April 1983 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Anti-nuclear demonstrators link arms in 14-mile human chain in England
  • Apr 1 Iraq increases missile attacks on Iran
  • Apr 4 6th space shuttle mission, Challenger 1 launched
  • Apr 5 France throws out 47 Soviet diplomats
  • Apr 7 Oldest human skeleton, aged 80,000 years, discovered in Egypt
  • Apr 7 STS-6 specialist Story Musgrave & Don Peterson 1st STS spacewalk
  • Apr 7 WIBC Championship Tournament in Las Vegas, attracts 75,480 women bowlers for 83-day event

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

  • Apr 9 6th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 1 returns to Earth
  • Apr 10 Hennie Kuiper (Neth) wins Paris-Roubaix cycle race
  • Apr 10 Jordan king Hussein ceases negotiations with PLO
  • Apr 11 NASA launches RCA-F
  • Apr 11 In the first 'supergrass' trial in Northern Ireland, fourteen Ulster Volunteer Force members are jailed for a total of two hundred years
  • Apr 12 Harold Washington elected Chicago's 1st black mayor
  • Apr 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 15 Tokyo Disneyland opens
  • Apr 16 Steve Garvey sets NL record by playing in 1,118 consecutive games
  • Apr 17 1st National Coin Week begins
  • Apr 17 In Warsaw, police route 1,000 Solidarity supporters
  • Apr 17 India entered space age launching SLV-3 rocket
  • 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)

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

Novelist Alice Walker
Alice Walker
  • Apr 19 France performs nuclear test
  • 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 Stern mag announces major historical find-discovery of 60 volume personal diaries written by Adolf Hitler (turned out to be a hoax)
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares

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

Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • Apr 25 NASA space probe Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto's orbit.
  • Apr 26 Dow Jones Industrial Avg breaks 1,200 for 1st time
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 2 Martin Shkreli, pharmaceutical executive (Pharma), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 3 Errol Barnett, English reporter
  • Apr 4 Angelle Tymon, American journalist and TV game show host
  • Apr 6 James Wade, English Darts Player
  • Apr 14 William Yaw Obeng, Arena Football League lineman
  • Apr 23 Jennifer Heil, Canadian free style skier
  • Apr 24 Princess Iman bint Al Hussein of Jordan
  • Apr 25 DeAngelo Williams, National Football League runningback
  • Apr 26 Jessica Lynch, American P.O.W.

Deaths in History

  • Apr 4 Jacqueline Logan, silent film leading lady, dies at 78
  • Apr 6 Ana Maria, Salvador guerilla leader, murdered
  • Apr 10 Issam Sartawi, PLO ambassador to Portugal, murdered
  • Apr 13 Theodore Stephanides, Greek doctor and naturalist (b. 1896)
  • Apr 15 Gyula Illyés, Hungarian author and poet (Az Ismertlen Illyes), dies at 80
  • Apr 15 Corrie ten Boom, Dutch author and Holocaust survivor
  • Apr 17 Mark W Clark, US general (WWII), dies at 87
  • Apr 17 Peter Potter, DJ (Peter Potter Show, Juke Box Jury), dies at 78
  • Apr 19 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes & Diamonds), dies at 73
  • Apr 20 Jerzy Andrezjewski, writer, dies