On This Day

What Happened in June 1983

Historical Events

  • Jun 2 1980 movie "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" released in Germany
  • Jun 2 Toilet catches fire on Air Canada's DC-9, 23 die at Cincinnati
  • Jun 3 Prolific studio drummer Jim Gordon murders his mother, Osa Marie Gordon in North Hollywood, California. [1]

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 4 French Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats Mima Jausovec of Yugoslavia 6-1, 6-2 for her 15th Grand Slam title and 5th French singles crown

  • Jun 5 37th Tony Awards: "Torch Song Trilogy" and "Cats" win

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 5 French Open: Home town favourite Yannick Noah wins his 1st and only career Grand Slam title; beats defending champion Mats Wilander of Sweden 6-2, 7-5, 7-6

  • Jun 6 17th Music City News Country Awards: Marty Robbins & Roy Acuff win
  • Jun 6 Bottle with note of June 9, 1910 found in Queensland

Daytime Emmy Awards

Jun 6 Emmy 10th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 4th time

Historic Event

Jun 6 Li Xiannian becomes President of the People's Republic of China and Deng Xiaoping the supreme commander

  • Jun 6 Nicaragua expels 3 US diplomats
  • Jun 6 Twins draft pitcher Tim Belcher #1

Film Premiere

Jun 6 "Octopussy", 13th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Maud Adams and Louis Jourdan premieres in London

Daytime Emmy Awards

Jun 6 Betty White becomes 1st woman to win Outstanding Game Show Host at Daytime Emmy Awards for NBC's "Just Men"

Sports History

Jun 7 MLB Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton temporarily passes Houston Astro Nolan Ryan with his 3,552 strike out

  • Jun 8 "Trading Places", American comedy film, is released
  • Jun 8 Charlos Vieira begins 191 hr "nonstop" cycling in Leiria, Portugal
  • Jun 8 East German sprinter Marlies Göhr sets world record for 100m (10.81) in Berlin, Germany
  • Jun 9 56th National Spelling Bee: Blake Giddens wins spelling purim

Election of Interest

Jun 9 Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party wins British parliamentary election

  • Jun 9 Zimbabwe win their 1st one-day cricket international, v Australia
  • Jun 11 "Always Something There To Remind Me" by Naked Eyes peaks at #8
  • Jun 11 "Cool Places" by Sparks & Jane Wiedlin peaks at #49
  • Jun 11 "Faithfully" by Journey peaks at #12

Music History

Jun 11 "My Love" by Lionel Richie peaks at #5

  • Jun 11 "Theme From Doctor Detroit" by Devo peaks at #59
  • Jun 11 "When I'm With You" by Sheriff peaks at #61
  • Jun 11 115th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr.aboard Caveat wins in 2:27.8
  • Jun 11 MLB Cardinals outfielder Lonnie Smith checks into Hyland Center in St. Louis, a drug rehabilitation facility
  • Jun 11 Zhu Jianhua of China set a new world record in high jump at 7-9 14

LPGA Championship

Jun 12 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Patty Sheehan comes from 7 strokes behind with a final round a 66 (−6) to finish 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Sandra Haynie

  • Jun 12 Comet C/1983 (Sugano-Saigusa-Fujikawa) approaches 0.0628 AUs of Earth
  • Jun 12 Winston Davis takes 7-51 in Cricket World Cup match v Australia
  • Jun 12 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: Miller Barber inaugural champion by 1 stroke from Gene Littler
  • Jun 13 NASA's Pioneer 10 becomes the 1st man-made object to leave the solar system
  • Jun 14 5 killed in a fire at a Ramada Inn in Fort Worth, Tx

Sports History

Jun 15 Cards trade Keith Hernandez to Mets for Neil Allen & Rick Ownbey

  • Jun 15 Supreme Court struck down state and local restrictions on abortion

Television Premiere

Jun 15 "Black Adder" TV comedy premieres starring Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson and written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson on BBC1

  • Jun 16 Charlos Vieira completes 191 hr "nonstop" cycling in Leiria, Portugal
  • Jun 16 European Space Agency launches European Comm Satellite 1, Oscar 10

Papal Visit

Jun 16 Pope John Paul II visits Poland

Album Release

Jun 16 Ringo Starr releases album "Old Wave" album in West Germany; soon after releases follow in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Brazil

Appointment of Interest

Jun 16 General Secretary Yuri Andropov appointed President of the Soviet Union

Historic Event

Jun 17 Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren exorcise a "werewolf demon" from Bill Ramsey, although lack of photo or video evidence has called this claim into question

  • Jun 17 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: UB40, Melanie, and Curtis Mayfield headline; other performers include: The Beat, Marillion, King Sunny Adé, The Chieftains, Dr. John; Tom Paxton, Dennis Brown, The Enid, Incantation, and Aswad
  • Jun 18 "Pump Boys & Dinettes" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 573 performances

Historic Event

Jun 18 7th Shuttle Mission-Challenger 2 launches Sally Ride as 1st US woman in space

  • Jun 18 IRA's Joseph Doherty arrested in NYC

US Golf Open

Jun 20 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: Larry Nelson wins by 1 shot from Tom Watson in a storm affected Monday finish

  • Jun 20 New York Yankees 5-time MLB All Star outfielder Bobby Murcer retires
  • Jun 20 Iran moves into northern Iraq (casualties top 13,800 in ten days)
  • Jun 21 Stephanie Kay Ashmore, of Alabama, 18, crowned America's Junior Miss

Sports History

Jun 21 Tennis ace Arthur Ashe undergoes double bypass heart surgery

  • Jun 22 1st time a satellite is retrieved from orbit by Space Shuttle
  • Jun 22 NHL institutes a 5 minute sudden death overtime period
  • Jun 23 Syria throws out PLO leader Arafat
  • Jun 23 US Supreme Court ruled Congress could not veto presidential decisions

Meeting of Interest

Jun 23 Solidarity leader Lech Wałęsa meets Pope John Paul II during papal visit to Poland

  • Jun 24 7th NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Challenger 2 lands at Edwards AFB
  • Jun 24 Don Sutton becomes 8th pitcher to strikeout 3,000 batters
  • Jun 25 "Evita" closes at Broadway Theater, NYC, after 1568 performances
  • Jun 25 Cricket World Cup, Lord's, London: India upsets West Indies by 43 runs to win first title; Mohinder Amarnath 3/12 off 7 overs, Player of the Match
  • Jun 25 Udo Beyer of East Germany sets record for shot put, 22.22 m
  • Jun 26 "Loving" premieres on TV
  • Jun 26 "Show Boat" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 73 performances
  • Jun 27 Highest price paid for painting by a living artist 960,200 pounds - Joan Miro
  • Jun 27 MLB Seattle Mariners bat out of order against Chicago White Sox in 2nd inning
  • Jun 27 NASA launches space vehicle S-205
  • Jun 27 Soyuz T-9 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 7 space station
  • Jun 27 Maxie Anderson and Don Ida, American balloonists, die during a crash landing in endurance race in Schweinfurt, West Germany
  • Jun 28 Bridge section along I-95 in Greenwich, Connecticut collapses, killing 3
  • Jun 28 NASA launches Galaxy-A

Sports History

Jun 29 40 year old Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr. wins his 5,000th race with a victory in the last race at Belmont; 4th jockey to achieve milestone

  • Jun 29 Challenger flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly Air Force Base
  • Jun 30 KBS Special Live Broadcast “Finding Dispersed Families” begins daily in Korea, documenting reunion attempts after the Cold War (later included in UNESCO's Memory of the World) [1]

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Jake Silbermann, American actor
  • Jun 2 Christopher Higgins, American ice hockey player
  • Jun 2 Brooke White, American pop singer (High Hopes & Heartbreak), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jun 4 Emmanuel Eboué, Ivorian footballer
  • Jun 5 Bill Bray, American MLB player, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Jun 5 Marques Colston, American football player (New Orleans Saints), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 6 Gemma Bissix, British actress

Kim Clijsters

Jun 8 Kim Clijsters, Belgian tennis player (4-time Grand Slam titles), born in Bilzen, Belgium

  • Jun 8 Lee Harding, Australian punk-rock singer, born in Frankston, Australia
  • Jun 8 Mamoru Miyano, Japanese seiyuu
  • Jun 9 Danny Richar, Dominican baseball player
  • Jun 9 Frankee [Nicole Francine Aiello], American R&B singer-songwriter ("F.U.R.B"), born in Staten Island, New York City

Leelee Sobieski

Jun 10 Leelee Sobieski, American actress (Deep Impact, Joan of Arc, Uprising), born in NYC, New York

  • Jun 11 José Reyes, Dominican-American baseball player, born in Villa González, Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Jun 11 Chuck Hayes, American basketball player, born in San Leandro, California
  • Jun 12 Josh Dies, American author and musician (Showbread), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Jun 12 Bryan Habana, South African rugby player (South Africa national team), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jun 12 Christine Sinclair, Canadian soccer player (Portland Thorns FC), born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
  • Jun 13 Matt Allison, British racing driver
  • Jun 13 Jason Spezza, Canadian hockey player
  • Jun 14 John Stocco, American football player
  • Jun 14 Louis Garrel, French actor
  • Jun 15 Derek Anderson, American football player
  • Jun 15 Julia Fischer, German violinist and pianist, born in Munich, Germany
  • Jun 15 Laura Imbruglia, Australian singer-songwriter, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jun 16 Armend Dallku, Albanian footballer
  • Jun 17 Connie Fisher, British actress, born in Lisburn Northern Ireland
  • Jun 17 Kazunari Ninomiya, Japanese singer (Arashi) and actor (Letters from Iwo Jima), born in Katsushika, Tokyo
  • Jun 17 Lee Ryan, English singer (Blue), born in Chatham, Kent
  • Jun 17 Mickey Guyton, American country music singer (Black Like Me), born in Arlington, Texas
  • Jun 19 Mark Selby, British snooker player (world champion 2014, 16-17, 21), born in Leicester, England
  • Jun 20 Darren Sproles, American football player
  • Jun 20 Cherrie Ying, Hong Kong actress
  • Jun 20 Josh Childress, American basketball player
  • Jun 20 Patrisse Cullors, American artist and civil rights activist (co-founded #BlackLivesMatter), born in Los Angeles, California

Edward Snowden

Jun 21 Edward Snowden, American NSA contractor who leaked classified information, born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

  • Jun 23 Jason Berrent, American performer
  • Jun 24 John Lloyd Cruz, Filipino Actor
  • Jun 27 Alsou, Russian singer (Solo), born in Bugulma, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • Jun 27 Dale Steyn, South African cricketer, born in Phalaborwa, South Africa
  • Jun 27 Evan Taubenfeld, American pop-rock guitarist (Avril Lavigne), singer-songwriter, and producer (The Blacklist Club), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jun 28 Maui Taylor, Filipino model and actress (Kool Ka Lang), born in Brighton, England
  • Jun 29 Aundrea Fimbres, American singer (Danity Kane), born in Upland, California
  • Jun 30 Brendon James, British pop drummer (Thirteen Senses - "Into The Fire"), born in Cornwall
  • Jun 30 Marlin Jackson, American football player, born in Sharon, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 30 Patrick Wolf, English musician, born in London, England
  • Jun 30 Cheryl [Tweedy], British singer (Girls Aloud), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • Jun 30 Katherine Ryan, Canadian Irish comedian, born in Sarnia, Ontario

Famous Weddings

Glenn Frey

Jun 17 American singer-songwriter, of The Eagles, Glenn Frey (34) weds America artist Janie Beggs; divorce in 1988

  • Jun 24 "NBC Sports" sportscaster Bob Costas (31) weds Carole Randall Krumenacher

Denzel Washington

Jun 25 Actor Denzel Washington (28) weds actress Pauletta Pearson (33)

Dick Wolf

Jun 29 Producer Dick Wolf (36) weds Christine Marburg


Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Anna Seghers [Netty Reiling], German author (The 7th Cross), dies at 82
  • Jun 1 Charles Tham, of Saxon-Coburg-Gotha, count of Flanders/Prince, dies
  • Jun 2 Stan Rogers, Canadian folk musician and songwriter, dies in aircraft fire at 33
  • Jun 2 Donald Gramm, American concert and opera bass-baritone, dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Jun 3 Miroslav "Standa" Bares, Czech-Dutch actress (Te Gkek Om Los te Lopen), dies at 60
  • Jun 3 Nanna [Rafi Khawar], Pakistani actor and comedian, commits suicide at 41
  • Jun 4 Ivan Tors, Hungarian TV producer (Sea Hunt, Flipper), dies at 66
  • Jun 6 James E. Casey, American businessman and founder (United Parcel Service), dies at 95
  • Jun 7 Charles von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha, Belgium prince, buried
  • Jun 7 Daniele Amfitheatrof [Amfiteatrov], Russian-Italian pianist, conductor, and composer of concert and Hollywood film score music (American Panorama; The Naked Jungle), dies at 81

Norma Shearer

Jun 12 Norma Shearer, Canadian-American actress (Escape, Romeo & Juliet), dies at 82

  • Jun 15 Srirangam Srinivasarao [Sri Sri], Indian Telugu poet, dies at 73
  • Jun 16 James Arthur Calata, African National Congress (ANC) leader and Anglican clergyman, dies at 87
  • Jun 17 Eelco van Kleffens, Dutch diplomat and politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1939-46; UN Representative, 1946-56), dies at 88
  • Jun 17 Peter Mennin [Mennini], American composer (Moby Dick; The Cycle), and educator (Juilliard, 1962-83), dies of cancer at 60
  • Jun 18 Luther Tucker, American blues guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Jun 21 Anton van de Velde, Flemish writer and director (Tijl), dies at 87
  • Jun 23 Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado, Cuban communist politician and 14th President of Cuba (1959-76), commits suicide by shooting himself at 64
  • Jun 25 Alberto Evaristo Ginastera, Argentine composer (Panambi), dies at 67
  • Jun 26 Walter O'Keefe, songwriter, radio and TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), dies of congestive heart failure at 82
  • Jun 27 Don Ida, American hot air balloonist, dies in a crash at 49
  • Jun 27 Maxie Anderson, American hot air balloonist (1st Trans-Atlantic crossing, 1978' 1st Trans-North America crossing, 1980; 1st Trans-Pacific crossing, 1981), dies in a balloon crash at 48
  • Jun 30 Bo Gentry [Robert Ackoff] American songwriter ("Mony, Mony"), and record producer (Tommy James), dies at 41
  • Jun 30 Mary Livingstone [Sadye Marks], American comedienne, (Jack Benny), dies at 77