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1983 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXXXIII) was the 83rd year of the 20th century. 1983 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Saturday.
On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1983.
News Events of 1983
Korean Airlines Flight 007 shot down by USSR.
United States forces invade Grenada.
President Reagan proposes Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars").
US President Ronald Reagan announces the Global Positioning System (GPS) will be made available for civilian use.
Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.
Ameritech Mobile Communications (now Cingular) launches the first US cellular telephone network in Chicago.
Brinks Mat robbery in London: 6,800 gold bars are stolen.
Lotus 1-2-3 introduced for IBM compatible PCs.
IBM releases the IBM PC XT.
Wearing a seatbelt becomes compulsory for car drivers and front sea passengers in UK.
Brunei becomes fully independent from UK.
Richard Stallman announces the GNU project to develop a free UNIX-like operating system.
Apple announces the Apple Lisa, the company's first commercial personal computer to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse.
Sports in 1983
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