Historical Events in October 1983

  • Oct 1 Denise Wallace, 18, of Virginia, crowned Miss Teen of America
  • 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson release "Say, Say, Say" in UK

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 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

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 5 Lech Wałęsa wins Nobel Peace Prize

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa

Sports record brokenNHL 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

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 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

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

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 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 Washington Capitals 1st NHL overtime game losing to NY Islanders 8-7
  • Oct 8 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 3 games to 1

  • Oct 8 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Chicago White Sox, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 9 Buffalo Bill QB Joe Ferguson passes 419 yards with 5 TDs
  • Oct 9 4 South Korean government ministers assassinated in Rangoon Burma
  • Oct 10 17th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins
  • Oct 10 Israel's Knesset votes 60-53 to endorse Yitzḥak Shamir as PM
  • Oct 10 Tom Monaghan becomes CEO of Detroit Tigers
  • Oct 10 NBC premiere of true life drama "Adam", based on John Walsh's son's murder
  • 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

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 11 "Can't Slow Down" 2nd studio album by Lionel Richie is released

  • 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 leftist coup under vice-premier Coard
  • Oct 14 US Marine peacekeeper Sgt Allen Soifert killed by sniper in Beirut
  • Oct 15 Black Hawks & Maple Leafs combine for fastest 5 goals (84 seconds)
  • Oct 15 Columbia beats Yale 21-18 in football, will lose next 44 games
  • Oct 15 US Marine sharpshooters kill 5 snipers at Beirut International Airport
  • Oct 15 Nelson Piquet of Brazil finishes 3rd in the season ending South African Grand Prix at Kyalami to clinch his second World Formula 1 Drivers title; wins by 2 points from Alain Prost
  • Oct 16 "Zorba" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 362 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 16 25th 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

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Oct 16 Balt Orioles beat Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 3 in 80th World Series
  • Oct 17 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Gérard Debreu
  • Oct 17 STS-9 vehicle moves to Vandenberg AFB due to SRB nozzle problem
  • Oct 19 Columbia moves to Orbiter Processing Facility
  • Oct 19 Grenada general Hudson Austin forms "revolutionary council"
  • Oct 19 Philadelphia Flyers begin 13 NHL game win streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 19 Senate establishes Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Oct 20 IBM-PC DOS Version 2.1 released

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Oct 21 Pope John Paul II names 3 new Dutch bishops

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Oct 22 Two correctional officers are killed by inmates in Marion, Illinois. The incident inspired the Supermax model of prisons.
  • 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
  • Oct 29 550,000 Dutch demonstrate against cruise missile
  • 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.

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 31 Paul McCartney releases "Pipes of Peace" album

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Oct 31 Ron Grant completes a 217 day, 8,316 mile run around Australia