Historical Events in January 1983

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

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

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Jan 7 President Reagan ends US arms embargo against Guatemala

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

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Jan 9 British PM Margaret Thatcher visits Falkland Islands

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

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

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

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Jan 17 Alabama Governor George Wallace, becomes governor for a record 4th time

Politician and Segregationist George Wallace
Politician and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • Jan 17 Nigeria expels 2 million illegal aliens, mostly Ghanaians

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

MurderMurder of Interest

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

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

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

Actor Mr. T
Mr. T

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Jan 23 Bjorn Borg announces his retirement from tennis

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

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

Actress Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
  • Jan 30 Hilbert van Thumb becomes European skating champ
  • Jan 30 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Mazda of Deer Creek Golf Classic
  • Jan 30 Super Bowl XVII: Wash Red Skins beat Miami Dolphins, 27-17 in Pasadena Super Bowl MVP: John Riggins, Washington, RB
  • Jan 31 In an effort to reduce driving deaths, a new law in UK requires drivers and front-seat passengers to wear seatbelts