It Happened in 1982 - 25 Years Ago

1/1/1982 Clemson wins the Orange Bowl for college football championship
1/1/1982 Pope John Paul II prays for an end to martial law in Poland
1/4/1982 Bryant Gumbel becomes co-host of the Today Show
1/7/1982 "Fame" premiers on NBC TV
1/8/1982 AT&T agrees to divest itself of the 22 Bell System companies
1/10/1982 Paul Lynde, comedian (Uncle Arthur-Bewitched), dies at 55
1/22/1982 75% of North America is covered by snow
1/23/1982 World Airways DC-10 skids at Boston Logan Airport killing 2
1/31/1982 12th AFC-NFC pro bowl, AFC wins 16-13
2/2/1982 "Late Night with David Letterman" premiers on NBC
2/3/1982 John Sharples of England finishes disco dancing 371 hours
2/12/1982 Wayne Gretsky scores 153rd point of season, tieing NHL record
2/13/1982 Dark Side of the Moon, is on charts for 402nd week
2/14/1982 "Night of 100 Stars" takes place at NY's Radio City Music Hall
2/16/1982 Lee Majors & Farrah Fawcett Majors divorce
2/22/1982 NYC Mayor Koch announces he will run for NY governor (unsuccessful)
2/24/1982 John Lennon & Yoko Ono's "Double Fantasy" wins Grammy
2/24/1982 Wayne Gretzky scores NHL-record 78th goal of season en route to 92
2/25/1982 Record speed for a snowmobile-239 kph
2/27/1982 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), hits on 63rd consecutive free throw
2/27/1982 Earl Anthony becomes 1st pro bowler to win more than $1 million
2/28/1982 AT & T looses record $7 BILLION for fiscal year ending on this day
3/2/1982 60th hat trick in Islander history-Bryan Trottier
3/5/1982 John Belushi, comedian (Sat Night Live), dies of drug overdose at 32
3/10/1982 Pres Reagan proclaims economic sanctions against Libya
3/18/1982 Singer Teddy Pendergrass' spinal cord severed in a car accident
3/21/1982 Jerry Pate celebrates golf win by jumping into the water hazard
3/21/1982 Movie "Annie" premiers
3/22/1982 3rd Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 3 launched
3/25/1982 Wayne Gretsky becomes 1st NHL to score 200 points in a season
3/28/1982 Lousiana Tech wond 1st NCAA women's basketball title
3/29/1982 "Chariots of Fire" wins the 54th Academy Award
3/31/1982 Rock group Doobie Brothers split up
4/1/1982 US formally transfers Canal Zone to Panam 
4/6/1982 21F lowest temperature for this date in NYC
4/19/1982 Rosie Ruiz, marathon race cheater, arrested for forgery
4/19/1982 Sally Ride announced as 1st woman astronaut
4/25/1982 In accordance with Camp David, Israel completes Sinai withdrawl
4/26/1982 Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche
5/1/1982 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville Tennessee opens
5/6/1982 Seattle Mariner Gaylord Perry becomes 15th pitcher to win 300 games
5/7/1982 IBM releases PC-DOS version 1.1
5/13/1982 Braniff Airlines files for bankruptcy
5/23/1982 Colin Wilson rides a surfboard 294 miles
5/28/1982 Pope John Paul II is 1st pope to visit Great Britain
5/30/1982 Closest Indy 500, Gordon Johncock beats Rick Mears by 0.16 seconds
6/11/1982 Larry Holmes defeats Gerry Cooney, retains WBC heavyweight crown
6/13/1982 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA title
6/17/1982 Pres Reagan 1st UN Gen Assembly address ("evil empire" speech)
6/20/1982 Tom Watson wins US Open golf tournament
6/21/1982 William of Wales, Prince Chuck & Lady Di's baby
6/21/1982 Wash DC jury finds John Hinckley Jr innocent by insanity
6/24/1982 Mary Hart's 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight
6/25/1982 Sec of State Alexander Haig Jr resigns, replaced by Schultz
6/29/1982 Voting Rights Act of 1965 extended
7/4/1982 Jimmy Connors beats John McEnroe for his last Wimbledon championship
7/9/1982 Margaret Thatcher begins her 2nd term as British prime minster
7/12/1982 FEMA promises survivors of a nuclear war will get their mail
7/13/1982 NL scores 4-1 victory over AL for 11th straight All-Star triumph
7/14/1982 MS-DOS 1.25 released
7/19/1982 David S Dodge becomes 1st American hostage in Lebanon
8/1/1982 Greg Louganis, US becomes 1st diver to score 700 (752.67) in 11 dives
8/8/1982 Raymon Floyd wins PGA golf tournament
8/12/1982 Henry Fonda, actor (On Golden Pond), dies at 77 of heart disease
8/14/1982 Pete Rose (Phillies) 12,365 at bat sets record (passes Aaron)
8/21/1982 Rollie Fingers (Brewers) becomes 1st pitcher to get save #300
8/23/1982 Seattle Mariner pitcher Gaylord Perry ejected for throwing a spitter
8/27/1982 Rickey Henderson steals 119th base of season breaks Lou Brock's mark
9/1/1982 Max speedometer reading mandated at 85 MPH
9/5/1982 Eddie Hill sets propeller-driven boat water speed record of 229 mph
9/10/1982 Decca releases Beatle audition "Complete Silver Beatles" album
9/11/1982 Chris Evert 6th US open title defeats Hana Mandlikava
9/14/1982 Grace Kelly, princess of Monaco, dies at 52 in a car crash
9/14/1982 36" snow (Red Lodge, MT)
9/15/1982 1st issue of "USA Today" published by Gannett Co Inc
9/20/1982 NFL players begin a 57 day strike
9/24/1982 Tennis great Bjorn Borg retires at 26
9/28/1982 1st reports appear of death from cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules
10/4/1982 Helmut Kohl elected chancellor of German FR
10/8/1982 Poland bans Solidarity
10/9/1982 Madonna releases her 1st record (Everybody)
10/12/1982 Milwaukee Brewer Paul Molitor getrs world sereis record 5 hits
10/18/1982 Bess Truman, 1st lady (1945-53), dies in Independence, Mo at 97
10/19/1982 Jock Ewing, dies in an aircrash on TV show "Dallas"
10/19/1982 Automaker John DeLorean arrested on cocaine charges (Not guilty)
10/20/1982 Billy Martin fired as manager of Oakland A's
10/20/1982 St Louis Cards beat Mil Brewers, 4 games to 3 in 79th World Series
10/26/1982 Steve Carlton became 1st pitcher to win 4 Cy Young awards
11/5/1982 Cleveland Cavaliers lose 24th consecutive game (NBA record)
11/7/1982 Liz Taylor's 7th divorce (John Warner)
11/9/1982 Sugar Ray Leonard retires for 1st time
11/10/1982 Leonid I Brezhnev, Soviet 1st sect, dies of a heart attack at 75
11/11/1982 Solidarity leader Lech Walesa is let out of jail in Poland
11/13/1982 Vietnam War Memorial dedicated in Washington DC
12/5/1982 Herschel Walker of Georgia wins Heisman Trophy
12/9/1982 Leon Jaworski, Watergate special prosecutor dies at 77 in Texas
12/12/1982 $9,800,000 in cash stolen from cash machine in NYC
12/13/1982 Earthquake hits Northern Yemen; 2,000 die
12/15/1982 Bill Parcells becomes 12th head coach of NY Giants
12/31/1982 TV soap "Doctors" ends 19 year run
 

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