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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

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The Statue of Liberty, New York
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  • 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

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Apr 14 US President Reagan signs $165 billion Social Security rescue

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 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 novel "The Color Purple"

Novelist Alice Walker
Novelist
Alice Walker
  • Apr 19 France performs nuclear test
  • 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 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 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

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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 14 William Obeng, American football offensive lineman, born in Accra, Ghana
  • Apr 24 Princess Iman bint Al Hussein of Jordan, daughter of King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan, born in Amman, Jordan
  • Apr 25 DeAngelo Williams, American National Football League runningback, born in Wynne, Arkansas
  • Apr 26 Jessica Lynch, American prisoner of war (served in the 2003 invasion of Iraq by U.S. and allied forces), born in Palestine, Wirt County, West Virginia

Deaths in History

  • Apr 6 Ana Maria, Salvador guerilla leader, murdered
  • Apr 10 Issam Sartawi, PLO ambassador to Portugal, murdered
  • Apr 13 Theodore Stephanides, Greek doctor & naturalist, dies at 87
  • Apr 13 Mercè Rodoreda, Catalan novelist (La plaça del diamant), dies at 74
  • Apr 15 Gyula Illyés, Hungarian author & poet (Az Ismertlen Illyes), dies at 80
  • Apr 15 Corrie ten Boom, Dutch author (The Hiding Place) & Holocaust survivor, dies at 91
  • Apr 17 Mark W Clark, US general (WWII), dies at 87
  • Apr 19 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes and Diamonds), dies at 73