October 1983 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Denise Wallace, 18, of Virginia, crowned Miss Teen of America
  • Oct 2 Carl Yastrezemski's last at bat
  • Oct 4 Richard Noble driving Thrust2 reaches new land speed record of 650.88 mph (1,047.49 km/h) at Black Rock Desert, Nevada

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Oct 5 Lech Wałęsa wins Nobel Peace Prize

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
  • Oct 6 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 8 1st regular season Islander OT game beat Caps 8-7
  • Oct 9 Buffalo Bill QB Joe Ferguson passes 419 yards with 5 TDs
  • Oct 9 4 South Korean government ministers assassinated in Rangoon Burma
  • Oct 10 Israel's Knesset votes 60-53 to endorse Yitzḥak Shamir as PM
  • Oct 11 Last hand-cranked telephones US went out of service as 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, Maine, were switched over to direct-dial
  • Oct 12 5225 Loral & 5424 Covington
  • Oct 13 Ameritech Mobile Communications (now Cingular) launched the first US cellular network in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Oct 14 Grenada leftist coup under vice-premier Coard
  • Oct 14 US Marine peacekeeper Sgt Allen Soifert killed by sniper in Beirut
  • Oct 15 Columbia beats Yale 21-18 in football, will lose next 44 games
  • Oct 15 US Marine sharpshooters kill 5 snipers at Beirut International Airport
  • Oct 17 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Gerard Debreu
  • Oct 17 STS-9 vehicle moves to Vandenberg AFB due to SRB nozzle problem
  • Oct 19 Columbia moves to Orbiter Processing Facility
  • Oct 19 Grenada general Hudson Austin forms "revolutionary council"

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Oct 19 Senate establishes Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Oct 20 IBM-PC DOS Version 2.1 released

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Oct 21 Pope John Paul II names 3 new Dutch bishops

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Oct 22 Two correctional officers are killed by inmates in Marion, Illinois. The incident inspired the Supermax model of prisons.
  • Oct 23 13th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:00
  • Oct 23 400,000 demonstrate in Brussels, against cruise missile
  • Oct 23 Suicide terrorist truck bomb kills 243 US personnel in Beirut
  • Oct 25 US invades Grenada, a country 1/2,000 its population (US Wins!)
  • Oct 26 Hugh Williams' "Pack of Lies" premieres in London
  • Oct 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 29 550,000 Dutch demonstrate against cruise missile
  • Oct 29 Notre Dame's Gil Fenerty rushes for 337 yards & 6 touchdowns
  • Oct 30 The first democratic elections are held in Argentina after seven years of military rule.
  • Oct 31 Ron Grant completes a 217 day, 8,316 mile run around Australia

Birthdays in History

  • 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

Deaths in History

  • Oct 3 Kurt Kusenberg, writer, dies at 79
  • Oct 5 Earl Tupper, American-born Costa Rican inventor and businessman (Tupperware), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Oct 6 Terence Cooke, cardinal/archbishop of NY, dies at 62
  • Oct 9 Sun Suk Joon, South Korean vice premier, murdered
  • Oct 12 Jiri Lederer, Czechoslovakia journalist/dissident, dies at 61
  • Oct 14 Willard Price, Canadian author and naturalist
  • Oct 17 Raymond Aron, French sociologist/political scientist, dies at 78
  • Oct 18 Diego Abad de Santillán, Spanish anarchist (b. 1897)
  • Oct 19 Albert Carel Willink, painter (surrealism), dies at 83
  • Oct 19 Maurice Bishop, premier of Grenada (1979-83), murdered in coup
  • Oct 20 Yves Thériault, French Canadian author (b. 1915)
  • Oct 21 Theodorus H J Zwartkruis, Bishop (Haarlem), dies