What Happened in May 1983

Historical Events

  • 1st "My One & Only" opens at St James Theater NYC for 767 performances
  • 1st Hollis Stacy wins LPGA CPC International Golf Tournament
  • 2nd 6.7 earthquake injures 487 in Coalinga Calif
  • 3rd Soviet leader Andropov decreases nuclear weapons in Europe
  • 3rd US bishops condemn nuclear weapons
  • 3rd NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 0
  • 4th China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 5th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 7th 109th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye on Sunny's Halo wins in 2:02.2
  • 7th August Hoffman performs record 29,051 consecutive sit-ups
  • 7th NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • 8th Janet Coles wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament

Music awardsMusic Awards

9th 18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, and Sylvia win

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • 10th "Laverne & Shirley" last airs on ABC-TV
  • 10th Lee Chin Yong performs 170 continuous chin-ups in Seoul
  • 11th "Dance a Little Closer" opens & closes at Minskoff Theater NYC
  • 11th Aberdeen of Scotland win 23rd European Cup Winner's Cup against Real Madrid of Spain 2-1 in Gothenburg
  • 11th Comet C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock) approaches 0.0312 AUs of Earth
  • 12th Julie Lynne Hayek, (California), crowned 32nd Miss USA

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13th Reggie Jackson is 1st major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 14th "She Blinded Me with Science" by Thomas Dolby hits #5
  • 14th Rosa Mota runs female world record 20k (1:06:55.5)
  • 15th Lenore Muraoka wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • 15th Madison Hotel (Boston) destroyed by implosion
  • 16th Lebanese parliament accepts peace accord with Israel
  • 16th Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement rebels against the Sudanese government.
  • 17th Israel & Lebanon sign a peace treaty
  • 17th Stanley Cup: NY Islanders sweep Edmonton Oilers in 4 games
  • 18th Senate revises immigration laws, gives millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program
  • 19th NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 506

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19th Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Wash DC

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 19th 36th Cannes Film Festival: "Narayama Bushiko" directed by Shohei Imamura wins the Palme d'Or

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

20th Larry Holmes beats Tim Witherspoon in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

20th Michael Dokes & Mike Weaver fight to a draw in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • 20th Phillies Steve Carlton passes W Johnson with 2nd most strike outs
  • 21st "Bang The Drum All Day" by Todd Rundgren hits #63
  • 21st 108th Preakness: Donald Miller Jr on Deputed Testamony wins in 1:55.4
  • 21st Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB, for mating for STS-7 mission

Music release#1 in the Charts

21st David Bowie's "Let's "Dance" single goes #1

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • 22nd Pat Bradley wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Golf Tournament
  • 22nd Toronto Blue Jay Cliff Johnson hits record 18th pinch hit HR
  • 23rd Radio Moscow announcer Vladimir Danchev praises Afghanistan Muslims standing up to Russia; he is removed from the air
  • 24th Fred Sinowatz succeeds Bruno Kreisky as chancellor of Austria
  • 24th Supreme Court rules government can deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminated against students

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25th "Return of the Jedi" (Star Wars part VI), produced by George Lucas first released

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
  • 25th 1st US National Missing Children's Day is proclaimed
  • 25th Fire in Nassermeer, Egypt, kills 357
  • 25th France performs nuclear test
  • 25th Kirk Gibson (Tigers) & Jorge Orta (Blue Jays) hit inside park HRs
  • 25th 27th European Cup: Hamburg beats Juventus 1-0 at Athens
  • 26th 29th Walker Cup: US, 13½ - 10½
  • 26th Space Shuttle Challenger moves to launch pad for STS-7
  • 26th LA Lakers set NBA playoff game record of fewest free throws
  • 26th NASA launches Exosat
  • 26th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 27th Former EPA official Rita Lavelle indicted for contempt of Congress
  • 28th "Ricky" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #63
  • 29th Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • 29th Yuri Dumchev of USSR throws discus a record 71.86 m
  • 29th Indianapolis 500: Tom Sneva wins in 3:05:03.092 (260.902 km/h)
  • 30th Surrey all out for 14 vs Essex, their lowest score ever

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30th AL Pres Lee MacPhail suspends Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for one week, for his public criticism of umpires

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • 31st 37th NBA Championship: Philadelphia 76ers sweep LA Lakers in 4 games

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st The Human Tornado (Craig Williams), American professional wrestler
  • 2nd Christa Rigozzi, Swiss model
  • 3rd Joseph Addai, American football player
  • 3rd Romeo Castelen, Dutch footballer
  • 3rd Márton Fülöp, Hungarian footballer and goalkeeper, born in Budapest (d. 2015)
  • 3rd Myriam Fares, Lebanese singer
  • 4th Trisha Krishnan, Indian actress
  • 4th Derek Roy, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 5th Henry Cavill, English actor (Superman), born in Jersey, Channel Islands
  • 5th Scott Ware, American footballer
  • 6th Adrianne Palicki, American actress
  • 8th Matt Willis, British singer
  • 9th Tyler Lumsden, American baseball player
  • 9th Gilles Müller, Luxembourgian tennis player
  • 10th Gustav Fridolin, Swedish politician
  • 10th Natalia Zabala, Miss Spain 2007
  • 11th Frédéric Xhonneux, Belgian decathlete
  • 11th Matt Leinart, American football player

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11th Holly Valance, Australian actress (Felicity "Flick" Scully-Neighbours) and singer, born in Melbourne, Victoria

Actress & Singer Holly Valance
Actress & Singer
Holly Valance
  • 12th Charilaos Pappas, Greek footballer
  • 13th Yaya Touré, Ivorian footballer
  • 13th Casey Donovan, Australian singer
  • 13th Grégory Lemarchal, French singer (d. 2007)
  • 13th Anita Görbicz, Hungarian handball player
  • 14th Amber Tamblyn, actress (Emily Bowen-Gen Hospital), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 14th Anahí, Mexican actress and singer (RBD)
  • 14th Tom Welham, British musician (Thirteen Senses)
  • 15th Devin Bronson, American guitarist (Avril Lavigne)
  • 16th Mince Fratelli, Scottish Drummer (The Fratellis)
  • 16th Nancy Ajram, Lebanese singer
  • 16th Kyle Wellwood, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 17th Nicky Hofs, Dutch footballer
  • 17th Channing Frye, American basketball player
  • 17th Jeremy Sowers, American baseball player
  • 18th Gary O'Neil, English footballer
  • 18th Luis Terrero, Dominican baseball player
  • 18th Vince Young, American football player
  • 19th Jessica Fox, British actress
  • 20th Jr. NTR, Indian film actor
  • 22nd John Hopkins, Anglo-American motorcycling racer
  • 23rd Cristiano Bilanzola, Canadian musician and filmmaker
  • 23rd Alex Shelley, American professional wrestler
  • 23rd Heidi Range, English singer (Sugababes)
  • 24th Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, Anglo-Australian videogame creator and critic
  • 25th Kunal Khemu, Indian actor
  • 27th Bobby Convey, American soccer player
  • 28th Steve Cronin, American soccer goalkeeper
  • 28th Humberto Sanchez, Dominican baseball player
  • 29th Richard Jackson, Redlands California, actor (Ryan Meyers-Saved by the Bell)
  • 29th Rama Claproth, Indonesian blues guitarist
  • 31st Dustin Wells, New Zealand footballer
  • 31st Reggie Yates, English television presenter
  • 31st David Hernandez, American singer

Famous Deaths

  • 1st V N Swamy, Indian cricket pace bowler (without distinction), dies
  • 2nd Marius F Duintjer, architect, dies
  • 2nd Norm Van Brocklin, American football star (b. 1926)
  • 3rd Vaughn Taylor, act (Jailhouse Rock), dies of cerebal hemmorrhage at 72
  • 4th Nino Sanzogno, composer, dies at 72
  • 5th John Williams, actor (Family Affair, Dial M for Murder), dies at 80
  • 5th Horst Schumann, Nazi physician (b. 1901)
  • 6th Kai Winding, American trombonist and jazz composer (b. 1922)
  • 7th Peter Edel, writer, dies
  • 10th John P Strijbos, writer (Called that Bird), dies at 92
  • 11th Zenna [Chlarson] Henderson, author (Anything Box), dies at 65
  • 14th Miguel Aleman Valdes, attorney/President of Mexico (1946-52), dies at 80
  • 14th Roger J. Traynor, American judge (b. 1900)
  • 16th Carel Brons, composer, dies at 52
  • 19th Jean Rey, Belgian politician and President of the European Commission dies at 80
  • 21st Finn Einar Mortensen, composer, dies at 61
  • 21st Kenneth Clark, English art historian (b. 1903)
  • 23rd Albert Claude, Belgian biologist (Nobel 1974), dies at 84
  • 25th Sydney Box, academy award producer, dies at 76
  • 25th Jean Rougeau, French Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • 25th Black Jack Stewart, Canadian NHL hockey player (b. 1917)
  • 27th Arnoldus Christian Vlok van Wyk, composer, dies at 67
  • 28th Erastus Corning 2nd, American politician, 72nd Mayor of Albany, New York (b. 1909)
  • 29th Arvīds Pelše, Soviet Latvian statesman (b. 1899)
  • 30th Alfred M Gruenther, US general/NATO-commander (1953-56), dies at 84

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31st Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight boxing champ/actor, dies at 86

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey