Key events of 1983
Unemployment reaches a record high of 3,224,715.
The Budget raises tax allowances, and cuts taxes by £2 billion.
Protestors form a 14-mile human chain in response to the impending arrival of American nuclear weapons at Greenham Common.
The West German government announces that the so-called 'Hitler Diaries' published by the magazine Stern are forgeries.
Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party are returned for a second term in office with a majority of 144 seats.
New chancellor Nigel Lawson announces public spending cuts of £500 million.
MPs vote 368-223 against the reinstatement of the death penalty.
Korean Air Lines Flight 007 is shot down by the Soviet Union. All 269 on board are killed.
Maze Prison escape: 38 armed IRA prisoners escape from HM Prison Maze in County Antrim, Northern Ireland in the largest prison escape in British history.
Neil Kinnock is elected leader of the Labour Party on the retirement of Michael Foot.
A plan to abolish the Greater London Council (GLC) is announced.
Over a million people demonstrate against nuclear weapons at a CND march in London.
Truck bombs explode at a barracks in Beirut killing 300 American and French servicemen in the Multinational Force in Lebanon.
American forces invade the Commonwealth island of Grenada.
The first US cruise missiles arrive at RAF Greenham Common amid protests.
Turkish northern Cyprus unilaterally declares independence.
In London, 6,800 gold bars worth nearly £26 million are taken from the Brink's-MAT vault at Heathrow Airport.
An IRA car bomb kills six, three police officers and three members of the public, and injures 91 outside Harrods in London.