News and Events of 1983

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.690 billion
population by decade

Nobel Peace Prize:
Lech Walesa (Poland)

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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Ronald W. Reagan
Vice President: George Bush
Population: 233,791,994
Life expectancy: 74.6 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 51.8
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 46.4

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US GDP (1998 dollars):   $3,514.50 billion
Federal spending:   $808.38 billion
Federal debt:   $1371.7 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):  
Consumer Price Index:   99.6
Unemployment:   9.6%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.20


Super Bowl
Washington d. Miami (27-17)
World Series
Baltimore d. Philadelphia Phillies (4-1)
NBA Championship
Philadelphia 76ers d. LA Lakers (4-0)
Stanley Cup
NY Islanders d. Edmonton (4-0)
Women: Martina Navratilova d. A. Jaeger (6-0 6-3)
Men: John McEnroe d. C. Lewis (6-2 6-2 6-2)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Sunny's Halo
NCAA Basketball Championship
N.C. State d. Houston (54-52)
NCAA Football Champions
Miami-FL (11-1-0)


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Music: Three Movements for Orchestra, Ellen T. Zwilich
Drama: 'Night, Mother, Marsha Norman

Oscars awarded in 1983
Academy Award, Best Picture: Gandhi, Richard Attenborough, producer (Columbia)

Nobel Prize for Literature: William Golding (UK)

1983 Emmy Awards

1983 Tony Awards

Grammys awarded in 1983
Record of the Year: "Rosanna," Toto
Album of the Year: Toto IV, Toto (Columbia)
Song of the Year: "Always on My Mind," Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson, songwriters

Miss America: Debra Maffett (CA)

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  • With the introduction of noise-free compact discs, the vinyl record begins a steep decline.
  • Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy wins the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and Tony Award for best play, marking the acceptance of gay theater.
  • Singer Karen Carpenter dies of complications from anorexia nervosa at age 32.
  • More than 125 million viewers tune in to the last episode of M*A*S*H.


  • The Big Chill, Terms of Endearment, Fanny & Alexander, The Right Stuff


  • J.M. Coetzee, Life & Times of Michael K
  • William Kennedy, Ironweed


  • Torch Song Trilogy


Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Henry Taube (US), for research on how electrons transfer between molecules in chemical reactions

Physics: Subrahmanyam Chandrasekhar and William A. Fowler (both US), for complementary research on processes involved in the evolution of stars

Physiology or Medicine: Barbara McClintock (US), for her discovery of mobile genes in the chromosomes of a plant that change the future generations of plants they produce


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