On This Day

What Happened on August 8, 1983

Historical Events

Sports History

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

Album Release

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

  • Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwoman Christine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned)

Coup d'état

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


Famous Birthdays

  • Guy Burnet, British actor
1983 Highlights

About August 8, 1983

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 39 years
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Leo

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Every Breath You Take - The Police
  • UK #1 Song: Give It Up - KC & The Sunshine Band