Historical Events in 1983

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

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

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Jan 7th President Reagan ends US arms embargo against Guatemala

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

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Jan 9th British PM Margaret Thatcher visits Falkland Islands

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

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jan 13th Quebec Nordiques play 251st NHL game without being shut out
  • Jan 15th Dutch political party DS'70 disbands
  • Jan 15th Hartford Whalers smallest crowd 4,812 (beat Devils) during blizzard
  • Jan 15th Javed Miandad & Mudassar Nazar make 451 stand v India
  • Jan 15th Thom Syles keeps a life saver intact in his mouth for over 7 hours
  • Jan 17th 10th American Music Awards: John Cougar & Rick Springfield, Olivia Newton-John
  • Jan 17th Alabama Governor George Wallace, becomes governor for a record 4th time
  • Jan 17th Nigeria expels 2 million illegal aliens, mostly Ghanaians

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Jan 18th 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 19th Klaus Barbie, SS chief of Lyon in Nazi-France, arrested in Bolivia

MurderMurder of Interest

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

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

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

Actor Mr. T
Mr. T

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Jan 23rd Bjorn Borg announces his retirement from tennis

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Jan 23rd Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $14,700,000
  • Jan 23rd In NBA, Portland scores all 17 pts in overtime to beat Houston 113-96
  • Jan 23rd Russian radioactive satellite falls into Indian Ocean
  • Jan 23rd Schone skates ladies world record 5 km (7:40.97)
  • Jan 23rd "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 23rd AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat New York Jets 14-0

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

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Feb 2nd Pope John Paul II names 18 new cardinals

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

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

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

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

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Feb 8th Champion thoroughbred Shergar kidnapped in Ireland; never found Lloyds of London pays $10.6 million insurance
  • Feb 8th Ariel Sharon resigns from Israeli government after an inquiry shows he was indirectly responsible for the killings of hundreds of people in 1982
  • Feb 8th A prize stallion and Derby winner is kidnapped; a nationwide hunt begins the following day
  • Feb 9th Belgium buys 44 F-16s
  • Feb 10th Anglican synod vote 338-100 against unilateral UK nuclear disarmament
  • Feb 11th "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Ricky" & "Buckingham Blues" debut LP
  • Feb 11th 4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18"(46 cm))
  • Feb 13th "Merlin" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • Feb 13th Australia beats NZ 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Feb 13th Donna White wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
  • Feb 13th E Bernstein, Levinson & Link's musical "Merlin" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 13th World Boxing Council becomes 1st to cut boxing from 15 to 12 rounds
  • Feb 13th 33rd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 132-123 at Inglewood, California
  • Feb 16th The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia claim the lives of 75 people in Australia's worst ever fires.
  • Feb 17th Bob Bourne fails on 8th Islander penalty shot
  • Feb 17th Netherlands adopts constitution
  • Feb 17th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 18th NBA Indiana Pacers begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • Feb 18th 33rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Ascendancy" and "The Beehive" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 19th Fernando Valenzuela wins his salary arbitration of $1 million
  • Feb 19th Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 400 m free style swimming record
  • Feb 20th Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450/570 km)
  • Feb 20th Roland Liboton becomes world champ cross-country cycling
  • Feb 20th 25th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins (155.979 MPH)
  • Feb 21st Donald Davis runs 1 mile backwards in 6 m 7.1 s
  • Feb 21st NBA San Diego Clippers begin a 29 game road losing streak
  • Feb 22nd Harold Washington wins Chicago's Democratic mayoral primary
  • Feb 22nd Hindus kill 3000 Muslims in Assam, India
  • Feb 22nd Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 1500m free style swimming record
  • Feb 23rd 25th Grammy Awards: Roxanna, Toto IV, Men at Work wins
  • Feb 23rd USFL NJ Generals sign Heisman winner Herschel Walker (3 years-$5 mil)
  • Feb 23rd The Spanish Socialist government of Felipe González and Miguel Boyer nationalizes Rumasa, a holding of José María Ruiz Mateos.
  • Feb 23rd The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri.
  • Feb 24th Dow Jones closes above 1100 mark for 1st time
  • Feb 24th USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Feb 24th 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 26th Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 37 weeks

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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

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

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sport awardGolf Major

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