Historical Events in December 1983

  • Dec 1 Rita Lavelle, former head of EPA, convicted of perjury
  • Dec 3 "Marilyn: An American Fable" closes at Minskoff Theatre, NYC, after 16 performances
  • Dec 3 48th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 23-20 in Birmingham
  • Dec 3 49th Heisman Trophy Award: Mike Rozier, Nebraska (RB)
  • Dec 3 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Dec 4 "Amen Corner" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 83 performances
  • Dec 4 David Shire & Richard Maltby, Jr.'s musical "Baby" opens at Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs for 241 performances
  • Dec 4 NJ Devils 1st shut-out, beating Minnesota North Stars 6-0
  • Dec 4 US jet fighters strike Syrian anti-aircraft positions in Lebanon
  • Dec 5 12 killed by a car bomb shattering 9-story building in west Beirut
  • Dec 5 ICIMOD established and inaugurated with its headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal, and legitimised through an Act of Parliament in Nepal in the same year.
  • Dec 5 LA Dodger pitcher Steve Howe is suspended for 1 year for cocaine use
  • Dec 6 A bomb planted on a bus in Jerusalem explodes, kills 6 Israelis
  • Dec 7 2 jets collided at Madrid Airport killing 93
  • Dec 7 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Dec 8 9th NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Columbia 6 lands at Edwards AFB
  • Dec 8 Richard Baker, Zen teacher, steps down from abbotship of San Francisco Zen Center

Historic Event

Dec 9 Counselor to Ronald Reagan, Edwin Meese says people go to soup kitchens "because food is free & that's easier than paying for it"

  • Dec 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Dec 10 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins 8th career Grand Slam singles event; beats Kathy Jordan of the US 6-2, 7-6

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Danuta Walesa, wife of Lech Wałęsa, accepts his Nobel Peace Prize

  • Dec 10 Last NFL game at Shea Stadium; Steelers beat NY Jets 34-7
  • Dec 10 Raul Alfonsin inaugurated as Argentina's 1st civilian president

Papal Visit

Dec 11 1st visit to Lutheran church by a pope (John Paul II in Rome)

  • Dec 12 5th ACE Cable Awards: The VII International Tchaikovsky Competition by Robert Dalrymple and Ken Locker
  • Dec 12 A truck bomb explodes at US Embassy in Kuwait
  • Dec 13 9,655 see highest-scoring NBA game: Detroit 186, Denver 184 (3 OT)
  • Dec 13 Islander's Butch Goring scorings 4 goals against Oilers
  • Dec 13 KYA-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KOIT
  • Dec 13 Martha Layne Collins inaugurated as Kentucky's 1st female governor
  • Dec 14 Muscial "Peg" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Dec 15 3 Kansas City Royals (Willie Wilson, Willie Aikens, and Jerry Martin) suspended due to cocaine usage
  • Dec 15 Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via El Paso, Kelly AFB
  • Dec 15 Last 80 US combat soldiers in Grenada withdrew
  • Dec 15 Wendy Wasserstein's play "Isn't It Romantic" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 16 Riverside, California; judge denies cerebral palsy victim Elizabeth Bouviato request to starve herself to death in a county hospital
  • Dec 16 Spokesperson for The Who announces the group is disbanding

Sports History

Dec 16 Yogi Berra named New York Yankees manager for 2nd time

  • Dec 17 Disco in Madrid catches fire; 83 die

Sports History

Dec 17 In his 352nd NHL game, Wayne Gretzky scores a goal & 5 assists in 8-1 rout of Quebec Nordiques to record his 800th point and 500th assist; averages 2.27 points, 1.42 assists, 0.85 goals per game to start career

Theatrical Finale

Dec 17 Peggy Lee's one-woman show "Peg" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC after 5 performances

  • Dec 17 The Provisional IRA bombs Harrods department store in London, killing six people and injuring 90
  • Dec 18 NBA San Diego Clippers ends 29 game road losing streak
  • Dec 19 The original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, is stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro
  • Dec 20 El Salvador adopts constitution

Sports History

Dec 20 Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens, becomes 10th NHLer to score 500 goals

  • Dec 20 NY Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Pitts Penguins

Historic Event

Dec 20 PLO chairman Yasser Arafat & 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon

  • Dec 21 Musical "Tap Dance Kid" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 669 performances
  • Dec 21 NCAA rules rescinded last 2-minute men's basketball free throw rule
  • Dec 22 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak meets with PLO leader Yasser Arafat
  • Dec 22 Indiana Pacers win, 133-132 in Denver to end a 28 NBA game losing streak on the road
  • Dec 22 NHL NY Islanders score 3 shorthanded goals against Washington Capitols
  • Dec 23 Journal "Science" publishes 1st report on nuclear winter
  • Dec 25 1st live telecast of Christmas Parade at the EPCOT Centre, Disney World Florida
  • Dec 26 Test Cricket debut of Gregory Richard John Matthews, v Pakistan at the MCG
  • Dec 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Football Awards

Dec 27 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Michel Platini claims first of 3 trophies for Europe's best football player ahead of Liverpool midfielder Kenny Dalgleish and Vejle BK striker Allan Simonsen

  • Dec 27 Pope John Paul II pardons man who shot him (Mehmet Ali Agca)
  • Dec 27 Propane gas fire devastated 16 blocks of Buffalo
  • Dec 28 72nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2)
  • Dec 28 US threatens to leave UNESCO after objecting to its domination by a coalition of third world and Soviet bloc nations
  • Dec 28 Warren Cromartie signs 3 year $2.5M contract with Yomiuri Giants
  • Dec 29 2nd College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 19-18 in Memphis
  • Dec 29 Australian cricket batsman Graham Yallop completes a painstaking 268 (716 mins) v Pakistan in the drawn 4th Test in Melbourne

Sports History

Dec 29 Indian cricket opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar scores an unbeaten 236 in drawn 6th Test v West Indies at Chennai; his 4th Test double century and 30th century, surpassing Don Bradman's record of 29

  • Dec 29 US formally notifies UNESCO that it will withdraw from the organization on the Jan 1, 1985, in protest over perceived anti-Western bias, efforts to restrict press freedom and wasteful management methods

Appointment of Interest

Dec 31 Benjamin Ward appointed 1st African American NY City Police Commissioner by Mayor Ed Koch

  • Dec 31 Brunei gains complete independence from Britain
  • Dec 31 Jose Happart installed as mayor of Voeren, Belgium
  • Dec 31 Nigeria's National Assembly dissolves after military coup

Coup d'état

Dec 31 President Shagari of Nigeria is overthrown in a military coup and Major General Muhammadu Buhari is installed as Head of State