Top Ten Baby Names of 1983:
Jennifer, Jessica, Amanda, Ashley, Sarah, Michael, Chris, Topher, Matthew, David, Joshua
The Hotties 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, Mary Woronov, Sean Young
Hollywood Hunks and Leading Men:
Tom Cruise, Burt Reynolds, John Travolta, Richard Gere, Sean Connery
“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 and Yuri Andetopov
Debra Maffett (Anaheim, CA)
Julie Hayek (California)
The Good Stuff:
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.
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.
Korean Air flight 007 was shot down over Soviet airspace without warning.
Pop Star Death:
Karen Carpenter (eating disorder) The word ‘anorexia’ entered the American vocabulary.
Computer mouse was invented.
Redondo Beach, CA adopted the Goodyear Blimp as the city’s official bird in 1983.
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
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’ their way down.
1st appearances & 1983’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Nintendo Entertainment System, My Little Pony, Care Bears, WereBears stuffed bears, Cabbage Patch Kids were the must-have Christmas toy.
Best Film Oscar Winner:
Ghandi (presented in 1983)
The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
1. Return Of The Jedi
2. Terms of Endearment
4. Trading Places
7. Sudden Impact
8. Staying Alive
9. Mr. Mom
10. Risky Business
1983 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)
1983 Billboard Number One Songs:
December 18, 1982 – January 14, 1983:
Maneater – Hall & Oates
January 15 – February 11:
Down Under – Men at Work
February 12 – February 18:
Africa – Toto
February 19 – March 4:
Baby, Come To Me – Patti Austin featuring James Ingram
March 5 – April 22:
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
April 23 – April 29:
Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners
April 30 – May 20:
Beat It – Michael Jackson
May 21 – May 27:
Let’s Dance – David Bowie
May 28 – July 8:
Flashdance… What A Feeling – Irene Cara
July 9 – September 2:
Every Breath You Take – The Police
September 3 – September 9:
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics
September 10 – September 23:
Maniac – Michael Sembello
September 24 – September 30:
Tell Her About It – Billy Joel
October 1 – October 28:
Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
October 29 – November 11:
Islands In the Stream – Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton
November 12 – December 9:
All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie
December 10, 1983 – January 20, 1984:
Say Say Say – Paul McCartney featuring Michael Jackson
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 Navratilova
NCAA Football Champions: Miami
NCAA Basketball Champions: North Carolina State
Kentucky Derby: Sunny’s Halo