Historical Events in August 1983

  • Aug 1 New Zealand score their 1st Test Cricket match victory in England
  • Aug 2 STS-8 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Aug 2 US District Court begins trying Yonkers accused of race discrimination
  • Aug 3 John Sain of South Bend, Ind, builds 3.91 m house of cards
  • Aug 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 4 Bettino Craxi sworn in as premier of Italy
  • Aug 4 France performs nuclear test
  • Aug 4 Revolution in Burkina Faso
  • Aug 4 While warming up before 5th inning Yankee Dave Winfield accidentally kills a seagull
  • Aug 4 16th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego
  • Aug 6 Minnesota Vikings beat St Louis Cards 28-10 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • Aug 6 Supertanker Castillo de Bellvar crashes at South Africa
  • Aug 6 Bomb planted by Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of ANC, explodes at a synagogue in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 7 "Merlin" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 199 performances
  • Aug 7 1st World Track & Field Championships
  • Aug 7 65th PGA Championship: Hal Sutton shoots a 274 at Riviera CC LA
  • Aug 7 Bobby Murcer Day at Yankee Stadium
  • Aug 7 Grete Waitz of Norway wins 1st all-women Marathon (Helsinki, Finland)
  • Aug 7 Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • Aug 7 Some 675,000 AT&T employees strike
  • Aug 7 1st World Championships in Athletics open at Helsinki, Finland
  • Aug 8 Brig Gen Efrain Rios Montt deposed as president of Guatemela
  • Aug 8 Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwoman Christine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned)
  • Aug 8 Military coup in Guatemala, President Rios Montt flees

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Aug 8 1st World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in 100m

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Aug 10 1st World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in Men's Long Jump

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Aug 12 General Manuel A Noriega becomes commander of Panamanian army

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • Aug 14 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
  • Aug 14 Robert de Castella wins Helsinki marathon (2:10:03
  • Aug 14 1st World Championships in Athletics close at Helsinki, Finland
  • Aug 15 Ramones guitarist Joey Ramone, beaten in fight-undergoes brain surgery
  • Aug 17 -19] Hurricane Alicia, kills 17 in Texas
  • Aug 18 Hurricane Alicia battered Houston & Galveston, Texas
  • Aug 18 Samantha Druce, age 12y 119d becomes the youngest woman to swim English Channel
  • Aug 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Aug 18 Royals defeat Yanks, 5-4, completing "pine-tar" game (12 minutes). Hal McRae strikes out & Dan Quisenberry retires Yankees in order
  • Aug 19 LSU footballer Billy Cannon sentenced to 5 yrs for counterfeiting
  • Aug 19 Dodgers trade Dave Stewart & Ricky Wright to Texas for Rick Honeycut
  • Aug 20 The South African anti-apartheid umbrella organization, United Democratic Front (UDF) is launched at Rocklands Community Centre in Cape Town, South Afrca
  • Aug 21 "La Cage aux Folles" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 1761 performances
  • Aug 21 110°F (43°C) at Fayetteville, North Carolina (state record)
  • Aug 21 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Chevrolet World Championship of Women's Golf

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 24 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose ends consecutive games played streak at 745

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Aug 25 Triple A baseball's Louisville Redbirds breaks 1 million fan mark
  • Aug 25 US & USSR sign $10 billion grain pact
  • Aug 26 Floods destroy most of the old town of Bilbao, Spain.
  • Aug 27 Haiti adopts constitution
  • Aug 27 US performs nuclear test
  • Aug 28 "Mame" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Aug 28 Greg Luzinski is 1st player to put 3 HRs onto roof at Comiskey Park

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Aug 28 Israeli PM Menachem Begin announces his resignation

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • Aug 28 Joseph Kreckman sets record of 2,215 clay pigeons shot in an hour
  • Aug 28 Pat Bradley wins Columbia Savings Golf Classic
  • Aug 30 8th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 3-launched (6 days)
  • Aug 30 Elizabeth R Zakarian (Devon Pierce), 17, NY, crowned 1st Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 30 WKBC-TV (channel 48) ends broadcasting in Philadelphia
  • Aug 30 Guion Bluford becomes 1st African-American astronaut in space
  • Aug 31 Edwin Moses of USA sets 400m hurdle record (47.02) in Koblenz
  • Aug 31 40th Venice Film Festival: "First Name: Carmen" directed by Jean-Luc Godard wins Golden Lion