On This Day

Historical Events in 1983 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 600 of 750

  • Jul 22 Polish Prime Minister Wojciech Jaruzelski lifts martial law after 19 months
  • Jul 23 Gimli Glider: Air Canada Flight 143 runs out of fuel and makes a deadstick landing at Gimli, Manitoba.
  • Jul 24 "Mame" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • Jul 24 21st Tennis Fed Cup: Czech beats Germany in Zurich Switzerland (2-1)

Sports History

Jul 24 Pine Tar Game: George Brett's HR disallowed against Yanks (overturned)

  • Jul 24 Sonya Robinson, (Milwaukee), 23, crowned 16th Miss Black America
  • Jul 24 70th Tour de France won by Laurent Fignon of France

Album Release

Jul 25 Metallica's debut album Kill 'Em All is released on Megaforce Records

  • Jul 25 1st non-human primate (baboon) conceived in a lab dish, San Antonio
  • Jul 25 Washington Public Power Supply System defaulted $2.25 billion
  • Jul 25 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Hazeltine National GC: Billy Casper wins with birdie on first extra hole after an 18-hole playoff with Rod Funseth
  • Jul 26 Challenger moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida), for mating for STS-8
  • Jul 26 Jarmila Kratochvilova of Czech sets 800m woman's record (1:53.28)
  • Jul 26 Light flashes seen on Jupiter moon Io
  • Jul 26 US threatens action to preserve navigation in Persian Gulf
  • Jul 27 104°F (40.3°C) in Garmersdorf (German record)

Baseball Record

Jul 27 Gaylord Perry joins Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton to reach 3,500 career strikeouts, also winning his 1st game as a Kansas City Royal

  • Jul 28 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 28 NASA launches Telstar-3A
  • Jul 29 "Friday Night Videos" premieres on NBC TV

Baseball Record

Jul 29 Steve Garvey ends his NL record 1,207 consecutive game streak

  • Jul 30 Official speed record for a piston-driven aircraft, 832 kph, California
  • Jul 30 Weight lifter Sergei Didyk of USSR jerks a record 261 kg

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 31 US Open Women's Golf, Cedar Ridge CC: Australian Jan Stephenson wins her 3rd major title; beats JoAnne Carner and Patty Sheehan by 1 stroke

Hall of Fame

Jul 31 Brooks Robinson, Juan Marichal, George Kell and Walter Alston inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Jul 31 Dutch July average temperature is 20.1°C; warmest July since 1852

Sports History

Aug 1 Despite brave 112no by David Gower, New Zealand wins 2nd Test at Headingley by 5 wickets, first ever NZ Test cricket victory in England

  • Aug 2 STS-8 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Aug 2 US District Court begins trying Yonkers accused of race discrimination
  • Aug 3 John Sain of South Bend, Indiana, builds 3.91 m house of cards
  • Aug 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 4 Bettino Craxi sworn in as premier of Italy
  • Aug 4 France performs nuclear test
  • Aug 4 Revolution in Republic of Upper Volta brings Thomas Sankara to power
  • Aug 4 16th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego

Historic Publication

Aug 4 Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Thurston House” is published

  • Aug 6 First NFL exhibition game in Europe; Minnesota Vikings beat St Louis Cardinals 28-10 at London's Wembley Stadium
  • Aug 6 Supertanker Castillo de Bellvar catches fire and sinks northwest of Capetown, South Africa
  • Aug 6 Bomb planted by Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of ANC, explodes at a synagogue in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 7 "Merlin" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 199 performances
  • Aug 7 1st Athletics World Championships open in Helsinki, Finland

PGA Championship

Aug 7 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Riviera CC: Hal Sutton wins his only major title by 1 stroke from Jack Nicklaus

Sports History

Aug 7 Grete Waitz of Norway wins inaugural women's marathon at the 1st world athletics championships in Helsinki, Finland

  • Aug 7 Some 675,000 AT&T employees strike
  • Aug 8 Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwoman Christine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned)

Coup d'état

Aug 8 Military coup in Guatemala, Dictator and former General Efraín Rios Montt flees

Sports History

Aug 8 1st Athletics World Championships: Carl Lewis wins gold in 100m

Album Release

Aug 8 Columbia Records releases "An Innocent Man", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's ninth studio album

  • Aug 10 1st World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in Men's Long Jump

Historic Event

Aug 12 General Manuel Noriega becomes commander of Panamanian army

  • Aug 14 Robert de Castella wins Helsinki marathon (2:10:03)
  • Aug 15 Ramones guitarist Joey Ramone beaten in fight, and undergoes brain surgery
  • Aug 17 -19] Hurricane Alicia, kills 17 in Texas
  • Aug 18 Hurricane Alicia battered Houston & Galveston, Texas
  • Aug 18 Samantha Druce, age 12y 119d becomes the youngest woman to swim English Channel
  • Aug 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Aug 18 KC Royals defeat NY Yankees, 5-4, completing "pine-tar" game (12 minutes); Hal McRae strikes out & Dan Quisenberry retires Yankees in order

Sports History

Aug 19 LSU footballer Billy Cannon sentenced to 5 yrs for counterfeiting

  • Aug 19 Dodgers trade Dave Stewart & Ricky Wright to Texas for Rick Honeycut
  • Aug 20 The South African anti-apartheid umbrella organization, United Democratic Front (UDF) is launched at Rocklands Community Centre in Cape Town, South Afrca
  • Aug 21 Jerry Herman's musical "La Cage aux Folles", based Jean Poiret's French play of the same name , opens at Palace Theater, NYC; runs for 1761 performances, wins 6 Tony Awards
  • Aug 21 110°F (43°C) at Fayetteville, North Carolina (state record)

Baseball Record

Aug 24 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose ends consecutive games played streak at 745

  • Aug 25 Triple A baseball's Louisville Redbirds breaks 1 million fan mark
  • Aug 25 US & USSR sign $10 billion grain pact
  • Aug 26 Floods destroy most of the old town of Bilbao, Spain.
  • Aug 27 Haiti adopts constitution
  • Aug 27 US performs nuclear test

Musical Finale

Aug 28 Revival of Jerry Herman' musical "Mame", starring Angela Lansbury closes at the George Gershwin Theater, NYC, after 41 performances

  • Aug 28 Greg Luzinski is 1st player to put 3 HRs onto roof at Comiskey Park

Historic Event

Aug 28 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin announces his resignation

  • Aug 28 Joseph Kreckman sets record of 2,215 clay pigeons shot in an hour
  • Aug 30 8th NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Challenger 3 launches for a 6-day excursion
  • Aug 30 Elizabeth R Zakarian (Devon Pierce), 17, NY, crowned 1st Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 30 Philadelphia TV station WKBS-TV (channel 48) ends broadcasting after surrendering its license to the FCC, the first do so in at least 10 years. Parent company Field Enterprises Inc. was unable to find a buyer. [1]
  • Aug 30 Guion Bluford becomes 1st African-American astronaut in space
  • Aug 31 Edwin Moses of USA sets 400m hurdle record (47.02) in Koblenz

Venice Film Festival

Aug 31 40th Venice Film Festival: "First Name: Carmen" directed by Jean-Luc Godard wins Golden Lion

  • Sep 1 Korean Boeing 747, flight 007, strays into Siberia & is shot down by a Soviet jet
  • Sep 1 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 1 WGH-AM in Newport News VA changes call letters to WNSY

Historic Event

Sep 2 Yitzḥak Shamir (Likud party) endorsed by Menachem Begin for Israeli Prime Minister

  • Sep 4 "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" closes at Royale NYC after 747 performances
  • Sep 4 US Men's Amateur Golf Championship, North Shore CC: Jay Sigel successfully defends title 8 & 7 over Chris Perry
  • Sep 4 Greg LeMond wins UCI World Road Race Championship in 7h 01' 21" in Altenrhein, Switzerland; first American cyclist to take the title
  • Sep 4 Californian skier Scott Michael Pellaton sets barefoot waterski speed record; 119.36 mph
  • Sep 5 8th NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Challenger 3-lands at Edwards AFB
  • Sep 5 Elmer Trettr sets record for highest terminal velocity at 201.34 mph

Telethon

Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 18th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $30,691,627

  • Sep 6 Soviet Union admits that it shot down the South Korean airliner KAL 007 on September 1st
  • Sep 7 Drury Gallagher sets fastest swim around Manhattan (6h41m35s)
  • Sep 8 NASA launches RCA-6
  • Sep 9 Challenger returns to Kennedy Space Center via Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • Sep 9 Radio Shack announces their color computer 2 (Coco2)

Sports History

Sep 9 Vitas Gerulaitis bets his house that Martina Navratilova can't beat 100th ranked male tennis player

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 10 Larry Holmes TKOs Scott Frank in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Sep 10 US Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-1, 6-3 for her first US singles title
  • Sep 11 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 11 US Open Men's Tennis: American Jimmy Connors retains title; repeats previous year's win over Czech Ivan Lendl 6-3, 6-7, 7-5, 6-0

  • Sep 11 Pittsburgh running back Franco Harris runs for 118 yards in Steelers 25-21 win at Green Bay to become the only the third player in NFL history to rush for 11,000 yards
  • Sep 12 Albert Rizzo trod water at sea for 108 hours 9 minutes
  • Sep 12 Security guard Victor Gerena robs West Hartford company of $7 million
  • Sep 12 USSR vetoes UN resolution deploring its shooting down of Korean plane
  • Sep 13 Dan Quisenberry record 39th season save

Baseball Record

Sep 13 Oakland's Rickey Henderson 3rd straight 100 steals for season

  • Sep 13 Steve O'Shaughnessy scores 100 in 35 mins, Lancs v Leics
  • Sep 13 US mint strikes 1st gold coin in 50 years (Olympic Eagle)
  • Sep 14 US House of Representatives votes, 416 to 0, in favor of a resolution condemning Russia for shooting down a Korean jetliner
  • Sep 14 Texan San Jacinto county sheriff James "Humpy" Parker convicted of violating inmates civil rights and of torture
  • Sep 15 Police officers beat Michael Stewart to death for graffiting NYC subway
  • Sep 15 Israel premier Menachem Begin resigns
  • Sep 15 Frances Schreuder is convicted for the first-degree murder of Franklin Bradshaw
  • Sep 17 Chicago White Sox clinch their 1st-ever AL West championship

Music History

Sep 17 Vanessa Williams (NY), 20, crowned 56th Miss America 1984, 1st winner of African American descent

Toronto Film Festival

Sep 17 8th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Big Chill" directed by Lawrence Kasdan wins the People's Choice Award

  • Sep 18 George Meegen completes 2,426d (19K mi) walk across Western Hemisphere
  • Sep 18 Lebanese & Syrian army battle
  • Sep 18 New Orleans Saints 1st OT victory; beating Chicago Bears 34-31
  • Sep 18 Kiss' first "unmasked" (no make up) appearance on MTV
  • Sep 18 Action series "Hardcastle and McCormick" premieres on ABC in the US
  • Sep 19 David Slowinski on 2 CRAY-1 comp's find 2^132049-1 prime #
  • Sep 19 St Kitts & Nevis declares independence from UK
  • Sep 20 3,112 turn out to see Pirates play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • Sep 20 Cryptographic Communications System & Method (RSA) patented
  • Sep 21 11 killed in anti Marcos demonstrations in Manila

Historic Event

Sep 21 David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" premieres in London

  • Sep 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Music Concert

Sep 22 The Everly Brothers reunite after 10 years apart in concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London

  • Sep 22 NASA launches Galaxy-B
  • Sep 22 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 22 Zhu Jianhau (China) sets high jump record at 7'9 3/4"
  • Sep 23 Argentine military regime gives amnesty to military and political assassins
  • Sep 23 Columbia moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida), for mating in preparation of STS-9
  • Sep 23 Gerrie Coetzee KOs Michael Dokes in 10 for heavyweight boxing title in Ohio

Sports History

Sep 23 MLB Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton is 16th to wins 300 game, beating Cardinals 6-2 in St. Louis

  • Sep 24 Braves Dale Murphy is 6th to hit 30 HRs & steal 30 bases in season
  • Sep 24 Test cricket debut of Shoaib Mohammad, son of champion Pakistan batsman Hanif Mohammad; scores 6 in drawn 2nd Test v India in Jullundur; goes on to play 45 Tests
  • Sep 24 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 25 35th Emmy Awards: "Hill Street Blues", "Cheers", Ed Flanders & Shelley Long win
  • Sep 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, USSR
  • Sep 26 Cardinals' Bob Forsch pitches 2nd career no-hitter, beating Montreal Expos 3-0, in St. Louis
  • Sep 26 Ali Haji-Sheikh kicks 56 yard field goal, a NY Giants record
  • Sep 26 Australia II wins America's Cup yacht race - 1st non-US winner
  • Sep 26 Cosmonauts Titov & Strekalov are saved from exploding Soyuz T-10
  • Sep 26 Lebanon premier Chafiq Wazzan offers to resigns
  • Sep 26 Soviet military officer Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov averts a worldwide nuclear war by judging supposed missile attack from the US an error
  • Sep 27 South African worker's union leader Curnick Ndlovu freed from prison after 19 years

Sports History

Sep 27 Tim Raines is 1st since Ty Cobb to steal 70 & drive in 70 runs

  • Sep 28 STS-9 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Sep 29 "A Chorus Line" with 3,389 performances becomes the then longest-running Broadway show
  • Sep 29 Beirut airport reopens

Historic Event

Sep 29 US Congress authorizes President Reagan to keep 1,600 US Marines in Lebanon

  • Sep 29 Oakland A's Mike Warren no-hits Chicago White Sox, 3-0
  • 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
  • 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

NHL 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

  • 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

NHL Record

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

  • 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 NFL Buffalo Bill QB Joe Ferguson passes for 419 yards with 5 TDs, winning 38-35, in overtime, over Dolphins, in Miami
  • Oct 9 Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar) bombing: North Korean agents attempt to assassinate South Korean President results in 21 deaths, including 9 South Korean government officials; presidential advisors and security team members; and 3 reporters
  • Oct 10 17th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins
  • Oct 10 Israel's Knesset votes 60-53 to endorse Yitzḥak Shamir as Prime Minister
  • 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

Album Release

Oct 11 "Can't Slow Down" second 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 Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard launches a leftist coup within the revolutionary government and takes power for 3 days
  • Oct 14 US Marine peacekeeper Sgt Allen Soifert killed by sniper in Beirut
  • Oct 15 NHL Chicago Black Hawks & Toronto Maple Leafs combine for fastest 5 goals (84 seconds), in a 10-8 Leaf win in Toronto
  • 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

Sports History

Oct 15 Nelson Piquet of Brazil finishes 3rd in the season ending South African Grand Prix at Kyalami to clinch his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 2 points from Alain Prost

  • Oct 16 "Zorba" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 362 performances

Ryder Cup

Oct 16 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

  • Oct 16 Baseball World Series: Baltimore Orioles beat Philadelphia Phillies, 5-0 for 4 games to 1 series victory; MVP: Baltimore catcher Rick Dempsey
  • Oct 17 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Gérard Debreu
  • Oct 17 STS-9 vehicle moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) due to SRB nozzle problem

Television Debut

Oct 17 Talk show "The Sally Jessy Raphael Show" with Sally Jessy Raphael debuts on KSDK

  • Oct 19 Space Shuttle Columbia moves to Orbiter Processing Facility
  • Oct 19 Grenada general Hudson Austin forms "revolutionary council"
  • Oct 19 Philadelphia Flyers begin 13 NHL game winning streak

Historic Event

Oct 19 US Senate establishes Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday

  • Oct 20 IBM-PC DOS Version 2.1 released

Appointment of Interest

Oct 21 Pope John Paul II names 3 new Dutch bishops

  • Oct 22 Two correctional officers are killed by inmates in Marion, Illinois. The incident inspired the Supermax model of prisons.