There were no White House Sackings on the Pale Blue Dot today. That’s not to say there won’t be throughout August. I imagine the odds are quite short. In the meantime, there’s always the remainder of the pale blue dot summer to enjoy…In the northern hemisphere at least.
It’s Saturday 15th October, 1983, and I’m just over six months into my 11th year on the pale blue dot.
I am counting down the days till school half-term.
More importantly, it is Saturday and my attention is firmly fixed on this afternoon’s football fixture list.
Today is derby day. Aston Villa versus Birmingham City. I only know this because I have been reliably informed by our next door neighbour. As a 10-year-old in the 80s, you tend be more interested in playing football than actually watching it. Also, I have yet to be schooled on the true rivalry between the two teams. I am probably a late starter in this respect but I am not interested in one-upmanship at this stage in my life. Little do I know, however, this will become more than apparent in the years to come.
In South Africa
Nelson Piquet, lying in second place, was one of three drivers in contention to win the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship before the start of the 1983 South African Grand Prix; the other two being Alain Prost, who led the championship, and René Arnoux who was third.
The race started and Piquet passed Tambay to take the lead, with Patrese moving into second place.
Meanwhile, Arnoux retired with engine failure on lap 9.
Prost fought his way up to third place, but he also retired on lap 35 with turbo failure.
Needing only to finish fourth or higher, Piquet slowed and was overtaken by Patrese, Niki Lauda of Team McLaren and Alfa Romeo’s Andrea de Cesaris.
Lauda’s engine failed on lap 71.
The race finished with Patrese in first place, de Cesaris in second and Piquet in third, meaning Piquet won the championship by two points.
Ferrari won the Constructers’ Championship despite not finishing in the points in the last race for the second consecutive year.
Meanwhile, John Watson, completing his last full Formula One season, was disqualified for overtaking other cars on the parade lap.
Meanwhile, in Beirut, US Marine sharpshooters kill 5 snipers at Beirut International Airport.