Historical Events in February 1983

  • 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.

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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