December 1983 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Rita Lavelle, former head of EPA, convicted of perjury
  • Dec 3 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Dec 4 US jet fighters strike Syrian anti-aircraft positions in Lebanon
  • Dec 5 12 killed by a car bomb shattering 9-story building in west Beirut
  • Dec 5 ICIMOD established and inaugurated with its headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal, and legitimised through an Act of Parliament in Nepal in the same year.
  • Dec 6 A bomb planted on a bus in Jerusalem explodes, kills 6 Israelis
  • Dec 7 2 jets collided at Madrid Airport killing 93
  • Dec 7 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Dec 8 9th Space Shuttle Mission, Columbia 6, lands at Edwards AFB
  • Dec 8 Richard Baker, Zen teacher, steps down from abbotship of SF Zen Center
  • Dec 9 Counselor to Ronald Regan, Edwin Meese says people go to soup kitchens "...because food is free & that's easier than paying for it"
  • Dec 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 10 Danuta Walesa, wife of Lech Walesa, accepts his Nobel Peace Prize
  • Dec 10 Raul Alfonsin inaugurated as Argentina's 1st civilian president

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 11 1st visit to Lutheran church by a pope (John Paul II in Rome)

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Dec 12 A truck bomb explodes at US Embassy in Kuwait
  • Dec 12 5th ACE Cable Awards: The VII International Tchaikovsky Competition by Robert Dalrymple and Ken Locker
  • Dec 13 Islander's Butch Goring scorings 4 goals against Oilers
  • Dec 13 KYA-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KOIT
  • Dec 13 Martha Layne Collins inaugurated as Kentucky's 1st female governor
  • Dec 15 Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via El Paso, Kelly AFB
  • Dec 15 Last 80 US combat soldiers in Grenada withdrew
  • Dec 15 Wendy Wasserstein's "Isn't It Romantic" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 16 Riverside, California; judge denies cerebral palsy victim Elizabeth Bouviato request to starve herself to death in a county hospital
  • Dec 17 Disco in Madrid catches fire; 83 die
  • Dec 17 The Provisional IRA bombs Harrods department store in London, killing six people and injuring 90
  • Dec 20 El Salvador adopts constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 20 PLO chairman Yasser Arafat & 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • Dec 22 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak meets with PLO leader Yasser Arafat
  • Dec 23 Journal Science publishes 1st report on nuclear winter
  • Dec 25 1st live telecast of Christmas Parade at the EPCOT Centre, Disney World Florida
  • Dec 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 27 Pope John Paul II pardons man who shot him (Mehmet Ali Agca)
  • Dec 27 Propane gas fire devastated 16 blocks of Buffalo
  • Dec 28 US say they will leave UNESCO on Dec 31, 1984
  • Dec 28 Warren Cromartie signs 3 year $2.5M contract with Yomiuri Giants
  • Dec 29 US announced withdrawal from UNESCO
  • Dec 31 Brunei gains complete independence from Britain
  • Dec 31 Jose Happart installed as mayor of Voeren Belgium
  • Dec 31 Nigeria's National Assembly dissolves after military coup
  • Dec 31 Benjamin Ward appointed 1st African American NY City Police Commissioner by Mayor Ed Koch

Birthdays in History

  • 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

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

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

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Mirsky, mathematician, dies
  • Dec 2 Fifi D'Orsay, "French Bombshell" (Dixie Jamboree), dies cancer at 79
  • Dec 5 Robert Aldrich, dir/producer (Last Sunset), dies at 65
  • Dec 7 Edgar Graham, member of N Ireland Assembly, shot dead by IRA
  • Dec 11 Sir Neil Ritchie, British General (b. 1897)
  • Dec 13 Mary Renault [Challans], British author (Funeral games), dies at 78
  • Dec 13 Alexander Schmemann, Orthodox Christian priest and theologian (b. 1921)
  • Dec 13 Nichita Stanescu, Romanian poet (b. 1933
  • Dec 16 Kusan Sunim, found Milae Sa temple/Bulsung Sa Zen in Korea, dies at 74
  • Dec 21 Paul de Man, Belgian-born literary critic (b. 1919)
  • Dec 23 Colin Middleton, Northern Irish artist (b. 1910)
  • Dec 25 Joan Miro, Spanish surrealist, dies at his home in Majorca at 90