1983 – Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, starring popsters David Bowie and Ryuichi Sakamoto, opens in America. Leonard Maltin says of the Japanese prison camp drama, “Quite rewarding for those willing to stick with it, but it does take some effort.”
1983 – Jerry Lee Lewis’ fifth wife, Shawn Stevens, is found dead of a methadone overdose three months after their marriage.
1983 – Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone had a four-hour brain surgery operation, after being found unconscious in a New York Street where he had been involved in a fight.
1983 – The Police play to 70,000 fans at Shea Stadium, New York.
1983 – Paul Simon and actress Carrie Fisher marry in the singer’s duplex overlooking New York’s Central Park. The couple had been together for five years but split up less than a year after the marriage. They divorce in 1985. She was that Star Wars chick… the Princess!
1983 – Joey Ramone goes under the knife today. He has brain surgery after being beaten up in a fight.