14 September-Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was an award winning singer-songwriter who was a native of England. Her genres included soul, blue-eyed soul, jazz and rhythm and blues. In her short lifetime she made a major and lasting impact on the music industry. She died in 2011 aged 27.

Amy Jade Winehouse was born in Southgate, London in 1983. Born into a musical family she began her music career at the age of sixteen. In 2003 her debut album ‘Frank’ was nominated for the Mercury Prize. She won five Grammy Awards for her 2006 album ‘Back to Back’. Winehouse won the Brit Award for Best British Female Artist in 2007.

Amy Winehouse, award winning singer-songwriter, was born in the year 1983 On This Day.

Amy Winehouse


18 June-First American Woman Astronaut

Sally Ride was an astronaut and physicist. In 1983 she became the first American woman in space. Having made her first space flight at the age of 32 Ride became the youngest ever American astronaut. She flew into space for a second time aboard the Space Shuttle in 1984.

Sally Kristen Ride was born in Los Angeles, California on May 26th 1951. She graduated with a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University in 1978. In 1977 NASA began looking for women astronauts. Ride decided to apply and was one of six women chosen. Following a rigorous training programme she became the first American woman to travel into space in 1983. The first woman in space was Valentina Tereshkova of the Soviet Union in 1963.

The mission on the Space Shuttle Challenger travelled over two million miles. Two communication satellites were launched and several science experiments carried out. Ride helped to deploy the satellites. The mission lasted just over six days before landing safely at Edwards Air Force Base, California on June 24th 1983.

Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as a crew member on space shuttle Challenger in the year 1983 On This Day.

Sally Ride


28 February-M*A*S*H

MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors is an account of a fictional Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War. It was written by surgeon Hiester Richard Hornberger under the pseudonym Richard Hooker. The novel was published in 1968. It became the basis for the 1970 film MASH and the television series M*A*S*H.

The television series M*A*S*H ran from 1972 to 1983. It was one of the highest-rated shows in United States television history. M*A*S*H was the winner of multiple awards including fourteen Emmy Awards. The series was aired on television stations around the world. In Ireland M*A*S*H was aired on RTÉ2 from 1985 to 1996.

M*A*S*H became the most watched television program in history when the final episode aired in the United States in the year 1983 On This Day.






22 March-President Chaim Herzog

Chaim Herzog who was a native of Ireland served as the sixth President of Israel. His father, who was a fluent speaker of the Irish language was the chief rabbi of Ireland. Chaim Herzog was childhood friend of Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, the fifth President of Ireland.

Chaim Herzog was born in Belfast on September 17th 1918. A year after he was born his family moved to Dublin. Herzog grew up in Dublin and was educated at Wesley College. In 1935 at the age of 17 he immigrated to Palestine with his family. He studied law at the University of London and served with the British Army during World War II.

After the war Herzog returned to Palestine. He served with the Israeli Defence Forces rising to the rank of major general. From 1975 to 1978 he served as Israeli ambassador to the United Nations. In 1981 he was elected to the Israeli parliament. Two years later Chaim Herzog was elected President of Israel. He served as President for two terms from 1983 to 1993. He died in Tel Aviv, Israel at the age of 78 on April 17th 1997.

Chaim Herzog was elected President of Israel in the year 1983 On This Day.


Chaim Herzog

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08 February-Shergar

Shergar was one of the most famous and successful racehorses of his time. He was foaled in Co Kildare, Ireland on March 3rd 1978. He was owned by Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, the spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims. Shergar was kidnapped from his stable on The Curragh in 1983, never to be seen again.

Shergar was a big horse with a white blaze and four white ‘socks’. During a short racing career his major wins included the Guardian Classic Trial (1981), the Chester Vase (1981), the Epsom Derby (1981), the Irish Derby (1981) and the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1981). His win in the Epsom Derby was by a record 10 lengths. Shergar was named European Horse of the year in 1981. In October 1981 he was retired to the Ballymany Stud, near The Curragh in County Kildare.

In February 1983 just over a year after his retirement from racing, Shergar was kidnapped by a gang of armed men believed to members of the terrorist group, the IRA. A ransom demand of £2 million was reported to have been made for the safe return of the horse. The kidnapping caused huge media attention. A widespread search was carried out by police across Ireland but no trace of Shergar was ever found. It is believed that he was killed by his captors a few days after he was stolen from Ballymany Stud.

During his brief racing career Shergar won £436,000 for his owner. The Shergar, Cup which was inaugurated in his honour at Goodwood Racecourse in 1999, has been held at Ascot since 2000. In 1999 the kidnapping of Shergar was made into a Hollywood film starring Mickey Rourke.

Shergar was kidnapped from Ballymany Stud in the year 1983 On This Day.

Shergar and Walter Swinburn – by Roy Miller (1981) by TheKenJones on 2012-10-29 16:31:47