Some members of the Palisades High School class of 1983 are planning a 40th reunion for the class.
One of the organizers Anya McCann said, “We would like to get people from our class to sign up on our list if they are interested in receiving the invitation (click here). The reunion is tentatively being planned for September.”
There is also a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/palihigh1983/)
On January 1: The Internet takes another step towards its creation as ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) is moved to TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol).
On February 4, Karen Carpenter, 32, dies from complications from anorexia nervosa, and on February 16, Australian bushfires in Victoria and South Australia, known as the Ash Wednesday bushfires, destroy around 2,000 homes and kill 75 people, 17 of which are firefighters battling the blaze.
March 1, Los Angeles is hit by a tornado (near USC) with wind speeds somewhere between 113 mph and 157 mph. Buildings and property were destroyed but there was no loss of life.
Chuck Hull invents 3D printing, which he called stereolithography on March 9, his patent is filed the following year.
On March 11, The 9th Annual People’s Choice awards take place. Katharine Hepburn, Jane Fonda and David Hasselhoff are honored. Favorite Motion Picture is E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
On April 18, Alice Walker is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel The Color Purple which was published in 1982.
On May 20, two independently researched scientific papers are published with proof that AIDS is caused by retrovirus HIV. The publication is one of the biggest medical events of 1983.
In June, the Palisades High School class of 1983 graduates.