On This Day

What Happened on December 17, 1983

Historical Events

  • "Peg" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Disco in Madrid catches fire; 83 die

Sports History

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

  • The Provisional IRA bombs Harrods department store in London, killing six people and injuring 90

Famous Deaths

  • Erik Christensen, NHL player
1983 Highlights

About December 17, 1983

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 37 years, 11 months and 22 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Sagittarius