Events in Film & Television in 1983

  • Jan 2 Don Muraco beats Pedro Morales to become WWF Intercontinental Champ

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Jan 7 President Reagan ends US arms embargo against Guatemala

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jan 17 10th American Music Awards: John Cougar & Rick Springfield, Olivia Newton-John
  • Jan 21 President Reagan certifies El Salvador human-rights abuses have decreased making country eligible for US military aid

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

Actor Mr. T
Actor
Mr. T

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

  • Feb 2 CBS' premiere of fact based WW2 drama "The Scarlet and the Black", based on the life of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty

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Feb 28 Final TV episode of "M*A*S*M*A*S*H" airs (CBS); record 125 million watch in the US

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Mar 11 9th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds, Jane Fonda & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Linda Evans & Loretta Swit win (TV)

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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

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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

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 6 "Octopussy", 13th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Maud Adams and Louis Jourdan premieres in London

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Jun 6 Betty White becomes 1st woman to win Outstanding Game Show Host at Daytime Emmy Awards for NBC's "Just Men"

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
  • Jun 8 "Trading Places", American comedy film, is released

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Jun 22 "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life," released in France

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
  • Jul 11 Lorraine Elizabeth Downes, 19, of NZ, crowned 32nd Miss Universe
  • Jul 29 "Friday Night Videos" premieres on NBC TV
  • Aug 4 16th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego
  • Aug 30 Elizabeth R Zakarian (Devon Pierce), 17, NY, crowned 1st Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 31 40th Venice Film Festival: "First Name: Carmen" directed by Jean-Luc Godard wins Golden Lion

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Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 18th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $30,691,627

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis

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Sep 16 Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes a US citizen

Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Sep 17 Vanessa Williams (NY), 20, crowned 56th Miss America 1984, 1st black
  • Sep 18 Kiss' first "unmasked" (no make up) appearance on MTV
  • Sep 18 Action series "Hardcastle and McCormick" premieres on ABC in the US
  • Sep 25 35th Emmy Awards: Hill Street Blues, Cheers, Ed Flanders & Shelley Long win
  • Sep 29 US Congress authorizes President Reagan to keep 1,600 US Marines in Lebanon
  • Oct 10 NBC premiere of true life drama "Adam", based on John Walsh's son's murder

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Nov 2 US President Ronald Reagan signs bill establishing Dr Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Nov 11 President Reagan became 1st US president to address Japanese legislature
  • Nov 20 100 million watch ABC-TV movie "Day After" about nuclear war

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Nov 20 "Terms of Endearment" from the book by Larry McMurtry, directed by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger premieres in New York (Best Picture 1984)