August 1983 calendar

August 1983

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 1983.
The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 1983: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1983?


  • 01 Aug 1983 America West Airlines begins operations out of Phoenix, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • 02 Aug 1983 STS-8 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 03 Aug 1983 John Sain of South Bend, Indiana builds 3.91m house of cards.
  • 04 Aug 1983 Bettino Craxi sworn in as Premier of Italy
  • 06 Aug 1983 Supertanker Castillo de Bellvar crashes at South Africa
  • 07 Aug 1983 Merlin closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 199 performances
  • 08 Aug 1983 Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwoman Christine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV
  • 12 Aug 1983 General Manuel A Noriega becomes commander of Panamanian army
  • 14 Aug 1983 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
  • 15 Aug 1983 Ramones guitarist Joey Ramone, beaten in fight-undergoes brain surgery
  • 16 Aug 1983 Paul Simon weds Carrie Fisher
  • 18 Aug 1983 Royals defeat Yanks, 5-4, completing pine-tar game (12 minutes). Hal McRae strikes out and Dan Quisenberry retires Yankees in order
  • 19 Aug 1983 Dodgers trade Dave Stewart and Ricky Wright to Texas for Rick Honeycut
  • 20 Aug 1983 Miss National Teen-Ager
  • 21 Aug 1983 La Cage aux Folles opens at Palace Theater NYC for 1761 performances
  • 24 Aug 1983 Cin Red Pete Rose ends consecutive games played streak at 745
  • 25 Aug 1983 US and the USSR sign $10 billion grain pact
  • 26 Aug 1983 Heavy rain triggers flooding at Bilbao (Spain) and surrounding areas, killing 45 people and causing millions in damages.
  • 27 Aug 1983 Haiti adopts constitution
  • 28 Aug 1983 Mame closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • 30 Aug 1983 8th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 3-launched
  • 31 Aug 1983 Edwin Moses of USA sets the 400m hurdle record (47.02) in Koblenz.
  • 04 Aug 1983 Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo, president of the military government of Upper Volta, is ousted from power in a coup d'état led by Captain Thomas Sankara.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in August 1983?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Every Breath You Takeyoutube
  2. - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
  3. - She Works Hard For The Money
  4. - Maniacyoutube
  5. - Is There Something I Should Know

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Give It Up
  2. - Gold
  3. - Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)
  4. - Club Tropicana
  5. - IOU


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1983?

The World Is Made Of Glass by Morris West

The World Is Made Of Glass


This psychological novel, written by the same author who wrote bestsellers "Children of the Sun", The Shoes of the Fisherman and "The Clowns of God", depicts the confused thoughts of an individual.

Return Of The Jedi by Joan D. Vinge

Return Of The Jedi


Luke Skywalker, his Rebel Alliance friends and a sequel to "The Star Wars Storybook and "The Empire Strikes Back Storybook", devise a bold plan to defeat the Empire and its evil leaders Darth Vader (and the Emperor) in this daring …

Godplayer by Robin Cook



Dr. Cassandra Kingsley will soon discover that her marital and job are not what she believed. It may even kill her when she attempts to discover the truth.

Nothing Down by Robert G. Allen

Nothing Down


Robert Allen's Nothing Down For the '90s is a bestseller that has sold more than one million copies. It may have helped more people to succeed in real estate than any other book.

Voice Of The Heart by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Voice Of The Heart


Katharine Tempest is a woman of unwavering passion and legendary allure. She rose from the obscurity to become one among the most sought-after actresses in her generation.