What Happened in April 1983

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Anti-nuclear demonstrators link arms in 14-mile human chain in England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 NY Isle Mike Bossy becomes 1st to score 60 goals in 3 cons seasons

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Apr 1 Iraq increases missile attacks on Iran
  • Apr 3 12th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Amy Alcott
  • Apr 3 2nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: USC beats Louisiana Tech 69-67
  • Apr 4 45th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: NC State beats Houston 54-52
  • Apr 4 6th space shuttle mission, Challenger 1 launched
  • Apr 5 France throws out 47 Soviet diplomats
  • Apr 5 NY Met Tom Seaver's sets record 14th NL Opening Day assignment
  • Apr 7 Oldest human skeleton, aged 80,000 years, discovered in Egypt
  • Apr 7 STS-6 specialist Story Musgrave & Don Peterson 1st STS spacewalk
  • Apr 7 WIBC Championship Tournament in Las Vegas, attracts 75,480 women bowlers for 83-day event

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Apr 8 In front of a live audience of 20 tourists, David Copperfield makes the Statue of Liberty disappear

  • Apr 9 6th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 1 returns to Earth
  • Apr 9 137th Grand National: Ben de Haan aboard Corbiere wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 10 Baltimore's Eddie Murray hits his 1,000 career hit

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • Apr 10 Hennie Kuiper (Neth) wins Paris-Roubaix cycle race
  • Apr 10 Jordan king Hussein ceases negotiations with PLO
  • Apr 10 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • Apr 11 3rd Golden Raspberry Awards: Inchon! wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 11 47th Masters Golf Tournament: Seve Ballesteros wins, shooting a 280

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 11 55th Academy Awards: "Gandhi", Ben Kingsley & Meryl Streep win

Actress Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
  • Apr 11 NASA launches RCA-F
  • Apr 11 In the first 'supergrass' trial in Northern Ireland, fourteen Ulster Volunteer Force members are jailed for a total of two hundred years
  • Apr 12 Harold Washington elected Chicago's 1st black mayor
  • Apr 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 13 Undefeated middleweight boxer Tony Ayala gets 35 years on sex assault
  • Apr 14 NY Islanders tie own record with 2 shorthanded playoff goals (vs NY Rangers)

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Apr 14 US President Reagan signs $165 billion Social Security rescue

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Apr 15 Tokyo Disneyland opens
  • Apr 16 Steve Garvey sets NL record by playing in 1,118 consecutive games
  • Apr 17 1st National Coin Week begins
  • Apr 17 Grete Waltz runs female world record marathon (2:25:29)
  • Apr 17 In Warsaw, police route 1,000 Solidarity supporters
  • Apr 17 India entered space age launching SLV-3 rocket
  • Apr 17 Lynn Adams wins LPGA Combanks Orlando Golf Classic

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Apr 17 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Apr 17 NY Islanders tie NHL record with 3 shorthanded playoff goals vs NY Rangers

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Apr 18 87th Boston Marathon: Greg Meyer of United States 1st man in 2:09:00 and Joan Benoit of United States 1st woman in 2:22:43
  • Apr 18 A lone suicide bomber kills 63, at US Embassy in Lebanon
  • Apr 18 KMO-AM in Tacoma Wash changes call letters to KAMT (now KKMO)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Alice Walker for "The Color Purple"

Novelist Alice Walker
Alice Walker
  • Apr 19 France performs nuclear test
  • Apr 20 President Reagan signs a $165B bail out for Social Security
  • Apr 20 Soyuz T-8 launched; mission aborted when capsule fails to dock
  • Apr 20 Soyuz T-8 is launched (lands 2 days later)
  • Apr 21 1 pound coin introduced in United Kingdom
  • Apr 22 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 22 Soyuz T-8 returns to Earth
  • Apr 22 Start of 1st Sri Lanka-Australia Test Cricket match (at Kandy)
  • Apr 22 Stern mag announces major historical find-discovery of 60 volume personal diaries written by Adolf Hitler (turned out to be a hoax)
  • Apr 23 David Hookes scores his only Test Cricket century, 143* v Sri Lanka
  • Apr 23 28th Eurovision Song Contest: Corinne Hermes for Luxembourg wins singing "Si la vie est cadeau" in Munich
  • Apr 24 "Show Boat" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 73 performances
  • Apr 24 Austrian socialist party loses parliamentary election
  • Apr 24 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • Apr 25 "Nightline" expands from ½ hour to a full hour
  • Apr 25 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Apr 25 Portugal's Soares' Partido Socialista wins parliamentary election
  • Apr 25 Yuri Andropov invites US schoolgirl Samantha Smith to USSR
  • Apr 25 NASA space probe Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto's orbit.
  • Apr 26 Dow Jones Industrial Avg breaks 1,200 for 1st time
  • Apr 26 San Antonio spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 152-133 in NBA playoff game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 26 1983 NFL Draft: John Elway from University of Stanford first pick by Baltimore Colts

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Apr 27 Nolan Ryan becomes strikeout king (3,509), passing Walter Johnson
  • Apr 28 Argentine government declares all 15-30,000 missing persons dead
  • Apr 28 NASA launches Geos-F
  • Apr 29 Harold Washington sworn in as Chicago's 1st black mayor

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Ólafur Ingi Skúlason, Icelandic footballer
  • Apr 1 Sean Taylor, American football player (Washington Redskins), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2007)
  • Apr 1 Matt Lanter, American actor and model
  • Apr 2 Felix Borja, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Apr 2 Paul Capdeville, Chilean tennis player
  • Apr 2 Yung Joc, American rapper
  • Apr 2 Martin Shkreli, pharmaceutical executive (Pharma), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 3 Errol Barnett, English reporter
  • Apr 4 Fabian Geiser, Swiss footballer
  • Apr 4 Doug Lynch, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 4 Angelle Tymon, American journalist and TV game show host
  • Apr 4 Ben Gordon, American professional basketball player
  • Apr 6 Diora Baird, American actress
  • Apr 6 Jade Seah, Singaporean model, host and actress
  • Apr 6 James Wade, English Darts Player
  • Apr 8 Allu Arjun, Indian film actor
  • Apr 8 Adrian Bellani, American actor
  • Apr 10 Ryan Merriman, American actor
  • Apr 11 Nicky Pastorelli, Dutch racing driver
  • Apr 13 Schalk Burger, South African rugby player
  • Apr 13 Hunter Pence, American baseball player
  • Apr 14 James McFadden, Scottish footballer
  • Apr 14 William Yaw Obeng, Arena Football League lineman
  • Apr 14 Nikoloz Tskitishvili, American basketball player
  • Apr 15 Ilya Kovalchuk, Russian ice hockey player
  • Apr 15 Alice Braga, Brazilian actress
  • Apr 15 Dudu Cearense, Brazilian footballer
  • Apr 15 Bronson La'Cassie, Australian professional golfer
  • Apr 16 Cat Osterman, American softball pitcher
  • Apr 16 George Patis, Greek badminton player
  • Apr 16 Marié Digby, American Singer
  • Apr 17 Stanislav Chistov, Russian hockey player
  • Apr 17 Roberto Jimenez, Peruvian football player
  • Apr 18 Miguel Cabrera, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Apr 18 Fodil Hadjadj, Algerian footballer
  • Apr 19 Alberto Callaspo, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Apr 19 Zack Duke, American baseball player
  • Apr 19 Joe Mauer, American baseball player
  • Apr 19 Curtis Thigpen, American baseball player
  • Apr 20 Terrence J, American television host
  • Apr 20 Miranda Kerr, Australian supermodel
  • Apr 21 Paweł Brożek, Polish footballer
  • Apr 22 Matt Jones, American football player
  • Apr 23 Daniela Hantuchová, Slovakian tennis player
  • Apr 23 Jennifer Heil, Canadian free style skier
  • Apr 24 Princess Iman bint Al Hussein of Jordan
  • Apr 25 DeAngelo Williams, National Football League runningback
  • Apr 25 J.P. Howell, American baseball player
  • Apr 26 José María López, Argentine racing driver
  • Apr 26 Jessica Lynch, American P.O.W.
  • Apr 27 Ari Graynor, American actress
  • Apr 28 Roger Johnson, English footballer
  • Apr 29 Jay Cutler, American football player
  • Apr 29 Yuriko Shiratori, Japanese gravure idol and actress
  • Apr 29 Sam Jones III, American Actor
  • Apr 29 David Lee, American basketball player
  • Apr 30 Tatjana Hüfner, German luger
  • Apr 30 Troy Williamson, American football player
  • Apr 30 Yamini, Tamil Singer

Famous Deaths

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 4 Gloria Swanson, actress (Airport 1975), dies of a heart ailment at 84

  • Apr 4 Jacqueline Logan, silent film leading lady, dies at 78
  • Apr 5 Danny Rapp, American musician (Danny & the Juniors) (b. 1941)
  • Apr 6 Ana Maria, Salvador guerilla leader, murdered
  • Apr 7 Gavin Gordon, television actor (Romance, Lone Cowboy), dies at 82
  • Apr 10 Issam Sartawi, PLO ambassador to Portugal, murdered
  • Apr 11 Dolores Del Rio, actress (Cheyenne Autumn), dies at 78
  • Apr 12 Carl Morton, American baseball player (b. 1944)
  • Apr 13 Theodore Stephanides, Greek doctor and naturalist (b. 1896)
  • Apr 14 Nina Dumbadze, Russian discus thrower (Oly-bronze-1952), dies at 64

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 14 Pete Farndon, rock bassist (Pretenders), dies

Musician Pete Farndon
Pete Farndon
  • Apr 14 Willem F Bon, Dutch composer, dies at 42
  • Apr 15 Gyula Illyes, Hungarian writer/poet (Az Ismertlen Illyes), dies at 80
  • Apr 15 Rodolfo Hoyos, actor (Luis-Viva Valdez), dies at 68
  • Apr 15 Corrie ten Boom, Dutch author and Holocaust survivor
  • Apr 17 Felix Pappalardi, rocker (Cream, Mountain), dies
  • Apr 17 Mark W Clark, US general (WW II), dies at 87
  • Apr 17 Peter Potter, DJ (Peter Potter Show, Juke Box Jury), dies at 78
  • Apr 18 Alan Melville, cricketer (11 Tests for South Africa, 894 runs), dies
  • Apr 19 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes & Diamonds), dies at 73
  • Apr 19 Lorene Scott, actress (Faraway Hill), dies at 74
  • Apr 20 Jerzy Andrezjewski, writer, dies
  • Apr 22 Earl "Fatha" Hines, US, jazz pianist/conductor, dies
  • Apr 22 Walter Slezak, actor (Bedtime For Bonzo), commits suicide in NY at 80
  • Apr 23 Buster Crabbe, 400m US swimmer (Olympics-gold-1932), dies at 73
  • Apr 23 Selena Royale, actress (Robot Monster), dies at 78
  • Apr 24 Rolf Stommelen, German race car driver (b. 1943)
  • Apr 26 Bronislaw Kaper, composer, dies at 81
  • Apr 26 Vaughn Taylor, actor (Johnny Jupiter), dies at 72
  • Apr 28 Ron James, cricketer (NSW's Sheffield Shield capt 1949-50), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 30 George Balanchine, Russian/US ballet composer/choreographer, dies from Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease at 79

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine
  • Apr 30 Jerry Hatsuo Fujikawa, actor (Uncle Matsu-Mr T & Tina), dies at 71

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Apr 30 Muddy Waters, US blues singer/guitarist (Mad Love), dies at 70

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • Apr 30 Joel H. Hildebrand, American Chemist whose research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures, dies at 101