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Timeline: 1983

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
Date Race Winner Distance
March 19, 1983 Milan-San Remo Giuseppe Saronni (Ita) 294 km
April 3, 1983 Tour of Flanders Jan Raas (Hol) 272 km
April 10, 1983 Paris-Roubaix Hennie Kupier (Hol) 274 km
April 17, 1983 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Steven Rooks (Hol) 244 km
April 19-May 8, 1983 Vuelta a Espana Bernard Hinault (Fra) 19 Stages, 3,399 km
May 12-June 5, 1983 Giro d'Italia Giuseppe Saronni (Ita) 22 Stages, 3,922 km
July 1-July 24, 1983 Tour de France Laurent Fignon (Fra) 22 Stages, 3,859 km
September 4, 1983 World Championships Greg LeMond (USA) Altenhein, Suisse 269.9 km

October 15, 1983

Giro di Lombardia Sean Kelly (Ire) Brescia-Como, 253 km

•  Asia - Soviet military shot down Korean Airlines Flight 007 . The airplane was off course over the Kamchatka Peninsula in Soviet territory.

•  Lebanon - US Marine Corp barrack was rocked by terrorist truck-bomb in Beirut, 241 were killed. The USA Embassy was bombed in Beirut, 40 people were killed.

•  October 25, 1983 - the USA invaded the island of Granada.

•  America's Cup - Australia won sailings highest honor for the first time in the 132-year history of the event.

Notable Deaths -
* Tour de France Champion: Romain Maes, 1913-1983, He was Tour de France champion in 1935.

* Tour de France / World Road Race Champion: Louison Bobet (Fra), 1925-1983, three time champion of the Tour de France (1953, 1954, 1955), died at the age of 58. He was the World Champion in 1954.

* Tour de France / World Road Race Champion: Antonin Magne (Fra), 1904-1983, a two-time Tour de France champion in 1931 and 1934. He was the World Champion in 1936.

* Giro d'Italia Champion: Alfonso Calzolari (Ita), 1887-1983, the Giro Champion in 1914.

Karen Carpenter, 1950-1983, American singer died of heart failure due to Anorexia Nervosa .

James Hubert “Eubie” Blake, 1883-1983, was a talented composer of ragtime, jazz, and popular songs. Blake died several days after his 100 th birthday. He said , If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.



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