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  • Sep 1, 1983
    The Soviet Union downs Korean Air Lines flight 007, killing 269 people, including a U.S. congressman. The event inspires Lee Greenwood to write "God Bless The U.S.A." Johnny Cash also cancels a Soviet tour in protest
    Oct 17, 1983
    Four days of filming begins for "Johnny Cash Christmas 1983" at Maces Spring, Virginia, the breeding ground of The Carter Family. Guests for the program include Merle Haggard, June Carter, Ricky Skaggs and John Carter Cash
    Nov 10, 1983
    Johnny Cash severely cuts his hand punching a hotel-room wall during a drug-related hallucination in Nottingham, England, though he continues to tour, performing the following night in Birmingham
    Nov 22, 1983
    Johnny Cash has parts of his stomach, spleen and intestines removed during surgery at Nashville's Baptist Hospital
    Dec 6, 1983
    Johnny Cash is featured, along with Walter Cronkite, on the Barbara Walters ABC special "Modern Day Legends"
    Dec 14, 1983
    Johnny Cash joins Nashville mayor Richard Fulton to kick off the construction of a new $12-million wing of Baptist Hospital
    Dec 16, 1983
    Merle Haggard performs "San Antonio Rose" and Ricky Skaggs offers "Christmas Time's A-Comin'" during "Johnny Cash Christmas 1983," also featuring June Carter, John Carter Cash and Cash band member Marty Stuart. The Man In Black throws in a version of "I Walk The Line"
    Dec 16, 1983
    Johnny Cash checks out of Nashville's Baptist Hospital after being treated for ulcers
    Dec 20, 1983
    Johnny Cash checks into the Betty Ford Center to prevent an addiction to painkillers administered during a recent hospital stay. He remains at the center for six weeks and is assigned to kitchen duty for three of them. Elizabeth Taylor is also in treatment
    Jan 31, 1984
    Johnny Cash checks out of the Betty Ford Center for Chemical Dependence in Rancho Mirage, California, following a bout with prescription pills

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