On This Day

1983 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 409

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Novelist Alice Walker
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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • May 2 6.7 earthquake injures 487 in Coalinga, California
  • May 3 Soviet leader Yuri Andropov decreases nuclear weapons in Europe
  • May 3 US bishops condemn nuclear weapons
  • May 4 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • May 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 7 August Hoffman performs record 29,051 consecutive sit-ups
  • May 10 Lee Chin Yong performs 170 continuous chin-ups in Seoul
  • May 11 Comet C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock) approaches 0.0312 AUs of Earth
  • May 15 Madison Hotel (Boston) destroyed by implosion
  • May 16 Lebanese parliament accepts peace accord with Israel

  • May 16 Sudan People's Liberation Army and Movement rebels against the Sudanese government

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 Chinese American architect I. M. Pei is awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in New York

Architect I. M. Pei
I. M. Pei
  • May 17 Israel & Lebanon sign a peace treaty
  • May 18 Senate revises immigration laws, gives millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program
  • May 19 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 506
  • May 21 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB, for mating for STS-7 mission
  • May 23 Radio Moscow announcer Vladimir Danchev praises Afghanistan Muslims standing up to Russia; he is removed from the air
  • May 24 Fred Sinowatz succeeds Bruno Kreisky as Chancellor of Austria
  • May 24 Supreme Court rules government can deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminated against students
  • May 25 1st US National Missing Children's Day is proclaimed
  • May 25 Fire in Nassermeer, Egypt, kills 357
  • May 25 France performs nuclear test
  • May 26 Space Shuttle Challenger moves to launch pad for STS-7
  • May 26 NASA launches Exosat
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 27 Former EPA official Rita Lavelle indicted for contempt of Congress
  • May 30 Surrey all out for 14 vs Essex, their lowest score ever
  • Jun 2 Toilet catches fire on Air Canada's DC-9, 23 die at Cincinnati
  • Jun 6 Bottle with note of June 9, 1910 found in Queensland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 6 Li Xiannian becomes President of the People's Republic of China and Deng Xiaoping the supreme commander

Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
Deng Xiaoping
  • Jun 6 Nicaragua expels 3 US diplomats
  • Jun 9 56th National Spelling Bee: Blake Giddens wins spelling purim

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jun 9 Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party wins British parliamentary election

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • Jun 12 Comet C/1983 (Sugano-Saigusa-Fujikawa) approaches 0.0628 AUs of Earth
  • Jun 13 NASA's Pioneer 10 becomes the 1st man-made object to leave the solar system
  • Jun 14 5 killed in a fire at a Ramada Inn in Fort Worth, Tx
  • Jun 15 Supreme Court struck down state and local restrictions on abortion
  • Jun 16 European Space Agency launches European Comm Satellite 1, Oscar 10

BeatificationPapal Visit

Jun 16 Pope John Paul II visits Poland

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 16 Ringo Starr releases "Old Wave" album in West Germany

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 17 Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren exorcise a "werewolf demon" from Bill Ramsey, although the lack of photo or video evidence has called this claim into question

Paranormal Investigator Ed Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Ed Warren
Paranormal Investigator Lorraine Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Lorraine Warren

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 18 7th Shuttle Mission-Challenger 2 launches Sally Ride as 1st US woman in space

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride
  • Jun 18 IRA's Joseph Doherty arrested in NYC
  • Jun 20 Iran moves into northern Iraq (casualties top 13,800 in ten days)
  • Jun 21 Stephanie Kay Ashmore, of Alabama, 18, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 22 1st time a satellite is retrieved from orbit by Space Shuttle
  • Jun 23 Syria throws out PLO leader Arafat
  • Jun 23 US Supreme Court ruled Congress could not veto presidential decisions

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jun 23 Solidarity leader Lech Wałęsa meets Pope John Paul II during papal visit to Poland

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jun 24 7th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 2 lands at Edwards AFB
  • Jun 26 "Loving" premieres on TV
  • Jun 27 Highest price paid for painting by a living artist 960,200 pounds - Miro
  • Jun 27 NASA launches space vehicle S-205
  • Jun 27 Soyuz T-9 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 7 space station
  • Jun 28 Bridge section along I-95 in Greenwich, Connecticut collapses, killing 3
  • Jun 28 NASA launches Galaxy-A
  • Jun 29 Challenger flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly Air Force Base
  • Jul 1 Arbitrator Raymond Goetz rules 43 players who are on Disabled List during 1981 players' strike not entitled to salaries for that period
  • Jul 3 American Calvin Smith sets new world record of 9.93 for 100m in Colorado Springs, beats Jim Hines 1968 mark by 0.02 seconds
  • Jul 5 France invades Algeria
  • Jul 5 Woman gives birth to baby 84 days after brain death (Roanoke, Virginia)
  • Jul 6 Supreme Court rules retirement plans can't pay women less
  • Jul 7 11 year old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, leaves for USSR
  • Jul 12 Chad government troops reconquer Abéché
  • Jul 13 The Transvaal Attorney General announces that Eugène Terre'Blanche, leader of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) and three associates will face terrorism charges, South Africa
  • Jul 14 US politician Crane (Rep-R-Il) and Studds (Rep-D-Mas) admit to sex with pages
  • Jul 14 Mario Bros. is first released by Nintendo in Japan as an arcade game about an Italian-American plumber
  • Jul 15 8 killed, 54 wounded, by Armenian extremists bomb at Orly, France
  • Jul 16 Sikorsky S-61 disaster: A helicopter crashes off the Isles of Scilly, causing 20 fatalities in Britain's worst helicopter accident
  • Jul 17 1st USFL championship (Mich Panthers beats Philadelphia Stars 24-22)
  • Jul 18 Despite being in 1st place in NL East, Phils fire manager Pat Corrales
  • Jul 19 The first three-dimensional reconstruction of a human head in a CT is published.
  • Jul 20 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll

Birthdays in History

Weddings in History

Divorces in History

Deaths in History

  • Sep 10 Norah Lofts, British author (The Town House), dies at 79
  • Sep 10 Balthazar Johannes Vorster, Prime Minister of South Africa (1966-77), dies at 67
  • Sep 15 LeRoy Prinz, choreographer, dies at 88
  • Sep 17 Humberto Madeiros, US cardinal to Boston, dies at 67
  • Sep 21 Andrew Brewin, Canadian lawyer and MP for Greenwood, dies at 76
  • Sep 25 Leopold III [Filip von Saksen-Coburg], King of the Belgians (from 1934, abdicated 1951), dies at 81
  • Sep 27 Wilfred Burchett, Australian communist and writer (Catapult to Freedom), dies at 72
  • Oct 3 Kurt Kusenberg, writer, dies at 79
  • Oct 5 Earl Tupper, American-born Costa Rican inventor and businessman (Tupperware), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Oct 6 Terence Cooke, cardinal/archbishop of NY, dies at 62
  • Oct 9 Sun Suk Joon, South Korean vice premier, murdered
  • Oct 12 Jiri Lederer, Czechoslovakia journalist/dissident, dies at 61
  • Oct 14 Willard Price, Canadian author and naturalist
  • Oct 17 Raymond Aron, French sociologist/political scientist, dies at 78
  • Oct 18 Diego Abad de Santillán, Spanish anarchist (b. 1897)
  • Oct 19 Albert Carel Willink, painter (surrealism), dies at 83
  • Oct 19 Maurice Bishop, premier of Grenada (1979-83), murdered in coup
  • Oct 20 Yves Thériault, French Canadian author (b. 1915)
  • Oct 21 Theodorus H J Zwartkruis, Bishop (Haarlem), dies
  • Nov 8 Robert Agnew, director, dies at 84 of kidney failure
  • Nov 8 Mordecai Kaplan, Rabbi, founded Reconstructionist Judaism (b. 1881)
  • Nov 19 Reinout Willem van Bemmelen, Dutch geologist, dies at 79
  • Nov 23 Juhan Muks, Estonian artist (b. 1899)
  • Nov 27 Manuel Scorza, Peruvian writer, dies at about 55
  • Nov 30 Richard Llewellyn, Welsh novelist (How Green Was My Valley), dies at 76
  • Dec 1 Mirsky, mathematician, dies
  • Dec 2 Fifi D'Orsay, "French Bombshell" (Dixie Jamboree), dies cancer at 79
  • Dec 7 Edgar Graham, member of N Ireland Assembly, shot dead by IRA

Person of interestKeith Holyoake

Dec 8 Keith Holyoake, 26th Prime Minister of New Zealand (National: 1960-72), dies of a stroke at 79

New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake
New Zealand Prime Minister
Keith Holyoake
  • Dec 11 Sir Neil Ritchie, British General (b. 1897)
  • Dec 13 Mary Renault [Challans], British author (King Must Die, Funeral games), dies at 78
  • Dec 13 Alexander Schmemann, Orthodox Christian priest and theologian (b. 1921)
  • Dec 13 Nichita Stanescu, Romanian poet (b. 1933
  • Dec 16 Kusan Sunim, found Milae Sa temple/Bulsung Sa Zen in Korea, dies at 74
  • Dec 21 Paul de Man, Belgian literary critic, dies at 64
  • Dec 23 Colin Middleton, Northern Irish artist (b. 1910)
  • Dec 25 Joan Miro, Spanish painter and sculptor, dies at his home in Majorca at 90