker crashes killing 27
  • Mar 19 Falklands War: Argentinian forces land on South Georgia Island, precipitating war with the U.K.
  • Mar 20 1st-class debut of Richie Richardson, Leeward Is v Barbados
  • Mar 20 France performs nuclear test
  • Mar 20 Rev A Treurnicht forms Conservative Party of South Africa
  • Mar 21 "Little Johnny Jones" opens & closes at Alvin Theater NYC
  • Mar 22 3rd Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 3 launched
  • Mar 22 Iran offensive against Iraq

BattleCoup d'état

Mar 23 Guatemala military coup under General Efraín Rios Montt, President Romeo Lucas flees

Dictator and President of Guatemala Efraín Ríos Montt
Dictator and President of Guatemala
Efraín Ríos Montt
  • Mar 24 US sub Jacksonville collides with a Turkish freighter near Virginia
  • Mar 26 Groundbreaking in Washington, D.C. for Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 5 Janica Kostelić, Croatian skier, born in Zagreb, Croatia

Person of interestKate Middleton

Jan 9 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge [Kate Middleton], English wife of Crown Prince William, born in Reading, Berksire

Wife of Prince William Kate Middleton
Wife of Prince William
Kate Middleton
  • Jan 15 Prince Philip and Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, born in Fairfax, Virginia
  • Jan 19 Pete Buttigieg, American politician, Mayor of South Bend, 1st openly gay Democratic presidential candidate, born in South Bend, Indiana
  • Feb 11 Kate Mulleavy, American fashion designer (Rodarte), born in Pasadena, California
  • Feb 13 Lanisha Cole, US model, born in Pasadena, California
  • Feb 22 Robert Weiner, Jr., American water polo player, born in Newport Beach, California
  • Mar 8 Kat Von D, Mexican-American tattoo artist
  • Mar 13 Jeremy Curl, British explorer, first non-African to cross the Tanezrouft area of the Sahara without motorized transport, born in Tokyo
  • Mar 29 Hideaki Takizawa, Japanese artist
  • Mar 31 Chloé Zhao, Chinese director (The Rider, Nomadland), born in Beijing, China
  • Apr 3 Kasumi Nakane, Japanese gravure idol, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Apr 6 Ilan Hall, Israeli-American chef
  • Apr 16 Barry Jones, Scottish magician, born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Apr 26 Joanne Gobure, Nauruan poet, born in Denigomodu, Nauru
  • Apr 28 Nikki Grahame, Big Brother 7 Star
  • May 7 Matt Gaetz, American politician (Rep-R-Fla 2017-), born in Hollywood, Florida
  • May 10 Daniel Harris, Australian rules footballer
  • May 10 Jeremy Gable, American playwright
  • May 13 Yoko Kumada, Japanese gravure idol
  • May 13 Oguchi Onyewu, American footballer
  • May 24 DaMarcus Beasley, American footballer (Houston Dynamo), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • May 26 Yoko Matsugane, Japanese model
  • Jun 4 Ronnie Prude, National Football League player
  • Jun 8 Katy Morgan-Davies, British politician
  • Jun 10 Princess Madeleine of Sweden

Person of interestPrince William

Jun 21 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, son of Prince Charles & Lady Diana, born in London, England

Duke of Cambridge Prince William
Duke of Cambridge
Prince William
  • Jun 24 Brian Fitzgerald, American writer
  • Jun 24 Clint Bajada, Maltese television and radio presenter
  • Jul 9 Ashly DelGrosso, American ballroom dancer
  • Jul 9 Alecko Eskandarian, Armenian-American footballer
  • Jul 14 Dmitry Chaplin, So You Think You Can Dance finalist
  • Aug 8 David Florence, British canoeist
  • Aug 13 Sarah Sanders, American political operative, Trump's White House Press Secretary (2017-19), born in Hope, Arkansas
  • Aug 13 Ibram X. Kendi, American author and antiracist activist, born in Queens, New York
  • Aug 23 YTCracker [Bryce Case, Jr.], American hip-hop artist, born in La Mirada, California
  • Aug 31 G. Willow Wilson, American journalist and comic book writer

Person of interestSviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Sep 11 Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Belarusian human rights activist and politician who claimed victory in the disputed 2020 Belarusian presidential election, born in Mikashevichy, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union

Human Rights Activist and Politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Human Rights Activist and Politician
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
  • Sep 17 Hope Larson, American illustrator and cartoonist
  • Oct 1 Harry Lawrence, Bath born Entrepreneur
  • Oct 6 MC Lars, American hip-hop artist
  • Oct 10 Amon Buchanan, Australian rules footballer
  • Oct 17 Nick Riewoldt, Australian rules footballer
  • Oct 27 Dennis Moran, American computer hacker, born in Middlesex County, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • Nov 8 Lynndie England, former U.S. Army reservist, associated with Abu Ghraib
  • Nov 11 Brittny Gastineau, American socialite ( Brüno), born in New York City
  • Nov 15 D. J. Fitzpatrick, National Football League kicker
  • Nov 15 Lofa Tatupu, National Football League
  • Nov 22 Alasdair Duncan, Australian novelist
  • Dec 8 Noelle Pikus-Pace, American skeleton racer, born in Provo, Utah
  • Dec 17 Craig Kielburger, Canadian labour activist
  • Dec 17 Ryan Moats, National Football League runningback
  • Dec 21 Erica America Hayden, American journalist and radio personality, born in Long Island, New York
  • Dec 26 Kenneth Darby, American National Football League player, born in Huntsville, Alabama

Weddings in History

  • Jun 26 Marie Osmond marries Steve Craig
  • Jul 1 Over 2000 Unification Church couples marry at NYC Madison Square Garden
  • Jul 22 Biggest mass wedding, Rev Sun Myung Moon weds 2,200 couples in NYC

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 24 Physicist and astronaut Sally Ride (31) weds astronaut Steven Hawley (30) in Salina, Kansas

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride

Divorces in History

  • Dec 6 US Senator Ted & Joan Kennedy divorce

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Paul Belmondo, French sculptor (Bathing Woman, Orleans), dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Edmund Herring, Australian military commander, Lieutenant Governor of Victoria (b. 1892)
  • Jan 7 Eugene Wegmann, Swiss geologist (Le Jura plisse), dies at 85
  • Jan 19 Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy (WWII), dies at 77
  • Jan 22 Eduardo Frei Montalva, president of Chile (1964-70), dies at 71
  • Jan 24 Alfredo Ovando Candía, Bolivian president and dictator (b. 1918)
  • Jan 25 Mikhail Suslov, Soviet party ideologist and statesman, dies at 79
  • Jan 30 Félix Labisse, French painter (libidoscaphes), dies at 76
  • Feb 2 Stringfellow Barr, US educationalist (100 Great Books), dies at 85
  • Feb 2 Paul Desruisseaux, Canadian lawyer and politician (Senator for Wellington, Quebec), dies at 76
  • Feb 4 Georg Konrad Morgen, German judge (b. 1909)
  • Feb 5 Neil Aggett, South African worker's union leader, commits suicide
  • Feb 5 Wies [Aloisius CA] Moens, Flemish writer/nazi, dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Ben Nicholson, English painter & sculptor (Circle), dies at 87
  • Feb 8 John Hay Whitney, American financier and philanthropist, dies at 76
  • Feb 12 Kees Rijnsdorp, Dutch writer (Culprit), dies at 87
  • Feb 13 Zeng Jinlian, tallest woman known (2.46 m, 8'1''), dies at 17
  • Feb 18 Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand detective writer and producer, dies at 82
  • Feb 22 Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India and Pakistan, dies at 83
  • Mar 2 Philip K[indred] Dick, US Sci-fi author (Hugo-1963, Dr Futurity), dies at 53
  • Mar 3 Georges Perec, French writer, dies at 45
  • Mar 5 Clifford P. Case, American lawyer and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey, dies at 77
  • Mar 9 Richard A Butler, England, min of Finance, dies at 79
  • Mar 10 Minoru Shirota, Japanese microbiologist and founder of the Yakult Honsha beverage company, dies at 82
  • Mar 11 Edmund Cooper, British sci-fi writer (Tomorrow Came), dies at 55
  • Mar 11 Horace Gregory, American poet, dies at 83
  • Mar 12 Elisabeth Zernike, Dutch writer (Course of Events), dies at 90
  • Mar 13 Wilfred Hawker, Suriname sgt-major, executed
  • Mar 17 Hans ter Laag, Dutch sound technician, murdered in El Salvador
  • Mar 17 Jan Kuiper, Dutch news editor (IKON), murdered in El Salvador
  • Mar 17 Joop Willemsen, Dutch cameraman, murdered in El Salvador
  • Mar 20 Hendrik L van Beek, Dutch vice-admiral, dies at 52
  • Mar 23 Mario Praz, Italian literary critic and scholar (Casa della vita), dies at 85
  • Mar 25 Hugo Huppert, Austrian writer and poet, dies at 79
  • Mar 26 Agathe Henriette de Beaufort, Dutch writer (Dolly of Arnhem), dies at 91
  • Mar 28 William Giauque, Canadian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • Mar 29 Walter Hallstein, W German politician (CDU, H-doctrine), dies at 80
  • Mar 29 Nathan Farragut Twining, U.S. Air Force general, dies at 84
  • Mar 29 Helene Deutsch [Rosenbach], Polish-American psychoanalyst, dies at 97
  • Mar 31 Fritz Eberhard, West German lawyer and resistor (Law), dies at 85
  • Apr 3 Herman W Filarski, Dutch bridge journalist, dies at 69
  • Apr 5 Abe Fortas, US Supreme Court Justice, 1965-69, dies at 71
  • Apr 6 Paul Wiens, German writer and Stasi informant, dies at 59
  • Apr 9 Robert H G Havemann, German chemist/dissident, dies
  • Apr 15 Louis de Guiringaud, French foreign minister (1976-78), commits suicide at 70
  • Apr 20 Archibald MacLeish, American lawyer and writer (Conquistador), dies at 89
  • Apr 22 Melville Bell Grosvenor, American photographer & president of National Geographic Society, dies at 80
  • Apr 25 John Cody, US cardinal/archbishop of Chicago (1965-82), dies at 74
  • Apr 25 Paul de Vree, Flemish author (Round Table), dies at 72
  • Apr 25 W. R. Burnett, American writer (Asphalt Jungle), dies at 82
  • Apr 30 Albert TLCA Bird, lecture artist, dies
  • Apr 30 Herman Tholen, Dutch cabaret performer (Juveniles), dies
  • Apr 30 Taisen Deshimaru, founder of several Zen centers in France, dies at 67
  • May 8 Neil Bogart, American record executive (b. 1943)
  • May 8 Al Leader, Canadian-American Hockey Hall of Fame player, referee and administrator (Western Hockey League), dies at 78
  • May 10 Jean C M Picart le Doux, French designer, dies
  • May 10 Peter Weiss, German author and playwright (Marat/Sade), dies at 65
  • May 14 Mariel-Henri Jaspar, Belgian minister who unsuccessfully attempted to establish a Belgian government in London during World War II, dies at 80
  • May 28 Lt Col 'H'. Jones VC, Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (British Army) (Falklands War) (b. 1940)
  • Jun 1 Hendrik Algra, Dutch teacher, journalist, and politician (ARP), dies
  • Jun 2 Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry, Pakistani politician (b. 1904)
  • Jun 6 Kenneth Rexroth, American poet (b. 1905)
  • Jun 9 Elmer Robinson, American politician (33rd Mayor of San Francisco), dies at 87
  • Jun 12 Karl von Frisch, Austrian ethologist and bee expert (Nobel 1973), dies at 95
  • Jun 12 Sgt Ian McKay VC, Platoon Sergeant 4 Platoon, B Company, 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment (British Army) (Falklands War) (b. 1953)
  • Jun 13 Abdul Aziz Khaled, King of Saudi-Arabia, dies at 69
  • Jun 18 Djuna Barnes, American author (Nightwood), dies at 80
  • Jun 18 Roberto Calvi, Italian banker and director (Banco Ambrosiano), hangs himself at 62
  • Jun 18 John Cheever, American writer (Wapshot Chronicle, Pulitzer), dies at 70
  • Jun 23 Vincent Chin, Chinese-American hate crime victim (b. 1955)
  • Jun 26 Alexander Mitscherlich, German psychotherapist, dies at 73
  • Jun 29 Gerard[us PM] Knuvelder, literature historian (Anthology), dies
  • Jul 4 Sylvestre A Guzman Fernandez, pres Dominican Rep, commits suicide
  • Jul 4 Terry Higgins, early British AIDS death (b. 1945)
  • Jul 8 Virginia Hall [Goillot], American spy with British Special Operations during WWII (1940-1966), dies at 76
  • Jul 10 Gustav MR von Koenigswald, German/Dutch paleontologist, dies at 79
  • Jul 13 Michael Blankfort, American writer, producer and director, dies at 74
  • Jul 15 Wendy Caulfield, 1st Green River victim, found near Seattle
  • Jul 16 Leendert Braat, sculptor/writer (White World), dies
  • Jul 16 C. R. Swart, South African politician (1st State President of South Africa 1961-67), dies at 88
  • Jul 18 Roman Jakobson, Russian-American linguist and Slavic scholar (Fundamentals of Language), dies at 85
  • Jul 20 Okot p'Bitek, Ugandan poet (b. 1931)
  • Jul 21 Jean J A Girault, French director (Gendarme Saint-Tropez), dies at 58
  • Jul 23 Betty Parsons, American artist and art dealer, dies at 82
  • Jul 25 Beene Dubbelboer, Dutch writer (Turfgasgenerator), dies at 76
  • Jul 25 Hal Foster, Canadian-American cartoonist (Prince Valiant) (b. 1892)

Person of interestVladimir Zworykin

Jul 29 Vladimir K. Zworykin, Russian-American inventor (development of television, cathode ray tube), dies at 94

  • Jul 29 Cor[nelis R J] Kieboom, resistor/President Feyenoord, dies at 81
  • Jul 29 Richard Gale, English general and airborne commander (Normandy), dies at 86
  • Aug 4 Bruce Goff, American Architect (b. 1904)
  • Aug 8 Hermine Heijermans, author (Snikken en Smartlapjes), dies at 80
  • Aug 8 Valeer van Kerkhove, Flemish writer (De Weerlozen), dies at 63
  • Aug 12 Varlam Shalamov, Russian writer (b. 1907)
  • Aug 14 Thruston B. Morton, American republican politician (Sen-Ky, 1957-69), dies at 74
  • Aug 15 Hugo Theorell, Swedish scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1903)
  • Aug 15 Axel Theorell, Swedish biochemist (Nobel 1955-discovering the oxidation enzyme and its effects), dies at 79
  • Aug 17 Ruth Voorst, South African (A World Apart), killed by letter bomb
  • Aug 21 Sobhuza II, king of Swaziland/Ngwane (1921-82), dies
  • Aug 23 Alberto Cavalcanti, Brazilian director (Herr Puntila), dies at 85
  • Aug 23 Stanford Moore, American biochemist (Nobel 1977), dies at 68