On This Day

What Happened on December 31, 1983

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Congressman and NYC Mayor Ed Koch
Congressman and NYC Mayor
Ed Koch
  • Brunei gains complete independence from Britain
  • Jose Happart installed as mayor of Voeren, Belgium
  • Nigeria's National Assembly dissolves after military coup

BattleCoup d'├ętat

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

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari

Famous Deaths

  • Bill Hunt, cricketer (Test for Aust, out 0, took 0-25 & 0-14), dies
  • Frank Link, actor (Burns & Schreiber Comedy Show), dies at 46
1983 Highlights

About December 31, 1983

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 36 years, 9 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Capricorn