1983 in History – What happened in year 1983

In history, year 1983 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1983.

Know what happened in 1983:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
01 January The ARPANET changed its core networking protocols from NCP to TCP/IP, marking the beginning of the Internet as we know it today.
05 November Five workers on the Byford Dolphin semi-submersible oil rigwere killed in an explosive decompression while drilling in the Frigggas field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
16 FebruaryThe Ash Wednesday fires burned 513,979 acres (2,080 km2) in South Australia and 518,921 acres (2,100 km2) in Victoria, killing 75 people and injuring 2,676 others.
18 JuneAboard Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Sally Ride becamethe first American woman in space.
19 January The Nazi SS officer Klaus Barbie was arrested in Bolivia, 32 years after having fled to Argentina with the help of the US Army US Army Counterintelligence Corps.
20 MayA team of researchers led by French virologist Luc Montagnierpublished their discovery of HIV, although they did not know yet if itcaused AIDS.
22 FebruaryThe play Moose Murders opened and closed on the same night at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City, becoming the standard of 'awfulness' against which all Broadway theatre failures are judged.
23 July The Sri Lankan Civil War began after members of the LiberationTigers of Tamil Eelam ambushed a convoy of Sri Lanka Army soldiers innorthern Sri Lanka, which was followed by large-scale riots carried outby Sinhalese against Tamils that became known as Black July.
26 November Six robbers broke into the Brink's-MAT warehouse at LondonHeathrow Airport and stole three tonnes of gold bullion, much of whichhas never been recovered.
26 September Soviet Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov averted a possibleworldwide nuclear war by deliberately certifying what otherwise appearedto be an impending attack by the United States as a false alarm.
27 September Software developer Richard Stallman announced plans for theUnix-like GNU operating system (logo pictured), the first free softwaredeveloped by the GNU Project.
30 OctoberRaúl Alfonsín became President of Argentina after thecountry's first democratic election following the end of the militarydictatorship.
17 DecemberThe Provisional Irish Republican Army detonated a car bomb justoutside Harrods Department Store in London, killing six people andinjuring about 90 others.
31 DecemberMajor-General Muhammadu Buhari was selected to lead Nigeriaafter a successful military coup d'etat that overthrew civilianPresident Shehu Shagari.
05 NovemberFive workers on the Byford Dolphin semi-submersible oil rigwere killed in an explosive decompression while drilling in the Frigggas field in the North Sea.
15 NovemberTurkish Cypriots on the northeastern portion of Cyprus declaredthe creation of a new state known as the Turkish Republic of NorthernCyprus, which currently remains recognised only by Turkey.
26 NovemberSix robbers broke into the Brink's-MAT warehouse at LondonHeathrow Airport and stole three tonnes (6,612 lb) of gold bullion,much of which has never been recovered.
09 OctoberSouth Korean President Chun Doo-hwan survived an assassinationattempt in Rangoon, Burma.
21 OctoberAt the seventeenth General Conference on Weights and Measures,the length of a metre was redefined as the distance light travels invacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second.
23 OctoberLebanese Civil War-Suicide bombers destroyed two barracks inBeirut, killing 241 U.S. servicemen and 58 French paratroopers of theinternational peacekeeping force.
25 OctoberThe United States and Caribbean allies invaded Grenada, sixdays after Bernard Coard seized power in a violent coup d'état.
30 OctoberAs the military dictatorship came to an end, Argentina's firstdemocratic election in a decade resulted in Raúl Alfonsín beingelected President of Argentina.
01 SeptemberSoviet jet interceptors shot down the civilian airliner KoreanAir Lines Flight 007 (artist's rendition pictured) near Sakhalin Islandin the North Pacific, killing all 246 passengers and 23 crew on board.
12 SeptemberThe clandestine group Boricua Popular Army staged a bankrobbery in West Hartford, Connecticut, US, making off with $7 million inthe largest cash theft in U.S. history at the time.
23 SeptemberA bomb placed by the Abu Nidal organisation destroyed Gulf AirFlight 771, flying from Karachi, Pakistan, to Abu Dhabi, UAE, killingall 110 people aboard.
25 SeptemberIn one of the largest prison escapes in British history, 38Provisional Irish Republican Army prisoners hijacked a prison mealslorry and smashed their way out of HM Prison Maze in County Antrim,Northern Ireland.
26 SeptemberSoviet Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov averted a possibleworldwide nuclear war by deliberately certifying what otherwise appearedto be an impending attack by the United States as a false alarm.
04 AugustA coup d'état organised by Blaise Compaoré and supported byLibya made Thomas Sankara President of the Republic of Upper Volta (nowBurkina Faso).
18 AugustHurricane Alicia made landfall near Galveston, Texas, US,causing $2.6 billion in damages and 21 deaths.
07 JulyAfter writing a letter to Soviet premier Yuri Andropov,American schoolgirl Samantha Smith visited the Soviet Union asAndropov's personal guest, becoming known as 'America's YoungestAmbassador'.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1983:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 February Anna Suzuki / Actress / Japan
04 JulyBen Jorgensen / Writer / United States of America
08 OctoberMichael Fraser / Footballer / Scotland
08 OctoberTravis Pastrana / Motorcycle Racer / United States of America
08 MayJuan Martin Goity / Rugby Player / Germany
10 AprilAndrew Dost / Writer / United States of America
12 AprilLuke Kibet / Runner / Kenya
13 DecemberOtylia Jędrzejczak / Swimmer / Poland
13 March George Rose / Rugby Player / Australia
13 DecemberMatt Deis / Writer / United States of America
15 February David Degen / Footballer / Switzerland
18 JulyCarlos Diogo / Footballer / Uruguay
19 DecemberCasey Crescenzo / Writer / United States of America
19 February Ryan Whitney / Ice Hockey Player / United States of America
20 AugustHéctor Landazuri / Footballer / Colombia
23 SeptemberJoffrey Lupul / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
23 AprilDaniela Hantuchová / Tennis Player / Slovakia
23 OctoberGoldie Harvey / Singer / Nigeria
28 JulyCody Hay / Figure Skater / Canada
30 NovemberVladislav Polyakov / Swimmer / Kazakhstan

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1983:

YearName / Profession / Country
24 AugustAditi Sharma / Actress / India
04 MayTrisha Krishnan / Actress / India
23 AugustGauhar Khan / Actress / India
25 NovemberJhulan Goswami / Cricketer / India
13 JanuaryImran Khan / Actor / India
01 March Mary Kom / Boxer / India
21 MayKaveri Jha / Actress / India
02 AugustYuvika Chaudhary / Actress / India
06 February S. Sreesanth / Cricketer / India
27 JulySoccor Velho / Footballer / India
08 OctoberAbhishek Nayar / Cricketer / India
16 JulyKatrina Kaif / Actress / India
23 AugustGauhar Khan / Actress / India
01 MarchM C Mary Kom / Boxer / India
28 JulyDhanush / Actor / India
01 MarchMary Kom / Player / India

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