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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 18, 1983 – Thirteen people die and one is seriously injured in the Wah Mee Massacre in Seattle, Washington. It is said to be the largest robbery-motivated mass-murder in U.S. history.
- 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.
- March 23, 1983 – Strategic Defense Initiative: President Ronald Reagan makes his initial proposal to develop technology to intercept enemy missiles.
- April 4, 1983 – Space Shuttle Challenger makes its maiden voyage into space (STS-6).
- May 17, 1983 – Lebanon, Israel, and the United States sign an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.
- 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.
- July 22, 1983 – Martial law in Poland is officially revoked.
- December 19, 1983 – The original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, is stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro.
Who Were Born On 1983?
- April 26, 1983 – Jessica Lynch, American P.O.W.
- June 9, 1983 – Danny Richar, Dominican baseball player
- July 7, 1983 – Ciara Newell, Irish singer (Bellefire)
- July 9, 1983 – Lucia Micarelli, American violinist (Jethro Tull)
- July 17, 1983 – Ryan Guettler, professional Australian BMX rider
- July 23, 1983 – Bec Hewitt, Australian actress
- October 24, 1983 – Brian Vickers, American race car driver
- November 24, 1983 – Meredith Henderson, Canadian actress
- December 5, 1983 – Tiffany Weimer, American soccer player
- December 29, 1983 – Alison Brie, American actress