1983 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 442

  • 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 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 4 US Football League holds its 1st player draft
  • Jan 7 Australia regain the Ashes with a 2-1 series win v England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 British PM Margaret Thatcher visits Falkland Islands

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • Jan 12 Brooks Robinson & Juan Marichal elected to Hall of Fame
  • Jan 15 Dutch political party DS'70 disbands
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Jan 19 Klaus Barbie, SS chief in Lyon in Nazi-occupied 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
Gangster
Roy DeMeo
  • Jan 21 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Anthony E Hecht
  • Jan 22 2nd flight readiness firing of Challenger's main engines; 22 seconds
  • Jan 23 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $14,700,000
  • Jan 23 Russian radioactive satellite falls into Indian Ocean
  • Jan 23 Schone skates ladies world record 5 km (7:40.97)

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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 31 In an effort to reduce driving deaths, a new law in UK requires drivers and front-seat passengers to wear seatbelts
  • Feb 1 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Feb 2 Chicago Archbishop Joseph L Bernardin is among 18 new cardinals invested

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 Pope John Paul II names 18 new cardinals

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 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 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 Eric Peters sets transatlantic sailboat record (E-W)-46 days
  • Feb 8 Tina Howe's "Painting Churches" premieres in NYC
  • 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 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 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 20 Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450/570 km)
  • 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 22 Harold Washington wins Chicago's Democratic mayoral primary
  • Feb 22 Hindus kill 3000 Muslims in Assam, India
  • 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.
  • Feb 26 Shortwave pirate Radio USA (Wellsville, NY) begins transmission
  • Feb 27 Eamonn Coghlan of Ireland set indoor mile record of 3:49.78
  • Mar 1 Tamara McKinney becomes 1st US woman skier to win the World Cup
  • Mar 1 Tornado tears through Los Angeles, injuring 33 people
  • Mar 2 Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced
  • Mar 2 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Mar 4 U.S. Public Health Service's publishes its guidelines for blood donors and AIDS

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 5 Bob Hawke (Labour) defeats PM Malcolm Fraser (Liberal) to win Australian general election

23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke
23rd Australian Prime Minister
Bob Hawke
Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • Mar 6 Helmut Kohl's CDU/CSU wins West German parliament elections
  • Mar 6 New Bedford, Mass, woman charges she was gang-raped atop a pool table
  • Mar 6 US Football League begins its 1st season
  • Mar 7 TNN (The Nashville Network) begins on Cable TV
  • Mar 8 House Foreign Affairs Com endorses nuclear weapons freeze with USSR
  • Mar 8 IBM releases PC DOS version 2.0
  • Mar 9 Caryl Churchill's "Fen" premieres in London
  • Mar 9 Zimbabwe opposition leader Joshua Nkomo flees to Botswana
  • Mar 11 Ice Pairs Championship at Helsinki won by Valova & Vasiliev (URS)
  • Mar 11 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Rosalynn Sumners (USA)
  • Mar 12 Don Ritchie runs world record 50 mile (4:51:49)
  • Mar 13 1st USFL overtime game-Birmingham Stallions beat Oakld Invaders 20-14
  • Mar 14 OPEC cut oil prices for 1st time in 23 years
  • Mar 16 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Nets-1,814)
  • Mar 21 Only known typo on Time Magazine cover (control=contol), all recalled
  • Mar 22 Chaim Herzog elected Israeli president
  • Mar 25 Christa Rothenburger skates world record 500 m ladies (39.69 sec)
  • Mar 25 Pavel Pegov skates world record 1000m (1:12.58)
  • Mar 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 27 Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Mar 30 Ray Cooney's "Run for your Wives" premieres in London
  • Mar 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 30 New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) begins trading in crude oil future
  • Mar 31 Earthquake in Colombia kills some 5,000 people
  • Mar 31 Marsha Norman's "'night, Mother" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 1 Anti-nuclear demonstrators link arms in 14-mile human chain in England
  • Apr 1 Iraq increases missile attacks on Iran
  • Apr 4 6th space shuttle mission, Challenger 1 launched
  • Apr 5 France throws out 47 Soviet diplomats

Birthdays in History


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 8 Kim Jong-un, Supreme Leader of North Korea (2011-), born in Pyongyang

Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un
Supreme Leader of North Korea
Kim Jong-un
  • Jan 10 Li Nina, Chinese aerial free-style skier
  • Jan 22 Robert Steinhäuser, German perpetrator of the Erfurt massacre (d. 2002)
  • Feb 2 Will South, Thirteen Senses frontman
  • Feb 6 Myron Wolf Child, Canadian politician
  • Feb 12 Carlton Brewster, National Football League player
  • Mar 4 Max Vergara Poeti, Colombian writer
  • Mar 9 Clint Dempsey, American footballer
  • Mar 10 Reena Virk, Canadian murder victim (d. 1997)
  • Mar 26 David Bennett, Canadian powerlifter and steamfitter
  • Apr 2 Martin Shkreli, pharmaceutical executive (Pharma), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 3 Errol Barnett, English reporter
  • Apr 4 Angelle Tymon, American journalist and TV game show host
  • Apr 6 James Wade, English Darts Player
  • Apr 14 William Yaw Obeng, Arena Football League lineman
  • Apr 23 Jennifer Heil, Canadian free style skier
  • Apr 24 Princess Iman bint Al Hussein of Jordan
  • Apr 25 DeAngelo Williams, National Football League runningback
  • Apr 26 Jessica Lynch, American P.O.W.
  • May 5 Scott Ware, American footballer
  • May 10 Gustav Fridolin, Swedish politician
  • May 10 Natalia Zabala, Miss Spain 2007
  • May 13 Anita Görbicz, Hungarian handball player
  • May 24 Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, Anglo-Australian videogame creator and critic
  • Jun 8 Mamoru Miyano, Japanese seiyuu
  • Jun 19 Mark Selby, British snooker player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 21 Edward Snowden, American NSA contractor who leaked classified information, born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

NSA Contractor Edward Snowden
NSA Contractor
Edward Snowden
  • Jun 23 Jason Berrent, American performer
  • Jul 7 Justin Davies, Australian rules footballer
  • Jul 11 Evan Roberts, American radio broadcaster
  • Aug 2 Nick Diaz, American MMA fighter
  • Sep 4 Yuichi Nakamaru, Japanese idol, (member of KAT-TUN)
  • Sep 19 Matt Wiman, American mixed martial artist
  • Sep 25 Terrance Pennington, National Football League guard, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 4 Risa Kudo, Japanese gravure idol
  • Oct 4 Ueda Tatsuya, Japanese idol (member of KAT-TUN)
  • Oct 11 William Sledd, American internet personality
  • Oct 11 Ruslan Ponomariov, Ukrainian chess player
  • Oct 23 Josh Strickland, American entertainer
  • Nov 3 Suzane von Richthofen, Brazilian murderess
  • Nov 15 DJ Skee, American DJ/Personality
  • Nov 17 Christopher Paolini, American novelist
  • Nov 18 Jon Johansen, Norwegian software developer
  • Nov 19 Chandra Crawford, Canadian cross-country skier
  • Nov 25 Joey Chestnut, American champion competitive eater
  • Nov 26 Chris Hughes, American businessman and co-founder of Facebook, born in Hickory, North Carolina
  • Dec 4 Jimmy Bartel, Australian rules footballer
  • Dec 8 Liu Song, Chinese snooker player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 26 Alexander Wang, American fashion designer (Balenciaga), born in San Francisco, California

Fashion Designer Alexander Wang
Fashion Designer
Alexander Wang
  • Dec 30 Rachel & Ross Trudeau, twins of Jane Pauley & Gerry Trudeau
  • Dec 30 Kevin Systrom, American CEO and co-founder of Instagram, born in Holliston, Massachusetts

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 29 Producer Dick Wolf (36) weds Christine Marburg

Crime Drama Producer Dick Wolf
Crime Drama Producer
Dick Wolf

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 28 Russian president Vladimir Putin (30) weds flight attendant Lyudmila Shkrebneva (25)

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Sep 11 Fashion designer Donna Karen marries Stephan Weiss

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 15 Author Roald Dahl (67) weds Liccy Crosland (45) at Brixton Town Hall in South London

Author Roald Dahl
Author
Roald Dahl
  • Dec 21 Loretta Swit weds Dennis Holahan

Divorces in History


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 16 Producer Dick Wolf (36) divorces Susan Scranton after more than 13 years of marriage

Crime Drama Producer Dick Wolf
Crime Drama Producer
Dick Wolf

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 125

  • Jan 2 Harriet Parsons, producer (Susan Slept Here), dies at 76 of cancer
  • Jan 7 August Cool, Belgian trade union leader, dies at 79
  • Jan 8 Tom McCall, Governor of Oregon (b. 1913)
  • Jan 8 Gerhard Barkhorn, German fighter pilot (b. 1919)

MurderMurder of Interest

Jan 10 Roy DeMeo, American gangster (Gambino crime family), murdered at 40

Gangster Roy DeMeo
Gangster
Roy DeMeo
  • Jan 11 Nikolaj V Podgorny, president USSR, dies at 79
  • Jan 11 Shri Ghanshyam Das Birla, Indian industrialist and educator (b. 1894)
  • Jan 12 Rebop Kwaku Baah, Nigerian percussionist (b. 1944)
  • Jan 13 D Mack Reynolds, US writer (Amazon Planet, Once Departed), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 15 Meyer Lansky, reputed mobster, dies in Miami Beach Fla at 80

Mobster Meyer Lansky
Mobster
Meyer Lansky
  • Jan 24 George Cukor, director, dies of stroke & heart attack at 83
  • Jan 28 Frank Forde, 15th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1890)
  • Jan 30 [Dallas] Mack/McCord Reynolds, sci-fi author (Earth War), dies at 65
  • Feb 2 Roy Horb, Suriname sergeant/putschist, commits suicide
  • Feb 5 Derk Roemers, Dutch union leader/politician (soc dem), dies at 67
  • Feb 20 James G Richardson, (Tim Cassidy-Sierra), dies at 37 in ski accident
  • Feb 20 Fritz Köberle, Austrian-Brazilian physician (b. 1910)
  • Feb 25 John Cowles Sr, US publisher, dies at 84

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 25 Tennessee Williams, US playwright and writer (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 71

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams
  • Mar 1 Arthur Koestler, Hung/British writer ("Darkness at Noon"), commits suicide at 77
  • Mar 3 Hergé, Belgian comics creator (b. 1907)
  • Mar 9 Ulf von Euler, Swedish physiologist famous for his work on neurotransmitters (Nobel 1970), dies at 78
  • Mar 12 Jevsei G Liberman, Ukraine economist (Plan, profit, bonus), dies at 85
  • Mar 13 Paul R Citroen, Dutch sculptor, dies at 86
  • Mar 15 Jose Luis Sert, Spanish-US architect/urban developer, dies at 80
  • Mar 15 Rebecca West, English writer (b. 1892)
  • Mar 16 Fred Rose, Canadian politician (b. 1907)
  • Mar 17 Haldan Keffer Hartline, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • Mar 18 Umberto of Piemonte, King Umberto II of Italy (1946) and Italy's last king dies in exile aged 78
  • Mar 18 Kenneth E. Boulding, English economist (b. 1910)
  • Mar 20 Ivan Matveyevich Vinogradov, Russian mathematician (b. 1891)
  • Mar 23 Barney Clark, 1st artifical heart recipient, dies after 112 days at 62
  • Mar 26 Anthony F Blunt, British art historian/spy for USSR, dies at 75
  • Mar 28 Martinus A Jansen, bishop of Rotterdam (1956-70), dies at 77
  • Mar 31 Christina Stead, Australian writer (b. 1902)
  • Apr 4 Jacqueline Logan, silent film leading lady, dies at 78
  • Apr 6 Ana Maria, Salvador guerilla leader, murdered
  • Apr 10 Issam Sartawi, PLO ambassador to Portugal, murdered
  • Apr 13 Theodore Stephanides, Greek doctor and naturalist (b. 1896)
  • Apr 15 Gyula Illyes, Hungarian writer/poet (Az Ismertlen Illyes), dies at 80
  • Apr 15 Corrie ten Boom, Dutch author and Holocaust survivor
  • Apr 17 Mark W Clark, US general (WW II), dies at 87
  • Apr 17 Peter Potter, DJ (Peter Potter Show, Juke Box Jury), dies at 78
  • Apr 19 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes & Diamonds), dies at 73
  • Apr 20 Jerzy Andrezjewski, writer, dies
  • May 2 Marius F Duintjer, architect, dies
  • May 3 Vaughn Taylor, act (Jailhouse Rock), dies of cerebal hemmorrhage at 72
  • May 5 Horst Schumann, Nazi physician (b. 1901)
  • May 7 Peter Edel, writer, dies
  • May 10 John P Strijbos, writer (Called that Bird), dies at 92
  • May 11 Zenna [Chlarson] Henderson, author (Anything Box), dies at 65
  • May 14 Miguel Aleman Valdes, attorney/President of Mexico (1946-52), dies at 80
  • May 14 Roger J. Traynor, American judge (b. 1900)
  • May 19 Jean Rey, Belgian politician and President of the European Commission dies at 80
  • May 21 Kenneth Clark, English art historian (b. 1903)
  • May 23 Albert Claude, Belgian biologist (Nobel 1974), dies at 84
  • May 25 Sydney Box, academy award producer, dies at 76
  • May 28 Erastus Corning 2nd, American politician, 72nd Mayor of Albany, New York (b. 1909)
  • May 29 Arvīds Pelše, Soviet Latvian statesman (b. 1899)
  • May 30 Alfred M Gruenther, US general/NATO-commander (1953-56), dies at 84
  • Jun 1 Anna Seghers, writer, dies at 82
  • Jun 1 Charles Tham, of Saxon-Coburg-Gotha, count of Flanders/Prince, dies
  • Jun 7 Charles von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha, Belgium prince, buried
  • Jun 15 Srirangam Srinivasarao, also known as Sri Sri, Telugu poet (b. 1910)
  • Jun 16 James Arthur Calata, African National Congress (ANC) leader and Anglican clergyman, at 87
  • Jun 17 Eelco N van Kleffens, Dutch min of Foreign affairs 1939-46, dies at 88
  • Jun 21 Anton G J van de Velde, Flemish writer/director (Tijl), dies at 87
  • Jun 27 Don Ida, balloonists, dies during a race
  • Jun 27 Maxie Anderson, balloonists, dies during a race
  • Jun 30 Mary Livingstone, [Sadye Marks] Comedienne, (Jack Benny), dies at 77
  • Jul 1 R Buckminster Fuller, inventor/philosopher, dies in LA at 87
  • Jul 3 John Fleming (Jack) Brock, scientist, physician and a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town, 78
  • Jul 5 Arie Querido, psychiatrist (social psychiatry), dies
  • Jul 7 George Cukor, director (My Fair Lady), dies on 84th birthday
  • Jul 7 Herman Kahn, US futurist/nuclear strategist, dies at 71
  • Jul 7 Vicki Morgan, mistress (Beautiful Bad Girl), murdered at 30
  • Jul 9 Keith Wickenden, British Politician (b. 1932)
  • Jul 11 Ross Macdonald, American-Canadian writer (b. 1915)
  • Jul 13 Gabrielle Roy, Canadian author (b. 1909)
  • Jul 29 J B Charles, [Willem Nagel], Dutch criminologist/writer, dies at 83
  • Jul 29 Luis Buñuel, director (Monk), dies of cirrhosis of liver at 83
  • Jul 30 Howard Deitz, MGM executive, dies at 86 of Parkinson's disease
  • Aug 15 Benjamin V Cohen, US author of New Deal legislation, dies at 88
  • Aug 18 Nikolaus Pevsner, German-born art historian (b. 1902)
  • Aug 20 Kerwin Duinmeijer, Dutch of Antillean descent, murdered by in a racially motivated attack at 15
  • Aug 21 Benigno S Aquino Jr, Philippines opposition leader, killed at 50
  • Aug 24 Shawn Lewis, 5th wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, dies of methadone OD
  • Aug 29 William Goyen, American writer, dies at 68
  • Sep 1 Henry "Scoop" Jackson, (Sen-D-Wash), dies at 71
  • Sep 1 Larry McDonald, American congressman (b. 1935)
  • Sep 8 Willem C "Wim" Kan, Dutch cabaret performer, dies at 72
  • Sep 10 Balthasar J "John" Vorster, South African premier (1966-78), dies at 67
  • Sep 10 Felix Bloch, Swiss-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905)
  • Sep 15 LeRoy Prinz, choreographer, dies at 88
  • Sep 17 Humberto Madeiros, US cardinal to Boston, dies at 67
  • Sep 25 Leopold III, King of Belgium (1934-51), dies at 81
  • Oct 3 Kurt Kusenberg, writer, dies at 79
  • Oct 5 Earl Tupper, American inventor (b. 1907)
  • Oct 6 Terence Cooke, cardinal/archbishop of NY, dies at 62
  • Oct 9 Sun Suk Joon, South Korean vice premier, murdered