1983/84 Cusp of Libra/Scorpio
Pluto station R Feb
February 3 - Australian Prime Minister
Malcolm Fraser is granted a
double dissolution of both houses of parliament for elections on March
5. Bob Hawke replaces Bill Hayden as leader of the Australian Labor
February 16 - The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South
Australia claim the lives of 76 people in one of Australia's worst
March 5 - Bob Hawke is elected Labour Prime Minister of Australia.
March 23 - Strategic Defense Initiative: U.S. President Ronald Reagan
makes his initial proposal to develop technology to intercept enemy
missiles. The media dub this plan "Star Wars."
Pluto station D July
7 26 libra 43
October 25 - United States troops
October 25 - Microsoft Word is first released.
Scorpio Nov 5 1983
November 2 - NATO commenced a ten-day
realistic command post exercise code-named “Able Archer” culminating
with a simulation of a NATO nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. The
anticipated arrival of Pershing II nuclear missiles in Europe, led the
USSR leadership to believe that Able Archer 83 was a ruse of war,
obscuring preparations for a genuine nuclear first strike
December 9 - The Australian Dollar is
floated, by Federal treasurer
Paul Keating. Under the old flexible peg system, the Reserve Bank
bought and sold all
Australian dollars and cleared the market at the end of the day.
January 24 - The first Apple Macintosh
goes on sale.
February 1 - Medicare comes into effect in Australia.
Pluto station R Feb 4 2
February 26 - United States Marines
pull out of Beirut, Lebanon
April 19 - Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia's national
anthem, and green and gold as the national colours.
May 14 - The one dollar coin is introduced in Australia.
enters Libra May 18 1984
June 6 - Indian troops storm the Golden
Temple at Amritsar, the Sikh's
holiest shrine, killing an estimated 2000 people.
Pluto station D 9
29 libra 19
August 1 - Australian banks are
August 21 - Half a million people in Manila demonstrate against the
regime of Ferdinand Marcos
Scorpio August 27 1984
September 4 - The Progressive
Conservative Party of Canada, led by
Brian Mulroney, wins 211 seats in the House of Commons, forming the
largest majority government in Canadian history.
October 31 - Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by her
2 Sikh security guards . Riots soon break out in New Delhi, and some
2,700 Sikhs are killed.
November 25 - Thirty-six of Britain and Ireland's top pop musicians
gather in a Notting Hill studio to form Band Aid, and record the song
"Do They Know It's Christmas", in order to raise money for famine
relief in Ethiopia