Historical Events for Year 1983

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Jan 1st - PGA inaugurates all-exempt tour
Jan 1st - Penn State beats Georgia in Sugar Bowl for college football title
Jan 1st - World Communications Year begins
Jan 1st - TCP/IP protocols become the only approved protocol on the ARPANET, replacing the earlier NCP protocol
Jan 2nd - "Annie" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 2,377 performances
Jan 2nd - "Sophisticated Ladies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 767 perfs
Jan 2nd - Don Muraco beats Pedro Morales to become WWF Intercontinental Champ
Jan 2nd - Gary Trudeau takes a 20-month break from writing "Doonesbury"
Jan 2nd - Ken Anderson of Cincinnati completes record 20 consecutive passes
Jan 2nd - Several African National Congress(ANC) members detained in Swaziland decide to leave the country voluntarily for Mozambique.
Jan 3rd - Tony Dorsett sets NFL record with 99-yd rush, Dallas vs Minnesota
Jan 4th - US Football League holds its 1st player draft
Jan 6th - The Royal Navy arrests Captain Kent Kirk at sea for trespassing in British fishing territory
Jan 7th - Australia regain the Ashes with a 2-1 series win v England
US President & Actor Ronald ReaganUS President & Actor Ronald Reagan Jan 7th - President Reagan ends US arms embargo against Guatemala
Jan 9th - British PM Margaret Thatcher visits Falkland Islands
Jan 10th - NY Supreme Court issues a preliminary injunction barring NY Yankees from playing season-opening series against Tigers in Denver
Jan 11th - Billy Martin named NY Yankee manager for 3rd time
Jan 12th - Brooks Robinson & Juan Marichal elected to Hall of Fame
Jan 12th - NCAA creates football Kickoff Classic to begin in August
Jan 13th - AMA urges ban on boxing sites Muhammad Ali's deteriorating condition
Jan 13th - Quebec Nordiques play 251st NHL game without being shut out
British Prime Minister Margaret ThatcherBritish Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Jan 15th - Dutch political party DS'70 disbands
Jan 15th - Hartford Whalers smallest crowd 4,812 (beat Devils) during blizzard
Jan 15th - Javed Miandad & Mudassar Nazar make 451 stand v India
Jan 15th - Thom Syles keeps a life saver intact in his mouth for over 7 hours
Jan 17th - 10th American Music Award: John Cougar & Rick Springfield, Olivia Newton-John
Jan 17th - Alabama Gov George C Wallace, becomes governor for record 4th time
Jan 17th - Nigeria expels 2 million illegal aliens, mostly Ghanaians
Jan 18th - IOC restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semipro baseball
Versatile Athlete Jim ThorpeVersatile Athlete Jim Thorpe Jan 19th - Klaus Barbie, SS chief of Lyon in Nazi-France, arrested in Bolivia
Jan 20th - American gangster Roy DeMeo is found murdered in his car trunk after disappearing a few days earlier
Jan 21st - Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Anthony E Hecht
Jan 21st - President Reagan certifies El Salvador human-rights abuses have decreased making country eligible for US military aid
Jan 22nd - 2nd flight readiness firing of Challenger's main engines; 22 seconds
Jan 22nd - Houston is 1st NBA team to be held scoreless in an overtime Portland Trail Blazers out score them 17-0 & win 113-96
Actor Mr. TActor Mr. T Jan 23rd - "A-Team" with Mr T premieres on NBC
Jan 23rd - Bjorn Borg announces his retirement from tennis
Jan 23rd - Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $14,700,000
Jan 23rd - In NBA, Portland scores all 17 pts in overtime to beat Houston 113-96
Jan 23rd - Russian radioactive satellite falls into Indian Ocean
Jan 23rd - Schone skates ladies world record 5 km (7:40.97)
Jan 23rd - "Mud Bowl", Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets 14-0 in the AFC Championship Game on a wet, muddy field, which negated the Jets significant speed and skill advantage
Jan 24th - Hulk Hogan pins Iron Sheik for World Wrestling Federation title
WWF Wrestler Hulk HoganWWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan Jan 25th - China's supreme court commutes Chiang Ch'ing's death sentence to life
Jan 25th - Infrared telescope satellite launched into polar orbit
Jan 25th - Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie arrested in Bolivia
Jan 26th - Dutch/British infrared satellite IRAS launched from Calif
Jan 27th - World's longest underwater tunnel (53.90 km) opens, Honshu-Hokkaid
Jan 29th - "Down Under" by Men At Work hit #1 on UK pop chart
Jan 29th - 40th Golden Globes: Gandhi, ET & Tootsie win
Jan 30th - Hilbert van Thumb becomes European skating champ
Jan 30th - Pat Bradley wins LPGA Mazda of Deer Creek Golf Classic
LPGA Golfer Pat BradleyLPGA Golfer Pat Bradley Jan 30th - Super Bowl XVII: Wash Red Skins beat Miami Dolphins, 27-17 in Pasadena Super Bowl MVP: John Riggins, Washington, RB
Feb 1st - USSR performs underground nuclear test
Feb 2nd - Chicago Archbishop Joseph L Bernardin is among 18 new cardinals invested
Feb 2nd - Pope John Paul II names 18 new cardinals
Feb 3rd - US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners
Feb 4th - Jose Happart becomes mayor of Voeren Belgium
Feb 4th - US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
Feb 5th - Former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie brought to trial
264th Pope John Paul II264th Pope John Paul II Feb 6th - 13th NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 20-19
Feb 6th - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
Feb 7th - 1st female secretary of transportation sworn-in (Elizabeth Dole)
Feb 8th - 35th NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 9-3 at NY Islander
Feb 8th - Baseball orders Mickey Mantle to sever ties with Claridge Casino
Feb 8th - Eric Peters sets transatlantic sailboat record (E-W)-46 days
Feb 8th - Tina Howe's "Painting Churches," premieres in NYC
Feb 8th - Wayne Gretzky sets NHL all star record of 4 goals in 1 period
Ice Hockey Great Wayne GretzkyIce Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky Feb 8th - Champion thoroughbred Shergar kidnapped in Ireland; never found Lloyds of London pays $10.6 million insurance
Feb 9th - Belgium buys 44 F-16s
Feb 10th - Anglican synod vote 338-100 against unilateral UK nuclear disarmament
Feb 11th - "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Ricky" & "Buckingham Blues" debut LP
Feb 11th - 4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18"(46 cm))
Feb 13th - "Merlin" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances
Feb 13th - 33rd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 132-123 at LA
Feb 13th - Australia beats NZ 2-0 to win World Series Cup
Feb 13th - Donna White wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
Feb 13th - E Bernstein, Levinson & Link's musical "Merlin" premieres in NYC
Feb 13th - World Boxing Council becomes 1st to cut boxing from 15 to 12 rounds
Feb 16th - The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia claim the lives of 75 people in Australia's worst ever fires.
Feb 17th - Bob Bourne fails on 8th Islander penalty shot
Feb 17th - Netherlands adopts constitution
Feb 17th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Feb 18th - NBA Indiana Pacers begin a 28 game road losing streak
Feb 19th - Fernando Valenzuela wins his salary arbitration of $1 million
Feb 19th - Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 400 m free style swimming record
Feb 20th - Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450/570 km)
Feb 20th - Roland Liboton becomes world champ cross-country cycling
Feb 21st - Donald Davis runs 1 mile backwards in 6 m 7.1 s
Feb 21st - NBA San Diego Clippers begin a 29 game road losing streak
Feb 22nd - Harold Washington wins Chicago's Democratic mayoral primary
Feb 22nd - Hindus kill 3000 Moslems in Assam, India
Feb 22nd - Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 1500m free style swimming record
Feb 23rd - 25th Grammy Awards: Roxanna, Toto IV, Men at Work wins
Feb 23rd - USFL NJ Generals sign Heisman winner Herschel Walker (3 years-$5 mil)
Feb 23rd - The Spanish Socialist government of Felipe González and Miguel Boyer nationalizes Rumasa, a holding of José María Ruiz Mateos.
Feb 23rd - The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri.
Feb 24th - Dow Jones closes above 1100 mark for 1st time
Feb 24th - USSR performs underground nuclear test
Feb 24th - A special commission of the U.S. Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese internment during World War II.
King of Pop Michael JacksonKing of Pop Michael Jackson Feb 26th - Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 37 weeks
Feb 26th - Shortwave pirate Radio USA (Wellsville, NY) begins transmission
Feb 27th - Eamonn Coghlan set indoor mile record of 3:49.78
Feb 27th - Jan Stephenson wins Tucson Conquistadores LPGA Golf Tournament
Feb 28th - Final TV episode of "M*A*S*H" airs (CBS); record 125 million watch in the US
Mar 1st - Tamara McKinney becomes 1st US woman skier to win the World Cup
Mar 1st - Tornado tears through LA, injuring 33 people
Mar 2nd - Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced
Mar 2nd - USSR performs underground nuclear test
23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke Mar 5th - Bob Hawke (Labour) defeats Australian PM Malcolm Fraser (Cons)
Mar 5th - NSW beat Western Australia by 54 runs to win Sheffield Shield
Mar 6th - "On Your Toes" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 505 performances
Mar 6th - Anne-Marie Palli wins LPGA Samaritan Turquoise Golf Classic
Mar 6th - Helmut Kohl's CDU/CSU wins West German parliament elections
Mar 6th - New Bedford, Mass woman charges she was gang-raped atop a pool table
Mar 6th - US Football League begins its 1st season
Mar 7th - TNN (The Nashville Network) begins on Cable TV
Mar 8th - House Foreign Affairs Com endorses nuclear weapons freeze with USSR
Mar 8th - IBM releases PC DOS version 2.0
Mar 8th - President Reagan calls the USSR an "Evil Empire"
Mar 9th - Caryl Churchill's "Fen" premieres in London
Mar 9th - Zimbabwe opposition leader Joshua Nkomo flees to Botswana
Mar 10th - Walter Alston, Dodgers manager, elected to Hall of Fame
Mar 11th - Ice Dance Championship at Helsinki Finland won by Torvill & Dean (GRB)
Mar 11th - Ice Pairs Championship at Helsinki won by Valova & Vasiliev (URS)
Mar 11th - Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Helsinki won by Rosalynn Sumners (USA)
Mar 11th - Men's Fig Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
Mar 11th - 9th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds, Jane Fonda & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Linda Evans & Loretta Swit win (TV)
Mar 12th - Don Ritchie runs world record 50 mile (4:51:49)
Mar 13th - "Woman of the Year" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 770 perfs
Mar 13th - 1st USFL overtime game-Birmingham Stallions beat Oakld Invaders 20-14
Mar 14th - OPEC cut oil prices for 1st time in 23 years
Mar 15th - Karnataka beat Bombay on 1st innings to win cricket Ranji Trophy
Mar 16th - Smallest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Nets-1,814)
NHL Right Winger Mike BossyNHL Right Winger Mike Bossy Mar 17th - 70th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy
Mar 20th - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
Mar 21st - Only known typo on Time Magazine cover (control=contol), all recalled
Mar 22nd - Chaim Herzog elected Israeli president
Mar 23rd - US President Ronald Reagan introduces "Star Wars"-plan (SDI)
Mar 25th - Christa Rothenburger skates world record 500 m ladies (39.69 sec)
Mar 25th - Pavel Pegov skates world record 1000m (1:12.58)
Mar 26th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Mar 27th - 13th Easter Seal Telethon
Mar 27th - Larry Holmes beats Lucien Rodriguez in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
Playwright and screenwriter Neil SimonPlaywright and screenwriter Neil Simon Mar 27th - Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" premieres in NYC
Mar 30th - Ray Cooney's "Run for your Wives" premieres in London
Mar 30th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
Mar 30th - New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) begins trading in crude oil future
Mar 31st - Earthquake in Colombia kills some 5,000 people

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