On This Day

Historical Events in May 1983

  • May 1 "My One & Only" opens at St James Theater NYC for 767 performances
  • May 2 6.7 earthquake injures 487 in Coalinga, California

Historic Event

May 3 Soviet leader Yuri Andropov decreases nuclear weapons in Europe

  • May 3 US bishops condemn nuclear weapons
  • May 3 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 0
  • May 4 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • May 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 7 109th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye wins aboard Sunny's Halo for consecutive Derby victories (1982 Gato Del Sol)
  • May 7 August Hoffman performs record 29,051 consecutive sit-ups
  • May 7 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • May 9 18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, and Sylvia win

Television Finale

May 10 TV sitcom "Laverne & Shirley" last airs on ABC-TV

  • May 10 Lee Chin Yong performs 170 continuous chin-ups in Seoul
  • May 11 Alan Jay Lerner and Charles Strouse's musical "Dance a Little Closer" opens & closes at Minskoff Theater, NYC, after 1 performance
  • May 11 Aberdeen of Scotland win 23rd European Cup Winner's Cup against Real Madrid of Spain 2-1 in Gothenburg
  • May 11 Comet C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock) approaches 0.0312 AUs of Earth
  • May 12 Julie Lynne Hayek, (California), crowned 32nd Miss USA

Sports History

May 13 Reggie Jackson is 1st major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times

  • May 14 "She Blinded Me with Science" by Thomas Dolby hits #5
  • May 14 Rosa Mota runs female world record 20k (1:06:55.5)
  • May 15 Madison Hotel (Boston) destroyed by implosion
  • May 16 Lebanese parliament accepts peace accord with Israel
  • May 16 Sudan People's Liberation Army and Movement rebels against the Sudanese government

Historic Event

May 16 Chinese American architect I. M. Pei is awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in New York

  • May 17 Israel & Lebanon sign a peace treaty
  • May 17 Stanley Cup Final, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: 4 consecutive titles for NY Islanders; sweep Edmonton Oilers in 4 games with a 4-2 Game 4 win
  • May 18 Senate revises immigration laws, gives millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program
  • May 19 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 506

Music History

May 19 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.

  • May 19 36th Cannes Film Festival: "Narayama Bushiko" directed by Shohei Imamura wins the Palme d'Or

Boxing Title Fight

May 20 American heavyweight boxer Larry Holmes beats countryman Tim Witherspoon by split decision to retain his WBC title at the Dunes Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

Boxing Title Fight

May 20 Michael Dokes & Mike Weaver fight to a draw in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Sports History

May 20 MLB Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton passes W Johnson with 2nd most strike outs

  • May 20 "Every Breath You Take" single released by The Police (Billboard Song of the Year, 1983)
  • May 21 "Bang The Drum All Day" by Todd Rundgren hits #63
  • May 21 108th Preakness: Donald Miller Jr on Deputed Testamony wins in 1:55.4
  • May 21 Challenger moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida), for mating for STS-7 mission

#1 in the Charts

May 21 David Bowie's "Let's Dance" single goes #1

  • May 22 Toronto Blue Jay Cliff Johnson hits record 18th pinch hit HR
  • May 23 Radio Moscow announcer Vladimir Danchev praises Afghanistan Muslims standing up to Russia; he is removed from the air
  • May 24 Fred Sinowatz succeeds Bruno Kreisky as Chancellor of Austria
  • May 24 Supreme Court rules government can deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminated against students

Music History

May 25 "Return of the Jedi" (Star Wars Episode VI), produced by George Lucas first released

  • May 25 1st US National Missing Children's Day is proclaimed
  • May 25 Fire in Nassermeer, Egypt, kills 357
  • May 25 France performs nuclear test
  • May 25 Kirk Gibson (Tigers) & Jorge Orta (Blue Jays) hit inside park HRs
  • May 25 27th European Cup: Hamburg beats Juventus 1-0 at Athens
  • May 26 29th Walker Cup: US, 13½ - 10½
  • May 26 Space Shuttle Challenger moves to launch pad for STS-7
  • May 26 LA Lakers set NBA playoff game record of fewest free throws
  • May 26 NASA launches Exosat
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 27 Former EPA official Rita Lavelle indicted for contempt of Congress
  • May 28 "Ricky", parody song by Weird Al Yankovic hits #63
  • May 29 Yuri Dumchev of USSR throws discus a record 71.86 m
  • May 29 Indianapolis 500: Tom Sneva wins his first Indy 500; represents record 7th Indy victory for chief mechanic George Bignotti
  • May 30 Surrey all out for 14 vs Essex, their lowest score ever

Sports History

May 30 AL President Lee MacPhail suspends Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for one week, for his public criticism of umpires

  • May 31 37th NBA Championship: Philadelphia 76ers sweep LA Lakers in 4 games