On This Day

Events in History in 1983 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 418 of 418

  • 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

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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

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Dec 27 Pope John Paul II pardons man who shot him (Mehmet Ali Agca)

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Dec 27 Propane gas fire devastated 16 blocks of Buffalo
  • Dec 28 US threatens to leave UNESCO after objecting to its domination by a coalition of third world and Soviet bloc nations
  • Dec 28 Warren Cromartie signs 3 year $2.5M contract with Yomiuri Giants
  • Dec 29 US formally notifies UNESCO that it will withdraw from the organization on the Jan 1, 1985, in protest over perceived anti-Western bias, efforts to restrict press freedom and wasteful management methods
  • Dec 31 Brunei gains complete independence from Britain
  • Dec 31 Jose Happart installed as mayor of Voeren, Belgium
  • Dec 31 Nigeria's National Assembly dissolves after military coup
  • Dec 31 Benjamin Ward appointed 1st African American NY City Police Commissioner by Mayor Ed Koch

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Dec 31 President Shagari of Nigeria is overthrown in a military coup and Major General Muhammadu Buhari is installed as Head of State

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari