On This Day

What Happened on October 5, 1983

Historical Events

NHL Record

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

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Nobel Prize

Lech Wałęsa wins Nobel Peace Prize

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
  • Panamanian jockey Jorge Velasquez wins his 5,000th career race, riding Banquet Scene to victory in the 4th race at Belmont Park

Famous Birthdays

  • Jesse Eisenberg, American actor, author and playwright (The Social Network), born in Queens, New York
  • Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladeshi cricketer, born in Narail District, Bangladesh

Famous Deaths

  • Earl Tupper, American-born Costa Rican inventor and businessman (Tupperware), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Humberto Mauro, Brazilian film director (Ganga Bruta), dies at 86
1983 Highlights

About October 5, 1983

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 38 years and 20 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Libra