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 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

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May 30 AL Pres Lee MacPhail suspends Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for one week, for his public criticism of umpires

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner

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 (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