Characterized by big hair bands and great socioeconomic change, the 1980s laid the foundation for many things we now take for granted.
While 1983 follows many of these trends, the year possesses some notable events all its own. To set the scene, imagine a year with a population of just under 4.7 billion and a lot of babies named Michael or Jennifer. Stephen King’s horror novels Christine and Pet Sematary dominated the bookshelves and The Color Purple took home the Pulitzer.
On the big screen, Flashdance, Star Wars Episode VI, Scarface, and A Christmas Story garnered the highest ticket sales.
In the world of music, David Bowie hit the number one chart with his single ‘“Let’s Dance”. In 1983, while we gained Carrie Underwood and Amy Winehouse, we lost both playwright Tennessee Williams and professional boxer Jack Dempsey. Outside of media and births, 1983 offered plenty of interesting events.
The year was marked by a variety of firsts: Sally Ride became the first woman in space. The UK introduced its first one pound coin. The US Congress initiated its War Powers Act for the first time. India launched its first rocket. The world also saw its first reconstruction of the human head via a CT scan.
In 1963, the Supreme Court also struck down many abortion restrictions. In a bit less of a controversial move, the US government established Martin Luther King Jr Day. To allow Japanese families to take a different kind of holiday, Tokyo opened its own version of Disneyland on April 15th. In one of the world’s biggest illusion acts, David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty vanish in front of an audience on April 8th. Basically, whether you love Flashdance or have been helped by a CT scan, 1983 had plenty to offer the world.
Discover how USA looked like in 1983
Have a look at the old newspapers from 1983 and get them!
Which were the most popular movies released this year ?
Directed by: Peter Yates
Starring: Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Edward Fox, Zena Walker
Directed by: James L. Brooks
Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito
Country: United States
Directed by: Govind Nihalani
Starring: Om Puri, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Shafi Inamdar
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Starring: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid
Which were the top hits of 1983 ?
Which were the most popular books released in 1983 ?
By: John Naisbitt
Megatrends: Ten New Directions Transforming Our Lives
By: Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman Jr
The "Greatest Business Book of All Time" (Bloomsbury UK), In Search of Excellence has long been a must-have for the boardroom, business school, and bedside table.Based
By: Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
For more than twenty years, millions of managers in Fortune 500 companies and small businesses nationwide have followed The One Minute Manager's techniques, thus increasing their productivity, job satisfaction, and personal
By: Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda's Workout Book
Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1983 in the USA ?
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