On February 28, 1983, 125 million viewers watched the final episode of M*A*S*H*. It was the most watched television episode in U.S. History. The show ran for 11 years. Set during the Korean War, the show was 8 years longer than he actual war.
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June 18, 1983: Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. She was a mission specialist on the space shuttle Challenger.
September 17, 1983: Vanessa Williams became the first African American to win Miss America.
September 18, 1983: Kiss appears on MTV. It’s the first public appearance by the band without makeup.
October 23, 1983: U.S. Marine barracks bombed in Beirut. 241 people are killed by a truck bomb.
October 25, 1983: U.S. invades the Caribbean Island of Grenada to protect U.S. citizens (mostly medical students) from the islands Marxist regime.