On This Day

What Happened in November 1983

Historical Events

Historic Event

Nov 2 US President Ronald Reagan signs bill establishing Dr Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

  • Nov 2 Abp Hickey conducts papal investigation of Abp Hunthausen, Seattle

Music Single

Nov 2 "Thriller" single released worldwide by Michael Jackson

  • Nov 3 Jesse Jackson launches his 1st campaign for presidency (D)
  • Nov 3 Nashville Network begins on cable TV
  • Nov 4 Bomb attack on Israeli headquarter in Tyrus Lebanon, 60 killed
  • Nov 4 Washington Capitals first NHL overtime victory beating Vancouver 5-4
  • Nov 5 NY Rangers & Quebec Nordiques both score in 1st 14 secs of 3rd period
  • Nov 5 Orbiter Discovery (OV-103) moves overland to Dryden
  • Nov 6 Discovery transported to Vandenberg AFB, California
  • Nov 6 Tampa Bay Buccaneer James Wilder rushes for 219 yards vs Minnesota Vikings
  • Nov 6 Turkey Turgut Özals Moederland party wins elections
  • Nov 7 Ali Haji-Sheikh kicks his 2nd NY Giant record 56 yard field goal
  • Nov 7 Bomb explodes in US Capitol, causing heavy damage but no injuries
  • Nov 8 Martha Layne Collins (D) elected 1st female governor of Kentucky
  • Nov 8 STS-9 vehicle again moves to launch pad
  • Nov 8 Wilson Goode (D) elected 1st black mayor of Philadelphia
  • Nov 9 Amsterdam brewer Freddie Heineken kidnapped
  • Nov 9 Discovery flies from Vandenberg AFB to Kennedy Space Center
  • Nov 10 "Amen Corner" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 83 performances
  • Nov 10 US Federal government shut down

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 10 'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler retains world middleweight boxing title with a 15-round unanimous points decision over Roberto Durán at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas; first time Hagler taken the distance as champion

  • Nov 11 1st US cruise missiles arrive in Great Britain

Historic Event

Nov 11 President Reagan became 1st US President to address Japanese legislature

  • Nov 11 Australian cricket wicketkeeper/batsman Wayne Phillips scores 159 on Test debut vs Pakistan at WACA, Perth
  • Nov 12 4 die in a train crash in Marshall Texas
  • Nov 12 NJ Devils 1st overtime game, lose to Calgary Flames 4-3
  • Nov 14 First cruise missile placed at Greenham Common, England

Sports History

Nov 15 75th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

  • Nov 15 Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus proclaimed

Sports History

Nov 16 Kapil Dev takes 9-83 v WI at Ahmedabad, but India still lose

  • Nov 17 "La Tragedie de Carmen" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 187 performances
  • Nov 17 Harm Wiersma retains checkers world championship
  • Nov 17 Philadelphia Flyers win 13th straight NHL game

Film Premiere

Nov 17 Film "Yentl" produced, directed and starring Barbra Streisand and Mandy Patinkin premieres, based on play and story by Isaac Bashevis Singer

  • Nov 18 Argentina announces its ability to produce enriched uranium for nuclear weapons

Sports History

Nov 19 Edmonton Oilers beat NJ Devils, 13-4, Wayne Gretzky calls the Devils "a Mickey Mouse organization"

Sports History

Nov 19 Jari Kurri becomes the first (and only) Finnish player to score five goals in a game

  • Nov 20 "Marilyn: An American Fable" opens at Minskoff Theater, NYC; runs for 17 performances
  • Nov 20 100 million watch ABC TV movie "The Day After" about nuclear war
  • Nov 20 Cleveland Browns shutout Patriots 30-0
  • Nov 20 NY Giants Butch Woolfolk ties NFL record of 43 attempts rushing

Film Premiere

Nov 20 "Terms of Endearment" from the book by Larry McMurtry, directed by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger premieres in New York (Best Picture 1984)

  • Nov 20 33rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bobby Allison wins
  • Nov 21 "Doonesbury" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 104 performances
  • Nov 23 Soyuz T-9 lands
  • Nov 23 USSR leaves weapon disarmament talks
  • Nov 24 PLO exchanges 6 Israeli prisoners for 4,500 Palestinians & Lebanese
  • Nov 24 Test Cricket debut of Richie Richardson for the West Indies vs India in Bombay

Historic Publication

Nov 24 "The Colour of Magic" by Terry Pratchett published by Colin Smythe in the UK, 1st book in the Discworld series

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 25 Larry Holmes TKOs Marvis Frazier in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Nov 25 Soyuz T-9 returns to Earth, 149 days after take-off
  • Nov 25 Syria & Saudi Arabia announce cease-fire in PLO civil war in Tripoli
  • Nov 26 World's greatest robbery; 26 million pounds (sterling) worth of gold, diamonds and cash stolen from Brink's-Mat warehouse at Heathrow Airport, England
  • Nov 27 CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: Toronto Argonauts defeats BC Lions, 18-17; Argos' first Grey Cup victory in 31 years
  • Nov 27 Colombian jetliner Boeing 747 crashes in Madrid killing 181
  • Nov 27 Desmond Haynes out handled the ball v India
  • Nov 28 9th NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Columbia 6 launches
  • Nov 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 30 Police free kidnapped beer magnate Alfred Heineken in Amsterdam
  • Nov 30 Radio Shack announces Tandy Model 2000 computer (80186 chip)
  • Nov 30 Raúl Alfonsín wins Argentine presidential election
  • Nov 30 Sam Shepards "Fool for love" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 30 Denver Nuggets coach Doug Moe, hoplessly behind, advise team to let Blazers break their scoring record

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Yuko Ogura, Japanese model, born in Mobara, Chiba, Japan
  • Nov 1 Jon Wilkin, English rugby league utility (England 10, Great Britain 6 Tests; St. Helens 404 games), born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Nov 3 Suzane von Richthofen, Brazilian murderess
  • Nov 3 Julie Marie Berman, actress (General Hospital), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 5 Mike Hanke, German footballer, born in Hamm, West Germany
  • Nov 5 Andrew Hayden-Smith, English TV presenter and actor, born in Gateshead, England
  • Nov 5 (Anne) Leilehua Lanzilotti, Kānaka Maoli-American violinist and contemporary classical composer, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Nov 5 Alexa Chung, English TV presenter, model and designer, born in Privett, England
  • Nov 6 Janette McBride, Filipino-Australian actress and television host, born in Queensland, Australia
  • Nov 6 Jon Hume, Australian singer (Evermore), born in Lismore, Australia
  • Nov 8 Blanka Vlašić, Croatian high jumper, born in Split, Croatia
  • Nov 8 Remko Pasveer, Dutch footballer, born in Enschede, Netherlands
  • Nov 8 Kat Shoob, British television presenter, born in Rochford, United Kingdom

Miranda Lambert

Nov 10 Miranda Lambert, American country music singer and songwriter ("The Weight of These Wings"), born in Longview, Texas

  • Nov 10 Craig Smith, American basketball player (Minnesota Timberwolves), born in Inglewood, California
  • Nov 10 Marius Žaliūkas, Lithuanian soccer centre back (25 caps; Hearts, Leeds, Rangers), born in Kaunas, Lithuania (d. 2020)
  • Nov 11 Philipp Lahm, German footballer (Bayern Munich,), born in Munich, West Germany
  • Nov 11 Matt Garza, American baseball player ( Tampa Bay Rays), born in Selma, California
  • Nov 11 Sola Aoi, Japanese porn actress, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Nov 12 Carlton Cole, English football player, born in Croydon, United Kingdom
  • Nov 12 Steve Huffman, American web developer (CEO and co-founder of Reddit), born in Lansing, Michigan
  • Nov 14 Lil Boosie, American rapper
  • Nov 15 DJ Skee, American DJ/Personality
  • Nov 15 Laura Smet, French actress
  • Nov 15 Fernando Verdasco, Spanish tennis player
  • Nov 16 Kari Lehtonen, Finnish ice hockey goaltender, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Nov 16 Britta Steffen, German swimmer (Olympic gold 50/100m 2008), born in Schwedt, Germany
  • Nov 16 K [Kang Yoon-sung], South Korean singer, born in Goyang, South Korea
  • Nov 17 Christopher Paolini, American novelist
  • Nov 17 Yiannis Bourousis, Greek basketball player
  • Nov 17 Ryan Braun, American baseball player (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 17 Scott Moore, American baseball player
  • Nov 17 Nick Markakis, American baseball player
  • Nov 17 Harry Lloyd, English actor
  • Nov 18 Jon Lech Johansen, Norwegian software developer (DeCSS software), born in Harstad, Norway
  • Nov 18 Travis Buck, American baseball player, born in Richland, Washington
  • Nov 18 Julia Ducournau, French film director (Titane), born in Paris, France
  • Nov 19 Daria Werbowy, Ukrainian-Canadian Supermodel, born in Kraków, Poland
  • Nov 19 Chandra Crawford, Canadian cross-country skier (Olympic Gold 2006), born in Canmore, Alberta

Adam Driver

Nov 19 Adam Driver, American actor (Girls, Star Wars), born in Fontana, California

  • Nov 19 Fabrejay [Jeffrey Santana], American dance club DJ and record producer, born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • Nov 20 Future [Nayvadius Wilburn], American rapper and singer-songwriter (High Off Life), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Nov 21 Jamie Langley, English rugby player
  • Nov 21 Nikki Bella, American pro wrestler, one half of The Bella Twins and reality TV star (Total Divas), born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 21 Brie Bella, American pro wrestler, one half of The Bella Twins and reality TV star (Total Divas), born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 22 Corey Beaulieu, American guitarist (Trivium)
  • Nov 22 Tyler Hilton, American singer and actor
  • Nov 22 Peter Ramage, English footballer
  • Nov 24 Dean Ashton, English footballer
  • Nov 24 Meredith Henderson, Canadian actress
  • Nov 24 Karine Vanasse, Quebec actress
  • Nov 25 Joey Chestnut, American champion competitive eater
  • Nov 25 Kirsty Crawford, Scottish pop singer-songwriter (Pop Idol), born in Glasgow
  • Nov 26 Chris Hughes, American businessman and co-founder of Facebook, born in Hickory, North Carolina
  • Nov 27 Professor Green [Stephen Paul Manderson], British rapper (Lip Sync Battle UK), born in London, England
  • Nov 28 Rostam [Batmanglij], Iranian-American songwriter, composer, and producer (Vampire Weekend), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 29 Tanner Glass, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Regina, Canada
  • Nov 29 Pamela Brown, American television reporter and newscaster (CNN, ABC WJLA-TV), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Nov 30 Adrian Cristea, Romanian footballer
  • Nov 30 Andy Akinwolere, English television presenter

Famous Weddings

Vidal Sassoon

Nov 6 Businessman Vidal Sassoon (55) weds dressage champion Jeanette Hartford-Davis

  • Nov 21 NY Ranger Ron Greschner marries model Carol Alt

Ed Harris

Nov 21 Actor Ed Harris (33) weds actress Amy Madigan (33)

Mary Tyler Moore

Nov 23 "Ordinary People" actress Mary Tyler Moore (46) weds Dr. Robert Levine at the Pierre Hotel in New York City


Famous Divorces

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Nov 14 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (35) divorces Sarah Hugill after more than 11 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Anthony van Hoboken, Dutch musicologist (Haydn Catalog), dies at 96
  • Nov 3 Alfredo Antonini, conductor (Jane Froman Canteen), dies at 82
  • Nov 6 Robert Gross, American composer and violinist, dies at 69
  • Nov 7 David Alexandrovich Toradze, Soviet composer, dies at 61
  • Nov 7 Germaine Tailleferre [Taillefesse], French composer (Le Marin du Bolivar; L'adieu du cavalier), dies at 91
  • Nov 8 Robert Agnew, director, dies at 84 of kidney failure
  • Nov 8 Mordecai Kaplan, American Rabbi, founded Reconstructionist Judaism, dies at 102

Betty Nuthall

Nov 8 Betty Nuthall, English tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1930), dies of a coronary arrest at 72

  • Nov 12 Preston Jackson [James Preston McDonald], American jazz trombonist (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), dies at 81
  • Nov 13 Alvin "Junior" Samples, American comedian and country singer (Hee Haw), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Nov 15 John Le Mesurier, British actor (The Italian Job, Jabberwocky, Dad's Army), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 71
  • Nov 15 Dai Rees, Scottish golfer (British Open runner-up 1953-54, 61), dies of car accident injuries at 70
  • Nov 19 Peter Coffield, American actor (Kevin-W E B), dies at 37
  • Nov 19 Tom Evans, English rock musician (Badfinger), commits suicide at 36
  • Nov 19 Reinout Willem van Bemmelen, Dutch geologist, dies at 79
  • Nov 20 Marcel Dalio [Israel Moshe Blauschild], French actor (Sabrina, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Casablanca), dies at 83
  • Nov 20 Richard Loo, American actor, (China Sky), dies of cardio-pulmonary arrest at 80
  • Nov 22 Michael Conrad, American actor (Delvecchio, Hill St Blues), dies of cancer at 58
  • Nov 23 Juhan Muks, Estonian artist (b. 1899)
  • Nov 23 Waheed Murad, Pakistani film actor and director (Armaan), dies at 45
  • Nov 25 Anton Dolin [Sydney Francis Patrick Chippendall Healey-kay], British dancer (Girl From Petrovka), dies at 79
  • Nov 27 Manuel Scorza, Peruvian writer, dies at about 55
  • Nov 28 Christopher George, American actor (Chisum, Heist), dies of heart attack at 52
  • Nov 30 George Headley, West Indies cricket batsman (22 Tests; 2,190 runs @ 60.83; 10 x 100), dies at 74
  • Nov 30 Richard Llewellyn, Welsh novelist (How Green Was My Valley), dies at 76