What Happened in October 1983

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Denise Wallace, 18, of Virginia, crowned Miss Teen of America
  • Oct 2 Art Monk begins NFL streak of 136 plus consecutive game receptions
  • Oct 2 Carl Yastrezemski's last at bat
  • Oct 2 Kathy Postlewait wins LPGA San Jose Golf Classic

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Oct 3 Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson release "Say, Say, Say" in UK

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Oct 4 Richard Noble reaches record 1019 kph in jet-powered car
  • Oct 5 Lech Walesa wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 6 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC

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Oct 6 Islander's Mike Bossy's 25th career hat trick

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Oct 6 NY Jets announce they are leaving Shea for Meadowlands
  • Oct 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 8 1st regular season Islander OT game beat Caps 8-7
  • Oct 8 Washington Capitals 1st NHL overtime game losing to NY Islanders 8-7
  • Oct 8 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 8 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Chicago White Sox, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 9 Buffalo Bill QB Joe Ferguson passes 419 yards with 5 TDs
  • Oct 9 4 South Korean government ministers assassinated in Rangoon Burma
  • Oct 10 17th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins
  • Oct 10 Israel's Knesset votes 60-53 to endorse Yitzhak Shamir as PM
  • Oct 10 Tom Monaghan becomes CEO of Detroit Tigers
  • Oct 10 NBC premiere of true life drama "Adam", based on John Walsh's son's murder
  • Oct 11 Last hand-cranked telephones US went out of service as 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, Maine, were switched over to direct-dial
  • Oct 12 5225 Loral & 5424 Covington
  • Oct 13 Ameritech Mobile Communications (now Cingular) launched the first US cellular network in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Oct 14 Grenada leftist coup under vice-premier Coard
  • Oct 14 US Marine peacekeeper Sgt Allen Soifert killed by sniper in Beirut
  • Oct 15 Black Hawks & Maple Leafs combine for fastest 5 goals (84 seconds)
  • Oct 15 Columbia beats Yale 21-18 in football, will lose next 44 games
  • Oct 15 US Marine sharpshooters kill 5 snipers at Beirut International Airport
  • Oct 15 34th Formula One WDC: Nelson Piquet wins by two points
  • Oct 16 "Zorba" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 362 performances
  • Oct 16 25th Ryder Cup: US, 14½-13½ at PGA National Golf Club (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, US)
  • Oct 16 Balt Orioles beat Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 3 in 80th World Series
  • Oct 17 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Gerard Debreu
  • Oct 17 STS-9 vehicle moves to Vandenberg AFB due to SRB nozzle problem
  • Oct 19 Columbia moves to Orbiter Processing Facility
  • Oct 19 Grenada general Hudson Austin forms "revolutionary council"
  • Oct 19 Philadelphia Flyers begin 13 NHL game win streak

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Oct 19 Senate establishes Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Oct 20 IBM-PC DOS Version 2.1 released

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Oct 21 Pope John Paul II names 3 new Dutch bishops

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Oct 22 Two correctional officers are killed by inmates in Marion, Illinois. The incident inspired the Supermax model of prisons.
  • Oct 23 13th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:00
  • Oct 23 14th NYC Marathon won by Rod Dixon in 2:08:59
  • Oct 23 400,000 demonstrate in Brussels, against cruise missile
  • Oct 23 Suicide terrorist truck bomb kills 243 US personnel in Beirut
  • Oct 25 US invades Grenada, a country 1/2,000 its population (US Wins!)
  • Oct 26 Hugh Williams' "Pack of Lies" premieres in London
  • Oct 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 29 550,000 Dutch demonstrate against cruise missile
  • Oct 29 Notre Dame's Gil Fenerty rushes for 337 yards & 6 touchdowns
  • Oct 30 The first democratic elections are held in Argentina after seven years of military rule.

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 31 Paul McCartney releases "Pipes of Peace" album

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Oct 31 Ron Grant completes a 217 day, 8,316 mile run around Australia

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Mirko Vučinić, Montenegrin footballer
  • Oct 3 Frederico Chaves Guedes, Brazilian footballer
  • Oct 3 Hiroki Suzuki, Japanese actor
  • Oct 4 Risa Kudo, Japanese gravure idol
  • Oct 4 Ueda Tatsuya, Japanese idol (member of KAT-TUN)
  • Oct 4 Dan Clarke, British racing driver
  • Oct 4 Kurt Suzuki, American baseball player
  • Oct 5 Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • Oct 8 Michael Fraser, Scottish football goalkeeper
  • Oct 8 Travis Pastrana, American motorsports competitor
  • Oct 9 Jang Mi-Ran, South Korean weightlifter
  • Oct 9 Andreas Zuber, Austrian racing driver
  • Oct 9 Stephen Gionta, American ice hockey player
  • Oct 10 Vusimuzi Sibanda, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Oct 11 William Sledd, American internet personality
  • Oct 11 Ruslan Ponomariov, Ukrainian chess player
  • Oct 12 Alex Brosque, Australian footballer
  • Oct 14 Lin Dan, Chinese badminton player
  • Oct 15 Stephy Tang, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • Oct 17 Daniel Booko, American actor
  • Oct 17 Ivan Saenko, Russian football player
  • Oct 20 Alex Nackman, musician
  • Oct 20 Luis Saritama, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Oct 20 Takayuki Yamada, Japanese actor
  • Oct 21 Zack Greinke, American baseball player
  • Oct 21 Ninette Tayeb, Israeli singer
  • Oct 21 Andy Marté, Dominican baseball player
  • Oct 22 Glenn Loovens, Dutch footballer
  • Oct 23 Filipos Darlas, Greek footballer
  • Oct 23 Josh Strickland, American entertainer
  • Oct 24 Brian Vickers, American race car driver
  • Oct 24 Adrienne Bailon, American actress and singer
  • Oct 25 Han Yeo-reum, South Korean actress
  • Oct 26 Dmitri Sychev, Russian football player
  • Oct 26 Francisco Liriano, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Oct 26 Luke Watson, South African rugby player
  • Oct 27 Brent Clevlen, American baseball player
  • Oct 28 Jarrett Jack, American basketball player
  • Oct 29 Maurice Clarett, American football player
  • Oct 29 Dana Eveland, American baseball player
  • Oct 29 Jason Tahincioglu, Turkish racing driver
  • Oct 29 Richard Brancatisano, Australian actor
  • Oct 29 Johnny Lewis, actor (Sons of Anarchy, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • Oct 30 Iain Hume, Canadian footballer
  • Oct 30 Trent Edwards, American Football Player
  • Oct 31 Katy French, Irish model (d. 2007)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Gerald Strang, Canadian composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 3 John K M McCaffery, TV host (One Minute Please), dies at 69
  • Oct 3 Kurt Kusenberg, writer, dies at 79
  • Oct 5 Earl Tupper, American inventor (b. 1907)
  • Oct 6 Terence Cooke, cardinal/archbishop of NY, dies at 62
  • Oct 8 Joan Hackett, actress (Group, Flicks, Rivals), dies of cancer at 49
  • Oct 9 Sun Suk Joon, South Korean vice premier, murdered

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Oct 10 Sir Ralph Richardson, English actor (Richard III), dies at 80

  • Oct 12 Jiri Lederer, Czechoslovakia journalist/dissident, dies at 61
  • Oct 12 The Grand Wizard of Wrestling, Wrestling manager
  • Oct 14 Paul Fix, actor (Rifleman), dies at 82 of kidney failure
  • Oct 14 Willard Price, Canadian author and naturalist
  • Oct 15 Pat O'Brien, actor (Some like it hot), dies of heart attack at 83
  • Oct 16 George Liberace, violinist (Liberace Show), dies at 72
  • Oct 16 Kelso, American racehorse (b. 1957)
  • Oct 17 Raymond Aron, French sociologist/political scientist, dies at 78
  • Oct 18 Vijay Manjrekar, cricketer (55 Tests for India), dies
  • Oct 18 Diego Abad de Santillán, Spanish anarchist (b. 1897)
  • Oct 19 Albert Carel Willink, painter (surrealism), dies at 83
  • Oct 19 Maurice Bishop, premier of Grenada (1979-83), murdered in coup
  • Oct 20 Merle Travis, American country singer, dies at 75
  • Oct 20 Yves Thériault, French Canadian author (b. 1915)
  • Oct 21 Theodorus H J Zwartkruis, Bishop (Haarlem), dies
  • Oct 23 Jessica Savage, Margate NJ, newscaster (NBC Weekend), dies at 36
  • Oct 23 Tamara Shayne (Jolson Story), actress, dies at 80 of a heart attack
  • Oct 24 Jessica Savitch, news anchor (NBC-TV), dies at 35
  • Oct 25 Hermann Ambrosius, composer, dies at 86
  • Oct 29 Sten Broman, Swedish composer, dies at 81

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Oct 31 George Halas [Papa Bear], NFL pioneer and owner of the Chicago Bears, dies of pancreatic cancer at 88

American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer
George Halas