May 1983 in History

Events in History

  • 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 4 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • May 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 7 August Hoffman performs record 29,051 consecutive sit-ups
  • May 10 Lee Chin Yong performs 170 continuous chin-ups in Seoul
  • May 11 Comet C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock) approaches 0.0312 AUs of Earth
  • May 14 Rosa Mota runs female world record 20k (1:06:55.5)
  • 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 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
  • May 20 "Every Breath You Take" single released by The Police (Billboard Song of the Year 1983)
  • May 21 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB, for mating for STS-7 mission
  • 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
  • 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 26 Space Shuttle Challenger moves to launch pad for STS-7
  • 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 30 Surrey all out for 14 vs Essex, their lowest score ever

Birthdays in History

  • 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

Deaths in History

  • 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 and physician (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