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1983 in History (Part 4)

Events in History

Events 301 - 400 of 409

  • Oct 6 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 8 1st regular season Islander OT game beat Caps 8-7
  • Oct 9 Buffalo Bill QB Joe Ferguson passes 419 yards with 5 TDs
  • Oct 9 4 South Korean government ministers assassinated in Rangoon Burma
  • Oct 10 Israel's Knesset votes 60-53 to endorse Yitzḥak Shamir as PM
  • Oct 11 Last hand-cranked telephones US went out of service as 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, Maine, were switched over to direct-dial
  • Oct 12 5225 Loral & 5424 Covington
  • Oct 13 Ameritech Mobile Communications (now Cingular) launched the first US cellular network in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Oct 14 Grenada Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard launches a leftist coup within the revolutionary government and takes power for 3 days
  • Oct 14 US Marine peacekeeper Sgt Allen Soifert killed by sniper in Beirut
  • Oct 15 Columbia beats Yale 21-18 in football, will lose next 44 games
  • Oct 15 US Marine sharpshooters kill 5 snipers at Beirut International Airport
  • Oct 17 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Gérard Debreu
  • Oct 17 STS-9 vehicle moves to Vandenberg AFB due to SRB nozzle problem

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Oct 17 Talk show "The Sally Jessy Raphael Show" with Sally Jessy Raphael debuts on KSDK

TV Talk Show Host Sally Jessy Raphael
TV Talk Show Host
Sally Jessy Raphael

  • Oct 19 Space Shuttle Columbia moves to Orbiter Processing Facility
  • Oct 19 Grenada general Hudson Austin forms "revolutionary council"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 19 US Senate establishes Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Oct 20 IBM-PC DOS Version 2.1 released

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Oct 21 Pope John Paul II names 3 new Dutch bishops

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Oct 22 Two correctional officers are killed by inmates in Marion, Illinois. The incident inspired the Supermax model of prisons.
  • Oct 23 400,000 demonstrate in Brussels, against cruise missile
  • Oct 23 Suicide terrorist truck bomb kills 243 US personnel in Beirut
  • Oct 25 US invades Grenada, a country 1/2,000 its population (US Wins!)
  • Oct 26 Hugh Whitemore's "Pack of Lies" premieres in London
  • Oct 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 29 550,000 Dutch demonstrate against cruise missile
  • Oct 29 Notre Dame's Gil Fenerty rushes for 337 yards & 6 touchdowns
  • Oct 30 The first democratic elections are held in Argentina after seven years of military rule.
  • Oct 31 Ron Grant completes a 217 day, 8,316 mile run around Australia
  • Nov 2 US President Ronald Reagan signs bill establishing Dr Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
  • Nov 2 Abp Hickey conducts papal investigation of Abp Hunthausen, Seattle
  • Nov 3 Jesse Jackson launches his 1st campaign for presidency (D)
  • Nov 4 Bomb attack on Israeli headquarter in Tyrus Lebanon, 60 killed
  • Nov 5 Orbiter Discovery (OV-103) moves overland to Dryden

  • Nov 6 Discovery transported to Vandenberg AFB, California
  • Nov 6 Turkey Turgut Özals Moederland party wins elections
  • Nov 7 Ali Haji-Sheikh kicks his 2nd NY Giant record 56 yard field goal
  • Nov 7 Bomb explodes in US Capitol, causing heavy damage but no injuries
  • Nov 8 Martha Layne Collins (D) elected 1st female governor of Kentucky
  • Nov 8 STS-9 vehicle again moves to launch pad
  • Nov 8 W Wilson Goode (D) elected 1st black mayor of Philadelphia
  • Nov 9 Amsterdam brewer Freddie Heineken kidnapped
  • Nov 9 Discovery flies from Vandenberg AFB to Kennedy Space Center
  • Nov 10 US Federal government shut down
  • Nov 11 1st US cruise missiles arrive in Great Britain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 11 President Reagan became 1st US President to address Japanese legislature

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Nov 12 4 die in a train crash in Marshall Texas
  • Nov 14 First cruise missile placed at Greenham Common, England
  • Nov 15 Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus proclaimed
  • Nov 17 Harm Wiersma retains checkers world championship
  • Nov 18 Argentina announces its ability to produce enriched uranium for nuclear weapons
  • Nov 23 Soyuz T-9 lands
  • Nov 23 USSR leaves weapon disarmament talks
  • Nov 24 PLO exchanges 6 Israeli prisoners for 4,500 Palestinians & Lebanese

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Nov 24 "The Colour of Magic" by Terry Pratchett published by Colin Smythe in the UK, 1st book in the Discworld series

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Novelist
Terry Pratchett
  • Nov 25 Soyuz T-9 returns to Earth, 149 days after take-off
  • Nov 25 Syria & Saudi Arabia announce cease-fire in PLO civil war in Tripoli
  • Nov 26 World's greatest robbery; 26 million pounds (sterling) worth of gold, diamonds and cash stolen from Brink's-Mat warehouse at Heathrow Airport, England
  • Nov 27 Colombian jetliner Boeing 747 crashes in Madrid killing 181
  • Nov 27 Desmond Haynes out handled the ball v India
  • Nov 28 9th Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 6-is launched
  • Nov 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 30 Police free kidnapped beer magnate Alfred Heineken in Amsterdam
  • Nov 30 Radio Shack announces Tandy Model 2000 computer (80186 chip)
  • Nov 30 Raúl Alfonsín wins Argentine presidential election
  • Nov 30 Sam Shepards "Fool for love" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 1 Rita Lavelle, former head of EPA, convicted of perjury
  • Dec 3 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Dec 4 US jet fighters strike Syrian anti-aircraft positions in Lebanon
  • Dec 5 12 killed by a car bomb shattering 9-story building in west Beirut
  • Dec 5 ICIMOD established and inaugurated with its headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal, and legitimised through an Act of Parliament in Nepal in the same year.
  • Dec 6 A bomb planted on a bus in Jerusalem explodes, kills 6 Israelis
  • Dec 7 2 jets collided at Madrid Airport killing 93
  • Dec 7 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Dec 8 9th Space Shuttle Mission, Columbia 6, lands at Edwards AFB
  • Dec 8 Richard Baker, Zen teacher, steps down from abbotship of San Francisco Zen Center
  • Dec 9 Counselor to Ronald Regan, Edwin Meese says people go to soup kitchens "...because food is free & that's easier than paying for it"
  • Dec 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 10 Danuta Walesa, wife of Lech Wałęsa, accepts his Nobel Peace Prize

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
  • Dec 10 Raul Alfonsin inaugurated as Argentina's 1st civilian president
  • Dec 11 1st visit to Lutheran church by a pope (John Paul II in Rome)
  • Dec 12 A truck bomb explodes at US Embassy in Kuwait
  • Dec 12 5th ACE Cable Awards: The VII International Tchaikovsky Competition by Robert Dalrymple and Ken Locker
  • Dec 13 Islander's Butch Goring scorings 4 goals against Oilers
  • Dec 13 KYA-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KOIT
  • Dec 13 Martha Layne Collins inaugurated as Kentucky's 1st female governor
  • Dec 15 Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via El Paso, Kelly AFB
  • Dec 15 Last 80 US combat soldiers in Grenada withdrew
  • Dec 15 Wendy Wasserstein's play "Isn't It Romantic" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 16 Riverside, California; judge denies cerebral palsy victim Elizabeth Bouviato request to starve herself to death in a county hospital
  • Dec 17 Disco in Madrid catches fire; 83 die
  • Dec 17 The Provisional IRA bombs Harrods department store in London, killing six people and injuring 90
  • Dec 20 El Salvador adopts constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 20 PLO chairman Yasser Arafat & 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • Dec 22 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak meets with PLO leader Yasser Arafat
  • Dec 23 Journal "Science" publishes 1st report on nuclear winter
  • Dec 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 27 Pope John Paul II pardons man who shot him (Mehmet Ali Agca)

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