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1983 Historical Event(s)
- January 17, 1983 – The tallest department store in the world, Hudson’s, flagship store in downtown Detroit closes due to high cost of operating.
- February 13, 1983 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Pig in Chinese astrology.
- April 7, 1983 – During STS-6, astronauts Story Musgrave and Don Peterson perform the first space shuttle spacewalk.
- April 22, 1983 – The German magazine Der Stern claims that the “Hitler Diaries” had been found in wreckage in East Germany; the diaries are subsequently revealed to be forgeries.
- May 26, 1983 – A strong 7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan, triggering a tsunami that kills at least 104 people and injures thousands. Many people go missing and thousands of buildings are destroyed.
- July 25, 1983 – Black July: 37 Tamil political prisoners at the Welikada high security prison in Colombo are massacred by the fellow Sinhalese prisoners.
- September 1, 1983 – Cold War: Korean Air Flight 007 is shot down by a Soviet Union jet fighter when the commercial aircraft enters Soviet airspace. All 269 on board die, including Congressman Lawrence McDonald.
- November 5, 1983 – Byford Dolphin diving bell accident kills five and leaves one severely injured.
- November 7, 1983 – 1983 United States Senate bombing: a bomb explodes inside the United States Capitol. No people are harmed, but an estimated $250,000 in damage is caused.
- December 14, 1983 – The 3rd Congress of the Communist Youth of Greece starts.
Who Were Born On 1983?
- March 19, 1983 – Ana Rezende, Brazilian film director and musician (CSS)
- March 30, 1983 – Hebe Tien, Taiwanese singer (S.H.E)
- April 1, 1983 – Matt Lanter, American actor and model
- April 2, 1983 – Paul Capdeville, Chilean tennis player
- May 26, 1983 – Henry Holland, British fashion designer
- June 2, 1983 – Brooke White, American singer
- June 6, 1983 – Joe Rokocoko, Fijian rugby player
- September 6, 1983 – Pippa Middleton, Sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
- September 7, 1983 – Philip Deignan, Irish cyclist
- September 28, 1983 – John Schwalger, New Zealand All Black rugby player