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1983 Historical Event(s)
- January 27, 1983 – The pilot shaft of the Seikan Tunnel, the world’s longest sub-aqueous tunnel (53.85 km) between the Japanese islands of Honshū and Hokkaidō, breaks through.
- 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.
- 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 17, 1983 – Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America.
- September 25, 1983 – Maze Prison escape: 38 republican prisoners, armed with 6 handguns, hijack a prison meals lorry and smash their way out of the Maze prison. It is the largest prison escape since WWII and in British history.
- October 13, 1983 – Ameritech Mobile Communications (now AT&T) launched the first US cellular network in Chicago, Illinois.
- 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?
- January 1, 1983 – Park Sung-Hyun, South Korean Olympic archer
- April 30, 1983 – Troy Williamson, American football player
- June 14, 1983 – Louis Garrel, French actor
- July 7, 1983 – Justin Davies, Australian rules footballer
- September 16, 1983 – Brandon Moss, American baseball player
- September 21, 1983 – Joseph Mazzello, American actor
- October 14, 1983 – Lin Dan, Chinese badminton player
- October 24, 1983 – Hernán Garin, Argentine footballer
- October 26, 1983 – Francisco Liriano, Dominican baseball player
- December 20, 1983 – Darren Sammy, St. Lucian cricketer