What Happened in August 1983

Historical Events

  • 1st New Zealand score their 1st Test Cricket match victory in England
  • 2nd STS-8 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 2nd US District Court begins trying Yonkers accused of race discrimination
  • 3rd John Sain of South Bend, Ind, builds 3.91 m house of cards
  • 3rd US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 4th Bettino Craxi sworn in as premier of Italy
  • 4th France performs nuclear test
  • 4th Revolution in Burkina Faso
  • 4th While warming up before 5th inning Yankee Dave Winfield accidentally kills a seagull
  • 4th 16th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego
  • 6th Minnesota Vikings beat St Louis Cards 28-10 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • 6th Supertanker Castillo de Bellvar crashes at South Africa
  • 6th Bomb planted by Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of ANC, explodes at a synagogue in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 7th "Merlin" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 199 performances
  • 7th 1st World Track & Field Championships
  • 7th 65th PGA Championship: Hal Sutton shoots a 274 at Riviera CC LA
  • 7th Bobby Murcer Day at Yankee Stadium
  • 7th Grete Waitz of Norway wins 1st all-women Marathon (Helsinki, Finland)
  • 7th Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • 7th Some 675,000 AT&T employees strike
  • 7th 1st World Championships in Athletics open at Helsinki, Finland
  • 8th Brig Gen Efrain Rios Montt deposed as president of Guatemela
  • 8th Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwoman Christine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned)
  • 8th Military coup in Guatemala, Pres Rios Montt flees

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

8th 1st World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in 100m

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 10th 1st World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in Men's Long Jump
  • 12th General Manuel A Noriega becomes commander of Panamanian army

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14th Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 14th Robert de Castella wins Helsinki marathon (2:10:03
  • 14th 1st World Championships in Athletics close at Helsinki, Finland
  • 15th Ramones guitarist Joey Ramone, beaten in fight-undergoes brain surgery
  • 17th -19] Hurricane Alicia, kills 17 in Texas
  • 18th Hurricane Alicia battered Houston & Galveston, Texas
  • 18th Samantha Druce, age 12y 119d becomes the youngest woman to swim English Channel
  • 18th USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 18th Royals defeat Yanks, 5-4, completing "pine-tar" game (12 minutes). Hal McRae strikes out & Dan Quisenberry retires Yankees in order
  • 19th LSU footballer Billy Cannon sentenced to 5 yrs for counterfeiting
  • 19th Dodgers trade Dave Stewart & Ricky Wright to Texas for Rick Honeycut
  • 20th The South African anti-apartheid umbrella organization, United Democratic Front (UDF) is launched at Rocklands Community Centre in Cape Town, South Afrca
  • 21st "La Cage aux Folles" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 1761 performances
  • 21st 110°F (43°C) at Fayetteville, North Carolina (state record)
  • 21st Joanne Carner wins LPGA Chevrolet World Championship of Women's Golf

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24th Cin Red Pete Rose ends consecutive games played streak at 745

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 25th Triple A baseball's Louisville Redbirds breaks 1 million fan mark
  • 25th US & USSR sign $10 billion grain pact
  • 26th Floods destroy most of the old town of Bilbao, Spain.
  • 27th Haiti adopts constitution
  • 27th US performs nuclear test
  • 28th "Mame" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • 28th Greg Luzinski is 1st player to put 3 HRs onto roof at Comiskey Park

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28th Israeli PM Menachem Begin announces his resignation

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • 28th Joseph Kreckman sets record of 2,215 clay pigeons shot in an hour

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28th Pat Bradley wins Columbia Savings Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • 30th 8th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 3-launched (6 days)
  • 30th Elizabeth R Zakarian (Devon Pierce), 17, NY, crowned 1st Miss Teen USA
  • 30th WKBC-TV (channel 48) ends broadcasting in Phila
  • 30th Guion Bluford becomes 1st African-American astronaut in space
  • 31st Edwin Moses of USA sets 400m hurdle record (47.02) in Koblenz
  • 31st 40th Venice Film Festival: "First Name: Carmen" directed by Jean-Luc Godard wins Golden Lion

Famous Birthdays

  • 2nd Nick Diaz, American MMA fighter
  • 3rd Mamie Gummer, American actress '
  • 5th Dawn Richard, American singer (Danity Kane)
  • 6th Robin van Persie, Dutch footballer
  • 7th Tina O'Brien, British actress
  • 8th Guy Burnet, British actor
  • 9th Ashley Johnson, actress (Chrissy-Growing Pains)
  • 9th Shane O'Brien, Canadian hockey player
  • 10th Alexander Perezhogin, Russian ice hockey player
  • 10th Mathieu Roy, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 11th Chris Hemsworth, Australian actor (Thor, Avengers), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 12th Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Dutch footballer
  • 13th Ľubomír Michalík, Slovakian footballer
  • 13th Ales Hemsky, Czech ice hockey player
  • 13th Sebastian Stan, Romanian-born actor
  • 14th Elena Baltacha, Ukrainian/British tennis player
  • 14th Mila Kunis, Ukrainian/American actress
  • 14th Leo Núñez, Dominican baseball player
  • 16th Colin Griffiths, English TV presenter and DJ
  • 16th Colt Brennan, NFL Quarterback, Washington Redskins
  • 16th Nikos Zisis, Greek basketball player
  • 17th Dustin Pedroia, American baseball player
  • 18th Kris Boyd, Scottish footballer
  • 18th Michael Montgomery, American football player
  • 18th Mica Penniman (Mika), Lebanese-born musician
  • 18th Daniel Keith Swain (Danny!), American record producer/hip-hop artist
  • 19th Missy Higgins, Australian singer-songwriter
  • 19th John McCargo, American football player
  • 19th Tammin Sursok, Australian actress & singer
  • 19th Mike Conway, British racing driver
  • 21st Josh Harrington, American professional BMX rider
  • 21st Chantelle Houghton, British TV personality
  • 21st Brody Jenner, American actor
  • 21st Scott McDonald, Australian footballer
  • 22nd Theo Bos, Dutch cyclist
  • 22nd Laura Breckenridge, American actress
  • 23rd Sun Ming Ming, Chinese basketball player
  • 24th Marcel Goc, German ice hockey player
  • 24th Christopher Parker, British actor
  • 25th James Righton, English musician (Klaxons)
  • 25th James Rossiter, British racing driver
  • 25th Janet Chow, Canadian/Chinese beauty pageant contestant
  • 26th Félix Porteiro, Spanish racing driver
  • 27th Wilson Chen, Taiwanese actor
  • 28th Lasith Malinga, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 28th Alfonso Herrera, Actor, and singer in the Latin pop group RBD
  • 29th Jennifer Landon, actress (As the World Turns), born in Malibu, California
  • 30th Jun Matsumoto, Japanese singer and actor
  • 30th Jonne Aaron, Vocalist of the Finnish Band Negative
  • 30th Gustavo Eberto, Argentine footballer (d. 2007)
  • 31st Larry Fitzgerald, American football player

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

6th Film director Philippe de Broca (50) weds actress Margot Kidder (34) in France

Film Director Philippe de Broca
Film Director
Philippe de Broca
  • 16th musician Paul Simon weds actress and writer Carrie Fisher

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Peter Arne, actor (Straw Dogs), bludgeoned to death in London at 62
  • 3rd Carolyn Jones, actress (Morticia-Addams Family), dies at 54 of cancer
  • 5th Judy Canova, singer/comedienne (Chatterbox), dies of cancer at 66
  • 6th Klaus Nomi, German singer (b. 1944)
  • 12th Henry Gifford Vivian, cricketer (7 Tests for NZ, 17 wkts), dies
  • 15th Anthony Costello, actor (Blue), dies at 42
  • 15th Benjamin V Cohen, US author of New Deal-legislation, dies at 88
  • 16th Earl Averill, American baseball player (b. 1902)
  • 17th Ira Gershwin, lyricist, dies in Beverly Hills at 86
  • 18th Nikolaus Pevsner, German-born art historian (b. 1902)
  • 20th Kerwin Duinmeijer, Dutch of Antillean descent, murdered by in a racially motivated attack at 15
  • 21st Benigno S Aquino Jr, Philippines opposition leader, killed at 50
  • 24th Jack Somack, actor (Ball Four, Stockard Channing Show), dies at 64
  • 24th Shawn Lewis, 5th wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, dies of methadone OD
  • 26th Mike Kellin, actor (Honestly Celeste), dies at 61 of cancer
  • 28th Jan Clayton, actress (Ellen Miller-Lassie), dies at 66
  • 29th Simon Oakland, actor (Toma, Kolchak, Baa Baa Black Sheep), dies at 61
  • 29th William Goyen, writer, dies at 68