On This Day

Events in Film & Television in 1983

  • Jan 17 10th American Music Awards: John Cougar & Rick Springfield, Olivia Newton-John

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 23 "A-Team" with Mr T premieres on NBC

Actor Mr. T
Actor
Mr. T

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 29 40th Golden Globes: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Ben Kingsley & Meryl Streep win

  • Feb 2 CBS' premiere of fact based WW2 drama "The Scarlet and the Black", based on the life of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty

Music releaseMusic Recording

Feb 11 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Ricky" & "Buckingham Blues" debut LP

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • Feb 18 33rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Ascendancy" and "The Beehive" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 20 25th Daytona 500: 3rd win in the event for Cale Yarborough; first time an in-car camera goes into victory lane before a national CBS Sports audience
  • Feb 28 Final TV episode of "M*A*S*H" airs (CBS); record 125 million watch in the US
  • Mar 7 TNN (The Nashville Network) begins on Cable TV

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 11 9th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds, Jane Fonda & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Linda Evans & Loretta Swit win (TV)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 31 "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life," is released in the US

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
  • Apr 11 3rd Golden Raspberry Awards: "Inchon!" wins
  • Apr 11 55th Academy Awards: "Gandhi", Ben Kingsley & Meryl Streep win
  • Apr 15 Tokyo Disneyland opens
  • Apr 25 "Nightline" expands from ½ hour to a full hour

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Actor and Director Penny Marshall
Actor and Director
Penny Marshall

  • May 12 Julie Lynne Hayek, (California), crowned 32nd Miss USA
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams
Actor Peter Cushing
Actor
Peter Cushing
  • May 28 "Ricky" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #63
  • Jun 2 1980 movie "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" released in Germany
  • Jun 6 Emmy 10th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 4th time

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

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

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
  • Jun 8 "Trading Places", American comedy film, is released

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

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

Actor and Comedian Rowan Atkinson
Actor and Comedian
Rowan Atkinson
  • Jul 11 Lorraine Elizabeth Downes, 19, of NZ, crowned 32nd Miss Universe

Music concertMusic Concert

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

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • Jul 29 "Friday Night Videos" premieres on NBC TV
  • Aug 4 16th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego
  • Aug 30 Elizabeth R Zakarian (Devon Pierce), 17, NY, crowned 1st Miss Teen USA

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

Director Jean-Luc Godard
Director
Jean-Luc Godard

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes a US citizen

Actor, Body Builder and Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder and Governor of California
Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Sep 17 Vanessa Williams (NY), 20, crowned 56th Miss America 1984, 1st black
  • 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 25 35th Emmy Awards: Hill Street Blues, Cheers, Ed Flanders & Shelley Long win
  • Oct 10 NBC premiere of true life drama "Adam", based on John Walsh's son's murder
  • Nov 3 Nashville Network begins on cable TV

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 17 Film "Yentl" produced, directed and starring Barbra Streisand and Mandy Patinkin premieres, based on play and story by Isaac Bashevis Singer

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Nov 20 100 million watch ABC TV movie "The Day After" about nuclear war

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 20 "Terms of Endearment" from the book by Larry McMurtry, directed by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger premieres in New York (Best Picture 1984)

  • Dec 25 1st live telecast of Christmas Parade at the EPCOT Centre, Disney World Florida