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January 19, 1983
The arrest of the Nazi war criminal, Klaus Barbie, takes place in Bolivia.
January 31, 1983
The United Kingdom mandates the use of seatbelts for divers and passengers in the front seat.
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.
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.
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."
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.
May 17, 1983
An agreement implementing the withdraw of Israel from Lebanon is signed between Lebanon, Israel, and the United States.
May 25, 1983
The theatre debut of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi occurs.
June 18, 1983
The first American woman to make it to space is Sally Ride, a passenger of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
July 20, 1983
An announcement is made by the Polish government, declaring the end of martial law and the pardoning of political prisoners.
July 21, 1983
Vostok Station, Antarctica experiences the record for lowest temperature to be recorded on Earth at -89.2 °C.
August 1, 1983
Phoenix, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada start operating the first flights of the American West Airlines.
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.
September 16, 1983
The civilian use of the Global Positioning System, better known as GPS, is permitted by President Ronald Reagan.
September 17, 1983
The first African American to win the Miss America Pageant is Vanessa Williams.
September 18, 1983
The first appearance of the band Kiss in which they are not wearing their make-up takes place on MTV.
September 24, 1983
The first self-titled album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers is released.
October 4, 1983
A new record for land speed is made by Richard Noble driving a Thrust2 and traveling at 633.5 mph.
October 7, 1983
The announcement of the intention to formally end the Greater London Council occurs.
November 2, 1983
The signing of a bill by President of the United States Ronald Reagan takes place, creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
November 10, 1983
The FDA approval of etoposide as an anticancer drug occurs, leading to the combination treatment regime of chemotherapy of testicular carcinoma.