Historical Events in May 1983

  • May 1 "My One & Only" opens at St James Theater NYC for 767 performances
  • May 1 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA CPC International Golf Tournament
  • May 2 6.7 earthquake injures 487 in Coalinga Calif

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May 3 Soviet leader Yuri Andropov decreases nuclear weapons in Europe

Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • May 3 US bishops condemn nuclear weapons
  • May 3 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 0
  • May 4 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • May 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 7 109th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye on Sunny's Halo wins in 2:02.2
  • May 7 August Hoffman performs record 29,051 consecutive sit-ups
  • May 7 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • May 8 Janet Coles wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 9 18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, and Sylvia win

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • May 10 "Laverne & Shirley" last airs on ABC-TV
  • May 10 Lee Chin Yong performs 170 continuous chin-ups in Seoul
  • May 11 "Dance a Little Closer" opens & closes at Minskoff Theater NYC
  • May 11 Aberdeen of Scotland win 23rd European Cup Winner's Cup against Real Madrid of Spain 2-1 in Gothenburg
  • May 11 Comet C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock) approaches 0.0312 AUs of Earth
  • May 12 Julie Lynne Hayek, (California), crowned 32nd Miss USA

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May 13 Reggie Jackson is 1st major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • May 14 "She Blinded Me with Science" by Thomas Dolby hits #5
  • May 14 Rosa Mota runs female world record 20k (1:06:55.5)
  • May 15 Lenore Muraoka wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • May 15 Madison Hotel (Boston) destroyed by implosion
  • May 16 Lebanese parliament accepts peace accord with Israel
  • May 16 Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement rebels against the Sudanese government.
  • May 17 Israel & Lebanon sign a peace treaty
  • May 17 Stanley Cup: NY Islanders sweep Edmonton Oilers in 4 games
  • May 18 Senate revises immigration laws, gives millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program
  • May 19 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 506

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May 19 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • May 19 36th Cannes Film Festival: "Narayama Bushiko" directed by Shohei Imamura wins the Palme d'Or

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 20 Larry Holmes beats Tim Witherspoon in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 20 Michael Dokes & Mike Weaver fight to a draw in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • May 20 Phillies Steve Carlton passes W Johnson with 2nd most strike outs
  • May 20 "Every Breath You Take" single released by The Police (Billboard Song of the Year 1983)
  • May 21 "Bang The Drum All Day" by Todd Rundgren hits #63
  • May 21 108th Preakness: Donald Miller Jr on Deputed Testamony wins in 1:55.4
  • May 21 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB, for mating for STS-7 mission

Music release#1 in the Charts

May 21 David Bowie's "Let's "Dance" single goes #1

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • May 22 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Golf Tournament
  • May 22 Toronto Blue Jay Cliff Johnson hits record 18th pinch hit HR
  • May 23 Radio Moscow announcer Vladimir Danchev praises Afghanistan Muslims standing up to Russia; he is removed from the air
  • May 24 Fred Sinowatz succeeds Bruno Kreisky as chancellor of Austria
  • May 24 Supreme Court rules government can deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminated against students

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May 25 "Return of the Jedi" (Star Wars part VI), produced by George Lucas first released

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
  • May 25 1st US National Missing Children's Day is proclaimed
  • May 25 Fire in Nassermeer, Egypt, kills 357
  • May 25 France performs nuclear test
  • May 25 Kirk Gibson (Tigers) & Jorge Orta (Blue Jays) hit inside park HRs
  • May 25 27th European Cup: Hamburg beats Juventus 1-0 at Athens
  • May 26 29th Walker Cup: US, 13½ - 10½
  • May 26 Space Shuttle Challenger moves to launch pad for STS-7
  • May 26 LA Lakers set NBA playoff game record of fewest free throws
  • May 26 NASA launches Exosat
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 27 Former EPA official Rita Lavelle indicted for contempt of Congress
  • May 28 "Ricky" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #63
  • May 29 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 29 Yuri Dumchev of USSR throws discus a record 71.86 m
  • May 29 Indianapolis 500: Tom Sneva wins in 3:05:03.092 (260.902 km/h)
  • May 30 Surrey all out for 14 vs Essex, their lowest score ever

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May 30 AL President Lee MacPhail suspends Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for one week, for his public criticism of umpires

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • May 31 37th NBA Championship: Philadelphia 76ers sweep LA Lakers in 4 games