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Events in History in December 1982

  • Dec 1 Dentist Barney B Clark gets 1st artificial heart
  • Dec 1 Miguel de la Madrid inaugurated as President of Mexico
  • Dec 2 1st permanent artificial heart successfully implanted (U of Utah) in retired dentist Barney Clark; lived 112 days with Jarvic-7 heart
  • Dec 3 35.7 cm rainfall at Big Fork, Arkansas (state record)
  • Dec 3 77°F highest December temperature ever recorded in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dec 4 China adopts its constitution
  • Dec 4 Police and racist demonstrators clash in Antwerp
  • Dec 5 Seattle Univ Baptist Ch declares sanctuary for Cen Am refugees
  • Dec 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 6 Droppin Well bombing: 11 British soldiers and 6 civilians are killed by an Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) time bomb at the Droppin’ Well Bar in Ballykelly, County Londonderry
  • Dec 7 Suriname army under Desi Bouterse fires on radio station building
  • Dec 7 In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the US.
  • Dec 7 Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala during country's civil war, 171 people killed led by Santos López Alonzo
  • Dec 8 Clark Gilles fails in 7th Islander penalty shot
  • Dec 8 Suriname army leader Bouterse murders 15 opponents
  • Dec 8 Norman Mayer holds Washington Monument hostage, demanding an end to nuclear weapons. Is killed by police after 10 hrs (he had no explosives)

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Dec 8 Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez receives the Nobel Prize for Literature

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez
  • Dec 10 Soyuz T-5 returns to Earth, 211 days after take-off
  • Dec 10 CDC report on a transfusion recipient who developed AIDS symptoms
  • Dec 12 $9,800,000 in cash stolen from money transport car in NYC
  • Dec 12 The "Snowplow Game": when a snowstorm holds a New England vs Miami game scoreless, Mark Henderson, a convict on work release, on Patriots coach Ron Meyer order, clears the path for John Smith's attempt, which wins the game for the Patriots, 3-0
  • Dec 13 Earthquake hits Northern Yemen; 2,000 die
  • Dec 15 Teamsters president Roy Williams and 4 others convicted of bribery
  • Dec 15 Sao Tome & Principe constitution approved
  • Dec 15 Spain reopens border with Gibraltar
  • Dec 16 The Federal Reserve announces that the operating capacity of factories has gone down to 67.8%.
  • Dec 18 Flight readiness firing of Challenger's main engines; 20 seconds
  • Dec 22 William Mastrosimone's play "Extremities" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 23 The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces it has identified dangerous levels of dioxin in the soil of Times Beach, Missouri.
  • Dec 26 TIME's Man of the Year is a computer
  • Dec 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 29 Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant ends his career with Alabama (323 wins)
  • Dec 30 Anthony Shaffer's "Whodunnit" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 30 US Assay Office in New York City, NY closes
  • Dec 31 TV soap "Doctors" ends 19 year run