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January 1, 1983 Penn State defeats Georgia, 27-23 at the Sugar Bowl
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 5, 1983 Jim Williams appeal is granted based on changes in the testimony of a Savannah policeman
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
January 9, 1983 Atlanta Falcons lose in the postseason to the Minnesota Vikings, 30-24.
  Atlanta Falcons
March 7, 1983 Trial begins in Alabama for accused murderer Judy Neelley
  Judy Neelley - A woman on death row
March 16, 1983 Plane Crash at Waverly
  Plane Crash at Waverly
March 24, 1983 Snowstorm dumps 7.9 inches of snow on Atlanta, 8.7 in Athens
March 24, 1983 Plane crash at Jeffersonville
  Plane crash at Jeffersonville
April 5, 1983 Light plane crash at Rocky Face
  Light plane crash at Rocky Face
April 18, 1983 Judy Neelley is convicted of murder and sentenced to die in Alabama's electric chair
  Judy Neelley - A woman on death row
April 28, 1983 Marla Maples wins the Resaca Beach Poster Girl Contest, held at Grandma's Food and Spirits in Dalton, Georgia
May 5, 1983 Light plane crash at Kennesaw
  Light plane crash at Kennesaw
May 7, 1983 Plane crash at Fort Valley
  Plane crash at Fort Valley
June 4, 1983 Air show ends in tragedy
  Air show ends in tragedy
June 23, 1983 A bad night for Millhaven
  A bad night for Millhaven
July 5, 1983 Big Band leader Harry James died of lymphatic cancer, Las Vegas, Nevada
  Harry James
July 13, 1983 Georgia is required to pay $3 million dollars to black workers who were denied promotions at the Central State Hospital in Milledgeville
July 20, 1983 Ultralight crash in Dahlonega
  Ultralight crash in Dahlonega
  Dahlonega, Georgia
September 1, 1983 Conservative U. S. Representative Lawrence "Larry" McDonald, from Cobb County, Georgia dies when Korean Airlines Flight 007, a Boeing 747, is shot down by a Soviet MIG fighter in international waters in the Sea of Japan. All 269 people aboard died.
September 14, 1983 Jury selection begins in the second trial of Jim Williams
  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
September 22, 1983 Plans for the Carter Center are unveiled.
  Jimmy Carter
September 30, 1983 Filmed in Atlanta and starring Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly and JoBeth Williams, The Big Chill enters general release
  Movies filmed in Georgia
October 8, 1983 Jim Williams is sentenced to life after the jury finds him guilty
  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
October 22, 1983 Gunman smashes through gate at Augusta National Golf Club, held five people hostage and made threats against President Reagan, who was staying on the grounds during the incident.
  City of Augusta, Georgia
October 23, 1983 While staying at the Augusta National Golf Club President Reagan is told of the car bomb attack on the U. S. Marine headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon
  City of Augusta, Georgia
October 30, 1983 Lilian Carter dies, Americus, Georgia
  Lillian Carter
November 13, 1983 Alvin "Junior" Samples dies (heart attack), Cumming, GA
  Junior Samples
November 27, 1983 Crash at Johns Mountain
  Crash at Johns Mountain
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