What Happened in December 1983

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Rita Lavelle, former head of EPA, convicted of perjury
  • Dec 3 "Marilyn: An American Fable" closes at Minskoff NYC after 16 performances
  • Dec 3 49th Heisman Trophy Award: Mike Rozier, Nebraska (RB)
  • Dec 3 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Dec 3 48th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 23-20 in Birmingham
  • Dec 4 "Amen Corner" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 83 performances
  • Dec 4 "Baby" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 241 performances
  • Dec 4 David Shire & R Maltby Jr's musical "Baby" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 4 NJ Devils 1st shut-out, beating Minnesota Detroit Red Wings 6-0
  • Dec 4 US jet fighters strike Syrian anti-aircraft positions in Lebanon
  • Dec 5 12 killed by a car bomb shattering 9-story building in west Beirut
  • Dec 5 LA Dodger pitcher Steve Howe is suspended for 1 year for cocaine use
  • Dec 5 ICIMOD established and inaugurated with its headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal, and legitimised through an Act of Parliament in Nepal in the same year.
  • Dec 6 A bomb planted on a bus in Jerusalem explodes, kills 6 Israelis
  • Dec 7 2 jets collided at Madrid Airport killing 93
  • Dec 7 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Dec 8 9th Space Shuttle Mission, Columbia 6, lands at Edwards AFB
  • Dec 8 Richard Baker, Zen teacher, steps down from abbotship of SF Zen Center
  • Dec 9 Counselor to Ronald Regan, Edwin Meese says people go to soup kitchens "...because food is free & that's easier than paying for it"
  • Dec 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 10 Danuta Walesa, wife of Lech Walesa, accepts his Nobel Peace Prize
  • Dec 10 Last NFL game at Shea Stadium; Steelers beat NY Jets 34-7
  • Dec 10 Raul Alfonsin inaugurated as Argentina's 1st civilian president

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 11 1st visit to Lutheran church by a pope (John Paul II in Rome)

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

Sport awardTennis Open

Dec 11 72nd Men's Australian Open: Mats Wilander beats Ivan Lendl (6-1, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Sport awardTennis Open

Dec 11 72nd Women's Australian Open: Martina Navratilova beats Kathy Jordan (6-2, 7-6)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Dec 12 A truck bomb explodes at US Embassy in Kuwait
  • Dec 12 5th ACE Cable Awards: The VII International Tchaikovsky Competition by Robert Dalrymple and Ken Locker
  • Dec 13 9,655 see highest-scoring NBA game: Detroit 186, Denver 184 (3 OT)
  • Dec 13 Islander's Butch Goring scorings 4 goals against Oilers
  • Dec 13 KYA-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KOIT
  • Dec 13 Martha Layne Collins inaugurated as Kentucky's 1st female governor
  • Dec 14 "Peg" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Dec 15 3 KC Royals suspended due to cocaine usage
  • Dec 15 Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via El Paso, Kelly AFB
  • Dec 15 Last 80 US combat soldiers in Grenada withdrew
  • Dec 15 Wendy Wasserstein's "Isn't It Romantic" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 16 Spokesperson for The Who announces the group is disbanding

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Dec 16 Yogi Berra named Yankee manager for 2nd time

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Dec 16 Riverside, California; judge denies cerebral palsy victim Elizabeth Bouviato request to starve herself to death in a county hospital
  • Dec 17 "Peg" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Dec 17 Disco in Madrid catches fire; 83 die
  • Dec 17 The Provisional IRA bombs Harrods department store in London, killing six people and injuring 90
  • Dec 18 NBA San Diego Clippers ends 29 game road losing streak
  • Dec 19 The original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, is stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Dec 20 El Salvador adopts constitution

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Dec 20 Guy Lafleur, Montreal, became 10th NHLer to score 500 goals

NHL Legend Guy Lafleur
NHL Legend
Guy Lafleur
  • Dec 20 NY Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Pitts Penguins

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Dec 20 PLO chairman Yasser Arafat & 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • Dec 21 Musical "Tap Dance Kid" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 669 performances
  • Dec 21 NBA Indiana Pacers end a 28 game road losing streak
  • Dec 21 NCAA rules rescinded last 2-minute men's basketball free throw rule
  • Dec 22 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak meets with PLO leader Yasser Arafat
  • Dec 22 Islanders score 3 shorthanded goals against Caps
  • Dec 23 Journal Science publishes 1st report on nuclear winter
  • Dec 25 1st live telecast of Christmas Parade at the EPCOT Centre, Disney World Florida
  • Dec 26 Test Cricket debut of Gregory Richard John Matthews, v Pakistan MCG
  • Dec 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 27 Pope John Paul II pardons man who shot him (Mehmet Ali Agca)
  • Dec 27 Propane gas fire devastated 16 blocks of Buffalo
  • Dec 28 72nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 28 Gavaskar achieves his 30th century, beating Bradman's 29

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 28 US say they will leave UNESCO on Dec 31, 1984
  • Dec 28 Warren Cromartie signs 3 year $2.5M contract with Yomiuri Giants
  • Dec 29 Gavaskar makes the highest Test Cricket score by an Indian, 236* v WI
  • Dec 29 Graeme Yallop completes 268 v Pakistan at cricket MCG
  • Dec 29 US announced withdrawal from UNESCO
  • Dec 29 2nd College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 19-18 in Memphis
  • Dec 31 Brunei gains complete independence from Britain
  • Dec 31 Jose Happart installed as mayor of Voeren Belgium
  • Dec 31 Nigeria's National Assembly dissolves after military coup
  • Dec 31 Benjamin Ward appointed 1st African American NY City Police Commissioner by Mayor Ed Koch

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Bibiana Candelas, Mexican volleyball player
  • Dec 2 Chris Burke (footballer), Scottish footballer plays for Rangers F.C.
  • Dec 2 Aaron Rodgers, American football player for Green Bay Packers
  • Dec 3 Sherri DuPree, American vocalist
  • Dec 4 Jimmy Bartel, Australian rules footballer
  • Dec 4 Lionel Pickens "Chinx", American rapper (Coke Boys), born in Queens, New York (d. 2015)
  • Dec 7 Fausto Carmona, Dominican baseball player
  • Dec 8 Neel Jani, Swiss racing driver
  • Dec 8 Liu Song, Chinese snooker player
  • Dec 9 Dariusz Dudka, Polish footballer
  • Dec 9 Jermaine Beckford, English footballer
  • Dec 10 Patrick Flueger, American actor
  • Dec 10 Habib Mohamed, Ghanaian footballer
  • Dec 10 Katrin Siska, Estonian singer
  • Dec 10 Zé Kalanga, Angolan footballer
  • Dec 11 Yoh Miyamori, Japanese musician (Orange Range)
  • Dec 12 Katrina Elam, American singer
  • Dec 13 Matt Deis, American bassist
  • Dec 13 Otylia Jędrzejczak, Polish swimmer
  • Dec 15 René Goguen (René Duprée), Canadian professional wrestler
  • Dec 15 Ronnie Radke, American singer (Escape the Fate)
  • Dec 15 Wang Hao, Chinese table tennis player
  • Dec 16 Kelenna Azubuike, English basketball player
  • Dec 16 Danielle Lloyd, English model
  • Dec 18 Darren Carter, English footballer
  • Dec 18 Steph Jones, American R&B singer
  • Dec 19 Matt Stajan, Canadian ice hockey player

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Dec 20 Jonah Hill, American actor (Superbad, Moneyball, The Wolf of Wall Street), born in Los Angeles, California

Actor Jonah Hill
Jonah Hill
  • Dec 20 Lucy Pinder, British model
  • Dec 20 Darren Sammy, St. Lucian West Indies cricketer
  • Dec 20 Lara Stone, Dutch model
  • Dec 20 Adrián Varela, Mexican singer
  • Dec 22 Jennifer Hawkins, Australian Miss Universe
  • Dec 23 Michael Chopra, English footballer
  • Dec 23 Hanley Ramírez, Dominican baseball player

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Dec 26 Alexander Wang, American fashion designer (Balenciaga), born in San Francisco, California

Fashion Designer Alexander Wang
Fashion Designer
Alexander Wang
  • Dec 27 Cole Hamels, American baseball player
  • Dec 28 Mike He, Taiwanese actor
  • Dec 29 Jessica Andrews, American country/pop singer
  • Dec 30 Rachel & Ross Trudeau, twins of Jane Pauley & Gerry Trudeau
  • Dec 30 Kevin Systrom, American CEO and co-founder of Instagram, born in Holliston, Massachusetts

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 15 Author Roald Dahl (67) weds Liccy Crosland (45) at Brixton Town Hall in South London

Author Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 18 Wrestler Hulk Hogan (30) weds Linda Claridge

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Dec 21 Loretta Swit weds Dennis Holahan

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 24 Actor Johnny Depp (20) weds Lori Anne Allison

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Mirsky, mathematician, dies
  • Dec 2 Atholl Mckinnon, cricketer (South African lefty spinner in 8 Tests), dies
  • Dec 2 Fifi D'Orsay, "French Bombshell" (Dixie Jamboree), dies cancer at 79
  • Dec 4 Estelle Omens, actress (Effect of Gamma Rays), dies at 55
  • Dec 5 Robert Aldrich, dir/producer (Last Sunset), dies at 65
  • Dec 6 Lucienne Boyer, French singer (b. 1903)
  • Dec 7 Edgar Graham, member of N Ireland Assembly, shot dead by IRA
  • Dec 7 Fanny Cano, Mexican actress (b. 1944)
  • Dec 8 Slim Pickins, actor (Blazing Saddles), dies after brain surgery at 64
  • Dec 9 David Rounds, actor (Terence-Beacon Hill), dies at 53
  • Dec 10 Dorothy Cummings, actress (Dancing Mothers), dies at 84
  • Dec 10 Patrick O'Moore, actor (Jungle Gents), dies at 74
  • Dec 11 Szymon Laks, Polish composer (head of prisoners orchestra at Auschwitz), dies at 82
  • Dec 11 Sir Neil Ritchie, British General (b. 1897)
  • Dec 13 Leora Dana, actress (Amityville II, Change of Habit), dies at 60
  • Dec 13 Leora Dana, actress (Sylvie Kosloff-Another World), dies
  • Dec 13 Mary Renault [Challans], British author (Funeral games), dies at 78
  • Dec 13 Alexander Schmemann, Orthodox Christian priest and theologian (b. 1921)
  • Dec 13 Nichita Stanescu, Romanian poet (b. 1933
  • Dec 16 Kusan Sunim, found Milae Sa temple/Bulsung Sa Zen in Korea, dies at 74
  • Dec 17 Erik Christensen, NHL player
  • Dec 21 Rod Cameron, actor (Santa Fe Passage, Stampede), dies at 73
  • Dec 21 Paul de Man, Belgian-born literary critic (b. 1919)
  • Dec 23 Colin Middleton, Northern Irish artist (b. 1910)
  • Dec 25 Joan Miro, Spanish surrealist, dies at his home in Majorca at 90
  • Dec 26 Violet Carson, British actress (b. 1898)
  • Dec 27 Walter Scott, rocker, dies
  • Dec 28 Dennis Wilson, drummer/singer (Beach Boys), drowns at 39
  • Dec 28 William Demarest, actor (My 3 Sons), dies in Palm Springs at 91
  • Dec 28 Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (b. 1910)
  • Dec 31 Bill Hunt, cricketer (Test for Aust, out 0, took 0-25 & 0-14), dies
  • Dec 31 Frank Link, actor (Burns & Schreiber Comedy Show), dies at 46