What Happened on April 17, 1983

Historical Events

  • 1st National Coin Week begins
  • Grete Waltz runs female world record marathon (2:25:29)
  • In Warsaw, police route 1,000 Solidarity supporters
  • India entered space age launching SLV-3 rocket

Baseball Record

Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter

  • NY Islanders tie NHL record with 3 shorthanded playoff goals vs NY Rangers
1983 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Roberto JimĂ©nez, Peruvian football player, born in Piura, Peru
  • Stanislav Chistov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
Born in 1983

Famous Deaths

  • Dutch Leonard, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1940, 43, 44, 45, 51; Brooklyn Dodgers, Washington Senators, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs), dies of congestive heart failure at 74
  • Felix Pappalardi, American rock music producer, songwriter, vocalist, and bassist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"), shot and killed by his wife, Gail, at 43

About April 17, 1983

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 1 month and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Aries

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
  • UK #1 Song: Let's Dance - David Bowie