Historical Events in 1983 (Part 2)

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  • Apr 17 Grete Waltz runs female world record marathon (2:25:29)
  • Apr 17 In Warsaw, police route 1,000 Solidarity supporters
  • Apr 17 India entered space age launching SLV-3 rocket

Baseball Record

Apr 17 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter

  • Apr 17 NY Islanders tie NHL record with 3 shorthanded playoff goals vs NY Rangers
  • Apr 18 87th Boston Marathon: American double; Greg Meyer men's champion in 2:09:00; Joan Benoit takes women's race in 2:22:43; her 2nd event title
  • Apr 18 A lone suicide bomber kills 63, at US Embassy in Lebanon
  • Apr 18 KMO-AM in Tacoma Wash changes call letters to KAMT (now KKMO)

Historic Event

Apr 18 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Alice Walker for the novel "The Color Purple"

  • Apr 19 France performs nuclear test

Historic Event

Apr 20 President Reagan signs a $165B bail out for Social Security

  • Apr 20 Soyuz T-8 launched; mission aborted when capsule fails to dock (lands 2 days later)
  • Apr 21 1 pound coin introduced in United Kingdom
  • Apr 22 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 22 Soyuz T-8 returns to Earth
  • Apr 22 Start of 1st Sri Lanka-Australia Test Cricket match (at Kandy)
  • Apr 22 Stern mag announces major historical find-discovery of 60 volume personal diaries written by Adolf Hitler (turned out to be a hoax)
  • Apr 23 28th Eurovision Song Contest: Corinne Hermes for Luxembourg wins singing "Si la vie est cadeau" in Munich
  • Apr 23 David Hookes scores his only Test Cricket century, 143* v Sri Lanka
  • Apr 24 "Show Boat" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 73 performances
  • Apr 24 Austrian socialist party loses parliamentary election
  • Apr 25 "Nightline" expands from ½ hour to a full hour
  • Apr 25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Apr 25 NASA space probe Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto's orbit

Election of Interest

Apr 25 Portugal's Mário Soares' Partido Socialista wins parliamentary election

Historic Event

Apr 25 Yuri Andropov invites US schoolgirl Samantha Smith to the Soviet Union

  • Apr 26 Dow Jones Industrial Avg breaks 1,200 for 1st time

Sports History

Apr 26 NFL Draft: Stanford quarterback John Elway first pick by Baltimore Colts

  • Apr 26 San Antonio spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 152-133 in NBA playoff game
  • Apr 27 Nolan Ryan becomes strikeout king (3,509), passing Walter Johnson
  • Apr 28 Argentine government declares all 15-30,000 missing persons dead
  • Apr 28 NASA launches Geos-F
  • Apr 29 Harold Washington sworn in as Chicago's 1st African American mayor
  • May 1 "My One & Only" opens at St James Theater NYC for 767 performances
  • May 2 6.7 earthquake injures 487 in Coalinga, California
  • May 3 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 0
  • May 3 Soviet leader Yuri Andropov decreases nuclear weapons in Europe
  • May 3 US bishops condemn nuclear weapons
  • 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
  • May 10 Lee Chin Yong performs 170 continuous chin-ups in Seoul

Television Finale

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

  • May 11 Aberdeen of Scotland win 23rd European Cup Winner's Cup against Real Madrid of Spain 2-1 in Gothenburg
  • 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 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

Historic Event

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

  • May 16 Lebanese parliament accepts peace accord with Israel
  • May 16 Sudan People's Liberation Army and Movement rebels against the Sudanese government
  • 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 36th Cannes Film Festival: "Narayama Bushiko" directed by Shohei Imamura wins the Palme d'Or
  • 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 20 "Every Breath You Take" single released by The Police (Billboard Song of the Year, 1983)

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 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 27th European Cup: Hamburg beats Juventus 1-0 at Athens
  • 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 26 29th Walker Cup: US, 13½ - 10½
  • May 26 LA Lakers set NBA playoff game record of fewest free throws
  • May 26 NASA launches Exosat
  • May 26 Space Shuttle Challenger moves to launch pad for STS-7
  • 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 Indianapolis 500: Tom Sneva wins his first Indy 500; represents record 7th Indy victory for chief mechanic George Bignotti
  • May 29 Yuri Dumchev of USSR throws discus a record 71.86 m

Sports History

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

  • May 30 Surrey all out for 14 vs Essex, their lowest score ever
  • May 31 37th NBA Championship: Philadelphia 76ers sweep LA Lakers in 4 games
  • Jun 2 1980 movie "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" released in Germany
  • Jun 2 Toilet catches fire on Air Canada's DC-9, 23 die at Cincinnati
  • Jun 3 Prolific studio drummer Jim Gordon murders his mother, Osa Marie Gordon in North Hollywood, California. [1]

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 4 French Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats Mima Jausovec of Yugoslavia 6-1, 6-2 for her 15th Grand Slam title and 5th French singles crown

  • Jun 5 37th Tony Awards: "Torch Song Trilogy" and "Cats" win

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 5 French Open: Home town favourite Yannick Noah wins his 1st and only career Grand Slam title; beats defending champion Mats Wilander of Sweden 6-2, 7-5, 7-6

Film Premiere

Jun 6 "Octopussy", 13th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Maud Adams and Louis Jourdan premieres in London

  • Jun 6 17th Music City News Country Awards: Marty Robbins & Roy Acuff win

Daytime Emmy Awards

Jun 6 Betty White becomes 1st woman to win Outstanding Game Show Host at Daytime Emmy Awards for NBC's "Just Men"

  • Jun 6 Bottle with note of June 9, 1910 found in Queensland

Daytime Emmy Awards

Jun 6 Emmy 10th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 4th time

Historic Event

Jun 6 Li Xiannian becomes President of the People's Republic of China and Deng Xiaoping the supreme commander

  • Jun 6 Nicaragua expels 3 US diplomats
  • Jun 6 Twins draft pitcher Tim Belcher #1
  • Jun 7 MLB Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton temporarily passes Houston Astro Nolan Ryan with his 3,552 strike out
  • Jun 8 "Trading Places", American comedy film, is released
  • Jun 8 Charlos Vieira begins 191 hr "nonstop" cycling in Leiria, Portugal
  • Jun 8 East German sprinter Marlies Göhr sets world record for 100m (10.81) in Berlin, Germany
  • Jun 9 56th National Spelling Bee: Blake Giddens wins spelling purim

Election of Interest

Jun 9 Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party wins British parliamentary election

  • Jun 9 Zimbabwe win their 1st one-day cricket international, v Australia
  • Jun 11 "Always Something There To Remind Me" by Naked Eyes peaks at #8
  • Jun 11 "Cool Places" by Sparks & Jane Wiedlin peaks at #49
  • Jun 11 "Faithfully" by Journey peaks at #12

Music History

Jun 11 "My Love" by Lionel Richie peaks at #5

  • Jun 11 "Theme From Doctor Detroit" by Devo peaks at #59
  • Jun 11 "When I'm With You" by Sheriff peaks at #61

Belmont Stakes

Jun 11 115th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr.aboard Caveat wins in 2:27.8

  • Jun 11 MLB Cardinals outfielder Lonnie Smith checks into Hyland Center in St. Louis, a drug rehabilitation facility
  • Jun 11 Zhu Jianhua of China set a new world record in high jump at 7-9 14
  • Jun 12 Comet C/1983 (Sugano-Saigusa-Fujikawa) approaches 0.0628 AUs of Earth

LPGA Championship

Jun 12 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Patty Sheehan comes from 7 strokes behind with a final round a 66 (−6) to finish 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Sandra Haynie

  • Jun 12 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: Miller Barber inaugural champion by 1 stroke from Gene Littler
  • Jun 12 Winston Davis takes 7-51 in Cricket World Cup match v Australia
  • Jun 13 NASA's Pioneer 10 becomes the 1st man-made object to leave the solar system
  • Jun 14 5 killed in a fire at a Ramada Inn in Fort Worth, Tx

Television Premiere

Jun 15 "Black Adder" TV comedy premieres starring Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson and written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson on BBC1

Sports History

Jun 15 Cards trade Keith Hernandez to Mets for Neil Allen & Rick Ownbey

  • Jun 15 Supreme Court struck down state and local restrictions on abortion
  • Jun 16 Charlos Vieira completes 191 hr "nonstop" cycling in Leiria, Portugal
  • Jun 16 European Space Agency launches European Comm Satellite 1, Oscar 10
  • Jun 16 General Secretary Yuri Andropov appointed President of the Soviet Union

Papal Visit

Jun 16 Pope John Paul II visits Poland

Album Release

Jun 16 Ringo Starr releases album "Old Wave" album in West Germany; soon after releases follow in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Brazil

Historic Event

Jun 17 Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren exorcise a "werewolf demon" from Bill Ramsey, although lack of photo or video evidence has called this claim into question

  • Jun 17 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: UB40, Melanie, and Curtis Mayfield headline; other performers include: The Beat, Marillion, King Sunny Adé, The Chieftains, Dr. John; Tom Paxton, Dennis Brown, The Enid, Incantation, and Aswad
  • Jun 18 "Pump Boys & Dinettes" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 573 performances

Historic Event

Jun 18 7th Shuttle Mission-Challenger 2 launches Sally Ride as 1st US woman in space

  • Jun 18 IRA's Joseph Doherty arrested in NYC
  • Jun 20 Iran moves into northern Iraq (casualties top 13,800 in ten days)
  • Jun 20 New York Yankees 5-time MLB All Star outfielder Bobby Murcer retires

US Golf Open

Jun 20 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: Larry Nelson wins by 1 shot from Tom Watson in a storm affected Monday finish

  • Jun 21 Stephanie Kay Ashmore, of Alabama, 18, crowned America's Junior Miss

Sports History

Jun 21 Tennis ace Arthur Ashe undergoes double bypass heart surgery

  • Jun 22 1st time a satellite is retrieved from orbit by Space Shuttle
  • Jun 22 NHL institutes a 5 minute sudden death overtime period

Meeting of Interest

Jun 23 Solidarity leader Lech Wałęsa meets Pope John Paul II during papal visit to Poland

  • Jun 23 Syria throws out PLO leader Arafat
  • Jun 23 US Supreme Court ruled Congress could not veto presidential decisions
  • Jun 24 7th NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Challenger 2 lands at Edwards AFB
  • Jun 24 Don Sutton becomes 8th pitcher to strikeout 3,000 batters
  • Jun 25 "Evita" closes at Broadway Theater, NYC, after 1568 performances
  • Jun 25 Cricket World Cup, Lord's, London: India upsets West Indies by 43 runs to win first title; Mohinder Amarnath 3/12 off 7 overs, Player of the Match
  • Jun 25 Udo Beyer of East Germany sets record for shot put, 22.22 m
  • Jun 26 "Loving" premieres on TV
  • Jun 26 "Show Boat" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 73 performances
  • Jun 27 Highest price paid for painting by a living artist 960,200 pounds - Joan Miro
  • Jun 27 Maxie Anderson and Don Ida, American balloonists, die during a crash landing in endurance race in Schweinfurt, West Germany
  • Jun 27 MLB Seattle Mariners bat out of order against Chicago White Sox in 2nd inning
  • Jun 27 NASA launches space vehicle S-205
  • Jun 27 Soyuz T-9 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 7 space station
  • Jun 28 Bridge section along I-95 in Greenwich, Connecticut collapses, killing 3
  • Jun 28 NASA launches Galaxy-A

Sports History

Jun 29 40 year old Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr. wins his 5,000th race with a victory in the last race at Belmont; 4th jockey to achieve milestone

  • Jun 29 Challenger flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly Air Force Base
  • Jun 30 KBS Special Live Broadcast “Finding Dispersed Families” begins daily in Korea, documenting reunion attempts after the Cold War (later included in UNESCO's Memory of the World) [1]
  • Jul 1 Arbitrator Raymond Goetz rules 43 players who are on Disabled List during 1981 players' strike not entitled to salaries for that period

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Andrea Jaeger 6-0, 6-3 for the 4th of 9 Wimbledon singles titles

  • Jul 3 American Calvin Smith sets new world record of 9.93 for 100m in Colorado Springs, beats Jim Hines 1968 mark by 0.02 seconds
  • Jul 3 Canadian Open Women's Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Beaconsfield GC: Hollis Stacy wins by 2 strokes from JoAnn Carner and Alice Miller
  • Jul 3 Texas Rangers explode for MLB single extra innings record 12 runs in 15th inning of 16-4 win v Oakland

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American John McEnroe wins 5th career Grand Slam title; outclasses Chris Lewis of New Zealand 6-2, 6-2, 6-2

Sports History

Jul 4 NY Yankee pitcher Dave Righetti no-hits the Boston Red Sox, 4-0 at Yankee Stadium

  • Jul 5 France invades Algeria
  • Jul 5 Woman gives birth to baby 84 days after brain death (Roanoke, Virginia)
  • Jul 6 50th MLB All Star Game, Comiskey Park, Chicago: Angels outfielder Fred Lynn hits first AS grand slam, AL wins 13-3
  • Jul 6 Supreme Court rules retirement plans can't pay women less
  • Jul 7 11 year old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, leaves for USSR
  • Jul 8 Rudi Koopmans retains European middleweight title
  • Jul 11 Lorraine Elizabeth Downes (19), Miss New Zealand, crowned 32nd Miss Universe
  • Jul 12 Chad government troops reconquer Abéché
  • Jul 13 The Transvaal Attorney General announces that Eugène Terre'Blanche, leader of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) and three associates will face terrorism charges, South Africa
  • Jul 14 Mario Bros. is first released by Nintendo in Japan as an arcade game about an Italian-American plumber
  • Jul 14 US politicians Dan Crane (Rep-R-Il) and Gerry Studds (Rep-D-Mas) admit to sex with pages
  • Jul 15 8 killed, 54 wounded, by Armenian extremists bomb at Orly, France

Film Premiere

Jul 15 Film version of "The Pirates of Penzance", starring Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, and Angela Lansbury premieres in US

  • Jul 16 Sikorsky S-61 disaster: A helicopter crashes off the Isles of Scilly, causing 20 fatalities in Britain's worst helicopter accident
  • Jul 17 1st USFL championship (Mich Panthers beats Philadelphia Stars 24-22)

British Golf Open

Jul 17 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Defending champion Tom Watson wins his 5th Open Championship, 1 stroke clear of Andy Bean and Hale Irwin; Watson's 2nd consecutive Open win and 3rd in last 4

  • Jul 18 Despite being in 1st place tie in NL East, Philadelphia Phillies (43-42) fire manager Pat Corrales, replacing him with GM Paul Owens, eventually getting to World Series (losing to Baltimore)
  • Jul 19 The first three-dimensional reconstruction of a human head in a CT is published.
  • Jul 20 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 21 Polish government ends 19 months of martial law

Music Concert

Jul 21 Thunder storm cuts short Diana Ross' free concert in NY's Central Park

  • Jul 21 US announces Lebanon freed American hostage David Dodge
  • Jul 21 World's lowest-ever natural temperature recorded −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F; 184.0 K) at Soviet Vostok Station, Antarctica
  • Jul 22 Dick Smith makes 1st solo helicopter flight around the world