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1983 Historical Event(s)
- February 13, 1983 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Pig in Chinese astrology.
- April 25, 1983 – American schoolgirl Samantha Smith is invited to visit the Soviet Union by its leader Yuri Andropov after he read her letter in which she expressed fears about nuclear war.
- May 1, 1983 – Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis is awarded the Lenin Peace Prize.
- 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.
- June 18, 1983 – Mona Mahmudnizhad together with nine other Bahá'í women, is sentenced to death and hanged in Shiraz, Iran because of her Bahá'í Faith.
- September 15, 1983 – Israeli premier Menachem Begin resigns.
- September 23, 1983 – Gerrie Coetzee of South Africa becomes the first African boxing world heavyweight champion.
- October 9, 1983 – Rangoon bombing: attempted assassination of South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan during an official visit to Rangoon, Burma. Chun survives but the blast kills 17 of his entourage, including four cabinet ministers, and injures 17 others. Four Burmese officials also die in the blast.
- November 26, 1983 – Brink’s-MAT robbery: In London, 6,800 gold bars worth nearly £26 million are stolen from the Brink’s-MAT vault at Heathrow Airport.
- December 7, 1983 – An Iberia Airlines Boeing 727 collides with an Aviaco DC-9 in dense fog while the two airliners are taxiing down the runway at Madrid Barajas International Airport, killing 93 people.
Who Were Born On 1983?
- January 13, 1983 – William Hung, American Idol contestant
- February 11, 1983 – Huang Shengyi, Chinese actress
- February 23, 1983 – Mido, Egyptian footballer
- March 8, 1983 – Mark Worrell, American baseball player
- April 23, 1983 – Daniela Hantuchová, Slovakian tennis player
- July 1, 1983 – Marit Larsen, Norwegian singer-songwriter (M2M)
- September 10, 1983 – Jérémy Toulalan, French footballer
- September 26, 1983 – Ricardo Quaresma, Portuguese footballer
- October 11, 1983 – Ruslan Ponomariov, Ukrainian chess player
- October 30, 1983 – Trent Edwards, American football player