Historical Events For Year 1983

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January 19, 1983

The arrest of the Nazi war criminal, Klaus Barbie, takes place in Bolivia. Read More

January 31, 1983

The United Kingdom mandates the use of seatbelts for divers and passengers in the front seat.
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February 23, 1983

The plan of the United States Environmental Protection Agency to purchase Times Beach, Missouri and evacuate the location due to the contamination of dioxin is announced.
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February 28, 1983

The record of an episode being most watched is broken upon the airing of the final episode of M*A*S*H.
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March 23, 1983

A proposal of the development of technology capable of intercepting missiles is announced by President Ronald Reagan, a plan that was given the name "Star Wars."
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March 25, 1983

The celebration of Motown's 25th anniversary experiences the performance by Michael Jackson of "Billie Jean" in which he introduces the moonwalk for the first time.
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May 17, 1983

An agreement implementing the withdraw of Israel from Lebanon is signed between Lebanon, Israel, and the United States.
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May 25, 1983

The theatre debut of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi occurs. Read More

June 18, 1983

The first American woman to make it to space is Sally Ride, a passenger of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
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July 20, 1983

An announcement is made by the Polish government, declaring the end of martial law and the pardoning of political prisoners.
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July 21, 1983

Vostok Station, Antarctica experiences the record for lowest temperature to be recorded on Earth at -89.2 °C.
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August 1, 1983

Phoenix, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada start operating the first flights of the American West Airlines.
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September 6, 1983

The shooting down of Korean Air Flight 007 is admitted by the Soviet Union, declaring that it was not recognized as a civilian aircraft.
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September 16, 1983

The civilian use of the Global Positioning System, better known as GPS, is permitted by President Ronald Reagan.
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September 17, 1983

The first African American to win the Miss America Pageant is Vanessa Williams. Read More

September 18, 1983

The first appearance of the band Kiss in which they are not wearing their make-up takes place on MTV.
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September 24, 1983

The first self-titled album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers is released. Read More

October 4, 1983

A new record for land speed is made by Richard Noble driving a Thrust2 and traveling at 633.5 mph.
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October 7, 1983

The announcement of the intention to formally end the Greater London Council occurs. Read More

November 2, 1983

The signing of a bill by President of the United States Ronald Reagan takes place, creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
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November 10, 1983

The FDA approval of etoposide as an anticancer drug occurs, leading to the combination treatment regime of chemotherapy of testicular carcinoma.
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