On This Day

What Happened on December 31, 1983

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 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

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