1983

Characterized by big hair bands and great socioeconomic change, the 1980s laid the foundation for many things we now take for granted.

1983

While 1983 follows many of these trends, the year possesses some notable events all its own. To set the scene, imagine a year with a population of just under 4.7 billion and a lot of babies named Michael or Jennifer. Stephen King’s horror novelsChristine and Pet Sematary dominated the bookshelves and The Color Purple took home the Pulitzer.

On the big screen, Flashdance, Star Wars Episode VI, Scarface, and A Christmas Story garnered the highest ticket sales.

In the world of music, David Bowie hit the number one chart with his single ‘“Let’s Dance”. In 1983, while we gained Carrie Underwood and Amy Winehouse, we lost both playwright Tennessee Williams and professional boxer Jack Dempsey. Outside of media and births, 1983 offered plenty of interesting events.

The year was marked by a variety of firsts: Sally Ride became the first woman in space. The UK introduced its first one pound coin. The US Congress initiated its War Powers Act for the first time. India launched its first rocket. The world also saw its first reconstruction of the human head via a CT scan.

In 1963, the Supreme Court also struck down many abortion restrictions. In a bit less of a controversial move, the US government established Martin Luther King Jr Day. To allow Japanese families to take a different kind of holiday, Tokyo opened its own version of Disneyland on April 15th. In one of the world’s biggest illusion acts, David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty vanish in front of an audience on April 8th. Basically, whether you love Flashdance or have been helped by a CT scan, 1983 had plenty to offer the world.

Discover how the world looked like in 1983

Oscar

Oscar Winners

All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 56th edition of the Oscar ceremony


Best picture

Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment

Directed by: James L. Brooks

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

Country: United States of America

Best director

James L. Brooks

Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment

Directed by: James L. Brooks

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

Country: United States of America

Best actor

Robert Duvall

Tender Mercies

Tender Mercies

Directed by: Bruce Beresford

Starring: Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Betty Buckley, Wilford Brimley

Best actress

Shirley MacLaine

Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment

Directed by: James L. Brooks

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actor

Jack Nicholson

Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment

Directed by: James L. Brooks

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actress

Linda Hunt

The Year of Living Dangerously

The Year of Living Dangerously

Directed by: Peter Weir

Starring: Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt, Bembol Roco

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1983 ?
Unlimited books on any devices, try your first month free

Return Of The Jedi by Joan D. Vinge

Return Of The Jedi

By:

In a sequel to "The Star Wars Storybook" and "The Empire Strikes Back Storybook", Luke Skywalker and his friends in the Rebel Alliance formulate a daring plan to battle with the Empire and its evil leaders, Darth Vader and the …

Jane Fonda'S Workout Book by Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda'S Workout Book

By:

Jane Fonda's Workout Book

Heartburn by Nora Ephron

Heartburn

By:

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes.

Christine by Stephen King

Christine

By:

Just Another Lovers’ Triangle, Right?It was love at first sight. From the moment seventeen-year-old Arnie Cunningham saw Christine, he knew he would do anything to possess her.Arnie’s

Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon

Blue Highways

By:

Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 1983


Peace Prize

  • Lech Wałęsa

Literature

  • William Golding

Physics

  • Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
  • William Alfred Fowler

Economic Sciences

  • Gérard Debreu

Chemistry

  • Henry Taube

Physiology or Medicine

  • Barbara McClintock

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
Watch popular movies, TV series and live events, start your 30-day free trial

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

Directed by: Kundan Shah

Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Bhakti Barve, Satish Shah

Scarface

Scarface

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Starring: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Country: United States of America

Ardh Satya

Ardh Satya

Directed by: Govind Nihalani

Starring: Om Puri, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Shafi Inamdar

Barefoot Gen

Barefoot Gen

Directed by: Mori Masaki

Starring: Issei Miyazaki, Catherine Battistone, Yoshie Shimamura, Iona Morris

Country: United States of America

The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff

Directed by: Philip Kaufman

Starring: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

Country: United States of America

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1983 in the USA ?

world population

World Population

Demographic statistics of the year 1983


Population statistics

  • Total population: 4.7 billion (4,699,569,304 to be precise!)
  • Urban population: 1.9 billion, that is 41.0% of the total population of 1983 lives in cities
  • Yearly change: +82.2 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.78%
  • Average density: 32.0 persons per km2
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1983?


Events

  • 01 Jan World Communications Year begins
  • 02 Jan Annie closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 2,377 performances
  • 03 Jan Kilauea begins slowly erupting on the Big Island of Hawaii and is still flowing as of 2008.
  • 04 Jan US Football League holds its first player draft.
  • 07 Jan US President Ronald Reagan ends US arms embargo against Guatemala.
  • 08 Jan A riot breaks out at Sing Sing prison, New York.
  • 09 Jan British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visits the Falkland Islands.
  • 10 Jan New York Supreme Court issues a preliminary injunction barring New York Yankees from playing season-opening series against Detroit Tigers in Denver, Colorado.
  • 12 Jan NCAA creates the football Kickoff Classic to begin in August.
  • 15 Jan Javed Miandad and Mudassar Nazar make 451 stand versus India.
  • 17 Jan 10th American Music Awards: Kenny Rogers.
  • 18 Jan The International Olympic Committee restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals to his family.
  • 19 Jan Klaus Barbie, SS chief of Lyon in Nazi-France, arrested in Bolivia
  • 21 Jan Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Anthony E Hecht.
  • 22 Jan Houston is 1st NBA team to be held scoreless in an overtime Portland Trail Blazers out score them 17-0 and win 113-96
  • 23 Jan A-Team with Mr T premieres on NBC
  • 24 Jan George Cukor, American film director, dies of stroke and heart attack at age 83 (born 1899).
  • 25 Jan Infrared telescope satellite launched into polar orbit
  • 26 Jan Dutch / British infrared satellite IRAS launched from California
  • 27 Jan The pilot shaft of the Seikan Tunnel, the world's longest sub-aqueous tunnel (53.85 km) between the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido, breaks through.
  • 29 Jan 40th Golden Globes: Gandhi, ET and Tootsie win.
  • 30 Jan Hilbert van Thumb becomes European skating champion.
  • 02 Feb Chicago Absp Joseph L Bernardin is among 18 new cardinals invested
  • 03 Feb US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners.
  • 04 Feb Jose Happart becomes Mayor of Voeren Belgium
  • 05 Feb Former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie brought to trial
  • 06 Feb Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic.
  • 07 Feb 1st female secretary of transportation sworn-in (Elizabeth Dole)
  • 08 Feb Wayne Gretzky sets NHL all star record of four goals in one period.
  • 09 Feb Belgium buys 44 F-16 fighter jets.
  • 10 Feb Anglican synod vote 338-100 against unilateral United Kingdom nuclear disarmament.
  • 11 Feb Weird Al Yankovic records Ricky andBuckingham Blues debut LP
  • 13 Feb Merlin opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • 14 Feb United American Bank of Knoxville, Tennessee collapses. Its president, Jake Butcher is later convicted of fraud.
  • 16 Feb Nellie massacre: over 2,000 people, mostly Bangladeshi Muslims, are massacred in Assam, India, during the Assam agitation.
  • 17 Feb US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 18 Feb NBA Indiana Pacers begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • 19 Feb Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 400-metre freestyle swimming record.
  • 20 Feb Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450 / 570 km)
  • 21 Feb NBA San Diego Clippers begin a 29-game road losing streak.
  • 22 Feb Hindus kill 3000 Muslims in Assam, India.
  • 23 Feb US immigration judge Gordon Sacks orders Feodor Fedorenko deported to the Soviet Union, his birthplace. Fedorenko had served as a guard in a German death camp in Treblinka, Poland, between 1942 and 1945.
  • 24 Feb A special commission of the Congress of the United States releases a report critical of the practice of Japanese internment during World War II.
  • 26 Feb Shortwave pirate Radio USA (Wellsville, NY) begins transmission
  • 27 Feb Eamonn Coghlan sets indoor mile record of 3:49.78.
  • 28 Feb Final TV episode of MASH airs (CBS); record 125 million watch.
  • 01 Mar Tamara McKinney becomes first US woman skier to win the World Cup.
  • 02 Mar Final episode of M*A*S*H; 125,000,000 viewers
  • 04 Mar Bertha Wilson is appointed the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada.
  • 05 Mar New South Wales beats Western Australia by 54 runs to win Sheffield Shield.
  • 06 Mar On Your Toes opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 505 performances
  • 07 Mar TNN (The Nashville Network) begins on Cable TV.
  • 08 Mar IBM releases PC DOS version 2.0
  • 09 Mar Anne Burford resigns as head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency amid scandal.
  • 10 Mar Walter Alston, Los Angeles Dodgers manager, elected to Hall of Fame.
  • 11 Mar Ice Dance Championship at Helsinki Finland won by Torvill and Dean (GRB)
  • 12 Mar Don Ritchie runs world record 50 mile (4:01:09).
  • 13 Mar Woman of the Year closes at Palace Theater NYC after 770 performances
  • 15 Mar JosT Luis Sert, Spanish-US architect/urban developer, dies at age 80.
  • 16 Mar Smallest crowd (1814) at Cleveland Coliseum for NBA game, Cleveland Caviliers versus New Jersey Nets.
  • 17 Mar 70th hat trick in New York Islanders' history-Mike Bossy.
  • 21 Mar Only known typo on Time Magazine cover ("contol" instead of "control"), all recalled.
  • 22 Mar Chaim Herzog elected Israeli president.
  • 23 Mar US President Ronald Reagan introduces Star Wars-plan (SDI)
  • 24 Mar The redesigned 1984 model Corvette sports car goes on sale in California, USA.
  • 25 Mar Pavel Pegov skates world record 1000 metre (1:12.58).
  • 26 Mar US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 27 Mar 13th Easter Seal Telethon
  • 31 Mar Earthquake in Colombia kills some 5,000 people
  • 01 Apr Anti-nuke demonstrators link arms in 14-mile human chain in England.
  • 03 Apr 12th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Amy Alcott.
  • 04 Apr 6th space shuttle mission, Challenger 1 launched.
  • 05 Apr France throws out 47 Soviet diplomats.
  • 06 Apr Caps 2-Isles 5 - Patrick Division Semifinals - Isles hold 1-0 lead
  • 07 Apr Caps 4-Isles 2 - Patrick Division Semifinals - series tied 1-1
  • 09 Apr 6th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 1 returns to Earth.
  • 10 Apr Caps 3-Isles 6 - Patrick Division Semifinals - Isles win series 3-2
  • 11 Apr 3rd Golden Raspberry Awards: Inchon! wins
  • 13 Apr Undefeated middleweight boxer Tony Ayala gets 35 years on sex assault
  • 14 Apr Isles tie own rec with 2 shorthanded playoff goals in a pd vs. Ranger
  • 15 Apr Rangers 0-Isles 5 - Patrick Division Finals - Isles hold 2-0 lead
  • 16 Apr Steve Garvey sets NL record by playing in 1,118 consecutive games
  • 17 Apr In Warsaw, Poland, police route 1,000 Solidarity supporters.
  • 18 Apr A lone suicide bomber kills 63, at US Embassy in Lebanon
  • 20 Apr President Reagan signs a $165B bail out for Social Security
  • 21 Apr Soyuz T-8 is launched [04-20?]
  • 22 Apr Rangers 2-Isles 5 - Patrick Division Finals - Isles win series 4-2
  • 24 Apr Show Boat opens at Uris Theater NYC for 73 performances
  • 25 Apr Yuri Andropov invites US schoolgirl Samantha Smith to USSR
  • 26 Apr Bruins 2-Isles 5-Wales Conference Championship-Isles hold 1-0 lead
  • 27 Apr Nolan Ryan becomes strikeout King (3,509), passing Walter Johnson
  • 28 Apr Bruins 4-Isles 1-Wales Conference Championship-Series tied 1-1
  • 30 Apr Bruins 3-Isles 7-Wales Conference Championship-Isles hold 2-1 lead
  • 01 May My One & Only opens at St. James Theater NYC for 767 performances
  • 02 May 6.7 earthquake injures 487 in Coalinga, California
  • 03 May Bruins 3-Isles 8-Wales Conference Championship-Isles hold 3-1 lead
  • 05 May Bruins 5-Isles 1-Wales Conference Championship-Isles hold 3-2 lead
  • 06 May The Hitler diaries are revealed as a hoax after examination by experts.
  • 07 May August Hoffman performs record 29,051 consecutive sit-ups.
  • 08 May Janet Coles wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament.
  • 09 May 18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama and Willie Nelson win.
  • 10 May Laverne & Shirley, last airs on ABC-TV
  • 11 May Dance a Little Closer opens and closes at Minskoff Theater, New York City
  • 12 May Julie Lynne Hayek, (California), crowned 32nd Miss USA
  • 13 May Reggie Jackson is first major league player to strike out 2,000 times.
  • 14 May She Blinded Me with Science by Thomas Dolby hits #5
  • 15 May Madison Hotel (Boston, Massachusetts) destroyed by implosion.
  • 16 May Lebanese parliament accepts peace accord with Israel.
  • 17 May Israel and Lebanon sign a peace treaty
  • 18 May US Senate revises immigration laws, gives millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program.
  • 19 May Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington DC
  • 20 May Larry Holmes beats Tim Witherspoon in 12 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 21 May Bang The Drum All Day by Todd Rundgren hits #63
  • 22 May Toronto Blue Jays' Cliff Johnson hits record 18th pinch hit homerun.
  • 23 May Radio Moscow announcer Vladimir Danchev praises Afghanistan Muslims standing up to Russia; he is removed from the air.
  • 24 May US Supreme Court rules government can deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminate against students.
  • 25 May Return of the Jedi (Star Wars VI) released to theaters.
  • 26 May Challenger moves to launch pad for STS-7
  • 27 May Former EPA official Rita Lavelle indicted for contempt of US Congress.
  • 28 May Ricky by Weird Al Yankovic hits #63
  • 29 May Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic.
  • 30 May Surrey all out for 14 versus Essex, their lowest score ever.
  • 31 May 37th NBA Championship: Philadelphia 76ers sweep Los Angeles Lakers in four games.
  • 02 Jun 1980 movie Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, released in Germany
  • 04 Jun 53rd French Womens Tennis: Chris Evert beats Mima Jausovec (61 62)
  • 05 Jun 37th Tony Awards: Torch Song Trilogy and Cats win
  • 06 Jun 17th Music City News Country Awards: Marty Robbins and Roy Acuff
  • 07 Jun Steve Carlton of the Philadelphia Phillies strikes out Lonnie Smith for his 3,522nd career strikeout to pass Nolan Ryan as the all-time strikeout leader.
  • 08 Jun Trading Places, Ghostbusters, and Gremlins premieres
  • 09 Jun 56th National Spelling Bee: Blake Giddens wins spelling purim
  • 10 Jun Texas Instruments announces that poor sales of TI 99/4A computers, software, and peripherals would result in a second quarter loss of US$100 million. The news drives the company's stock price down almost US$50.
  • 11 Jun Always Something There To Remind Me by Naked Eyes peaks at #8
  • 12 Jun 29th LPGA Championship won by Patty Sheehan
  • 13 Jun ''Pioneer 10'' becomes the first man-made object to leave the solar system.
  • 14 Jun 5 killed in a fire at a Ramada Inn in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 15 Jun Cards trade Keith Hernandez to Mets for Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey
  • 16 Jun Pope John Paul II visits Poland
  • 18 Jun Pump Boys & Dinettes closes at Princess Theater NYC after 573 performances
  • 19 Jun Octopussy premieres in US
  • 20 Jun 83rd US Golf Open: Larry Nelson shoots a 280 at Oakmont Country Club - Pennsylvania
  • 21 Jun Tennis ace Arthur Ashe undergoes double bypass heart surgery
  • 22 Jun First time a satellite is retrieved from orbit by Space Shuttle.
  • 23 Jun Syria throws out PLO leader Arafat
  • 24 Jun 7th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 2 lands at Edwards AFB
  • 25 Jun Evita closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 1568 performances
  • 26 Jun Loving premieres on TV
  • 27 Jun Mariners bat out of order against White Sox in 2nd inning
  • 28 Jun NASA launches Galaxy-A.
  • 29 Jun Angel Cordero wins his 5,000th horse races
  • 30 Jun Total loss of coolant at Embalse nuclear power plant, Argentina. It was classified as an Accident With Local Consequences ampndash level 4 at the International Nuclear Event Scale
  • 01 Jul A North Korean Ilyushin Il-62M jet en route to Conakry Airport in Guinea crashes into the Fouta Djallon mountains in Guinea-Bissau, killing all 23 people on board.
  • 02 Jul 90th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: M Navratilova beats A Jaeger (60 63)
  • 03 Jul 11th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Hollis Stacy
  • 04 Jul New York Yankees' Dave Righetti no-hits the Boston Red Sox.
  • 05 Jul France invades Algeria
  • 06 Jul 54th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 13-3 at Comiskey Park, Chicago
  • 07 Jul 11 year old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, leaves for USSR
  • 08 Jul Rudi Koopmans retains European middleweight title
  • 11 Jul Lorraine Elizabeth Downes, 19, of New Zealand, crowned 32nd Miss Universe
  • 14 Jul Crane (Rep-R-Il) and Studds (Rep-D-Mas) admit to sex with pages
  • 15 Jul Linda Ronstadt debuts as Mabel in Pirates of Penzance
  • 16 Jul Sikorsky S-61 disaster: a helicopter crashes off the Isles of Scilly, causing 20 fatalities.
  • 17 Jul 112th British Golf Open: Tom Watson shoots a 275 at Royal Birkdale
  • 18 Jul Despite being in 1st place in NL East, Phils fire manager Pat Corrales
  • 19 Jul The first three-dimensional reconstruction of a human head in a CT is published.
  • 20 Jul The Israeli cabinet votes to withdraw troops from Beirut but to remain in southern Lebanon.
  • 21 Jul Polish government ends 19 months of martial law.
  • 22 Jul Angels OF Brian Downing error ends his record streak at 244 games
  • 23 Jul Gimli Glider: Air Canada Flight 143 runs out of fuel and makes a deadstick landing at Gimli, Manitoba.
  • 24 Jul Mame opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • 25 Jul Washington Public Power Supply System defaults on US$2.25 billion loan.
  • 26 Jul Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating for STS-8
  • 27 Jul Gaylord Perry joins Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton to reach 3,500 career strikeouts this season, he also wins his 1st game as a Royal
  • 28 Jul NASA launches Telstar-3A
  • 29 Jul Friday Night Videos premieres on NBC TV
  • 30 Jul Weight lifter Sergei Didyk of the USSR jerks a record 261 kg
  • 31 Jul B Robinson, J Marichal, G Kell, and W Alston inducted into Hall of Fame
  • 01 Aug America West Airlines begins operations out of Phoenix, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • 02 Aug STS-8 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 03 Aug John Sain of South Bend, Indiana builds 3.91m house of cards.
  • 04 Aug Bettino Craxi sworn in as Premier of Italy
  • 06 Aug Supertanker Castillo de Bellvar crashes at South Africa
  • 07 Aug Merlin closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 199 performances
  • 08 Aug Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwoman Christine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned)
  • 12 Aug General Manuel A Noriega becomes commander of Panamanian army
  • 14 Aug Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
  • 15 Aug Ramones guitarist Joey Ramone, beaten in fight-undergoes brain surgery
  • 16 Aug Paul Simon weds Carrie Fisher
  • 18 Aug Royals defeat Yanks, 5-4, completing pine-tar game (12 minutes). Hal McRae strikes out and Dan Quisenberry retires Yankees in order
  • 19 Aug Dodgers trade Dave Stewart and Ricky Wright to Texas for Rick Honeycut
  • 20 Aug Miss National Teen-Ager
  • 21 Aug La Cage aux Folles opens at Palace Theater NYC for 1761 performances
  • 24 Aug Cin Red Pete Rose ends consecutive games played streak at 745
  • 25 Aug US and the USSR sign $10 billion grain pact
  • 26 Aug Heavy rain triggers flooding at Bilbao (Spain) and surrounding areas, killing 45 people and causing millions in damages.
  • 27 Aug Haiti adopts constitution
  • 28 Aug Mame closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • 30 Aug 8th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 3-launched (6 days)
  • 31 Aug Edwin Moses of USA sets the 400m hurdle record (47.02) in Koblenz.
  • 01 Sep Korean Boeing 747 strays into Siberia and is shot down by a Soviet jet
  • 02 Sep Yitzhak Shamir (Herut) endorsed by Menachem Begin for Israeli Prime Minister.
  • 04 Sep Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat closes at Royale NYC after 747 performances
  • 05 Sep 8th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 3-lands at Edwards AFB
  • 06 Sep Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova requests political asylum in New York
  • 07 Sep Drury Gallagher sets fastest swim around Manhattan (6:41:35).
  • 08 Sep NASA launches RCA-6.
  • 09 Sep Challenger returns to Kennedy Space Center via Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • 10 Sep 97th US Womens Tennis: M Navratilova beats Chris Evert L Mills (61 63)
  • 11 Sep 103rd US Mens Tennis: Jimmy Connors beats Ivan Lendl (63 67 75 60)
  • 12 Sep Security guard Victor Gerena robs West Hartford company of US$7 million.
  • 13 Sep Dan Quisenberry record 39th season save
  • 14 Sep US House of Representatives votes, 416 to 0, in favor of a resolution condemning Russia for shooting down a Korean jetliner
  • 15 Sep Cops beat to death Michael Stewart for graffiting NYC subway
  • 16 Sep Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes a US citizen
  • 17 Sep Chicago White Sox clinch their 1st-ever AL West championship
  • 18 Sep Juli Inkster wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic
  • 19 Sep St. Kitts and Nevis declares independence from the UK
  • 20 Sep Cryptographic Communications System and Method (RSA) patented
  • 21 Sep 11 killed in anti Marcos demonstrations in Manila
  • 22 Sep Everly Brothers reunite after 10 years (Royal Albert Hall)
  • 23 Sep Argentina milt regime gives amnesty to military / political assassins
  • 24 Sep Braves Dale Murphy is 6th to hit 30 HRs and steal 30 bases in season
  • 25 Sep 35th Emmy Awards: Hill St. Blue, Cheers, Ed Flanders and Shelley Long
  • 26 Sep Lebanon Premier Chafiq Wazzan offers to resigns
  • 27 Sep Tim Raines is 1st since Ty Cobb to steal 70 and drive in 70 runs
  • 28 Sep STS-9 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 29 Sep A Chorus Line 3,389 performance to become longest running Broadway show
  • 01 Oct Denise Wallace, 18, of Virginia crowned Miss Teen of America
  • 02 Oct Art Monk begins NFL streak of 136 plus consecutive game receptions
  • 03 Oct Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson release Say, Say, Say in the UK
  • 04 Oct Richard Noble sets a new land speed record of 1019 kph (633.468 mph), driving Thrust 2 jet-powered car at the Black Rock Desert, Nevada.
  • 05 Oct Lech Walesa of Poland wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 06 Oct New York Jets announce they are leaving Shea Stadium for the Meadowlands Coliseum.
  • 07 Oct In New York, a magnitude 5.3 earthquake occurs.
  • 08 Oct 1st regular season Islander OT game beat Caps 8-7
  • 09 Oct 4 South Korean government ministers assassinated in Rangoon Burma
  • 10 Oct 17th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins
  • 11 Oct Last hand-cranked telephones in the US go out of service as 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, Maine, are switched over to direct-dial.
  • 12 Oct 5225 Loral and 5424 Covington
  • 13 Oct Ameritech Mobile Communications (now AT&T) launched the first US cellular network in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 14 Oct US Marine peacekeeper Sargeant Allen Soifert killed by sniper in Beirut, Lebanon.
  • 15 Oct Black Hawks and Maple Leafs combine for fastest 5 goals (84 seconds)
  • 16 Oct Zorba opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 362 performances
  • 17 Oct Nobel prize for economy awarded to Gerard Debreu
  • 19 Oct Columbia moves to Orbiter Processing Facility
  • 20 Oct IBM-PC DOS Version 2.1 released
  • 21 Oct Pope John Paul II names 3 new Dutch bishops
  • 22 Oct Two correctional officers are killed by inmates at the United States Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois. The incident inspires the Supermax model of prisons.
  • 23 Oct 14th NYC Marathon won by Rod Dixon in 2:08:59
  • 25 Oct US invades Grenada, a country 1 / 2,000 its population (US Wins!)
  • 29 Oct 550,000 Dutch demonstrate against cruise missile
  • 30 Oct The first democratic elections in Argentina after seven years of military rule are held.
  • 31 Oct Paul McCartney releases Pipes of Peace album
  • 01 Nov President Reagan established Dr Martin Luther King Jr holiday
  • 02 Nov President Reagan signs a bill establishing Martin L King day
  • 03 Nov Jesse Jackson launches his 1st campaign for presidency (D)
  • 04 Nov Bomb attack on Israeli headquarter in Tyrus Lebanon, 60 killed
  • 05 Nov New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques both score in 1st 14 seconds of 3rd period
  • 06 Nov Chako Higuchi wins LPGA Sports Nippon Team Match Golf Tournament
  • 07 Nov Ali Haji-Sheikh kicks his second New York Giants' record 56-yard field goal.
  • 08 Nov Martha Layne Collins (D) elected 1st female Governor of Kentucky
  • 09 Nov Amsterdam brewer Freddie Heineken kidnapped
  • 10 Nov Amen Corner opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 83 performances
  • 11 Nov 1st US cruise missiles arrive in Great Britain
  • 12 Nov New Jersey Devils, first overtime game, lose to Calgary Flames 4-3.
  • 13 Nov Pat Bradley wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic
  • 14 Nov 1st cruise missile placed (Greenham Common England)
  • 15 Nov 75th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy
  • 16 Nov Kapil Dev takes 9-83 vs. WI at Ahmedabad, but India still lose
  • 17 Nov La Tragedie de Carmen opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 187 performances
  • 19 Nov Edmonton Oilers beat New Jersey Devils, 13-4, Wayne Gretzky calls the Devils a Mickey Mouse organization
  • 20 Nov Marilyn: An American Fable opens at Minskoff NYC for 16 performances
  • 21 Nov Doonesbury opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 104 performances
  • 23 Nov Soyuz T-9 lands
  • 24 Nov PLO exchanges 6 Israeli prisoners for 4,500 Palestinians and Lebanese
  • 25 Nov Larry Holmes TKOs Marvis Frazier in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 26 Nov Heathrow Airport, robbed of 6,800 gold bars worth $38.7 million
  • 27 Nov 71st CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats BC Lions, 18-17
  • 28 Nov 9th Space Shuttle Mission - Columbia 6 - is launched.
  • 29 Nov Soviet war in Afghanistan: The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution stating that Soviet Union forces should withdraw from Afghanistan.
  • 30 Nov 6th Emmy Sports Award presentation
  • 01 Dec Rita Lavelle, former head of EPA, convicted of perjury.
  • 02 Dec Michael Jackson's music video for "Thriller" is broadcast for the first time.
  • 03 Dec Marilyn: An American Fable closes at Minskoff NYC after 16 performances
  • 04 Dec Amen Corner closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 83 performances
  • 05 Dec Dissolution of the Military Junta in Argentina.
  • 06 Dec A bomb planted on a bus in Jerusalem explodes, killing six Israelis.
  • 07 Dec 2 jets collided at Madrid Airport killing 93
  • 08 Dec 9th Space Shuttle Mission - Columbia 6 - lands at Edwards Air Force Base.
  • 09 Dec US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 10 Dec Danuta Walesa, wife of Lech Walesa, accepts his Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 11 Dec Jan Stephens / Fred Couples wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 12 Dec A truck bomb explodes at the US Embassy in Kuwait.
  • 13 Dec 9,655 see highest-scoring NBA game: Detroit 186, Denver 184 (3 OT)
  • 14 Dec Peg opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 15 Dec Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via El Paso, Kelly AFB
  • 16 Dec Yogi Berra named Yankee manager for 2nd time
  • 17 Dec Peg closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 18 Dec NBA San Diego Clippers end 29-game road losing streak.
  • 19 Dec The original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, is stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro.
  • 20 Dec PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon
  • 21 Dec Tap Dance Kid opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 669 performances
  • 22 Dec Egyptian President Mubarak meets with PLO leader Yasser Arafat
  • 23 Dec Journal Science publishes first report on nuclear winter.
  • 25 Dec 1st live telecast of Christmas Parade
  • 27 Dec Pope John Paul II pardons man who shot him (Mehmet Ali Agca).
  • 28 Dec 72nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2).
  • 29 Dec US announced withdrawal from UNESCO
  • 31 Dec Brunei gains complete independence from Britain