What Happened in May 1983

Historical Events

  • May 1 "My One & Only" opens at St James Theater NYC for 767 performances
  • May 1 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA CPC International Golf Tournament
  • May 2 6.7 earthquake injures 487 in Coalinga Calif

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May 3 Soviet leader Yuri Andropov decreases nuclear weapons in Europe

Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • May 3 US bishops condemn nuclear weapons
  • May 3 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 0
  • May 4 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • May 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 7 109th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye on Sunny's Halo wins in 2:02.2
  • May 7 August Hoffman performs record 29,051 consecutive sit-ups
  • May 7 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • May 8 Janet Coles wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

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

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

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May 19 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 20 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

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

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

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

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

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

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May 30 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
  • May 31 37th NBA Championship: Philadelphia 76ers sweep LA Lakers in 4 games

Famous Birthdays

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

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

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

Famous Deaths

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

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey