What Happened in February 1983

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Feb 2 Chicago Archbishop Joseph L Bernardin is among 18 new cardinals invested

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 Pope John Paul II names 18 new cardinals

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Feb 2 CBS' premiere of fact based WW2 drama "The Scarlet and the Black", based on the life of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty
  • Feb 3 US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners
  • Feb 4 Jose Happart becomes mayor of Voeren Belgium
  • Feb 4 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
  • Feb 5 Former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie brought to trial
  • Feb 6 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 20-19
  • Feb 6 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • Feb 6 Trial of former Gestapo commandant Klaus Barbie begins in France for war crimes during World War II
  • Feb 7 1st female secretary of transportation sworn-in (Elizabeth Dole)
  • Feb 7 "José Cuervo" single released by Shelly West (Billboard Song of the Year 1983)
  • Feb 8 35th NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 9-3 at NY Islander

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Feb 8 Baseball orders Mickey Mantle to sever ties with Claridge Casino

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Feb 8 Eric Peters sets transatlantic sailboat record (E-W)-46 days
  • Feb 8 Tina Howe's "Painting Churches" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 8 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL all star record of 4 goals in 1 period

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Feb 8 prize stallion and Derby winner Shergar kidnapped in Ireland; never found Lloyds of London pays $10.6 million insurance
  • Feb 8 Ariel Sharon resigns from Israeli government after an inquiry shows he was indirectly responsible for the killings of hundreds of people in 1982
  • Feb 9 Belgium buys 44 F-16s
  • Feb 10 Anglican synod vote 338-100 against unilateral UK nuclear disarmament
  • Feb 11 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Ricky" & "Buckingham Blues" debut LP
  • Feb 11 4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18"(46 cm))
  • Feb 13 "Merlin" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • Feb 13 Australia beats NZ 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Feb 13 Donna White wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
  • Feb 13 E Bernstein, Levinson & Link's musical "Merlin" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 13 World Boxing Council becomes 1st to cut boxing from 15 to 12 rounds
  • Feb 13 33rd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 132-123 at Inglewood, California
  • Feb 16 The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia claim the lives of 75 people in Australia's worst ever fires
  • Feb 17 Bob Bourne fails on 8th Islander penalty shot
  • Feb 17 Netherlands adopts constitution
  • Feb 17 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 18 NBA Indiana Pacers begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • Feb 18 33rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Ascendancy" and "The Beehive" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 19 Fernando Valenzuela wins his salary arbitration of $1 million
  • Feb 19 Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 400 m free style swimming record
  • Feb 20 Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450/570 km)
  • Feb 20 Roland Liboton becomes world champ cross-country cycling
  • Feb 20 25th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins (155.979 MPH)
  • Feb 21 Donald Davis runs 1 mile backwards in 6 m 7.1 s
  • Feb 21 NBA San Diego Clippers begin a 29 game road losing streak
  • Feb 22 Harold Washington wins Chicago's Democratic mayoral primary
  • Feb 22 Hindus kill 3000 Muslims in Assam, India
  • Feb 22 Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 1500m free style swimming record
  • Feb 23 25th Grammy Awards: Roxanna, Toto IV, Men at Work wins
  • Feb 23 USFL NJ Generals sign Heisman winner Herschel Walker (3 years-$5 mil)
  • Feb 23 The Spanish Socialist government of Felipe González and Miguel Boyer nationalizes Rumasa, a holding of José María Ruiz Mateos
  • Feb 23 The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri
  • Feb 24 Dow Jones closes above 1100 mark for 1st time
  • Feb 24 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Feb 24 A special commission of the U.S. Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese internment during World War II.

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 26 Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes #1 and stays #1 for 37 weeks

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Feb 26 Shortwave pirate Radio USA (Wellsville, NY) begins transmission
  • Feb 27 Eamonn Coghlan of Ireland set indoor mile record of 3:49.78
  • Feb 27 Jan Stephenson wins Tucson Conquistadores LPGA Golf Tournament

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Feb 28 Final TV episode of "M*A*S*M*A*S*H" airs (CBS); record 125 million watch in the US

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Belgian cyclist
  • Feb 1 Kevin Martin, American basketball player
  • Feb 2 Carolina Klüft, Swedish athlete
  • Feb 2 Alex Westaway, British musician
  • Feb 2 Will South, Thirteen Senses frontman
  • Feb 2 Jordin Tootoo, Canadian hockey player
  • Feb 3 Richard Bartel, National Football League quarterback
  • Feb 3 Silambarasan Rajendar, famous south Indian actor
  • Feb 6 Brodie Croyle, American football player
  • Feb 6 S Sreesanth, Indian cricketer
  • Feb 6 Jamie Whincup, Australian racing driver
  • Feb 6 Melrose Bickerstaff, American fashion model
  • Feb 6 Myron Wolf Child, Canadian politician
  • Feb 7 Christian Klien, Austrian racing driver
  • Feb 7 Teshome Getu, Ethiopian footballer
  • Feb 7 Georgios Gougoulias, Greek footballer
  • Feb 8 Jim Verraros, American singer
  • Feb 9 Mikel Arruabarrena, Spanish footballer
  • Feb 11 Nicki Clyne, Canadian actress
  • Feb 11 Huang Shengyi, Chinese actress
  • Feb 11 Rafael Van der Vaart, Dutch footballer
  • Feb 12 Carlton Brewster, National Football League player
  • Feb 14 Bacary Sagna, French footballer
  • Feb 14 Rhydian Roberts, Welsh Singer, X factor Runner Up
  • Feb 15 Russell Martin, Canadian baseball player
  • Feb 15 Ashley Tesoro, American actress and singer
  • Feb 17 Gérald Cid, French footballer
  • Feb 17 Marios Kaperonis, Greek boxer
  • Feb 18 Jermaine Jenas, English footballer
  • Feb 18 Juelz Santana, American rapper
  • Feb 18 Jason Maxiell, American basketball player
  • Feb 19 Assunta De Rossi, Filipino actress
  • Feb 19 Mika Nakashima, Japanese singer/actress
  • Feb 20 Jose Morales, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Feb 20 Justin Verlander, American baseball player
  • Feb 21 Braylon Edwards, American football player
  • Feb 21 Franklin Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Feb 21 Daniel Ek, Swedish CEO and co-founder of Spotify, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Feb 23 Mirco Bergamasco, Italian rugby player
  • Feb 23 Mido, Egyptian footballer
  • Feb 23 Aziz Ansari, Indian American comedian and actor (Parks and Recreation, Master of None), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Feb 23 Emily Blunt, British actress
  • Feb 25 Eduardo da Silva, Brazilian-born Croatian footballer
  • Feb 26 Kara Monaco, American model
  • Feb 27 Hayley Angel Wardle, English actress

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 27 Kate Mara, American actress (House of Cards, 24), born in Bedford, New York

Actress Kate Mara
Kate Mara
  • Feb 27 Devin Harris, American basketball player

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 13 Jerry Lewis marries 2nd wife dancer SanDee Pitnick

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Tullio Campagnolo, Italian bicycle manufacturer, dies
  • Feb 2 Bryan Valentine, cricketer (7 Tests for England, 454 runs), dies
  • Feb 2 Roy Horb, Suriname sergeant/putschist, commits suicide
  • Feb 2 Sam Chatman, elder statesman of the blues, dies
  • Feb 4 Jim Ameche, actor (Festival of Stars), dies at 68
  • Feb 4 Karen Carpenter, rock drummer (Carpenters), dies of anorexia at 32
  • Feb 4 Reginald Denham, director/writer (Death at BC House), dies at 89
  • Feb 5 Derk Roemers, Dutch union leader/politician (soc dem), dies at 67
  • Feb 10 Eduard Franz, American actor (Zorro), dies at 80
  • Feb 12 Eubie Blake, US ragtime-composer/pianist (Memories of You), dies at 96
  • Feb 13 Marian Nixon, actress (Dr Bull, Sweepstakes), dies of cancer at 78
  • Feb 14 Lina Radke, German 800m runner (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 79
  • Feb 19 Alice White, actress (Employees' Entrance), dies at 78 of a stroke
  • Feb 20 James G Richardson, (Tim Cassidy-Sierra), dies at 37 in ski accident
  • Feb 20 Ray Vitte, actor (Doc, Cody-Quest), killed by police at 33
  • Feb 20 Fritz Köberle, Austrian-Brazilian physician (b. 1910)
  • Feb 22 Christina E "Christine" Auwen, singer and wife of John Kelly, dies at 75
  • Feb 22 Romain Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1935), dies at 70
  • Feb 23 Adrian Boult, conductor, dies
  • Feb 24 Herbert Norman Howells, composer, dies at 90
  • Feb 25 John Cowles Sr, US publisher, dies at 84

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Feb 25 Tennessee Williams, US playwright and writer (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 71

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams