Historical Events in 1983

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  • Jan 1 PGA inaugurates all-exempt tour
  • Jan 1 World Communications Year begins
  • Jan 1 TCP/IP protocols become the only approved protocol on the ARPANET, replacing the earlier NCP protocol
  • Jan 1 'New age music' radio program "Hearts of Space" makes its national syndication debut on U.S. National Public Radio
  • Jan 1 69th Rose Bowl: #5 UCLA beats #19 Michigan, 24-14
  • Jan 1 49th Sugar Bowl: #2 Penn State beats #1 Georgia, 27-23
  • Jan 1 12th Fiesta Bowl: #11 Arizona State beats #12 Oklahoma, 32-21
  • Jan 1 49th Orange Bowl: #3 Nebraska beats #13 LSU, 21-20
  • Jan 2 "Annie" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 2,377 performances

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Jan 2 Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne, NYC after 767 performances

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Jan 2 Don Muraco beats Pedro Morales to become WWF Intercontinental Champ
  • Jan 2 Gary Trudeau takes a 20-month break from writing "Doonesbury"
  • Jan 2 Ken Anderson of Cincinnati completes record 20 consecutive passes
  • Jan 2 Several African National Congress(ANC) members detained in Swaziland decide to leave the country voluntarily for Mozambique.
  • Jan 3 Tony Dorsett sets NFL record with 99-yd rush, Dallas vs Minnesota
  • Jan 4 US Football League holds its 1st player draft
  • Jan 7 Australia regain the Ashes with a 2-1 series win v England

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Jan 7 President Reagan ends US arms embargo against Guatemala

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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Jan 9 British PM Margaret Thatcher visits Falkland Islands

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • Jan 10 NY Supreme Court issues a preliminary injunction barring NY Yankees from playing season-opening series against Tigers in Denver
  • Jan 11 Billy Martin named NY Yankee manager for 3rd time
  • Jan 12 Brooks Robinson & Juan Marichal elected to Hall of Fame
  • Jan 12 NCAA creates football Kickoff Classic to begin in August

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Jan 13 AMA urges ban on boxing, cites Muhammad Ali's deteriorating condition

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jan 13 Quebec Nordiques play 251st NHL game without being shut out
  • Jan 15 Dutch political party DS'70 disbands
  • Jan 15 Hartford Whalers smallest crowd 4,812 (beat Devils) during blizzard
  • Jan 15 Javed Miandad & Mudassar Nazar make 451 stand v India
  • Jan 15 Thom Syles keeps a life saver intact in his mouth for over 7 hours
  • Jan 17 10th American Music Awards: John Cougar & Rick Springfield, Olivia Newton-John

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Jan 17 Alabama Governor George Wallace, becomes governor for a record 4th time

Politician and Segregationist George Wallace
Politician and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • Jan 17 Nigeria expels 2 million illegal aliens, mostly Ghanaians

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Jan 18 IOC restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semipro baseball

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Jan 19 Klaus Barbie, SS chief of Lyon in Nazi-France, arrested in Bolivia

MurderMurder of Interest

Jan 20 American gangster Roy DeMeo is found murdered in his car trunk after disappearing a few days earlier

Gangster Roy DeMeo
Gangster
Roy DeMeo
  • Jan 21 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Anthony E Hecht
  • Jan 21 President Reagan certifies El Salvador human-rights abuses have decreased making country eligible for US military aid
  • Jan 22 2nd flight readiness firing of Challenger's main engines; 22 seconds
  • Jan 22 Houston is 1st NBA team to be held scoreless in an overtime Portland Trail Blazers out score them 17-0 & win 113-96
  • Jan 22 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 31-17

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Jan 23 "A-Team" with Mr T premieres on NBC

Actor Mr. T
Actor
Mr. T

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Jan 23 Bjorn Borg announces his retirement from tennis

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Jan 23 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $14,700,000
  • Jan 23 In NBA, Portland scores all 17 pts in overtime to beat Houston 113-96
  • Jan 23 Russian radioactive satellite falls into Indian Ocean
  • Jan 23 Schone skates ladies world record 5 km (7:40.97)
  • Jan 23 "Mud Bowl", Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets 14-0 in the AFC Championship Game on a wet, muddy field, which negated the Jets significant speed and skill advantage
  • Jan 23 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat New York Jets 14-0

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Jan 24 Hulk Hogan pins Iron Sheik for World Wrestling Federation title

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Jan 25 China's supreme court commutes Chiang Ch'ing's death sentence to life
  • Jan 25 Infrared telescope satellite launched into polar orbit
  • Jan 25 Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie arrested in Bolivia
  • Jan 26 Dutch/British infrared satellite IRAS launched from Calif
  • Jan 27 World's longest underwater tunnel (53.90 km) opens, Honshu-Hokkaid
  • Jan 29 "Down Under" by Men At Work hits #1 on UK pop chart

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 29 40th Golden Globes: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Ben Kingsley & Meryl Streep win

Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
  • Jan 30 Hilbert van Thumb becomes European skating champ
  • Jan 30 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Mazda of Deer Creek Golf Classic
  • Jan 30 Super Bowl XVII: Wash Red Skins beat Miami Dolphins, 27-17 in Pasadena Super Bowl MVP: John Riggins, Washington, RB
  • Jan 31 In an effort to reduce driving deaths, a new law in UK requires drivers and front-seat passengers to wear seatbelts
  • Feb 1 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Feb 2 Chicago Archbishop Joseph L Bernardin is among 18 new cardinals invested

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Feb 2 Pope John Paul II names 18 new cardinals

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Feb 2 CBS' premiere of fact based WW2 drama "The Scarlet and the Black", based on the life of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty
  • Feb 3 US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners
  • Feb 4 Jose Happart becomes mayor of Voeren Belgium
  • Feb 4 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
  • Feb 5 Former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie brought to trial
  • Feb 6 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 20-19
  • Feb 6 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • Feb 6 Trial of former Gestapo commandant Klaus Barbie begins in France for war crimes during World War II
  • Feb 7 1st female secretary of transportation sworn-in (Elizabeth Dole)
  • Feb 8 35th NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 9-3 at NY Islander

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Feb 8 Baseball orders Mickey Mantle to sever ties with Claridge Casino

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Feb 8 Eric Peters sets transatlantic sailboat record (E-W)-46 days
  • Feb 8 Tina Howe's "Painting Churches" premieres in NYC

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Feb 8 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL all star record of 4 goals in 1 period

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Feb 8 Champion thoroughbred Shergar kidnapped in Ireland; never found Lloyds of London pays $10.6 million insurance
  • Feb 8 Ariel Sharon resigns from Israeli government after an inquiry shows he was indirectly responsible for the killings of hundreds of people in 1982
  • Feb 8 A prize stallion and Derby winner is kidnapped; a nationwide hunt begins the following day
  • Feb 9 Belgium buys 44 F-16s
  • Feb 10 Anglican synod vote 338-100 against unilateral UK nuclear disarmament
  • Feb 11 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Ricky" & "Buckingham Blues" debut LP
  • Feb 11 4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18"(46 cm))
  • Feb 13 "Merlin" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • Feb 13 Australia beats NZ 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Feb 13 Donna White wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
  • Feb 13 E Bernstein, Levinson & Link's musical "Merlin" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 13 World Boxing Council becomes 1st to cut boxing from 15 to 12 rounds
  • Feb 13 33rd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 132-123 at Inglewood, California
  • Feb 16 The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia claim the lives of 75 people in Australia's worst ever fires.
  • Feb 17 Bob Bourne fails on 8th Islander penalty shot
  • Feb 17 Netherlands adopts constitution
  • Feb 17 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 18 NBA Indiana Pacers begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • Feb 18 33rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Ascendancy" and "The Beehive" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 19 Fernando Valenzuela wins his salary arbitration of $1 million
  • Feb 19 Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 400 m free style swimming record
  • Feb 20 Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450/570 km)
  • Feb 20 Roland Liboton becomes world champ cross-country cycling
  • Feb 20 25th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins (155.979 MPH)
  • Feb 21 Donald Davis runs 1 mile backwards in 6 m 7.1 s
  • Feb 21 NBA San Diego Clippers begin a 29 game road losing streak
  • Feb 22 Harold Washington wins Chicago's Democratic mayoral primary
  • Feb 22 Hindus kill 3000 Muslims in Assam, India
  • Feb 22 Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 1500m free style swimming record
  • Feb 23 25th Grammy Awards: Roxanna, Toto IV, Men at Work wins
  • Feb 23 USFL NJ Generals sign Heisman winner Herschel Walker (3 years-$5 mil)
  • Feb 23 The Spanish Socialist government of Felipe González and Miguel Boyer nationalizes Rumasa, a holding of José María Ruiz Mateos.
  • Feb 23 The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri.
  • Feb 24 Dow Jones closes above 1100 mark for 1st time
  • Feb 24 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Feb 24 A special commission of the U.S. Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese internment during World War II.

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 26 Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 37 weeks

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Feb 26 Shortwave pirate Radio USA (Wellsville, NY) begins transmission
  • Feb 27 Eamonn Coghlan of Ireland set indoor mile record of 3:49.78
  • Feb 27 Jan Stephenson wins Tucson Conquistadores LPGA Golf Tournament
  • Feb 28 Final TV episode of "M*A*S*H" airs (CBS); record 125 million watch in the US
  • Mar 1 Tamara McKinney becomes 1st US woman skier to win the World Cup
  • Mar 1 Tornado tears through Los Angeles, injuring 33 people
  • Mar 2 Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced
  • Mar 2 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Mar 4 U.S. Public Health Service's publishes its guidelines for blood donors and AIDS

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 5 Bob Hawke (Labour) defeats PM Malcolm Fraser (Liberal) to win Australian general election

23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke
23rd Australian Prime Minister
Bob Hawke
Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • Mar 5 NSW beat Western Australia by 54 runs to win Sheffield Shield
  • Mar 6 "On Your Toes" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 505 performances
  • Mar 6 Anne-Marie Palli wins LPGA Samaritan Turquoise Golf Classic
  • Mar 6 Helmut Kohl's CDU/CSU wins West German parliament elections
  • Mar 6 New Bedford, Mass woman charges she was gang-raped atop a pool table
  • Mar 6 US Football League begins its 1st season
  • Mar 7 TNN (The Nashville Network) begins on Cable TV
  • Mar 8 House Foreign Affairs Com endorses nuclear weapons freeze with USSR
  • Mar 8 IBM releases PC DOS version 2.0
  • Mar 8 President Reagan 1st known use of term "Evil Empire" (about the USSR) in speech in Florida
  • Mar 9 Caryl Churchill's "Fen" premieres in London
  • Mar 9 Zimbabwe opposition leader Joshua Nkomo flees to Botswana
  • Mar 10 Walter Alston, Dodgers manager, elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 10 24th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia beats Alabama, 86-71
  • Mar 11 Ice Dance Championship at Helsinki Finland won by Torvill & Dean (GRB)
  • Mar 11 Ice Pairs Championship at Helsinki won by Valova & Vasiliev (URS)
  • Mar 11 Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Helsinki won by Rosalynn Sumners (USA)
  • Mar 11 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • Mar 11 9th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds, Jane Fonda & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Linda Evans & Loretta Swit win (TV)
  • Mar 12 Don Ritchie runs world record 50 mile (4:51:49)
  • Mar 12 4th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Boston College, 85-77
  • Mar 13 Peter Stone's musical "Woman of the Year" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 770 performances
  • Mar 13 1st USFL overtime game-Birmingham Stallions beat Oakld Invaders 20-14
  • Mar 13 30th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Virginia, 81-78
  • Mar 14 OPEC cut oil prices for 1st time in 23 years
  • Mar 15 Karnataka beat Bombay on 1st innings to win cricket Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 16 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Nets-1,814)

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Mar 17 70th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 20 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • Mar 21 Only known typo on Time Magazine cover (control=contol), all recalled
  • Mar 22 Chaim Herzog elected Israeli president
  • Mar 23 US President Ronald Reagan introduces Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars")
  • Mar 25 Christa Rothenburger skates world record 500 m ladies (39.69 sec)
  • Mar 25 Pavel Pegov skates world record 1000m (1:12.58)
  • Mar 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 27 Larry Holmes beats Lucien Rodriguez in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

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Mar 27 Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Mar 30 Ray Cooney's "Run for your Wives" premieres in London
  • Mar 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 30 New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) begins trading in crude oil future
  • Mar 31 Earthquake in Colombia kills some 5,000 people
  • Mar 31 Marsha Norman's "'night, Mother" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 1 Anti-nuclear demonstrators link arms in 14-mile human chain in England
  • Apr 1 NY Isle Mike Bossy becomes 1st to score 60 goals in 3 cons seasons
  • Apr 1 Iraq increases missile attacks on Iran
  • Apr 3 12th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Amy Alcott
  • Apr 3 2nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: USC beats Louisiana Tech 69-67
  • Apr 4 45th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: NC State beats Houston 54-52
  • Apr 4 6th space shuttle mission, Challenger 1 launched
  • Apr 5 France throws out 47 Soviet diplomats
  • Apr 5 NY Met Tom Seaver's sets record 14th NL Opening Day assignment
  • Apr 7 Oldest human skeleton, aged 80,000 years, discovered in Egypt
  • Apr 7 STS-6 specialist Story Musgrave & Don Peterson 1st STS spacewalk
  • Apr 7 WIBC Championship Tournament in Las Vegas, attracts 75,480 women bowlers for 83-day event

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Apr 8 In front of a live audience of 20 tourists, David Copperfield makes the Statue of Liberty disappear

  • Apr 9 6th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 1 returns to Earth
  • Apr 9 137th Grand National: Ben de Haan aboard Corbiere wins

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Apr 10 Baltimore's Eddie Murray hits his 1,000 career hit

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • Apr 10 Hennie Kuiper (Neth) wins Paris-Roubaix cycle race
  • Apr 10 Jordan king Hussein ceases negotiations with PLO
  • Apr 10 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • Apr 11 3rd Golden Raspberry Awards: Inchon! wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 11 47th Masters Golf Tournament: Seve Ballesteros wins, shooting a 280

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • Apr 11 55th Academy Awards: "Gandhi", Ben Kingsley & Meryl Streep win
  • Apr 11 NASA launches RCA-F
  • Apr 11 In the first 'supergrass' trial in Northern Ireland, fourteen Ulster Volunteer Force members are jailed for a total of two hundred years
  • Apr 12 Harold Washington elected Chicago's 1st black mayor
  • Apr 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 13 Undefeated middleweight boxer Tony Ayala gets 35 years on sex assault
  • Apr 14 NY Islanders tie own record with 2 shorthanded playoff goals (vs NY Rangers)
  • Apr 14 US President Reagan signs $165 billion Social Security rescue
  • Apr 15 Tokyo Disneyland opens
  • Apr 16 Steve Garvey sets NL record by playing in 1,118 consecutive games
  • Apr 17 1st National Coin Week begins
  • Apr 17 Grete Waltz runs female world record marathon (2:25:29)