The 1983 Atlantic hurricane season was the least active Atlantic
hurricane season in 53 years. Although the season begins by convention
on June 1, there were no tropical depressions until July 23, and only
four of the season’s seven depressions became tropical storms. Tropical
Depression Three became Hurricane Alicia (satellite image pictured) on
August 17 and made landfall in Texas the next day, breaking thousands of
glass windows in Houston’s skyscrapers, killing 22 people and causing
$1.7 billion in damage. The storm that became Hurricane Barry formed on
August 25, crossed Florida, and made landfall near Brownsville, Texas,
dissipating five days later. Hurricane Chantal stayed out at sea, and
was absorbed by a front on September 15. Tropical Depression Six formed
on September 19 and caused heavy rains in the Caribbean. Tropical Storm
Dean, the final storm of the season, attained peak winds of 65 mph
(105 km/h), and made landfall on the Delmarva Peninsula on September
Today’s selected anniversaries:
American Civil War: Henry Halleck was appointed general-in-
chief of the Union Army.
The Communist Party of China was founded at the founding
National Congress in Shanghai.
The Holocaust: The gas chambers at Treblinka extermination camp
began operation, killing 6,500 Jews who had been transported from the
Warsaw Ghetto the day before.
Following the collapse of the Greek military junta, the
Metapolitefsi period began as the country transitioned to a democratic
On the 50th anniversary of its founding, the European Coal and
Steel Community disbanded, and its activities and resources were
absorbed by the European Community.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
A clever saying, phrase or witticism; often, a witty riposte in
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The law isn’t justice. It’s a very imperfect mechanism. If you
press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may show up
in the answer. A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be.
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