What Happened in December 1983

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Rita Lavelle, former head of EPA, convicted of perjury
  • Dec 3 "Marilyn: An American Fable" closes at Minskoff Theatre, NYC, after 16 performances
  • Dec 3 48th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 23-20 in Birmingham
  • Dec 3 49th Heisman Trophy Award: Mike Rozier, Nebraska (RB)
  • Dec 3 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Dec 4 "Amen Corner" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 83 performances
  • Dec 4 David Shire & Richard Maltby, Jr.'s musical "Baby" opens at Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs for 241 performances
  • Dec 4 NJ Devils 1st shut-out, beating Minnesota North Stars 6-0
  • Dec 4 US jet fighters strike Syrian anti-aircraft positions in Lebanon
  • Dec 5 12 killed by a car bomb shattering 9-story building in west Beirut
  • Dec 5 ICIMOD established and inaugurated with its headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal, and legitimised through an Act of Parliament in Nepal in the same year.
  • Dec 5 LA Dodger pitcher Steve Howe is suspended for 1 year for cocaine use
  • Dec 6 A bomb planted on a bus in Jerusalem explodes, kills 6 Israelis
  • Dec 7 2 jets collided at Madrid Airport killing 93
  • Dec 7 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Dec 8 9th NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Columbia 6 lands at Edwards AFB
  • Dec 8 Richard Baker, Zen teacher, steps down from abbotship of San Francisco Zen Center

Historic Event

Dec 9 Counselor to Ronald Reagan, Edwin Meese says people go to soup kitchens "because food is free & that's easier than paying for it"

  • Dec 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Dec 10 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins 8th career Grand Slam singles event; beats Kathy Jordan of the US 6-2, 7-6

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Danuta Walesa, wife of Lech Wałęsa, accepts his Nobel Peace Prize

  • Dec 10 Last NFL game at Shea Stadium; Steelers beat NY Jets 34-7
  • Dec 10 Raul Alfonsin inaugurated as Argentina's 1st civilian president

Papal Visit

Dec 11 1st visit to Lutheran church by a pope (John Paul II in Rome)

  • Dec 12 5th ACE Cable Awards: The VII International Tchaikovsky Competition by Robert Dalrymple and Ken Locker
  • Dec 12 A truck bomb explodes at US Embassy in Kuwait
  • Dec 13 9,655 see highest-scoring NBA game: Detroit 186, Denver 184 (3 OT)
  • Dec 13 Islander's Butch Goring scorings 4 goals against Oilers
  • Dec 13 KYA-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KOIT
  • Dec 13 Martha Layne Collins inaugurated as Kentucky's 1st female governor
  • Dec 14 Muscial "Peg" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Dec 15 3 Kansas City Royals (Willie Wilson, Willie Aikens, and Jerry Martin) suspended due to cocaine usage
  • Dec 15 Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via El Paso, Kelly AFB
  • Dec 15 Last 80 US combat soldiers in Grenada withdrew
  • Dec 15 Wendy Wasserstein's play "Isn't It Romantic" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 16 Riverside, California; judge denies cerebral palsy victim Elizabeth Bouviato request to starve herself to death in a county hospital
  • Dec 16 Spokesperson for The Who announces the group is disbanding

Sports History

Dec 16 Yogi Berra named New York Yankees manager for 2nd time

  • Dec 17 Disco in Madrid catches fire; 83 die

Sports History

Dec 17 In his 352nd NHL game, Wayne Gretzky scores a goal & 5 assists in 8-1 rout of Quebec Nordiques to record his 800th point and 500th assist; averages 2.27 points, 1.42 assists, 0.85 goals per game to start career

Theatrical Finale

Dec 17 Peggy Lee's one-woman show "Peg" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC after 5 performances

  • Dec 17 The Provisional IRA bombs Harrods department store in London, killing six people and injuring 90
  • Dec 18 NBA San Diego Clippers ends 29 game road losing streak
  • Dec 19 The original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, is stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro
  • Dec 20 El Salvador adopts constitution

Sports History

Dec 20 Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens, becomes 10th NHLer to score 500 goals

  • Dec 20 NY Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Pitts Penguins

Historic Event

Dec 20 PLO chairman Yasser Arafat & 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon

  • Dec 21 Musical "Tap Dance Kid" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 669 performances
  • Dec 21 NCAA rules rescinded last 2-minute men's basketball free throw rule
  • Dec 22 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak meets with PLO leader Yasser Arafat
  • Dec 22 Indiana Pacers win, 133-132 in Denver to end a 28 NBA game losing streak on the road
  • Dec 22 NHL NY Islanders score 3 shorthanded goals against Washington Capitols
  • Dec 23 Journal "Science" publishes 1st report on nuclear winter
  • Dec 25 1st live telecast of Christmas Parade at the EPCOT Centre, Disney World Florida
  • Dec 26 Test Cricket debut of Gregory Richard John Matthews, v Pakistan at the MCG
  • Dec 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Football Awards

Dec 27 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Michel Platini claims first of 3 trophies for Europe's best football player ahead of Liverpool midfielder Kenny Dalgleish and Vejle BK striker Allan Simonsen

  • Dec 27 Pope John Paul II pardons man who shot him (Mehmet Ali Agca)
  • Dec 27 Propane gas fire devastated 16 blocks of Buffalo
  • Dec 28 72nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2)
  • Dec 28 US threatens to leave UNESCO after objecting to its domination by a coalition of third world and Soviet bloc nations
  • Dec 28 Warren Cromartie signs 3 year $2.5M contract with Yomiuri Giants
  • Dec 29 2nd College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 19-18 in Memphis
  • Dec 29 Australian cricket batsman Graham Yallop completes a painstaking 268 (716 mins) v Pakistan in the drawn 4th Test in Melbourne

Sports History

Dec 29 Indian cricket opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar scores an unbeaten 236 in drawn 6th Test v West Indies at Chennai; his 4th Test double century and 30th century, surpassing Don Bradman's record of 29

  • Dec 29 US formally notifies UNESCO that it will withdraw from the organization on the Jan 1, 1985, in protest over perceived anti-Western bias, efforts to restrict press freedom and wasteful management methods

Appointment of Interest

Dec 31 Benjamin Ward appointed 1st African American NY City Police Commissioner by Mayor Ed Koch

  • Dec 31 Brunei gains complete independence from Britain
  • Dec 31 Jose Happart installed as mayor of Voeren, Belgium
  • Dec 31 Nigeria's National Assembly dissolves after military coup

Coup d'état

Dec 31 President Shagari of Nigeria is overthrown in a military coup and Major General Muhammadu Buhari is installed as Head of State


Famous Birthdays

Aaron Rodgers

Dec 2 Aaron Rodgers, American NFL quarterback (NFL MVP 2011, 14; Super Bowl MVP 2010; Green Bay Packers), born in Chico, California

  • Dec 2 Chris Burke, Scottish soccer winger (7 caps; Rangers F.C., Kilmarnock), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Dec 3 Sherri DuPree-Bemis, American pop-rock singer-songwriter (Eisley), born in Tyler, Texas
  • Dec 3 Stephen Donald, New Zealand rugby union fly-half/centre (25 caps; Chiefs, Bath), born in Papakura, New Zealand
  • Dec 4 Chinx [Lionel Pickens], American rapper (Coke Boys), born in Queens, New York (d. 2015)
  • Dec 4 Jimmy Bartel, Australian Rules Football utility and broadcaster (Brownlow Medal 2007; Norm Smith Medal 2011 AFL Premiership 2007, 09, 11, Geelong FC), born in Geelong, Australia
  • Dec 6 Ashley Madekwe, English actress (Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Revenge), born in London, England
  • Dec 8 Liu Song, Chinese snooker player, born in Beijing, China
  • Dec 8 Neel Jani, Swiss racing driver, born in Rorschach, Switzerland
  • Dec 9 Dariusz Dudka, Polish footballer, born in Kostrzyn, Poland
  • Dec 9 Jermaine Beckford, English footballer, born in London, England
  • Dec 10 Habib Mohamed, Ghanaian footballer
  • Dec 10 Katrin Siska, Estonian singer (Vanilla Ninja), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Dec 10 Patrick Flueger, American actor
  • Dec 10 Zé Kalanga, Angolan footballer
  • Dec 11 Yoh Miyamori, Japanese musician (Orange Range), born in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 12 Katrina Elam, American country music singer, born in Bray, Oklahoma
  • Dec 13 Matt Deis, American bassist (All That Remains), born in Peterborough, New Hampshire
  • Dec 13 Otylia Jędrzejczak, Polish swimmer (Olympic gold 2004), born in Ruda Śląska, Śląskie, Poland
  • Dec 15 Camilla Luddington, British-American actress (Grey's Anatomy - "Dr. Jo Wilson"), born in Ascot, England
  • Dec 15 René Duprée [Goguen], Canadian professional wrestler, born in Moncton, New Brunswick
  • Dec 15 Ronnie Radke, American punk-metal singer (Escape The Fate; Falling In Reverse), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Dec 15 Wang Hao, Chinese table tennis player (World C'ship gold 2009; Olympic silver, 2004, 08, 12), born in Changchun, Jilin Province, China
  • Dec 16 Danielle Lloyd, English model
  • Dec 16 Kelenna Azubuike, English basketball player
  • Dec 18 Ady Barkan, American lawyer and activist (Medicare for all)
  • Dec 19 Matt Stajan, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Dec 20 Adrián Varela, Mexican singer, born in Culiacán, Mexico
  • Dec 20 Darren Sammy, St. Lucian West Indies cricketer, born in Micoud Quarter, Saint Lucia

Jonah Hill

Dec 20 Jonah Hill, American actor (Superbad, Moneyball, The Wolf of Wall Street), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Dec 20 Lara Stone, Dutch model, born in Geldrop, Netherlands
  • Dec 20 Lucy Pinder, English model and actress, born in Hampshire, England
  • Dec 21 Steven Yeun, Korean American actor (The Walking Dead; Minari), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Dec 22 Jennifer Hawkins, Australian Miss Universe, born in Holmesville, Australia
  • Dec 23 Hanley Ramírez, Dominican baseball player, born in Samaná, Dominican Republic
  • Dec 23 Michael Chopra, English footballer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Alexander Wang

Dec 26 Alexander Wang, American fashion designer (Balenciaga), born in San Francisco, California

  • Dec 27 Cole Hamels, American baseball player
  • Dec 28 Mike He, Taiwanese actor, born in Taiwan, Taiwan
  • Dec 29 Jessica Andrews, American country music singer, born in Wynne, Arkansas
  • Dec 30 Kevin Systrom, American CEO and co-founder of Instagram, born in Holliston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 30 Rachel & Ross Trudeau, twins of Jane Pauley & Gerry Trudeau

Famous Weddings

Willy Brandt

Dec 9 Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Willy Brandt weds Brigitte Seebacher

Roald Dahl

Dec 15 Author Roald Dahl (67) weds Liccy Crosland (45) at Brixton Town Hall in South London

  • Dec 21 American "M*A*S*H" actress Loretta Swit weds (46) American actor Dennis Holahan (41); divorce in 1995

Johnny Depp

Dec 24 Actor Johnny Depp (20) weds Lori Anne Allison


Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Leon Mirsky, Russian-British mathematician (Mirsky's theorem), dies at 64
  • Dec 2 Atholl Mckinnon, South African cricket spin bowler (8 Tests, 26 wickets), dies from a heart attack at 51
  • Dec 2 Fifi D'Orsay [Yvonne Lussier] Canadian-American vaudeville and film actress and singer known as the "French Bombshell" (The Life Jimmy Dolan; Dixie Jamboree), dies from cancer at 79
  • Dec 3 Al Watrous, American golfer (British Open 1926 runner-up), dies at 84
  • Dec 4 Bruce Drake, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Oklahoma 1938-55, 200-181), dies at 77
  • Dec 4 Estelle Omens, actress (Effect of Gamma Rays), dies at 55
  • Dec 5 Robert Aldrich, American director and producer (The Dirty Dozen, Last Sunset), dies at 65
  • Dec 6 Lucienne Boyer, French singer (Parlez-moi d'amour), dies at 82
  • Dec 7 Edgar Graham, member of N Ireland Assembly, shot dead by IRA
  • Dec 7 Fanny Cano, Mexican actress (b. 1944)
  • Dec 8 Slim Pickens [Louis Burton Lindley Jr], American rodeo performer and actor (Dr Strangelove, Blazing Saddles), dies following surgery at 64
  • Dec 9 David Rounds, American actor (Terence-Beacon Hill, Alice, The Blue and The Grey), dies of cancer at 53
  • Dec 10 Dorothy Cummings, actress (Dancing Mothers), dies at 84
  • Dec 10 Patrick O'Moore, actor (Jungle Gents), dies at 74
  • Dec 11 Neil Ritchie, British General (commanded British Eighth Army in North Africa in WWII), dies at 86
  • Dec 11 Szymon Laks, Polish composer (head of prisoners orchestra at Auschwitz), dies at 82
  • Dec 13 Alexander Schmemann, Orthodox Christian priest and theologian (b. 1921)
  • Dec 13 Leora Dana, American actress (3:10 to Yuma, Pollyanna), dies at 60
  • Dec 13 Mary Renault [Challans], British author (King Must Die, Funeral games), dies at 78
  • Dec 13 Nichita Stanescu, Romanian poet (b. 1933
  • Dec 15 Jimmy McLin, American jazz banjo player, and guitarist (James P. Johnson; Willie "The Lion" Smith; The Ink Spots), dies at 75
  • Dec 15 “Big Chief” Russell Moore, Pima-American jazz trombonist (Lionel Hampton; Louis Armstrong), and composer ("Wounded Knee Chant"), dies at 70
  • Dec 16 Kusan Sunim, found Milae Sa temple/Bulsung Sa Zen in Korea, dies at 74
  • Dec 17 Erik Christensen, NHL player
  • Dec 21 Paul de Man, Belgian literary critic, dies at 64
  • Dec 21 Rod Cameron [Nathan Roderick Cox], Canadian actor (City Detective, State Trooper, Trigger Trail), dies of cancer at 73
  • Dec 23 Colin Middleton, Northern Irish artist (b. 1910)
  • Dec 25 Joan Miro, Spanish painter and sculptor, dies at his home in Majorca at 90
  • Dec 26 Violet Carson, British actress (b. 1898)
  • Dec 27 Walter Scott, American singer (Bob Kuban), murdered at 40
  • Dec 28 Dennis Wilson, American drummer and singer (Beach Boys), drowns at 39

Jimmy Demaret

Dec 28 Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (US Masters 1940, 47, 50), dies of a heart attack at 73

  • Dec 28 William Demarest, American actor (My 3 Sons), dies from pneumonia and prostate cancer at 91
  • Dec 31 Bill Hunt, cricketer (Test for Aust, out 0, took 0-25 & 0-14), dies
  • Dec 31 Frank Link, actor (Burns & Schreiber Comedy Show), dies at 46