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1983 Trivia, Facts & History

<< - 1982

World Series Champions

Baltimore Orioles

Superbowl XVII Champions

Washington Redskins

NBA Champions

Philadelphia 76ers

Stanley Cup Champs

New York Islanders

U.S. Open Golf

Larry Nelson

U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies)

Jimmy Connors/Martina Navratilova

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

John McEnroe/Martina Naratilova

NCAA Football Champions


NCAA Basketball Champions

North Carolina State

Kentucky Derby

Sunny's Halo

The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons

Loni Anderson, Catherine Bach, Kim Basinger, Jennifer Beals, Jacqueline Bisset, Christie Brinkley, Anne Carlisle, Phoebe Cates, Joan Collins, Lydia Cornell, Linda Evans, Farrah Fawcett, Deborah Foreman, Daryl Hannah, Goldie Hawn, Grace Jones, Nastassja Kinski, Jessica Lange, Heather Locklear, Madonna, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, Victoria Principal, Betsy Russell, Brooke Shields, Suzanne Somers, Cheryl Tiegs, Heather Thomas

"The 1983 Quotes"

"Go ahead, make my day"
- Clint Eastwood in 'Sudden Impact'

"Say hello to my little friend!"
- Tony Montana in 'Scarface'

"Would you like to play a game?"
- NORAD W.O.P.R. in 'WarGames'

Time Magazine's Men of the Year

Ronald Reagan
Yuri Andetopov

Miss America

Debra Maffett (Anaheim, CA)

Miss USA

Julie Hayek (California)

The unScandals

Jim Thorpe regained his 1912 decathlon and pentathlon Olympic Gold Medals, 30 years fter his death. They were originally taken from him because it was revealed that he played professional minor league baseball for a season in 1908.

Captain Bob Pearson landed Flight 143, piloting a Air Canada Boeing 767, at the RCAF Station Gimli, a closed air force base, with several mechanical failures going on, and NO FUEL.

The Scandals

Germany's Der Stern magazine obtained Adolf Hitler's secret diaries. After announcing them, and showing them to the world, it was discovered that they were fake.

Pop Star Death: Karen Carpenter (eating disorder) The word 'anorexia' entered the American vocabulary.

Korean Air flight 007 was shot down over Soviet airspace without warning.

1983 Pop Culture News

Someone born in 1983 is a member of three different "generations" - Generation X, Generation Y and Millennials.

Not only was Return of the Jedi 1983's top grossing film, but also it's novelization was the year's top selling book.

John Lasseter was fired from Disney in 1983 for pushing too hard for computer animation. When Disney bought Pixar in 2006, Lasseter was given a $5 million signing bonus, a $2.5 million salary, and control of all Disney's animation projects.

The computer mouse was invented.

In 1966 Dick Shulze founded his stereo store, 'The Sound of Music.' In 1983, he renamed it "Best Buy" and statred the current chain of home electronics stores.

Sally Ride became the first woman in Space.

Actor Kevin Costner was 'the dead guy' in the opening of the film The Big Chill, but we never saw his face.

J. Crew began selling through a mail-order catalogue.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1983: $400,000

The Habits
Showing off your Swatch Watches, showing off your Break Dancing moves, Wacky Wallwalkers were octo-shaped sticky toys that could be tossed against a wall, then slowly 'slime' thier way down.

Reading Return of the Jedi Storybook by Joan D. Vinge
Reading Ironweed by William Kennedy

1983's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

Nintendo Entertainment System, My Little Pony, Care Bears, WereBears stuffed bears, Cabbage Patch Kids were the must-have Christmas toy.

Popular Movies:

The Big Chill, Blue Thunder, Flashdance, Jaws 3-D, The Man With Two Brains, Mr. Mom, Never Cry Wolf, Never Say Never Again, Night of the Comet, Octopussy, The Outsiders, Porky's II: The Next Day, Psycho II, Risky Business, Scarface, Silkwood, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (re-release), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Staying Alive, Sudden Impact, Superman III, Terms of Endearment, Trading Places, Twilight Zone: The MovieUncommon Valor, National Lampoon's Vacation, Valley Girl, Videodrome, WarGames, Yentyl

The Big Movies

(according to boxofficemojo)
1. Return Of The Jedi
2. Terms of Endearment
3. Flashdance
4. Trading Places
5. WarGames
6. Octopussy
7. Sudden Impact
8. Staying Alive
9. Mr. Mom
10. Risky Business

1983's Most Popular TV Shows

1. Dallas (CBS)
2. 60 Minutes (CBS)
3. Dynasty (ABC)
4. The A-Team (NBC)
5. Simon & Simon (CBS)
6. Magnum, P.I. (CBS)
7. Falcon Crest (CBS)
8. Kate & Allie (CBS)
9. Hotel (ABC)
10. Cagney & Lacey (CBS)

Popular Music

The Biggest Pop Artists of 1983 include
Daryl Hall & John Oates, Angela Bofill, Billy Joel, Bob Seger, Bonnie Tyler, Culture Club, Daryl Hall & John Oates, David Bowie, DeBarge, Don Henley, Donna Summer, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, George Clinton, James Ingram, Irene Cara, Journey, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, Men at Work, Micheal Jackson, Naked Eyes, New Edition, Patti Austin, Paric Rushen, Paul McCartney, The Police, Ray Parker Jr, Prince, Rick James, Rufus, Stray Cats, Styx, Toto

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1983

December 18, 1982 - January 14, 1983: Daryl Hall and John Oates - Maneater

January 15, 1983 - February 4, 1983: Men at Work - Down Under

February 5, 1983 - February 18, 1983: Toto - Africa

February 19, 1983 - March 4, 1983: Patti Austin and James Ingram - Baby, Come to Me

March 5, 1983 - April 22, 1983: Michael Jackson - Billie Jean

April 23, 1983 - April 29, 1983: Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen

April 30, 1983 - May 20, 1983: Michael Jackson - Beat It

May 21, 1983 - May 27, 1983: David Bowie - Let's Dance

May 28, 1983 - July 8, 1983: Irene Cara - Flashdance... What a Feeling

July 9, 1983 - September 2, 1983: The Police - Every Breath You Take

September 3, 1983 - September 9, 1983: Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

September 10, 1983 - September 23, 1983: Michael Sembello - Maniac

September 24, 1983 - September 30, 1983: Billy Joel - Tell Her About It

October 1, 1983 - October 28, 1983: Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart

October 29, 1983 - November 11, 1983: Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton - Islands in the Stream

November 12, 1983 - December 9, 1983: Lionel Richie - All Night Long (All Night)

December 10, 1983 - January 20, 1984: Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson - Say, Say, Say

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Popular Music in 1983 ~ # 1 Hits of 1983