May 142013

1983 is considered to be the year the internet started, with the migration of the ARPANET to TCP/IP officially completed.

The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia claimed the lives of 71 people in one of Australia’s worst ever fires.

The final episode of M*A*S*H is aired breaking the record of most watched episode, and The Bill first airs as Woodentop.

Bob Hawke is elected Prime Minister of Australia and with Federal treasurer Paul Keating, the Australian Dollar is floated – under the old flexible peg system, the Reserve Bank bought and sold all Australian dollars and cleared the market at the end of the day.

Ronald Reagan makes his initial “Star Wars” proposal to develop technology to intercept enemy missiles, announced that the Global Positioning System (GPS) would be made available for civilian use, and signed a bill creating an American federal holiday on the third Monday of every January to honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The first flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger was in 1983 and Pioneer 10 passed the orbit of Neptune, becoming the first man-made object to leave the vicinity of the major planets of the solar system.

Six men walked underwater across Sydney Harbor, 82.9 km in 48 hours.

Australia II, owned by Alan Bond and designed by Ben Lexcen won the America’s Cup with its famous winged keel, the first successful challenge to the New York Yacht Club’s 132-year defense of the sailing trophy.

Pope John Paul II visited Rebibbia prison to forgive his would-be assassin Mehmet Ali Ağca.

In 1983 the “South-East Queensland Regional Group” of ANGFA, later to become ANGFA Qld, met for the first time and has been meeting regularly ever since.

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