What Happened in October 1983

Historical Events

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

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

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

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

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

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19th Senate establishes Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday

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

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21st Pope John Paul II names 3 new Dutch bishops

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

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31st Paul McCartney releases "Pipes of Peace" album

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • 31st Ron Grant completes a 217 day, 8,316 mile run around Australia

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Deaths

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

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

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

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31st 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