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

AppointmentAppointment 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, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 20-19; MVPs: Dan Fouts, San Diego Chargers, QB; John Jefferson, Green Bay Packers, WR
  • 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)

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

Feb 8 35th NHL All-Star Game, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale: Campbell Conference beats Wales Conference, 9-3; MVP: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, C

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Music releaseMusic Recording

Feb 11 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Ricky" & "Buckingham Blues" debut LP

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • Feb 11 4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18"(46 cm))

Music releaseMusic Single

Feb 11 Single "Total Eclipse of the Heart" sung by Bonnie Tyler and composed by Jim Steinman is released

Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer Jim Steinman
Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer
Jim Steinman
  • Feb 13 "Merlin" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • Feb 13 Opener Steve Smith with 117 and Geoff Lawson 3-11 guide Australia to 149 run win over New Zealand in cricket's World Series Cup 2nd Final in Melbourne; win series, 2-0
  • Feb 13 E Bernstein, Levinson & Link's musical "Merlin" premieres in NYC

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Feb 13 33rd NBA All-Star Game, The Forum, Inglewood, CA: East beats West, 132-123; MVP: Julius Erving, Philadelphia 76ers, F

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • Feb 16 The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia claim the lives of 75 people in one of 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 Indiana Pacers lose, 121-94 in Milwaukee; begin a 28 NBA game losing streak on the road
  • Feb 18 Right wing Lanny McDonald becomes the first player in NHL franchise Calgary Flames' history to score 50 goals in a season in a 5-1 loss to Buffalo Sabres
  • 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: 3rd win in the event for Cale Yarborough; first time an in-car camera goes into victory lane before a national CBS Sports audience
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 Andrew VanWyngarden, American musician and singer (MGMT), born in Columbia, Missouri
  • Feb 1 Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Belgian cyclist, born in Herentals, Belgium
  • Feb 1 Kevin Martin, American basketball player, born in Zanesville, Ohio
  • 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, born in Rainbow City, Alabama
  • Feb 6 S. Sreesanth, Indian cricketer, born in Kothamangalam, India
  • Feb 6 Jamie Whincup, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Feb 6 Melrose Bickerstaff, American fashion model, born in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan
  • Feb 6 Myron Wolf Child, Canadian politician, born in Cardston, Alberta (d. 2007)
  • 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, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 11 Huang Shengyi, Chinese actress, born in Shanghai, China
  • Feb 11 Rafael Van der Vaart, Dutch footballer, born in Keemskerk, Netherlands
  • Feb 12 Carlton Brewster, NFL player, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Feb 14 Bacary Sagna, French footballer, born in Sens, France
  • Feb 14 Rhydian Roberts, Welsh Singer (X Factor runner up), born in Sennybridge, United Kingdom
  • Feb 15 Russell Martin, Canadian baseball player, born in East York, Canada
  • Feb 15 Ashley Tesoro, US actress and singer, born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 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 18 Roberta Vinci, Italian tennis player (5 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Taranto, Italy
  • 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, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 21 Franklin Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • Feb 21 Daniel Ek, Swedish CEO & co-founder of Spotify, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Feb 23 Mirco Bergamasco, Italian rugby player, born in Padua, Italiy
  • Feb 23 Mido, Egyptian footballer, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Feb 23 Aziz Ansari, Indian-American comedian and actor (Parks and Recreation, Master of None), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Feb 23 Emily Blunt, English-American actress, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Feb 25 Eduardo da Silva, Brazilian-born Croatian footballer
  • Feb 26 Kara Monaco, American model, born in Lakeland, Florida
  • Feb 27 Hayley Angel Wardle, English actress, born in London, United Kingdom

Person of interestKate Mara

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

Actress Kate Mara
Actress
Kate Mara
  • Feb 27 Devin Harris, American basketball player, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 13 Jerry Lewis marries 2nd wife dancer SanDee Pitnick

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
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 [James Amici], American voice actor (Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy), dies at 67
  • Feb 4 Karen Carpenter, American vocalist and drummer (We Only Just Begun), dies of anorexia at 32
  • Feb 4 Reginald Denham, English writer & director (Obsession, The Bad Seed), 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 10 Vittorio Sereni, Italian poet (Diario d'Algeria), dies at 69
  • 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

Person of interestTennessee Williams

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

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams