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1983

The world begins to boil. An unprecedented arms race begins. The world is divided in many ways: East versus West, North versus South. Rich versus Poor and Punk versus Pop. Action Heroes dominate cinemas and TV. If the world goes down, there should at least be a last party.

January 23

The A-Team premieres on CBS. After being court-martialed “for a crime they didn’t commit”, four ex-special forces members escape from military prison and, while still on the run, work as soldiers of fortune.

February 26

Michael Jackson’s album “Thriller” goes number 1 in the US billboard charts and will stay there for 37 weeks. In just over a year, it will become the world’s best-selling long play record, with estimated sales surpassing 65 million copies.

April 22

The german Stern magazin announces a major historical find: The discovery of a 60 volume personal diary, allegedly written by Adolf Hitler. This turned out to be a hoax after short time.

May 18

The US-Senate revises its immigration laws to give millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program. This “Simpson-Mazzoli bill” will be held up until it finally passes in October 1986.

May 25

Episode VI of Star Wars, eventually titled “Return of the Jedi” after the original title “Revenge of the Jedi” was changed because fans criticized, that Jedi don’t practice revenge, hits the cinemas. 

June 6

Li Xiannian becomes President of the People’s Republic of China. Li was appointed President at the age of 74 and will remain in office until April 1988.

June 9

Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Party wins the British parliamentary election. It gave the Conservative Party the most decisive election victory since that of Labour in 1945.

June 17

Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren exorcise a “werewolf demon” from Bill Ramsey, although the lack of photo or video evidence has called this claim into question.

August 28

Israeli PM Menachem Begin announces his resignation after IDF forces remained mired in Lebanon and the economy suffered from hyperinflation. After the death of his wife Aliza in November 1982, he gradually withdrew from public life, until his resignation in October 1983.

September 17

Twenty year old Vanessa Williams from New York, is crowned as the 56th Miss America. She is the first black Miss America ever.

October 5

Lech Wałęsa, who co-founded and headed the Poklish Solidarność, the Soviet bloc’s first independent trade union, wins the Nobel Peace Prize.

October 25

The United States invade the Caribbean island nation of Grenada north of Venezuela, with a population of about 91,000. Codenamed Operation Urgent Fury resulted in a U.S. victory within a matter of weeks.

November 15

The first cruise missile is placed at Greenham Common, England. They are the first of NATO’s new generation of medium-range missiles to be deployed in Western Europe.

November 22

German Bundestag apporves the delpoyment of Pershing II nuclear weapon system and Tomahawk Cruise Missiles in Germany under huge protests of the German peace movement.

December 3

France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island. An Australian, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea Mission to Moruroa discovered that plutonium-239 concentrations in the air were about four times greater than in continental France.

December 29

US announces its withdrawal from UNESCO after the group refused to adjust its policies to meet American complaints about it serving anti-U.S. political ends.