What Happened in August 1983

Historical Events

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

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Aug 8 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
  • Aug 10 1st World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in Men's Long Jump

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Aug 12 General Manuel A Noriega becomes commander of Panamanian army

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

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Aug 24 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose ends consecutive games played streak at 745

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

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Aug 28 Israeli PM Menachem Begin announces his resignation

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • Aug 28 Joseph Kreckman sets record of 2,215 clay pigeons shot in an hour
  • Aug 28 Pat Bradley wins Columbia Savings Golf Classic
  • Aug 30 8th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 3-launched (6 days)
  • Aug 30 Elizabeth R Zakarian (Devon Pierce), 17, NY, crowned 1st Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 30 WKBC-TV (channel 48) ends broadcasting in Philadelphia
  • Aug 30 Guion Bluford becomes 1st African-American astronaut in space
  • Aug 31 Edwin Moses of USA sets 400m hurdle record (47.02) in Koblenz
  • Aug 31 40th Venice Film Festival: "First Name: Carmen" directed by Jean-Luc Godard wins Golden Lion

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Peter Arne, actor (Straw Dogs), bludgeoned to death in London at 62
  • Aug 2 James Jamerson, American bass guitarist for Motown Records, die at 47
  • Aug 3 Carolyn Jones, actress (Morticia-Addams Family), dies at 54 of cancer
  • Aug 5 Judy Canova, American comedian and actress (Cannonball), dies of cancer at 66
  • Aug 6 Klaus Nomi, German singer (b. 1944)
  • Aug 12 Henry Gifford Vivian, cricketer (7 Tests for NZ, 17 wkts), dies
  • Aug 15 Anthony Costello, actor (Blue), dies at 42
  • Aug 15 Benjamin V Cohen, US author of New Deal legislation, dies at 88
  • Aug 16 Earl Averill, American baseball player (b. 1902)
  • Aug 17 Ira Gershwin, lyricist, dies in Beverly Hills at 86
  • Aug 18 Nikolaus Pevsner, German-born art historian (b. 1902)
  • Aug 20 Kerwin Duinmeijer, Dutch of Antillean descent, murdered by in a racially motivated attack at 15
  • Aug 21 Benigno S Aquino Jr, Philippines opposition leader, killed at 50
  • Aug 24 Jack Somack, actor (Ball Four, Stockard Channing Show), dies at 64
  • Aug 24 Shawn Lewis, 5th wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, dies of methadone OD
  • Aug 26 Mike Kellin, actor (Honestly Celeste), dies at 61 of cancer
  • Aug 28 Jan Clayton, actress (Ellen Miller-Lassie), dies at 66
  • Aug 29 Simon Oakland, actor (Toma, Kolchak, Baa Baa Black Sheep), dies at 61
  • Aug 29 William Goyen, American writer, dies at 68