Historical Events in April 1983

  • Apr 1 Anti-nuclear demonstrators link arms in 14-mile human chain in England

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Apr 1 NY Isle Mike Bossy becomes 1st to score 60 goals in 3 cons seasons

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 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

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 11 55th Academy Awards: "Gandhi", Ben Kingsley & Meryl Streep win

Actress Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
  • 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)

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Apr 14 US President Reagan signs $165 billion Social Security rescue

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 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)
  • Apr 17 In Warsaw, police route 1,000 Solidarity supporters
  • Apr 17 India entered space age launching SLV-3 rocket
  • Apr 17 Lynn Adams wins LPGA Combanks Orlando Golf Classic

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Apr 17 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Apr 17 NY Islanders tie NHL record with 3 shorthanded playoff goals vs NY Rangers

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Apr 18 87th Boston Marathon: Greg Meyer of United States 1st man in 2:09:00 and Joan Benoit of United States 1st woman in 2:22:43
  • Apr 18 A lone suicide bomber kills 63, at US Embassy in Lebanon
  • Apr 18 KMO-AM in Tacoma Wash changes call letters to KAMT (now KKMO)

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Apr 18 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Alice Walker for "The Color Purple"

Novelist Alice Walker
Alice Walker
  • Apr 19 France performs nuclear test
  • Apr 20 President Reagan signs a $165B bail out for Social Security
  • Apr 20 Soyuz T-8 launched; mission aborted when capsule fails to dock
  • Apr 20 Soyuz T-8 is launched (lands 2 days later)
  • Apr 21 1 pound coin introduced in United Kingdom
  • Apr 22 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 22 Soyuz T-8 returns to Earth
  • Apr 22 Start of 1st Sri Lanka-Australia Test Cricket match (at Kandy)
  • Apr 22 Stern mag announces major historical find-discovery of 60 volume personal diaries written by Adolf Hitler (turned out to be a hoax)
  • Apr 23 David Hookes scores his only Test Cricket century, 143* v Sri Lanka
  • Apr 23 28th Eurovision Song Contest: Corinne Hermes for Luxembourg wins singing "Si la vie est cadeau" in Munich
  • Apr 24 "Show Boat" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 73 performances
  • Apr 24 Austrian socialist party loses parliamentary election
  • Apr 24 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • Apr 25 "Nightline" expands from ½ hour to a full hour
  • Apr 25 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Apr 25 Portugal's Soares' Partido Socialista wins parliamentary election
  • Apr 25 Yuri Andropov invites US schoolgirl Samantha Smith to USSR
  • Apr 25 NASA space probe Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto's orbit.
  • Apr 26 Dow Jones Industrial Avg breaks 1,200 for 1st time
  • Apr 26 San Antonio spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 152-133 in NBA playoff game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 26 1983 NFL Draft: John Elway from University of Stanford first pick by Baltimore Colts

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Apr 27 Nolan Ryan becomes strikeout king (3,509), passing Walter Johnson
  • Apr 28 Argentine government declares all 15-30,000 missing persons dead
  • Apr 28 NASA launches Geos-F
  • Apr 29 Harold Washington sworn in as Chicago's 1st black mayor