January 22nd – Björn Borg retires from tennis after winning 5 consecutive Wimbledon championships.
January 31st – Seatbelt use for drivers and front seat passengers becomes mandatory in the United Kingdom.
February 28th – The final episode of M*A*S*H is aired and the record of most watched episode is broken.
May 11th – Aberdeen FC beat Real Madrid 2-1 (after extra time) to win the European Cup Winner’s Cup in 1983 and become the only third Scottish side to win a European trophy.
September 24th – The Red Hot Chilli Peppers launch their first, self-titled, album.
September 25th – Maze Prison escape: 38 Irish republican prisoners, armed with six handguns, hijack a prison meals lorry and smash their way out of HMP Maze, in the largest prison escape since World War II and in British history.
October 2nd – Neil Kinnock is elected leader of the British Labour Party..
November 13th – The first United States cruise missiles arrive at Greenham Common Airbase in England amid the protests from peace campaigners.
November 26th – Brink’s-MAT robbery: In London, 6,800 gold bars worth nearly £26 million are taken from the Brink’s-MAT vaule at Heathrow Airport. Only a fraction of the gold is ever recovered, and only 2 men are convicted of the crime.
Date Unknown – Mcdonald’s introduces the McNugget.
February 11th – Radael Van der Vaart, Dutch footballer.
April 1st – Franck Ribery, French footballer.
April 15th – Matt Cardle, English singer-songwriter and guitarist.
April 23rd – Taio Cruz, British singer-songwriter, record producer, occasional rapper, and entrepreneur.
May 13th – Natalie Cassidy, British actress.
May 30th – Jennifer Ellison, British actress.
June 8th – Kim Clijsters, Belgian tennis player.
June 30th – Cheryl Cole, British singer and TV personality.
August 19th – Reeva Steenkamp, South African Model (Died 2013).
September 14th – Amy Winehouse, British singer (Died 2011).
January 2nd – Dick Emery, British comedian.
January 28th – Billy Fury, British musician.
February 4th – Karen Carpenter, American singer and drummer.
February 25th – Tennessee Williams, American playwright.
April 30th – Muddy Waters, American musician.
May 31st – Jack Dempsey, American heavyweight champion boxer.
July 29th – David Niven, English actor.