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Events in History in 1983 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 418

  • 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
  • Jul 21 Polish government ends 19 months of martial law
  • Jul 21 US announces Lebanon freed American hostage David Dodge
  • Jul 21 World's lowest-ever natural temperature recorded −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F; 184.0 K) at Soviet Vostok Station, Antarctica
  • Jul 22 Angels OF Brian Downing error ends his record streak at 244 games
  • Jul 22 Dick Smith makes 1st solo helicopter flight around the world
  • Jul 22 Polish Prime Minister Wojciech Jaruzelski lifts martial law after 19 months
  • Jul 23 Gimli Glider: Air Canada Flight 143 runs out of fuel and makes a deadstick landing at Gimli, Manitoba.
  • Jul 24 Sonya Robinson, (Milwaukee), 23, crowned 16th Miss Black America
  • Jul 25 1st non-human primate (baboon) conceived in a lab dish, San Antonio
  • Jul 25 Washington Public Power Supply System defaulted $2.25 billion
  • Jul 26 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating for STS-8

  • Jul 26 Jarmila Kratochvilova of Czech sets 800m woman's record (1:53.28)
  • Jul 26 Light flashes seen on Jupiter moon Io
  • Jul 26 US threatens action to preserve navigation in Persian Gulf
  • Jul 27 104°F (40.3°C) in Garmersdorf (German record)
  • Jul 28 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 28 NASA launches Telstar-3A
  • Jul 29 Steve Garvey ends his NL record 1,207 consecutive game streak
  • Jul 30 Official speed record for a piston-driven aircraft, 832 kph, California
  • Jul 31 Dutch July average temperature is 20.1°C; warmest July since 1852
  • Aug 2 STS-8 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Aug 2 US District Court begins trying Yonkers accused of race discrimination
  • Aug 3 John Sain of South Bend, Indiana, builds 3.91 m house of cards
  • Aug 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 4 Bettino Craxi sworn in as premier of Italy
  • Aug 4 France performs nuclear test
  • Aug 4 Revolution in Republic of Upper Volta brings Thomas Sankara to power

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Aug 4 Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Thurston House” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • Aug 6 Supertanker Castillo de Bellvar catches fire and sinks northwest of Capetown, South Africa
  • Aug 6 Bomb planted by Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of ANC, explodes at a synagogue in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 7 1st Athletics World Championships open in Helsinki, Finland

  • Aug 7 Some 675,000 AT&T employees strike
  • Aug 8 Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwoman Christine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned)

BattleCoup d'état

Aug 8 Military coup in Guatemala, Dictator and former General Efraín Rios Montt flees

Dictator and President of Guatemala Efraín Ríos Montt
Dictator and President of Guatemala
Efraín Ríos Montt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 12 General Manuel Noriega becomes commander of Panamanian army

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • Aug 17 -19] Hurricane Alicia, kills 17 in Texas
  • Aug 18 Hurricane Alicia battered Houston & Galveston, Texas
  • Aug 18 Samantha Druce, age 12y 119d becomes the youngest woman to swim English Channel
  • Aug 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Aug 20 The South African anti-apartheid umbrella organization, United Democratic Front (UDF) is launched at Rocklands Community Centre in Cape Town, South Afrca
  • Aug 21 110°F (43°C) at Fayetteville, North Carolina (state record)
  • Aug 25 US & USSR sign $10 billion grain pact
  • Aug 26 Floods destroy most of the old town of Bilbao, Spain.
  • Aug 27 Haiti adopts constitution
  • Aug 27 US performs nuclear test
  • Aug 28 Greg Luzinski is 1st player to put 3 HRs onto roof at Comiskey Park

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 28 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin announces his resignation

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • Aug 28 Joseph Kreckman sets record of 2,215 clay pigeons shot in an hour
  • Aug 30 8th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 3-launched (6 days)
  • Aug 30 WKBC-TV (channel 48) ends broadcasting in Philadelphia
  • Aug 30 Guion Bluford becomes 1st African-American astronaut in space
  • Aug 31 Edwin Moses of USA sets 400m hurdle record (47.02) in Koblenz
  • Sep 1 Korean Boeing 747, flight 007, strays into Siberia & is shot down by a Soviet jet
  • Sep 1 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 1 WGH-AM in Newport News VA changes call letters to WNSY
  • Sep 2 Yitzḥak Shamir (Likud party) endorsed by Menachem Begin for Israeli PM
  • Sep 4 Californian skier Scott Michael Pellaton sets barefoot waterski speed record; 119.36 mph
  • Sep 5 8th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 3-lands at Edwards AFB
  • Sep 5 Elmer Trettr sets record for highest terminal velocity at 201.34 mph
  • Sep 6 Soviet Union admits that it shot down the South Korean airliner KAL 007 on September 1st
  • Sep 7 Drury Gallagher sets fastest swim around Manhattan (6h41m35s)
  • Sep 8 NASA launches RCA-6
  • Sep 9 Challenger returns to Kennedy Space Center via Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • Sep 9 Radio Shack announces their color computer 2 (Coco2)
  • Sep 11 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 12 Albert Rizzo trod water at sea for 108 hours 9 minutes
  • Sep 12 Security guard Victor Gerena robs West Hartford company of $7 million
  • Sep 12 USSR vetoes UN resolution deploring its shooting down of Korean plane
  • Sep 13 Dan Quisenberry record 39th season save
  • Sep 13 Steve O'Shaughnessy scores 100 in 35 mins, Lancs v Leics
  • Sep 14 US House of Representatives votes, 416 to 0, in favor of a resolution condemning Russia for shooting down a Korean jetliner
  • Sep 14 Texan San Jacinto county sheriff James "Humpy" Parker convicted of violating inmates civil rights and of torture
  • Sep 15 Police officers beat Michael Stewart to death for graffiting NYC subway
  • Sep 15 Israel premier Menachem Begin resigns
  • Sep 15 Frances Schreuder is convicted for the first-degree murder of Franklin Bradshaw
  • Sep 17 8th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Big Chill" directed by Lawrence Kasdan wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 18 George Meegen completes 2,426d (19K mi) walk across Western Hemisphere
  • Sep 18 Lebanese & Syrian army battle
  • Sep 19 David Slowinski on 2 CRAY-1 comp's find 2^132049-1 prime #
  • Sep 19 St Kitts & Nevis declares independence from UK
  • Sep 20 Cryptographic Communications System & Method (RSA) patented
  • Sep 21 11 killed in anti Marcos demonstrations in Manila
  • Sep 21 David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" premieres in London
  • Sep 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 22 NASA launches Galaxy-B
  • Sep 22 USSR performs underground nuclear test

  • Sep 23 Argentine military regime gives amnesty to military and political assassins
  • Sep 23 Columbia moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating in preparation of STS-9
  • Sep 24 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 25 Bob Forsch pitches 2nd career no-hitter, Cards beat Expos 3-0
  • Sep 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, USSR
  • Sep 26 Cosmonauts Titov & Strekalov are saved from exploding Soyuz T-10
  • Sep 26 Lebanon premier Chafiq Wazzan offers to resigns
  • Sep 26 St Louis Card Bob Forsch 2nd no-hitter beats Montreal Expos, 3-0
  • Sep 26 Soviet military officer Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov averts a worldwide nuclear war by judging supposed missile attack from the US an error
  • Sep 27 South Africa worker's union leader Curnick Ndlovu freed after 19 years
  • Sep 28 STS-9 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Sep 29 1st time Congress invokes War Powers Act
  • Sep 29 Beirut airport reopens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 US Congress authorizes President Reagan to keep 1,600 US Marines in Lebanon

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Oct 1 Denise Wallace, 18, of Virginia, crowned Miss Teen of America
  • Oct 2 Carl Yastrezemski's last at bat
  • Oct 4 Richard Noble driving Thrust2 reaches new land speed record of 650.88 mph (1,047.49 km/h) at Black Rock Desert, Nevada

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 5 Lech Wałęsa wins Nobel Peace Prize

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
  • 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 leftist coup under vice-premier Coard
  • 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
  • Nov 11 President Reagan became 1st US President to address Japanese legislature
  • 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
  • Dec 10 Danuta Walesa, wife of Lech Wałęsa, accepts his Nobel Peace Prize
  • 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