May 1983 calendar

May 1983

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1983?


  • 01 May 1983 My One & Only opens at St. James Theater NYC for 767 performances
  • 02 May 1983 6.7 earthquake injures 487 in Coalinga, California
  • 03 May 1983 Bruins 3-Isles 8-Wales Conference Championship-Isles hold 3-1 lead
  • 05 May 1983 Bruins 5-Isles 1-Wales Conference Championship-Isles hold 3-2 lead
  • 06 May 1983 The Hitler Diaries are revealed as a hoax after being examined by new experts.
  • 07 May 1983 August Hoffman performs record 29,051 consecutive sit-ups.
  • 08 May 1983 Janet Coles wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament.
  • 09 May 1983 18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama and Willie Nelson win.
  • 10 May 1983 Laverne & Shirley, last airs on ABC-TV
  • 11 May 1983 Dance a Little Closer opens and closes at Minskoff Theater, New York City
  • 12 May 1983 Julie Lynne Hayek, (California), crowned 32nd Miss USA
  • 13 May 1983 Reggie Jackson is first major league player to strike out 2,000 times.
  • 14 May 1983 She Blinded Me with Science by Thomas Dolby hits #5
  • 15 May 1983 Madison Hotel (Boston, Massachusetts) destroyed by implosion.
  • 16 May 1983 Lebanese parliament accepts peace accord with Israel.
  • 17 May 1983 Israel and Lebanon sign a peace treaty
  • 18 May 1983 US Senate revises immigration laws, gives millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program.
  • 19 May 1983 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington DC
  • 20 May 1983 Larry Holmes beats Tim Witherspoon in 12 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 21 May 1983 Bang The Drum All Day by Todd Rundgren hits #63
  • 22 May 1983 Toronto Blue Jays' Cliff Johnson hits record 18th pinch hit homerun.
  • 23 May 1983 Radio Moscow announcer Vladimir Danchev praises Afghanistan Muslims standing up to Russia; he is removed from the air.
  • 24 May 1983 US Supreme Court rules government can deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminate against students.
  • 25 May 1983 Return of the Jedi (Star Wars VI) released to theaters.
  • 26 May 1983 Challenger moves to launch pad for STS-7
  • 27 May 1983 Former EPA official Rita Lavelle indicted for contempt of US Congress.
  • 28 May 1983 Ricky by Weird Al Yankovic hits #63
  • 29 May 1983 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic.
  • 30 May 1983 Surrey all out for 14 versus Essex, their lowest score ever.
  • 31 May 1983 37th NBA Championship: Philadelphia 76ers sweep Los Angeles Lakers in four games.
  • 17 May 1983 The U.S. Department of Energy declassifies documents showing world's largest mercury pollution event in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (ultimately found to be 4.2 million pounds [1.9 kt]), in response to the s Freedom of Information Act request.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Beat Ityoutube
  2. - Let's Danceyoutube
  3. - Flashdance...What A Feeling
  4. - Come On Eileen
  5. - Jeopardy

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - True
  2. - Temptation
  3. - Candy Girl
  4. - Dancing Tight
  5. - (Keep Feeling) Fascination


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1983?

The Lonesome Gods by Louis L'Amour

The Lonesome Gods


"I am Johannes Verne and I am not afraid." That was the mantra of the boy as he trod through the desert, alone, left to die by the vengeful grandfather.

Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon

Master of the Game


KATE BLACKWELL: Who is she? She is the symbol for success. A beautiful woman who turned her inheritance into an international conglomerate. She was awarded a special place among the rich and famous.

The Love You Make by Peter Brown and Steven Gaines

The Love You Make


This is the bestseller national that Newsday called "the most authoritative, candid and honest look yet at the personal lives...of this often-scrutinized"

The Diet Center Program by Sybil Ferguson

The Diet Center Program


This article explains the five-phase diet system that was pioneered by the Diet Centre, which boasts over 2300 centers in America, England, and Australia.

The Youngest Science by Lewis Thomas

The Youngest Science


Lewis Thomas saw everything from the 1920s, when he was watching his father, a general physician who made housecalls and wrote prescriptions in Latin. To his time in medical school, and beyond, Lewis Thomas saw.