What Happened on October 19, 1983

Historical Events

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

Historic Event

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)


Famous Birthdays

  • Makaya McCraven, American jazz drummer, composer, and bandleader, born in Paris, France

Rebecca FergusonRebecca Ferguson (39 years old)

Swedish actress (Elizabeth Woodville-The White Queen, Mission Impossible– Rogue Nation, Dune), born in Stockholm, Sweden


Famous Deaths

  • Albert Carel Willink, Dutch 'imaginary realism' painter, dies at 83
  • Maurice Bishop, Prime Minister of Grenada (1979-83), murdered in coup
1983 Highlights

About October 19, 1983

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 39 years, 3 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Libra

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler
  • UK #1 Song: Karma Chameleon - Culture Club