Historical Events for Year 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
Jan 2nd - Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne, NYC after 767 perfs
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
US President & Actor Ronald ReaganUS President & Actor Ronald Reagan Jan 7th - President Reagan ends US arms embargo against Guatemala
Jan 9th - British PM Margaret Thatcher visits Falkland Islands
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
Jan 13th - AMA urges ban on boxing, cites Muhammad Ali's deteriorating condition
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
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad AliHeavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali Jan 17th - 10th American Music Awards: John Cougar & Rick Springfield, Olivia Newton-John
Jan 17th - Alabama Gov George C Wallace, becomes governor for record 4th time
Jan 17th - Nigeria expels 2 million illegal aliens, mostly Ghanaians
Jan 18th - IOC restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semipro baseball
Jan 19th - Klaus Barbie, SS chief of Lyon in Nazi-France, arrested in Bolivia
Jan 20th - American gangster Roy DeMeo is found murdered in his car trunk after disappearing a few days earlier
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
Gangster Roy DeMeoGangster Roy DeMeo Jan 22nd - NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 31-17
Jan 23rd - "A-Team" with Mr T premieres on NBC
Jan 23rd - Bjorn Borg announces his retirement from tennis
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
Jan 24th - Hulk Hogan pins Iron Sheik for World Wrestling Federation title
WWF Wrestler Hulk HoganWWF 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 hit #1 on UK pop chart
Jan 29th - 40th Golden Globes: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Ben Kingsley & Meryl Streep win
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
LPGA Golfer Pat BradleyLPGA Golfer Pat Bradley 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
Feb 2nd - Pope John Paul II names 18 new cardinals
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 - 13th NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 20-19
LPGA Golfer Nancy LopezLPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez 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
Feb 8th - Baseball orders Mickey Mantle to sever ties with Claridge Casino
Feb 8th - Eric Peters sets transatlantic sailboat record (E-W)-46 days
Feb 8th - Tina Howe's "Painting Churches" premieres in NYC
Feb 8th - Wayne Gretzky sets NHL all star record of 4 goals in 1 period
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
Ice Hockey Great Wayne GretzkyIce Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky 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 - 33rd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 132-123 at LA
Feb 13th - Australia beats NZ 2-0 to win 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.
King of Pop Michael JacksonKing of Pop Michael Jackson Feb 26th - Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 37 weeks
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
23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke Mar 5th - Bob Hawke (Labour) defeats PM Malcolm Fraser (Liberal) to win Australian general election
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 Fig 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 musica "Woman of the Year" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 770 perfs
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

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