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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.
- February 14, 1983 – United American Bank of Knoxville, Tennessee collapses. Its president, Jake Butcher, is later convicted of fraud.
- 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 4, 1983 – Space Shuttle Challenger makes its maiden voyage into space (STS-6).
- May 1, 1983 – Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis is awarded the Lenin Peace Prize.
- 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 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.
- December 14, 1983 – The 3rd Congress of the Communist Youth of Greece starts.
- December 17, 1983 – The IRA bombs Harrods Department Store in London, killing six people.
Who Were Born On 1983?
- January 10, 1983 – Li Nina, Chinese aerial skier
- January 27, 1983 – Tim Kasten, German rugby player
- February 6, 1983 – Jamie Whincup, Australian racing driver
- March 18, 1983 – Andy Sonnanstine, American baseball player
- April 21, 1983 – Marco Donadel, Italian footballer
- May 16, 1983 – Nancy Ajram, Lebanese singer
- August 31, 1983 – Larry Fitzgerald, American football player
- September 12, 1983 – Sergio Parisse, Argentina-born Italian rugby player
- September 21, 1983 – Joseph Mazzello, American actor
- October 11, 1983 – William Sledd, American internet personality