Events in Film & Television in 1983

American Music Awards

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

Television Premiere

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

Golden 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 Recording

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

  • Feb 18 33rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Ascendancy" and "The Beehive" win the Golden Bear (tie)

Daytona 500

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

Television Finale

Feb 28 Final TV episode of "M*A*S*H", a 2-hour special directed by series star Alan Alda titled "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen", airs (CBS); record 125 million watch in the US

  • Mar 7 TNN (The Nashville Network) begins on Cable TV

Film 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)

Film & TV History

Mar 27 Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" premieres in NYC

Film & TV History

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

Statue of Liberty

Apr 8 In front of a live audience of 20 tourists, David Copperfield makes the Statue of Liberty disappear

  • 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

Television Finale

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

  • May 12 Julie Lynne Hayek, (California), crowned 32nd Miss USA
  • May 19 36th Cannes Film Festival: "Narayama Bushiko" directed by Shohei Imamura wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 19 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.

Music History

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

Film Premiere

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

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"

Daytime Emmy Awards

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

  • Jun 8 "Trading Places", American comedy film, is released

Music History

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

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

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

  • Jul 11 Lorraine Elizabeth Downes (19), Miss New Zealand, crowned 32nd Miss Universe

Film Premiere

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

Music Concert

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

  • Jul 29 "Friday Night Videos" premieres on NBC TV
  • Aug 4 16th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego
  • Aug 28 Revival of Jerry Herman' musical "Mame", starring Angela Lansbury closes at the George Gershwin Theater, NYC, after 41 performances
  • Aug 30 Elizabeth R. Zakarian (Devon Pierce), 17 of 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]

Venice Film Festival

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

Telethon

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

Toronto Film Festival

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

Music History

Sep 17 Vanessa Williams (20), Miss New York is crowned 56th Miss America 1984; 1st winner of African-American descent

  • Sep 18 Action series "Hardcastle and McCormick" premieres on ABC in the US
  • Sep 18 Kiss' first "unmasked" (no make up) appearance on MTV
  • 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
  • Oct 11 "Can't Slow Down" second studio album by Lionel Richie is released

Music History

Oct 27 Larry Flynt pays hitman $1M to kill Hugh Hefner, Bob Guccione, Walter Annenberg, and Frank Sinatra; Flynt's business manager immediately stops payment; Flynt claims he was just joking

  • Nov 3 Nashville Network begins on cable TV

Film Premiere

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

Film Premiere

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)

  • Nov 20 100 million watch ABC TV movie "The Day After" about nuclear war

Theatrical Finale

Dec 17 Peggy Lee's one-woman show "Peg" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC after 5 performances

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