What Happened on December 8, 1983

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • 9th Space Shuttle Mission, Columbia 6, lands at Edwards AFB
  • Richard Baker, Zen teacher, steps down from abbotship of San Francisco Zen Center

Famous Birthdays

  • Liu Song, Chinese snooker player
  • Neel Jani, Swiss racing driver

Famous Deaths


Person of interestKeith Holyoake

Keith Holyoake, 26th Prime Minister of New Zealand (National: 1960-72), dies of a stroke at 79

New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake
New Zealand Prime Minister
Keith Holyoake
  • Slim Pickens [Louis Burton Lindley Jr], American rodeo performer and actor (Dr Strangelove, Blazing Saddles), dies following surgery at 64