April 1982 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Anguilla (dependent territory of UK) adopts constitution
  • Apr 1 US formally transfers Canal Zone to Panama
  • Apr 2 Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain
  • Apr 3 UN Security Council demanded Argentina withdraw from Falkland Islands
  • Apr 5 Aircraft carriers Invincible and Hermes with escort vessels left Portsmouth for the Falkland Islands
  • Apr 5 Cards' Jim Kaat, pitches in record 24th consecutive season
  • Apr 5 Lord Carrington, British foreign secretary resigns due to Falklands war
  • Apr 6 Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center from White Sands
  • Apr 7 Iran minister of Foreign affairs Ghotbzadeh arrested
  • Apr 15 Apollo Computer announces DN400, DN420, & landscape display
  • Apr 16 Queen Elizabeth proclaims Canada's new constitution
  • Apr 17 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Apr 17 Proclamation of the Constitution Act by Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • Apr 18 Canada Constitution Act replaces British North America Act
  • Apr 18 Zimbabwean capital Salisbury renamed Harare
  • Apr 19 Guinon Bluford announced as 1st African American NASA astronaut

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Apr 19 Sally Ride is named the 1st American woman astronaut

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride
  • Apr 19 USSR Salyut 7 space station put into orbit
  • Apr 20 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode bombs in Belfast, Derry, Armagh, Ballymena, Bessbrook and Magherafelt; 2 civilians are killed and 12 injured
  • Apr 21 Dr Michael E Bakey performs 1st successful heart implant
  • Apr 21 Dutch Queen Beatrice addresses US Congress
  • Apr 22 Launch of STS-3-Lousma & Fullerton [03/23]
  • Apr 23 Conch Republic is established - secession of the Florida Keys from the United States of America
  • Apr 23 The Sinclair ZX Spectrum is released.

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Apr 24 150 Khomeini followers assault student dormitory in West Germany

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Apr 24 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Mike Durbin
  • Apr 25 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 25 In accordance with Camp David, Israel completes Sinai withdrawal
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 25 Yanks fire manager Bob Lemon & replaces him with Gene Michael
  • Apr 29 Alfredo Magana elected President of El Salvador

MurderMurder of Interest

Apr 29 American mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski murders pharmacist Paul Hoffman by beating him with a tire iron

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski
  • Apr 30 Alvaro Magana chosen to succeed Jose N Duarte as President of El Salvador
  • Apr 30 Iranian offensive in Khusistan

Birthdays in History

  • 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 16 Gina Carano, American Mixed Martial Arts fighter, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Apr 26 Joanne Gobure, Nauruan poet
  • Apr 26 Cooper Wallace, National Football League tight end
  • Apr 28 Nikki Grahame, Big Brother 7 Star

Deaths in History

  • Apr 3 Herman W Filarski, Dutch bridge journalist, dies at 69
  • Apr 5 Abe Fortas, Supreme court justice, 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 Five murderers of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat executed
  • 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, pres (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 William 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