Events in History in 1982

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  • 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 plan to upgrade the NYC subway system

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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 1 TA launches 5 year capital program to overhaul NYC subway system
  • 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 Dept 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 Magaret 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 General Dozier freed from Red Brigade of Padua, Italy
  • Jan 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 28 Italian police rescue, James Dozier, a US Brigadier General, held hostage by the Red Brigade for 6 weeks
  • 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)
  • Jan 31 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
  • 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 Vandenberg AFB 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 6 "Centerfold" by J. Geils Band hits #1 on pop chart
  • 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 12 32nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Veronika Voss" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 14 24th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (153.991 MPH)
  • 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 Vandenberg AFB 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 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)
  • 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 12 PLO chief Yassar Arafat appears on "Nightline"
  • 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
  • Mar 23 Guatemala military coup under General Rios Montt, President Romeo Lucas flees
  • Mar 24 US sub Jacksonville collides with a Turkish freighter near Virginia
  • Mar 26 Groundbreaking in Washington, D.C. for Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Mar 27 Randy Holt sets Wash Cap record of 34 penalty minutes
  • Mar 28 12th Easter Seal Telethon raises $19,500,000
  • Mar 28 JN Duartes' Christian Democrats win elections in El Salvador
  • Mar 29 Delhi 707 beat Karnataka 705 on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 30 3rd space shuttle mission-Columbia 3 lands at White Sands, NM
  • Mar 30 John Pielmeier's "Agnes of God" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 31 Arkas tanker at Montz La, spills 1.47 million gallons of oil
  • Mar 31 Rock group Doobie Brothers split up
  • 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 Canada adopts its 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 announed will be 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 26 Argentina surrenders to Britain on S Georgia near Falkland Island
  • Apr 29 Alfredo Magana elected President of El Salvador

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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
  • 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 NY Times reports that military will get 25% of NASA's budget
  • May 4 British destroyer HMS Sheffield hit by Exocet rocket off Falkland Islands: 20 of her crew died.
  • May 7 IBM releases PC-DOS version 1.1
  • May 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 12 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Updike (Rabbit is Rich)
  • May 12 US Football League forms
  • 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 Soyuz T-5 is launched-Berezovoi & Lebedev for 211 days in space
  • May 14 Guinea adopts constitution
  • May 16 Columbia moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating in preparation for STS-4
  • May 16 Salvador Jorge Blanco wins presidential election in Dominican Rep
  • May 18 Unification Church founder Rev Sun Myung Moon convicted of tax evasion
  • May 21 British troops land on Falkland Islands
  • 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 Iranian troops reconquer Khorramshar
  • May 25 STS-4 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • May 26 British ship Atlantic Conveyor carrying Chinook helicopters & destroyer HMS Coventry were hit in Falkland war: 39 crew members died
  • 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 1st papal visit to Britain since 1531
  • May 29 Pentagon plans 1st strategy to fight a nuclear war
  • May 30 Spain becomes 16th member of NATO
  • Jun 3 55th National Spelling Bee: Molly Dieveney wins spelling psoriasis
  • Jun 3 Israeli ambassador Shlomo Argov seriously wounded by Palestinians
  • Jun 4 Israel attacks targets in south Lebanon
  • Jun 5 "Murphy's Law" by Cheri hits #39
  • Jun 5 Waterfront streetcar begins operating in Seattle
  • Jun 6 30,000 Israeli troops invade Lebanon to drive out the PLO
  • Jun 6 36th Tony Awards: Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby & Nine win
  • Jun 6 Bernard Glassman installed as abbot of Zen Center of NY
  • Jun 7 Habres rebel army occupies capital of Chad, N'djamena
  • Jun 7 LA Dodger Steve Garvey is 5th to play in 1,000 consecutive games
  • Jun 7 Steve Garvey plays in his 1,000th consecutive game & goes 0-for-4
  • Jun 8 Brazilian B-727 flight crashes into mountain; 135 die
  • Jun 8 Emmy 9th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 3rd time
  • Jun 8 Falklands War: Royal Fleet Auxiliary Sir Gahalad attacked in San Carlos Water ("Bomb Alley") by Argentine aircraft: 48 soldiers and crewman were killed.
  • Jun 9 General Efrain Rios Montt declares himself President of Guatemala
  • Jun 9 Israel wipes out Syrian SAM missiles in Bekaa Valley
  • Jun 10 Battle of Sultan Yakoub - 3 IDF members captured
  • Jun 10 Israeli troops reach outskirts of Beirut
  • Jun 10 John N McMahon replaces Bobby R Inman becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Jun 10 Iran recaptures Khorramshahr
  • Jun 11 Israel & Syria stop fighting in Lebanon
  • Jun 11 Pope John Paul II visits Argentina
  • Jun 12 750,000 anti-nuclear demonstrators, rally in Central Park NYC
  • Jun 12 Battle of Mount Longdon Falkland Islands
  • Jun 12 Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel perform in Rotterdam