What Happened in 1983

Significant Events

  • Nov 25 World's greatest robbery; 26 million pounds (sterling) worth of gold, diamonds and cash stolen from Brink's-Mat warehouse at Heathrow Airport, England
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1983 in Film & TV

  • Feb 28 Final TV episode of "M*A*S*M*A*S*H" airs (CBS); record 125 million watch in the US
  • Nov 20 100 million watch ABC TV movie "The Day After" about nuclear war

1983 in Music

1983 in Sport

  • Jan 18 IOC restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals (Pentathlon & Decathlon victories) 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semipro baseball
  • Feb 13 World Boxing Council becomes 1st to cut boxing from 15 to 12 rounds
  • Sep 26 Australia II wins America's Cup yacht race - 1st non-US winner

World Leaders in 1983

Famous People in 1983

Would You Believe?

World's lowest-ever natural temperature recorded −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F; 184.0 K) at Soviet Vostok Station, Antarctica

On July 21, 1983

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 13 Jerry Lewis marries 2nd wife dancer SanDee Pitnick
  • Mar 4 Actor Harrison Ford marries screenwriter Melissa Mathison (divorced 2004)
  • Jun 17 Singer and actor Glenn Frey (34) weds Janie Beggs
  • Jun 24 "NBC Sports" sportscaster Bob Costas (31) weds Carole Randall Krumenacher
  • Jun 25 Actor Denzel Washington (28) weds actress Pauletta Pearson (33)

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 16 Producer Dick Wolf (36) divorces Susan Scranton after more than 13 years of marriage
  • Sep 20 Actor James Woods (36) divorces costume designer Kathryn Morrison after 3 years of marriage
  • Nov 14 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (35) divorces Sarah Hugill after more than 11 years of marriage
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