August 1983 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 2 STS-8 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Aug 2 US District Court begins trying Yonkers accused of race discrimination
  • Aug 3 John Sain of South Bend, Ind, builds 3.91 m house of cards
  • Aug 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 4 Bettino Craxi sworn in as premier of Italy
  • Aug 4 France performs nuclear test
  • Aug 4 Revolution in Burkina Faso
  • Aug 4 While warming up before 5th inning Yankee Dave Winfield accidentally kills a seagull
  • Aug 6 Supertanker Castillo de Bellvar crashes at South Africa
  • Aug 6 Bomb planted by Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of ANC, explodes at a synagogue in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 7 1st World Track & Field Championships
  • Aug 7 Bobby Murcer Day at Yankee Stadium
  • Aug 7 Some 675,000 AT&T employees strike
  • Aug 8 Brig Gen Efrain Rios Montt deposed as president of Guatemela
  • Aug 8 Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwoman Christine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned)
  • Aug 8 Military coup in Guatemala, President Rios Montt flees

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Aug 12 General Manuel A Noriega becomes commander of Panamanian army

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • Aug 17 -19] Hurricane Alicia, kills 17 in Texas
  • Aug 18 Hurricane Alicia battered Houston & Galveston, Texas
  • Aug 18 Samantha Druce, age 12y 119d becomes the youngest woman to swim English Channel
  • Aug 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Aug 18 Royals defeat Yanks, 5-4, completing "pine-tar" game (12 minutes). Hal McRae strikes out & Dan Quisenberry retires Yankees in order
  • Aug 20 The South African anti-apartheid umbrella organization, United Democratic Front (UDF) is launched at Rocklands Community Centre in Cape Town, South Afrca
  • Aug 21 110°F (43°C) at Fayetteville, North Carolina (state record)
  • Aug 25 US & USSR sign $10 billion grain pact
  • Aug 26 Floods destroy most of the old town of Bilbao, Spain.
  • Aug 27 Haiti adopts constitution
  • Aug 27 US performs nuclear test
  • Aug 28 Greg Luzinski is 1st player to put 3 HRs onto roof at Comiskey Park

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Aug 28 Israeli PM Menachem Begin announces his resignation

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • Aug 28 Joseph Kreckman sets record of 2,215 clay pigeons shot in an hour
  • Aug 30 8th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 3-launched (6 days)
  • Aug 30 WKBC-TV (channel 48) ends broadcasting in Philadelphia
  • Aug 30 Guion Bluford becomes 1st African-American astronaut in space
  • Aug 31 Edwin Moses of USA sets 400m hurdle record (47.02) in Koblenz

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 Nick Diaz, American MMA fighter

Deaths in History

  • 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