On This Day

What Happened in August 1983

Historical Events

Sports History

Aug 1 Despite brave 112no by David Gower, New Zealand wins 2nd Test at Headingley by 5 wickets, first ever NZ Test cricket victory in England

  • Aug 2 STS-8 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Aug 2 US District Court begins trying Yonkers accused of race discrimination
  • Aug 3 John Sain of South Bend, Indiana, builds 3.91 m house of cards
  • Aug 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 4 Bettino Craxi sworn in as premier of Italy
  • Aug 4 France performs nuclear test
  • Aug 4 Revolution in Republic of Upper Volta brings Thomas Sankara to power
  • Aug 4 16th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego

Historic Publication

Aug 4 Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Thurston House” is published

  • Aug 6 First NFL exhibition game in Europe; Minnesota Vikings beat St Louis Cardinals 28-10 at London's Wembley Stadium
  • Aug 6 Supertanker Castillo de Bellvar catches fire and sinks northwest of Capetown, South Africa
  • Aug 6 Bomb planted by Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of ANC, explodes at a synagogue in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 7 "Merlin" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 199 performances
  • Aug 7 1st Athletics World Championships open in Helsinki, Finland

PGA Championship

Aug 7 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Riviera CC: Hal Sutton wins his only major title by 1 stroke from Jack Nicklaus

Sports History

Aug 7 Grete Waitz of Norway wins inaugural women's marathon at the 1st world athletics championships in Helsinki, Finland

  • Aug 7 Some 675,000 AT&T employees strike
  • Aug 8 Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwoman Christine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned)

Coup d'état

Aug 8 Military coup in Guatemala, Dictator and former General Efraín Rios Montt flees

Sports History

Aug 8 1st Athletics World Championships: Carl Lewis wins gold in 100m

Album Release

Aug 8 Columbia Records releases "An Innocent Man", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's ninth studio album

  • Aug 10 1st World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in Men's Long Jump

Historic Event

Aug 12 General Manuel Noriega becomes commander of Panamanian army

  • Aug 14 Robert de Castella wins Helsinki marathon (2:10:03)
  • Aug 15 Ramones guitarist Joey Ramone beaten in fight, and undergoes brain surgery
  • Aug 17 -19] Hurricane Alicia, kills 17 in Texas
  • Aug 18 Hurricane Alicia battered Houston & Galveston, Texas
  • Aug 18 Samantha Druce, age 12y 119d becomes the youngest woman to swim English Channel
  • Aug 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Baseball Record

Aug 18 KC Royals defeat NY Yankees, 5-4, completing "pine-tar" game (12 minutes); Hal McRae strikes out & Dan Quisenberry retires Yankees in order

Sports History

Aug 19 LSU footballer Billy Cannon sentenced to 5 yrs for counterfeiting

  • Aug 19 Dodgers trade Dave Stewart & Ricky Wright to Texas for Rick Honeycut
  • Aug 20 The South African anti-apartheid umbrella organization, United Democratic Front (UDF) is launched at Rocklands Community Centre in Cape Town, South Afrca
  • Aug 21 Jerry Herman's musical "La Cage aux Folles", based Jean Poiret's French play of the same name, opens at Palace Theater, NYC; runs for 1761 performances, wins 6 Tony Awards
  • Aug 21 110°F (43°C) at Fayetteville, North Carolina (state record)

Baseball Record

Aug 24 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose ends consecutive games played streak at 745

  • Aug 25 Triple A baseball's Louisville Redbirds breaks 1 million fan mark
  • Aug 25 US & USSR sign $10 billion grain pact
  • Aug 26 Floods destroy most of the old town of Bilbao, Spain.
  • Aug 27 Haiti adopts constitution
  • Aug 27 US performs nuclear test

Musical Finale

Aug 28 Revival of Jerry Herman' musical "Mame", starring Angela Lansbury closes at the George Gershwin Theater, NYC, after 41 performances

  • Aug 28 Greg Luzinski is 1st player to put 3 HRs onto roof at Comiskey Park

Historic Event

Aug 28 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin announces his resignation

  • Aug 28 Joseph Kreckman sets record of 2,215 clay pigeons shot in an hour
  • Aug 30 8th NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Challenger 3 launches for a 6-day excursion
  • Aug 30 Elizabeth R Zakarian (Devon Pierce), 17, NY, crowned 1st Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 30 Philadelphia TV station WKBS-TV (channel 48) ends broadcasting after surrendering its license to the FCC, the first do so in at least 10 years. Parent company Field Enterprises Inc. was unable to find a buyer. [1]
  • Aug 30 Guion Bluford becomes 1st African-American astronaut in space
  • Aug 31 Edwin Moses of USA sets 400m hurdle record (47.02) in Koblenz

Venice Film Festival

Aug 31 40th Venice Film Festival: "First Name: Carmen" directed by Jean-Luc Godard wins Golden Lion


Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Nick Diaz, American MMA fighter, born in Stockton, California
  • Aug 3 Mamie Gummer, American actress (Nancy Crozier-The Good Wife), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 5 Dawn Richard, American pop, and R&B singer (Danity Kane), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Aug 5 Kara Tointon, English actress (EastEnders), born in Basildon, England
  • Aug 6 Robin van Persie, Dutch footballer
  • Aug 7 Tina O'Brien, British actress, born in Manchester, England
  • Aug 8 Guy Burnet, British actor
  • Aug 9 Ashley Johnson, American actress (Chrissy-Growing Pains), born in Camarillo, California
  • Aug 9 Shane O'Brien, Canadian hockey player, born in Port Hope, Ontario
  • Aug 10 Alexander Perezhogin, Russian ice hockey player
  • Aug 10 Mathieu Roy, Canadian ice hockey player

Chris Hemsworth

Aug 11 Chris Hemsworth, Australian actor (Thor, Avengers), born in Melbourne, Victoria

  • Aug 12 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Dutch footballer
  • Aug 13 Ľubomír Michalík, Slovakian soccer defender (8 caps; Bolton Wanderers, Leeds United, Carlisle United, Portsmouth), born in Čadca, Slovakia
  • Aug 13 Aleš Hemský, Czech ice hockey player, born in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia
  • Aug 14 Elena Baltacha, Ukrainian-British tennis player, born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 2014)
  • Aug 14 Mila Kunis, Ukrainian-American actress (Friends with Benefits; That '70s Show - "Jackie"), born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine SSR, Soviet Union
  • Aug 14 Leo Núñez, Dominican baseball player, born in Bonao, Dominican Republic

Anita Sarkeesian

Aug 15 Anita Sarkeesian, Canadian-American blogger and feminist media critic (Tropes vs. Women in Video Games), born in Canada

  • Aug 16 Colin Griffiths, English TV presenter and DJ, born in Kent, United Kingdom
  • Aug 16 Colton James "Colt" Brennan, NFL Quarterback (Washington Redskins), born in Laguna Beach, California
  • Aug 16 Nikos Zisis, Greek basketball player, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Aug 17 Dustin Pedroia, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox), born in Woodland, California
  • Aug 18 Kris Boyd, Scottish footballer, born in Irvine, Scotland
  • Aug 18 Michael Montgomery, American football defensive end, born in Carthage, Texas
  • Aug 18 Mica Penniman (Mika), Lebanese-born musician (Dodgy Holiday), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Aug 18 Daniel Keith Swain (Danny!), American record producer and hip-hop artist, born in Killeen, Texas
  • Aug 19 [Melissa] Missy Higgins, Australian singer-songwriter (Scar; The Sound Of White), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Aug 19 John McCargo, American football player, born in Drakes Branch, Virginia
  • Aug 19 Tammin Sursok, Australian actress & singer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 19 Mike Conway, British auto racer (FIA World Endurance C'ship 2019-20; British Formula 3 C'ship 2006), born in London, England

Andrew Garfield

Aug 20 Andrew Garfield, British American actor (The Amazing Spider-Man), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Aug 21 Josh Harrington, American professional BMX rider, born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • Aug 21 Chantelle Houghton, British TV personality, born in Wickford, Essex, England
  • Aug 21 Brody Jenner, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 22 Theo Bos, Dutch cyclist, five time world champion, born in Hierden, Netherlands
  • Aug 22 Laura Breckenridge, American actress (Rose Sorelli-Related), born in Flourtown, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 23 Sun Mingming, Chinese basketball player, World's tallest player at 7ft 9in, born in Bayan County, China
  • Aug 24 Marcel Goc, German ice hockey player, born in Calw, Germany
  • Aug 24 Christopher Parker, British actor (Eastenders), born in London
  • Aug 25 James Righton, British rock musician (Klaxons), born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
  • Aug 25 James Rossiter, British racing driver
  • Aug 25 Janet Chow, Canadian/Chinese beauty pageant contestant
  • Aug 26 Félix Porteiro, Spanish racing driver, born in Castellón, Spain
  • Aug 27 Wilson Chen, Taiwanese actor
  • Aug 28 Lasith Malinga, Sri Lankan cricket fast bowler (4 wickets in 4 balls x 2; 4 x ODI, T20 hat tricks; 30 Tests), born in Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Aug 28 Alfonso Herrera, Mexican actor, and singer in the Latin pop group RBD, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Aug 29 Jennifer Landon, American actress (As the World Turns), born in Malibu, California
  • Aug 30 Jun Matsumoto, Japanese singer and actor, born in Toshima, Tokyo
  • Aug 30 Jonne Aaron [Liimatainen], Finnish rock vocalist, and songwriter (Negative), born in Tampere, Finland
  • Aug 30 Gustavo Eberto, Argentine footballer, born in Paso de los Libres, Argentina (d. 2007)
  • Aug 31 Larry Fitzgerald, American NFL player Arizona Cardinals), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Famous Weddings

Philippe de Broca

Aug 6 Film director Philippe de Broca (50) weds actress Margot Kidder (34) in France

Carrie Fisher

Aug 16 American singer-songwriter Paul Simon (41) weds American actress and writer Carrie Fisher (26); divorce 1984

Dan Aykroyd

Aug 29 Canadian-American actor Dan Aykroyd (31) weds American actress Donna Dixon (26); separate in 2022


Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Peter Arne, actor (Straw Dogs), bludgeoned to death in London at 62
  • Aug 1 "Wild Bill" Moore, American R&B and jazz tenor saxophone player ("We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll": Marvin Gaye's "Mercy, Mercy Me"), dies at 65
  • Aug 2 James Jamerson, American session bass guitarist (Motown Records' "Funk Brothers"), dies of alcohol-related complications at 47
  • Aug 3 Carolyn Jones, American actress (Morticia-Addams Family), dies of colon cancer at 53
  • Aug 5 Judy Canova, American comedian and actress (Cannonball), dies of cancer at 66
  • Aug 5 Bart [Bartholomeus Jan] Bok, Dutch-American astronomer (Milky Way), dies at 77
  • Aug 6 Klaus Nomi [Sperber], German new wave singer, and performance artist, dies of AIDS at 39
  • Aug 12 (Henry) Giff Vivian, New Zealand cricket batsman (7 Tests @ 42.1, top score 100), dies at 70
  • Aug 14 Alceu Amoroso Lima, Brazilian essayist, activist and founder of the Brazilian Christian Democracy, dies at 89
  • Aug 15 Anthony Costello, American actor (Will Penny, The Outer Limits), dies of HIV/AIDS at 45
  • Aug 15 Benjamin V Cohen, American author of New Deal legislation, dies at 88
  • Aug 16 Earl Averill, American Baseball HOF outfielder (6 × MLB All-Star 1933–1938; Cleveland Indians), dies at 81

Ira Gershwin

Aug 17 Ira Gershwin, American lyricist ("Embraceable You" "I Got Rhythm"; "They Can't Take That Away From Me"), dies in Beverly Hills at 86

  • Aug 18 Nikolaus Pevsner, German-born art historian (b. 1902)
  • Aug 19 Aleksandar Ranković, Yugoslavic partisan and 1st Vice President of Yugoslavia (1963-66), dies at 73
  • Aug 20 Kerwin Duinmeijer, Dutch of Antillean descent, murdered by in a racially motivated attack at 15
  • Aug 21 Benigno S Aquino Jr, Philippines opposition leader, killed at 50
  • Aug 24 Jack Somack, American actor (Ball Four, The Frisco Kid, Stockard Channing Show), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Aug 24 Shawn Stephens Lewis, 5th wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, dies of methadone OD, after 77 days of maariage
  • Aug 24 Scott Nearing, American sociologist, pacifist and author (The Good Life), dies at 100
  • Aug 26 Mike Kellin [Myron Kellin], American actor (Pipe Dream, American Buffalo), dies of cancer at 61
  • Aug 27 William Hitzig, Austrian Maxwell physician, dies at 78
  • Aug 28 Jan Clayton, actress (Ellen Miller-Lassie), dies at 66
  • Aug 29 Simon Oakland, American actor (Toma, Kolchak), dies at 61
  • Aug 29 William Goyen, American writer, dies at 68