1983

Characterized by big hair bands and great socioeconomic change, the 1980s laid the foundation for many things we now take for granted.

1983

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.

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released this year ?

The Dresser

Directed by: Peter Yates

Starring: Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Edward Fox, Zena Walker

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Scarface

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Starring: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Country: United States of America

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Terms of Endearment

Directed by: James L. Brooks

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

Country: United States of America

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Ardh Satya

Directed by: Govind Nihalani

Starring: Om Puri, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Shafi Inamdar

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Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1983 ?

Megatrends

By: John Naisbitt

Megatrends: Ten New Directions Transforming Our Lives

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In Search Of Excellence

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

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The One Minute Manager

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

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Jane Fonda'S Workout Book

By: Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda's Workout Book

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Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1983 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Matthew
  4. David
  5. Joshua
  6. James
  7. Jason
  8. Daniel
  9. John
  10. Robert
Top #10 female names
  1. Jennifer
  2. Jessica
  3. Amanda
  4. Ashley
  5. Sarah
  6. Melissa
  7. Nicole
  8. Stephanie
  9. Heather
  10. Elizabeth

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