What Happened on December 31, 1983

Historical Events

Appointment of Interest

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

Coup d'├ętat

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

1983 History

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

About December 31, 1983

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 39 years, 5 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Capricorn

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