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1983 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1983 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
Superbowl XVII Champions
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
|New York Islanders|
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Jimmy Connors/Martina Navratilova|
|John McEnroe/Martina Naratilova|
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|North Carolina State|
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1983 - Nebraska over
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1983 - UCLA over Michigan
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 1983 - Penn State over Georgia
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Kabiks the Challenger|
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|Debra Maffett (Anaheim, CA)|
|Julie Hayek (California)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Carol Alt, Loni Anderson, Catherine Bach, Kim Basinger, Jennifer Beals, Jacqueline Bisset, Christie Brinkley, Anne Carlisle, Phoebe Cates, Joan Collins, Lydia Cornell, Rebecca DeMornay, Janice Dickinson, Linda Evans, Farrah Fawcett, Carrie Fisher, Deborah Foreman, Daryl Hannah, Goldie Hawn, Kathy Ireland, Grace Jones, Nastassja Kinski, Tawny Kitaen, Diane Lane, Audrey Landers, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Heather Locklear, Elle Macpherson, Madonna, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, Paulina Porizkova, Markie Post, Princess Diana, Victoria Principal, Betsy Russell, Brooke Shields, Suzanne Somers, Cheryl Tiegs, Heather Thomas|
|"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
George Lucas approached Mark Hamill in 1983 and asked him if he'd like to play an elderly, mentoring Luke to hand the story to the next generation. When Hamill asked "When?", Lucas replied with, "Oh, around 2011."
1983 Pop Culture History
Someone born in 1983 is a member of three different "generations" - Generation X, Generation Y and Millennials.
AS of 2017, of the top 20 most watched TV broadcasts in the United
States, 19 were Super Bowls, and the other was the 1983 finale of
The 1983 Atlantic hurricane season was the least active Atlantic
hurricane season in 53 years, during this season only four tropical
storms formed. The season officially began on June 1, 1983, and
lasted until November 30, 1983.
|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.
Korean airliner (Flight 007) was shot down by a Russian jet killing 269 people. The Russian government did not acknowledge the incident for 5 days.
After Michael Jackson's hair was accidentally set on fire during the shooting of a Pepsi commercial in 1983 he chose not to sue but instead asked Pepsi to fund the creation of a burn center.
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.
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|While on duty at a Soviet nuclear attack warning station
in 1983, Stanislav Petrov's computer indicated the US had fired several
missles. He decided his computer was faulty and urged against a launch.
He was right, averting nuclear war, but was not rewarded and was reprimanded
by his superiors.
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.
The town of Thistle, Utah was destroyed by a landslide and the resulting flood. The disaster was the costliest landslide in United States history.
When Sally Ride was preparing to launch as the first US woman in space in 1983, reporters asked questions like "Do you cry when things go wrong on the job?" and "Will the flight affect your reproductive organs?"
Rock star Dave Navarro's mother was murdered in 1983. In 1991, Navarro appeared on America's Most Wanted and thanks to a viewer tip the killer was caught.
Pop Star Death: Karen Carpenter (eating disorder) The word 'anorexia' entered the American vocabulary.
A preserved head was discovered at a bog in Lindow Moss. Believing the remains to be his former wife, Peter Reyn-Bardt confessed to murdering her in 1960. When testing later found the head was from 250 AD, Reyn-Bardt tried to revoke his confession but was still convicted of her murder.
Steven Seagal accidentally broke Sean Connery's wrist while filming Never Say Never Again in 1983.
Thomas Silverstein is a convict who's been held in solitary confinement at a Supermax prison since 1983. Considered one of the most dangerous inmates in the U.S., he's committed multiple murders in jail. He's held in a specially designed cell called Range 13 and has no human contact
An Alabama school tried to ban The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank in 1983 because, according to the board's records, it was "a real downer."
Korean Air flight 007 was shot down over Soviet airspace without warning.
Iqbal Masih (1983-1995) was a Pakistani child who, at age four, was sold into bondage by his family, escaped after years of hardship and helped thousands of children flee bondage labor through his internatioal activism. He was assasinated at age 12.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Compuvision Console by Bently, DMS's Tel;esports Mini, My Little Pony, Care Bears, WereBears stuffed bears, Cabbage Patch Kids were the must-have Christmas toy.
The computer mouse was invented.
Sally Ride became the first woman in Space.
In 1966 Dick Shulze founded his stereo store, 'The Sound of Music.' In 1983, he renamed it "Best Buy" and started the current chain of home electronics stores.
J. Crew began selling through a mail-order catalogue.
Bop Magazine (1983-2014)
|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
1983/84 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
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 Artists
|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.)
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
(according to boxofficemojo)
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
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