What Happened in October 1983

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Denise Wallace, 18, of Virginia, crowned Miss Teen of America
  • Oct 2 Carl Yastrezemski's last at bat
  • Oct 2 Green Bay Packers erupt for NFL record 49 points in the first half (35 in the second quarter) to clobber the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 55-14 at Tampa Stadium
  • Oct 2 Wide receiver Art Monk begins NFL streak of 183 consecutive games with a reception in the Washington Redskins' 37-35 win over the LA Raiders

Music Single

Oct 3 Parlophone releases Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's duet single "Say, Say, Say" (from Paul's "Pipes of Peace" album) in UK

  • Oct 4 Richard Noble driving Thrust2 reaches new land speed record of 650.88 mph (1,047.49 km/h) at Black Rock Desert, Nevada

NHL Record

Oct 5 Edmonton super star Wayne Gretzky scores a goal and assist in 5-4 win over Toronto in the Oilers season opener; starts NHL record 51-game scoring streak; ends 28/1/84

  • Oct 5 Panamanian jockey Jorge Velasquez wins his 5,000th career race, riding Banquet Scene to victory in the 4th race at Belmont Park
  • Oct 6 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC

NHL Record

Oct 6 Islander's Mike Bossy's 25th career hat trick

  • Oct 6 NY Jets announce they are leaving Shea for Meadowlands
  • Oct 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 8 1st regular season Islander OT game beat Caps 8-7
  • Oct 8 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Chicago White Sox, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 8 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 8 Washington Capitals 1st NHL overtime game losing to NY Islanders 8-7
  • Oct 9 NFL Buffalo Bill QB Joe Ferguson passes for 419 yards with 5 TDs, winning 38-35, in overtime, over Dolphins, in Miami
  • Oct 9 Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar) bombing: North Korean agents attempt to assassinate South Korean President results in 21 deaths, including 9 South Korean government officials; presidential advisors and security team members; and 3 reporters
  • Oct 10 17th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins

Historic Event

Oct 10 Israel's Knesset votes 60-53 to endorse Yitzḥak Shamir as Prime Minister

  • Oct 10 NBC premiere of true life drama "Adam", based on John Walsh's son's murder
  • Oct 10 Tom Monaghan becomes CEO of Detroit Tigers

Album Release

Oct 11 "Can't Slow Down" second studio album by Lionel Richie is released

  • Oct 11 Last hand-cranked telephones US went out of service as 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, Maine, were switched over to direct-dial
  • Oct 12 5225 Loral & 5424 Covington
  • Oct 13 Ameritech Mobile Communications (now Cingular) launched the first US cellular network in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Oct 14 Grenada Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard launches a leftist coup within the revolutionary government and takes power for 3 days
  • Oct 14 US Marine peacekeeper Sgt Allen Soifert killed by sniper in Beirut
  • Oct 15 Columbia beats Yale 21-18 in football, will lose next 44 games

Sports History

Oct 15 Nelson Piquet of Brazil finishes 3rd in the season ending South African Grand Prix at Kyalami to clinch his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 2 points from Alain Prost

  • Oct 15 NHL Chicago Black Hawks & Toronto Maple Leafs combine for fastest 5 goals (84 seconds), in a 10-8 Leaf win in Toronto
  • Oct 15 US Marine sharpshooters kill 5 snipers at Beirut International Airport
  • Oct 16 "Zorba" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 362 performances
  • Oct 16 Baseball World Series: Baltimore Orioles beat Philadelphia Phillies, 5-0 for 4 games to 1 series victory; MVP: Baltimore catcher Rick Dempsey

Ryder Cup

Oct 16 Ryder Cup Golf, PGA National GC: US wins 14½-13½; Bernard Gallacher's missed 3-foot putt for bogey gives Tom Watson 2 & 1 win and the US winning point

  • Oct 17 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Gérard Debreu
  • Oct 17 STS-9 vehicle moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) due to SRB nozzle problem

Television Debut

Oct 17 Talk show "The Sally Jessy Raphael Show" with Sally Jessy Raphael debuts on KSDK

  • Oct 19 Grenada army General Hudson Austin forms "revolutionary council"
  • Oct 19 NHL Philadelphia Flyers begin 13-game winning streak
  • Oct 19 Space Shuttle Columbia moves to Orbiter Processing Facility

Historic Event

Oct 19 US Senate establishes Martin Luther King Jr. Day as federal holiday, observed on the 3rd Monday in January (on or near his 1/15 birthday)

  • Oct 20 IBM-PC DOS Version 2.1 released

Appointment of Interest

Oct 21 Pope John Paul II names 3 new Dutch bishops

  • Oct 22 Two correctional officers are killed by inmates in Marion, Illinois. The incident inspired the Supermax model of prisons.

NYC Women's Marathon

Oct 23 13th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:00

  • Oct 23 14th NYC Marathon won by Rod Dixon in 2:08:59
  • Oct 23 400,000 demonstrate in Brussels, against cruise missile
  • Oct 23 Suicide terrorist truck bomb kills 243 US personnel in Beirut
  • Oct 25 US invades Grenada, a country 1/2,000 its population (US Wins!)
  • Oct 26 Hugh Whitemore's "Pack of Lies" premieres in London
  • Oct 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Music History

Oct 27 Larry Flynt pays hitman $1M to kill Hugh Hefner, Bob Guccione, Walter Annenberg, and Frank Sinatra; Flynt's business manager immediately stops payment; Flynt claims he was just joking

  • Oct 29 550,000 Dutch demonstrate against cruise missiles
  • Oct 29 Notre Dame's Gil Fenerty rushes for 337 yards & 6 touchdowns
  • Oct 30 The first democratic elections are held in Argentina after seven years of military rule.

Album Release

Oct 31 Paul McCartney releases "Pipes of Peace" album

  • Oct 31 Ron Grant completes a 217 day, 8,316 mile run around Australia

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Mirko Vučinić, Montenegrin soccer forward (48 caps; Lecce, Roma, Juventus), born in Nikšić, Montenegro
  • Oct 1 Mohamed Abdelwahab, Egyptian soccer left back (19 caps; African Cup of Nations 2006; Al Ahly SC, Aluminium Nag Hammâdi), born in Faiyum, Egypt (d. 2006)
  • Oct 2 Huda Kattan, American-born make-up artist and beauty entrepreneur, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Oct 3 Frederico Chaves Guedes [Fred], Brazilian soccer striker (39 caps; Fluminense, Lyon), born in Teófilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Oct 3 Hiroki Suzuki, Japanese actor

Tessa Thompson

Oct 3 Tessa Thompson, American actress (Thor: Ragnarok), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Oct 4 Kurt Suzuki, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 2014; Washington Nationals), born in Wailuku, Hawaii
  • Oct 4 Risa Kudo, Japanese gravure idol
  • Oct 4 Ueda Tatsuya, Japanese idol (member of KAT-TUN)
  • Oct 5 Jesse Eisenberg, American actor, author and playwright (The Social Network), born in Queens, New York
  • Oct 5 Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladeshi cricketer, born in Narail District, Bangladesh
  • Oct 8 Michael Fraser, Scottish football goalkeeper, born in Inverness, Scotland
  • Oct 8 Travis Pastrana, American motorsports competitor, born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Oct 9 Andreas Zuber, Austrian racing driver, born in Judenburg, Austria
  • Oct 9 Jang Mi-Ran, South Korean weightlifter (Olympic gold 2008), born in Gangwon, South Korea
  • Oct 9 Stephen Gionta, American NHL ice hockey player, 2010-19 (New Jersey Devils;, New York Islanders), born in Rochester, New York
  • Oct 10 (Elizabeth Mae) "Lzzy" Hale, American hard rock singer and musician (Halestorm - "Love Bites (So Do I)"), born in Red Lion, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 10 Vusimuzi Sibanda, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Highfield, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Oct 11 Ruslan Ponomariov, Ukrainian chess player, born in Horlivka, Ukraine
  • Oct 11 William Sledd, American internet celebrity (Ask A Gay Man), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • Oct 12 Alex Brosque, Australian footballer (Sydney FC), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Oct 14 Lin Dan, Chinese badminton player (two-time Olympic champion, five-time World champion), born in Longyan, China
  • Oct 15 Stephy Tang, Hong Kong singer and actress (The Empty Hands), born in Hong Kong
  • Oct 17 Daniel Booko, American actor
  • Oct 17 Felicity Jones, English actress (Rogue One), born in Birmingham
  • Oct 17 Ivan Saenko, Russian football player
  • Oct 19 Makaya McCraven, American jazz drummer, composer, and bandleader, born in Paris, France
  • Oct 20 Luis Saritama, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Loja, Ecuador
  • Oct 20 Takayuki Yamada, Japanese actor (Socrates in Love), born in Naha, Japan
  • Oct 21 Aaron Tveit, American actor (Tony award for Moulin Rouge!), born in Middletown New York
  • Oct 21 Aboudia Diarrassouba, Ivorian-American artist, born in Abengourou, Ivory Coast
  • Oct 21 Andy Marté, Dominican baseball player
  • Oct 21 Ninette Tayeb, Israeli singer
  • Oct 21 Zack Greinke, American baseball player
  • Oct 23 Filipos Darlas, Greek footballer, born in Kenourgio, Greece
  • Oct 23 Josh Strickland, American entertainer, born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Oct 24 Adrienne Bailon, American actress and singer (The Cheetah Girls), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Oct 24 Brian Vickers, American race car driver, born in Thomasville, North Carolina
  • Oct 24 Marc Leishman, Australian golfer (British Open 2015 runner-up), born in Warrnambool, Victoria
  • Oct 25 Han Yeo-reum, South Korean actress (The Bow), born in South Korea
  • Oct 26 Dmitri Sychev, Russian football player (FC Pyunik), born in Omsk, Soviet Union
  • Oct 26 Francisco Liriano, Dominican MLB pitcher, born in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
  • Oct 26 Luke Watson, South African rugby player (Western Province), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Oct 27 Brent Clevlen, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Austin, Texas
  • Oct 28 Jarrett Jack, American basketball player
  • Oct 29 Dana Eveland, American MLB player, born in Olympia, Washington
  • Oct 29 Jason Tahincioglu, Turkish-British racing driver, born in Bristol, England
  • Oct 29 Johnny Lewis, American actor (Sons of Anarchy, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • Oct 29 Maurice Clarett, American football player and public speaker, born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Oct 29 Richard Brancatisano, Australian actor (Power Rangers), born in New South Wales, Australia
  • Oct 30 Iain Hume, Canadian footballer (Kerala Blasters), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Oct 30 Trent Edwards, American football player (Buffalo Bills), born in Los Gatos, California
  • Oct 31 Katy French, Irish Supermodel and Socialite, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 2007)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Gerald Strang, American classical and electronic music composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 3 John K. M. McCaffery, American TV host (One Minute Please), dies at 69
  • Oct 3 Kurt Kusenberg, writer, dies at 79
  • Oct 5 Earl Tupper, American-born Costa Rican inventor and businessman (Tupperware), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Oct 5 Humberto Mauro, Brazilian film director (Ganga Bruta), dies at 86
  • Oct 6 Terence Cooke, cardinal/archbishop of NY, dies at 62
  • Oct 8 Joan Hackett, American stage and screen actress (Will Penny; Only When I Laugh; Mourning Becomes Electra),, dies of cancer at 49
  • Oct 9 Suh Seok-jun, South Korea Deputy Prime Minister, killed (one of 21 victims) in Rangoon bombing at about 45

Ralph Richardson

Oct 10 Sir Ralph Richardson, English actor (Richard III), dies at 80

  • Oct 12 Ernie Roth, American wrestling manager (ring name "The Grand Wizard of Wrestling"), dies at 57
  • Oct 12 Jiri Lederer, Czechoslovakia journalist/dissident, dies at 61
  • Oct 14 Paul Fix, American actor (Rifleman), dies of kidney failure at 82
  • Oct 14 Willard Price, Canadian author and naturalist
  • Oct 15 Pat O'Brien, American actor (Knute Rockne; Angels with Dirty Faces), dies of heart attack at 83
  • Oct 16 George Liberace, American violinist (The Liberace Show), dies of leukemia at 72
  • Oct 16 Kelso, American racehorse (b. 1957)
  • Oct 16 Øivin Fjeldstad, Norwegian conductor and composer, dies at 80
  • Oct 17 Raymond Aron, French sociologist/political scientist, dies at 78
  • Oct 18 Diego Abad de Santillán, Spanish anarchist (b. 1897)
  • Oct 18 Vijay Manjrekar, Indian cricketer (55 Tests for India), dies at 52
  • Oct 18 Willie Jones, American baseball third baseman (MLB All Star 1950, 51; Philadelphia Phillies), dies from cancer at 58
  • Oct 19 Albert Carel Willink, Dutch 'imaginary realism' painter, dies at 83
  • Oct 19 Maurice Bishop, Prime Minister of Grenada (1979-83), murdered in coup
  • Oct 20 Merle Travis, American country singer, dies at 75
  • Oct 20 Peter Dudley, British character actor (Coronation Street, 1979-83 - "Bert"), dies after multiple heart attacks and stokes at 48
  • Oct 20 Yves Thériault, French Canadian author, dies at 67
  • Oct 21 Theodorus H J Zwartkruis, Bishop (Haarlem), dies
  • Oct 23 Jessica Savage, Margate NJ, newscaster (NBC Weekend), dies at 36
  • Oct 23 Tamara Shayne, Russian-American actress (Moma Yoelson-The Jolson Story), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Oct 24 Jessica Savitch, news anchor (NBC-TV), dies at 35
  • Oct 25 Hermann Ambrosius, German composer, dies at 86
  • Oct 26 Mike Michalske, American football NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers), dies at 80
  • Oct 29 Sten Broman, Swedish composer, dies at 81

George Halas

Oct 31 George Halas [Papa Bear], American NFL coach and pioneering owner of the Chicago Bears, dies of pancreatic cancer at 88


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