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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.
- February 23, 1983 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri.
- April 25, 1983 – Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto’s orbit.
- May 18, 1983 – In Ireland, the government launches a crackdown, with the leading Dublin pirate Radio Nova being put off the air.
- 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 13, 1983 – Pioneer 10 becomes the first man-made object to leave the central Solar System when it passes beyond the orbit of Neptune (the furthest planet from the Sun at the time).
- June 18, 1983 – Space Shuttle program: STS-7, Astronaut Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.
- July 16, 1983 – Sikorsky S-61 disaster: a helicopter crashes off the Isles of Scilly, causing 20 fatalities.
- August 21, 1983 – Philippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr. is assassinated at the Manila International Airport (now renamed Ninoy Aquino International Airport).
- September 23, 1983 – Gulf Air Flight 771 is bombed, killing all 117 people on board.
Who Were Born On 1983?
- March 2, 1983 – Kolawole Agodirin, Nigerian footballer
- March 18, 1983 – Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro, French tennis player
- April 3, 1983 – Ben Foster, English footballer
- May 19, 1983 – Eve Angel, Hungarian pornographic actress
- September 3, 1983 – Nicky Hunt, English footballer
- September 30, 1983 – Adam Jones, American football player
- November 16, 1983 – Chris Gocong, American football player
- November 26, 1983 – Chris Hughes, American businessman, co-founder of Facebook
- November 29, 1983 – Tanner Glass, Canadian ice hockey player