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What Happened in April 1983

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Anti-nuclear demonstrators link arms in 14-mile human chain in England
  • Apr 1 Iraq increases missile attacks on Iran

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 New York Islanders right wing Mike Bossy scores in a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins to become the first player in NHL history to score 60 goals in 3 consecutive seasons

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Apr 3 2nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: USC beats Louisiana Tech, 69-67; Trojans' forward Cheryl Miller tournament MOP

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 3 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: In strong winds, Amy Alcott wins by 2 strokes ahead of Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel; first year tournament regarded as a major title

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • Apr 4 45th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina State beats Houston, 54-52; Wolfpack win with buzzer-beating dunk by Lorenzo Charles off a desperation 30 foot shot from Dereck Whittenburg
  • Apr 4 6th space shuttle mission, Challenger 1 launched
  • Apr 5 France throws out 47 Soviet diplomats
  • Apr 5 NY Met Tom Seaver's sets record 14th NL Opening Day assignment
  • Apr 7 Oldest human skeleton, aged 80,000 years, discovered in Egypt
  • Apr 7 STS-6 specialist Story Musgrave & Don Peterson 1st STS spacewalk
  • Apr 7 WIBC Championship Tournament in Las Vegas, attracts 75,480 women bowlers for 83-day event

USAStatue of Liberty

Apr 8 In front of a live audience of 20 tourists, David Copperfield makes the Statue of Liberty disappear
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The Statue of Liberty, New York
The Statue of Liberty, New York
  • Apr 9 6th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 1 returns to Earth
  • Apr 9 137th Grand National: Ben de Haan wins aboard 13/1 bet Corbiere; Jenny Pittman first female GN winning trainer

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 10 Baltimore's Eddie Murray hits his 1,000 career hit

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray

  • Apr 10 Hennie Kuiper (Neth) wins Paris-Roubaix cycle race
  • Apr 10 Jordan king Hussein ceases negotiations with PLO
  • Apr 11 3rd Golden Raspberry Awards: "Inchon!" wins

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 11 47th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Seve Ballesteros of Spain wins his 2nd Masters and 3rd major title, 4 strokes ahead of Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite; Monday finish because of torrential rain

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Apr 11 55th Academy Awards: "Gandhi", Ben Kingsley & Meryl Streep win

  • Apr 11 NASA launches RCA-F
  • Apr 11 In the first 'supergrass' trial in Northern Ireland, fourteen Ulster Volunteer Force members are jailed for a total of two hundred years
  • Apr 12 Harold Washington elected Chicago's 1st black mayor
  • Apr 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 13 Undefeated middleweight boxer Tony Ayala gets 35 years on sex assault
  • Apr 14 NY Islanders tie own record with 2 shorthanded playoff goals (vs NY Rangers)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 14 US President Reagan signs $165 billion Social Security rescue

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Apr 15 Tokyo Disneyland opens
  • Apr 16 Steve Garvey sets NL record by playing in 1,118 consecutive games
  • Apr 17 1st National Coin Week begins
  • Apr 17 Grete Waltz runs female world record marathon (2:25:29)
  • Apr 17 In Warsaw, police route 1,000 Solidarity supporters
  • Apr 17 India entered space age launching SLV-3 rocket

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 17 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

  • Apr 17 NY Islanders tie NHL record with 3 shorthanded playoff goals vs NY Rangers
  • Apr 18 87th Boston Marathon: American double; Greg Meyer men's champion in 2:09:00; Joan Benoit takes women's race in 2:22:43; her 2nd event title
  • Apr 18 A lone suicide bomber kills 63, at US Embassy in Lebanon
  • Apr 18 KMO-AM in Tacoma Wash changes call letters to KAMT (now KKMO)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Alice Walker for the novel "The Color Purple"

Novelist Alice Walker
Novelist
Alice Walker
  • Apr 19 France performs nuclear test
  • Apr 20 President Reagan signs a $165B bail out for Social Security
  • Apr 20 Soyuz T-8 launched; mission aborted when capsule fails to dock (lands 2 days later)
  • Apr 21 1 pound coin introduced in United Kingdom
  • Apr 22 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 22 Soyuz T-8 returns to Earth
  • Apr 22 Start of 1st Sri Lanka-Australia Test Cricket match (at Kandy)
  • Apr 22 Stern mag announces major historical find-discovery of 60 volume personal diaries written by Adolf Hitler (turned out to be a hoax)
  • Apr 23 David Hookes scores his only Test Cricket century, 143* v Sri Lanka
  • Apr 23 28th Eurovision Song Contest: Corinne Hermes for Luxembourg wins singing "Si la vie est cadeau" in Munich
  • Apr 24 "Show Boat" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 73 performances
  • Apr 24 Austrian socialist party loses parliamentary election
  • Apr 25 "Nightline" expands from ½ hour to a full hour
  • Apr 25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 25 Portugal's Mário Soares' Partido Socialista wins parliamentary election

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 25 Yuri Andropov invites US schoolgirl Samantha Smith to the Soviet Union

Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • Apr 25 NASA space probe Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto's orbit.
  • Apr 26 Dow Jones Industrial Avg breaks 1,200 for 1st time
  • Apr 26 San Antonio spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 152-133 in NBA playoff game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 26 NFL Draft: Stanford quarterback John Elway first pick by Baltimore Colts

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Apr 27 Nolan Ryan becomes strikeout king (3,509), passing Walter Johnson
  • Apr 28 Argentine government declares all 15-30,000 missing persons dead
  • Apr 28 NASA launches Geos-F
  • Apr 29 Harold Washington sworn in as Chicago's 1st African American mayor

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Ólafur Ingi Skúlason, Icelandic soccer midfielder (36 caps; Zulte Waregem, Fylkir), born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Apr 1 Sean Taylor, American NFL free safety (Pro Bowl 2006, 07; All Pro 2007; Washington Redskins), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2007)
  • Apr 1 Matt Lanter, American actor and model
  • Apr 2 Felix Borja, Ecuadorian soccer forward (22 caps; El Nacional), born in San Lorenzo, Ecuador
  • Apr 2 Yung Joc, American rapper (It's Goin' Down), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Apr 3 Errol Barnett, English-born American reporter (CBS News), born in Milton Keynes, England
  • Apr 4 Fabian Geiser, Swiss footballer (Le Mont), born in Langenthal, Switzerland
  • Apr 4 Doug Lynch, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Apr 4 Angelle Tymon, American journalist and TV game show host (PlayMania Block), born in Lutcher, Louisiana
  • Apr 4 Ben Gordon, British-American basketball player, born in London
  • Apr 6 Diora Baird, American actress
  • Apr 6 Jade Seah, Singaporean model, host and actress
  • Apr 6 James Wade, English darts player (World Matchplay C'ship 2007; World GP 2007, 10), born in Aldershot, England
  • Apr 8 Allu Arjun, Indian film actor
  • Apr 8 Adrian Bellani, American actor
  • Apr 10 Ryan Merriman, American actor (The Ring Two), born in Choctaw, Oklahoma
  • Apr 11 Nicky Pastorelli, Dutch racing driver (Euro Formula 3000), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Apr 13 Schalk Burger, South African rugby player, born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Apr 13 Hunter Pence, American baseball player, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Apr 14 James McFadden, Scottish footballer, born in Springburn, Glasgow
  • Apr 14 William Obeng, American football offensive lineman, born in Accra, Ghana
  • Apr 14 Nikoloz Tskitishvili, Georgian basketball player, born in Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Apr 15 Ilya Kovalchuk, Russian ice hockey player
  • Apr 15 Alice Braga, Brazilian actress
  • Apr 15 Dudu Cearense, Brazilian footballer
  • Apr 16 Cat Osterman, American softball pitcher, born in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 16 George Patis, Greek badminton player, born in Greece
  • Apr 16 Marié Digby, American singer, born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 17 Stanislav Chistov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • Apr 17 Roberto Jiménez, Peruvian football player, born in Piura, Peru
  • Apr 18 Miguel Cabrera, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Maracay, Venezuela
  • Apr 18 Fodil Hadjadj, Algerian football player, born in Algiers, Algeria
  • Apr 19 Alberto Callaspo, Venezuelan baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Maracay, Venezuela
  • Apr 19 Zach Duke, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in Clifton, Texas
  • Apr 19 Joe Mauer, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Apr 19 Curtis Thigpen, American baseball player, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Apr 20 Terrence J, American actor and television host (106 & Park), born in Queens, New York
  • Apr 20 Miranda Kerr, Australian supermodel, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 20 Tan France, English fashion designer and TV personality (Queer Eye), born in Doncaster, England
  • Apr 21 Paweł Brożek, Polish footballer
  • Apr 21 Tarvaris Jackson, American NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2020)
  • Apr 22 Matt Jones, American football player
  • Apr 23 Daniela Hantuchová, Slovakian tennis player, born in Poprad, Czechoslovakia
  • Apr 23 Jennifer Heil, Canadian free style skier (Olympic gold 2006), born in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
  • Apr 24 Princess Iman bint Al Hussein of Jordan, daughter of King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan, born in Amman, Jordan
  • Apr 25 DeAngelo Williams, American National Football League runningback, born in Wynne, Arkansas
  • Apr 25 J.P. Howell, American baseball player (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), born in Modesto, California
  • Apr 26 José María López, Argentine racing driver (2014–2016 World Touring Car Champion), born in Río Tercero, Argentina
  • Apr 26 Jessica Lynch, American prisoner of war (served in the 2003 invasion of Iraq by U.S. and allied forces), born in Palestine, Wirt County, West Virginia
  • Apr 27 Ari Graynor, American actress (The Sopranos), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 28 Roger Johnson, English footballer
  • Apr 29 Jay Cutler, American football player
  • Apr 29 Yuriko Shiratori, Japanese gravure idol and actress
  • Apr 29 Sam Jones III, American Actor
  • Apr 29 David Lee, American basketball player
  • Apr 30 Tatjana Hüfner, German luger
  • Apr 30 Troy Williamson, American football player
  • Apr 30 Yamini, Tamil Singer

Famous Deaths


Person of interestGloria Swanson

Apr 4 Gloria Swanson, American actress (Airport 1975, Sunset Boulevard) and producer, dies of a heart ailment at 84

  • Apr 4 Jacqueline Logan, American actress and silent film leading lady (WAMPAS Baby Star), dies at 78
  • Apr 4 Bernard Vukas, Croatian soccer forward (59 caps, Yugoslavia; Hajduk Split; Olympic silver 1948, 52), dies at 55
  • Apr 5 Danny Rapp, American musician (Danny & the Juniors) (b. 1941)
  • Apr 6 Ana Maria, Salvador guerilla leader, murdered
  • Apr 7 Gavin Gordon, television actor (Romance, Lone Cowboy), dies at 82
  • Apr 10 Issam Sartawi, PLO ambassador to Portugal, murdered
  • Apr 11 Dolores Del Rio, actress (Cheyenne Autumn), dies at 78
  • Apr 12 Carl Morton, American baseball player (b. 1944)
  • Apr 13 Theodore Stephanides, Greek doctor & naturalist, dies at 87
  • Apr 13 Mercè Rodoreda, Catalan novelist (La plaça del diamant), dies at 74
  • Apr 13 Gerry Hitchens, English footballer, dies at 48
  • Apr 14 Nina Dumbadze, Russian discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1952), dies at 64

Person of interestPete Farndon

Apr 14 Pete Farndon, rock bassist (Pretenders), dies

Musician Pete Farndon
Musician
Pete Farndon
  • Apr 14 Willem F Bon, Dutch composer, dies at 42
  • Apr 14 Elisabeth Lutyens, English composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 15 Gyula Illyés, Hungarian author & poet (Az Ismertlen Illyes), dies at 80
  • Apr 15 Rodolfo Hoyos, Mexican actor (Luis-Viva Valdez), dies at 68
  • Apr 15 Corrie ten Boom, Dutch author (The Hiding Place) & Holocaust survivor, dies at 91
  • Apr 17 Felix Pappalardi, rocker (Cream, Mountain), dies
  • Apr 17 Mark W Clark, US general (WWII), dies at 87
  • Apr 18 Alan Melville, South African cricketer (11 Tests for South Africa, 894 runs), dies at 72
  • Apr 19 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes and Diamonds), dies at 73
  • Apr 19 Lorene Scott, actress (Faraway Hill), dies at 74
  • Apr 22 Earl "Fatha" Hines, American jazz pianist & bandleader (Deep Forest), dies at 79
  • Apr 22 Walter Slezak, Austrian actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Inspector General), commits suicide at 80
  • Apr 23 Selena Royale, American actress (Date With Judy, Robot Monster), dies at 78
  • Apr 23 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1932) and actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Apr 24 Rolf Stommelen, German race car driver (b. 1943)
  • Apr 26 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish film composer & Academy Award winner (Green Dolphin Street, Lili), dies at 81
  • Apr 26 Vaughn Taylor, American actor (Johnny Jupiter), dies at 72
  • Apr 28 Ron James, Australian cricketer (NSW's Sheffield Shield capt 1949-50), dies at 62

Person of interestGeorge Balanchine

Apr 30 George Balanchine, Russian-American ballet composer and choreographer who founded the New York City Ballet, dies from Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease at 79

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine
  • Apr 30 Jerry Hatsuo Fujikawa, actor (Uncle Matsu-Mr T & Tina), dies at 71

Person of interestMuddy Waters

Apr 30 Muddy Waters, US blues singer/guitarist (Mad Love), dies at 70

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • Apr 30 Joel H. Hildebrand, American chemist and educator (research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures), dies at 101