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1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1983rd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 983rd year of the 2nd millennium, the 83rd year of the 20th century, and the 4th year of the 1980s decade.
The year 1983 saw both the official beginning of the Internet and the first mobile cellular telephone call.

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  1. Pete

    April 15, 1983 : Spandau Ballet's Single True was Released

    On this day April 15 1983, Spandau Ballet's iconic track "True" made waves, reaching #4 on the US Billboard Charts. Notably, it soared to #1 in the UK, Canada, and Ireland, solidifying its international success.
  2. Pete

    Lone Wolf McQuade (April 15, 1983): Chuck Norris and David Carradine in Action!

    On this day April 15 1983, marked the release of "Lone Wolf McQuade," helmed by director Steve Carver and featuring action stars Chuck Norris and David Carradine. With a budget of $5 million, the film soared at the box office, raking in an impressive $15 million.
  3. Pete

    Flashdance Lights Up Theaters: April 15 1983

    On this day April 15, 1983, Flashdance dazzled audiences as it made its debut on the big screen, featuring Jennifer Beals in the lead role. Fun Fact: Flashdance secured the impressive position of being the third highest-grossing movie of 1983, following behind Return of the Jedi and Terms of...
  4. Pete

    April 14, 1983: David Bowie's 'Let’s Dance' Takes the Music World by Storm

    On this day April 14, 1983, David Bowie unveiled his 15th album, "Let’s Dance," which soared to the top of the US Billboard 200 charts. Additionally, it claimed the number one spot in various countries including the UK, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand...
  5. Pete

    Released On This Day April 9, 1983: Men at Work's 'Overkill' Hits #3 on US Billboard Charts

    On this day April 9, 1983, "Overkill" by Men at Work was released and it achieved a peak position of #3 on the US Billboard Charts.
  6. Pete

    April 8 1983, Faster Than the Speed of Night : Bonnie Tyler's

    On this day April 8, 1983, Bonnie Tyler's fifth album, Faster Than the Speed of Night, made its mark. It achieved significant success, reaching #4 on the US Billboard 200 charts and claiming the top spot in the UK, Norway, and New Zealand. Notably, the album features the iconic song Total...
  7. Pete

    Losin' It Released On April 8 1983

    On this day April 8 1983 in cinema history, "Losin' It" directed by Curtis Hanson, featuring Tom Cruise, Shelley Long, Jackie Earle Haley, and John Stockwell, hit theaters. Despite a budget of $7 million, the film only managed to gross $1.2 million at the box office.
  8. Pete

    On This Day April 8 1983, The Illusionist's Feat: David Copperfield and the Vanishing Statue of Liberty

    On this day April 8, 1983, David Copperfield astonished a live audience by making the Statue of Liberty disappear. Interestingly, Copperfield was once the highest-paid entertainer globally and continues to maintain a net worth exceeding one billion dollars today.
  9. Pete

    "March 10, 1983: Michael Jackson Breaks Barriers with 'Billie Jean' on MTV

    On this day March 10, 1983, Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" music video debuted on MTV, marking him as the inaugural Black artist to receive airplay on the channel.
  10. Pete

    On This Day March 5, 1983: 'Billie Jean' Hits #1 in America

    On this day March 5, 1983, Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" took the top spot as America's #1 song, reigning until April 22. It also claimed the #1 position in the UK, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Australia.
  11. Pete

    A Milestone in Music History: CD Debut in the US on This Day

    On this day March 2, 1983 marks the day when CDs (Compact Discs) made their debut in the United States after being initially released in Japan in October 1982. The average cost for these revolutionary discs was around $17.
  12. Pete

    March 1, 1983: Tornado Strikes Los Angeles with Record Injuries

    On this day March 1, 1983, Los Angeles experienced a tornado with winds ranging from 113 to 157 mph, causing significant damage. This event resulted in 33 injuries, marking the highest number of tornado-related injuries in California's history for winds of this magnitude.
  13. Pete

    1983: Toto's 'Africa' #1 in the USA & Canada

    On this day February 5, 1983, "Africa" by Toto topped the charts as the #1 song in America for the week of February 5 - 11, and it also reached #1 in Canada. Africa is part of my favorite top ten 80s song.
  14. Pete

    The A-Team Premiered Today on NBC: January 23, 1983

    On this date, January 23, 1983, NBC introduced the world to "The A-Team," which went on to run for an impressive 5 seasons, totaling 98 episodes. What a great show and definitely brings back memories.
  15. Pete

    MTV's West Coast Debut: January 22, 1983

    On this day January 22, 1983, MTV made its west coast debut, following its East Coast launch on August 1, 1981. That was when MTV was good. During the mid early to mid 80s I didn't have cable tv so I had to wait until I visited my grandmother upstate to watch MTV.
  16. Pete

    1983: Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" Tops American Charts

    On January 21, 1983, the Eurythmics' single "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" was unveiled. It later dominated the American charts, securing the #1 position from September 3 to September 9. One of my favorite 80s songs.
  17. Pete

    Rocking Into Fame: Bryan Adams' 1983 Album 'Cuts Like a Knife

    On this day January 18, 1983, Bryan Adams unleashed his fourth album titled "Cuts Like a Knife." This album introduced three singles to the world: "Straight from the Heart," "Cuts Like a Knife," and "This Time." These three songs played a pivotal role in propelling Adams to widespread fame and...
  18. Pete

    Men at Work's 'Down Under' Conquers the Charts Worldwide in 1983

    On January 15, 1983, Men at Work's "Down Under" topped the charts in the US, holding the number one spot until February 4. It also dominated the charts in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, Australia, and New Zealand...
  19. Pete

    On this day December 28th 1983 Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys drowned

    On this day December 28th 1983 Dennis Wilson drummer for the band the Beach Boys drowned at Marina Del Rey after a day of heavy drinking. Dennis Wilson really had a bad addiction problem and eventually it caught up to him.
  20. Pete

    On this day December 27th 1983 Pope John Paul II made a visit to the individual who attempted his assassination

    On this day December 27th 1983 Pope John Paul II made a visit to the individual Mehmet Ali Ağca who attempted his assassination in prison. As he entered St. Peter's Square to address an audience on 13 May 1981, John Paul II was shot and critically wounded by Mehmet Ali Ağca, an expert Turkish...