December 1983 calendar

December 1983

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 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 December 1983: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1983?


  • 01 Dec 1983 Rita Lavelle, former head of EPA, convicted of perjury.
  • 02 Dec 1983 Michael Jackson's music video for "Thriller" is broadcast for the first time.
  • 03 Dec 1983 Marilyn: An American Fable closes at Minskoff NYC after 16 performances
  • 04 Dec 1983 Amen Corner closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 83 performances
  • 05 Dec 1983 Dissolution of the Military Junta in Argentina.
  • 06 Dec 1983 A bomb planted on a bus in Jerusalem explodes, killing six Israelis.
  • 07 Dec 1983 2 jets collided at Madrid Airport killing 93
  • 08 Dec 1983 9th Space Shuttle Mission - Columbia 6 - lands at Edwards Air Force Base.
  • 09 Dec 1983 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 10 Dec 1983 Danuta Walesa, wife of Lech Walesa, accepts his Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 11 Dec 1983 Jan Stephens / Fred Couples wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 12 Dec 1983 A truck bomb explodes at the US Embassy in Kuwait.
  • 13 Dec 1983 9,655 see highest-scoring NBA game: Detroit 186, Denver 184
  • 14 Dec 1983 Peg opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 15 Dec 1983 Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via El Paso, Kelly AFB
  • 16 Dec 1983 Yogi Berra named Yankee manager for 2nd time
  • 17 Dec 1983 Peg closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 18 Dec 1983 NBA San Diego Clippers end 29-game road losing streak.
  • 19 Dec 1983 The original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, is stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • 20 Dec 1983 PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon
  • 21 Dec 1983 Tap Dance Kid opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 669 performances
  • 22 Dec 1983 Egyptian President Mubarak meets with PLO leader Yasser Arafat
  • 23 Dec 1983 Journal Science publishes first report on nuclear winter.
  • 25 Dec 1983 1st live telecast of Christmas Parade
  • 27 Dec 1983 Pope John Paul II pardons man who shot him (Mehmet Ali Agca).
  • 28 Dec 1983 72nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2).
  • 29 Dec 1983 US announced withdrawal from UNESCO
  • 31 Dec 1983 Brunei gains complete independence from Britain
  • 04 Dec 1983 US Navy aircraft from USS and USS attack Syrian missile sites in Lebanon in response to an F-14 being fired on by an SA-7. One A-6 Intruder and A-7 Corsair are shot down. One American pilot is killed, one is rescued, and one is captured.
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Music charts

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

  1. - All Night Long (All Night)youtube
  2. - Say Say Say
  3. - Say It Isn't So
  4. - Uptown Girl
  5. - Union Of The Snake

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Only You
  2. - You Can't Hurry Love
  3. - Do They Know It's Christmas?
  4. - Pipes Of Peace
  5. - Love Of The Common People


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1983?

The Peter Pan Syndrome by Dan Kiley

The Peter Pan Syndrome


American men are facing a serious social-psychological problem: hundreds of thousands refuse to be men. Even though they are now adults, they cannot face their adult feelings.

The Kingdom By The Sea by Paul Theroux

The Kingdom By The Sea


Paul Theroux, a renowned travel writer and journalist from the United States, left London after eleven years of living in London. He set out to travel clockwise along the coast of Great Britain for 11 years to discover what it …

Megatrends by John Naisbitt



Megatrends: 10 New Directions that Transform Our Lives

The Saga Of Baby Divine by Bette Midler

The Saga Of Baby Divine


A hilarious, inspiring and upbeat tale about The Truth comes from the wild imagination of Divine Miss M.

Who Killed The Robins Family? by Thomas Chastain

Who Killed The Robins Family?


As they look for clues to the murders of eight Robins family members, mystery lovers have the chance to uncover the killer and receive a cash prize.