1983: Top Songs, Movies, TV Shows, Sporting Events, World Events And More

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Well, we made it! Through the 60’s, the 70’s and now it’s time to party! The decade started out with the U.S. defeating the Russians in hockey for the first time ever for Gold at the Olympics in Lake Placid NY. It was the decade that this thing called a ‘computer’ would begin to find its way into homes, music television would show you the music, cable and satellite TV would begin to find their way into people’s homes. Video games would become more or a regular thing in our homes, cell phones as big as bricks entered our lives, wireless telephones would find their way into our lives and push-button phones began to replace the rotary phone. The space shuttle program implemented by former President Richard Nixon became a reality, the 1985 Super Bowl champs, the Chicago Bears were the most interesting sports characters of the decade and had their own video to prove it. It was a decade of celebs coming together for good causes with U.S.A For Africa’s “We Are The World”, Band-Aid’s “Do They Know Its Christmas”, Farm-Aid and more.

Check out everything that was from this decade, year by year – from the sporting events to world events, the top TV shows, songs, movies and more.

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1. Every Breath You Take » Police
2. Billie Jean » Michael Jackson
3. Flashdance… What A Feeling » Irene Cara
4. Down Under » Men At Work
5. Beat It » Michael Jackson
6. Total Eclipse Of The Heart » Bonnie Tyler
7. Maneater » Daryl Hall & John Oates
8. Baby Come To Me » Patti Austin & James Ingram
9. Maniac » Michael Sembello
10. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) » Eurythmics

Album of the Year: Thriller, Michael Jackson
Best New Artist: Culture Club
Best Pop Duo or Group: “Every Breath You Take,” Police
Best Pop Female Vocal: “Flashdance: What a Feeling,” Irene Cara
Best Pop Male Vocal: Thriller, Michael Jackson
Best Rock Duo or Group: Synchronicity, Police
Best Rock Female Vocal: “Love Is a Battlefield,” Pat Benatar
Best Rock Male Vocal: “Beat It,” Michael Jackson
Record of the Year: “Beat It,” Michael Jackson
Song of the Year: “Every Breath You Take” Sting

1 Return of the Jedi Fox $252,583,617
2 Terms of Endearment Par. $108,423,489
3 Flashdance Par. $92,921,203
4 Trading Places Par. $90,404,800
5 WarGames MGM $79,567,667
6 Octopussy MGM $67,893,619
7 Sudden Impact WB $67,642,693
8 Staying Alive Par. $64,892,670
9 Mr. Mom Fox $64,783,827
10 Risky Business WB $63,541,777

National Lampoon’s Vacation / Superman III / The Big Chill / Never Say Never Again
Jaws 3-D / Scarface / Psycho II / Bad Boys / Porky’s II / Easy Money / The Outsiders
A Christmas Story / The Dead Zone / Silkwood / Yentyl

Winners in CAPS
Best Picture:
“TERMS OF ENDEARMENT”, “The Big Chill”, “The Dresser”, “The Right Stuff”, “Tender Mercies”
ROBERT DUVALL in “Tender Mercies”, Michael Caine in “Educating Rita”, Tom Conti in “Reuben, Reuben”, Tom Courtenay in “The Dresser”, Albert Finney in “The Dresser”
SHIRLEY MACLAINE in “Terms of Endearment”, Jane Alexander in “Testament”, Meryl Streep in “Silkwood”, Julie Walters in “Educating Rita”, Debra Winger in “Terms of Endearment”
Supporting Actor:
JACK NICHOLSON in “Terms of Endearment”, Charles Durning in “To Be or Not to Be”, John Lithgow in “Terms of Endearment”, Sam Shepard in “The Right Stuff”, Rip Torn in “Cross Creek”
Supporting Actress:
LINDA HUNT in “The Year of Living Dangerously”, Cher in “Silkwood”, Glenn Close in “The Big Chill”, Amy Irving in “Yentl”, Alfre Woodard in “Cross Creek”
JAMES L. BROOKS for “Terms of Endearment”, Bruce Beresford for “Tender Mercies”, Ingmar Bergman for “Fanny and Alexander”, Mike Nichols for “Silkwood”, Peter Yates for “The Dresser”

Dallas / Dynasty / The A Team / 60 Minutes / Simon & Simon / Magnum P.I. / Falcon Crest
Kate & Allie / Hotel / Cagney & Lacey

Best Drama – Hill Street Blues
Best Actor – Tom Selleck, Magnum, P.I.
Best Actress – Tyne Daly, Cagney and Lacey
Supporting Actor – Bruce Weitz, Hill Street Blues
Supporting Actress – Alfre Woodard, Hill Street Blues: “Doris in Wonderland”

Best Comedy – Cheers
Best Actor – John Ritter, Three’s Company
Best Actress – Jane Curtin, Kate and Allie
Supporting Actor – Pat Harrington, Jr., One Day at a Time
Supporting Actress – Rhea Perlman, Cheers
Best Variety – The 6th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

Kentucky Derby Winner: Sunny’s Halo – Trainer: D. Cross Jr. – Jockey: E. Delahoussaye

Superbowl XVIII: L.A. Raiders 38 – Washington 9
Pro MVP: Joe Theismann, Washington, QB & John Riggins, Washington, RB

College Football: #1 Miami-FL
Heisman Trophy: Mike Rozier, Nebraska, RB
Rose Bowl: UCLA 45, Illinois 9
Orange Bowl: Miami-FL 31, Nebraska 30
Cotton Bowl: Georgia 10, Texas 9
Sugar Bowl: Auburn 9, Michigan 7

NBA Championship: L.A. Lakers Vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Winner: Philadelphia in 4
L.A.Coach: Pat Riley
Philadelphia Coach: BillY Cunningham
MVP: Moses Malone, Philadelphia, C Average Points Per Game: 24.5
NCAA National Champions: N.C. State: 26W – 10L / Coach: Jim Valvano

World Series
Baltimore Orioles Vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Winner: Baltimore in 5 (lost game 1, won the next 4 in a row)
Baltimore Coach: Joe Altobelli
Philadelphia Coach: Paul Owne

National League
MVP: Dale Murphy, Atl (OF)
Rookie of the Year: Darryl Strawberr, NY Mets. (P)

American League
MVP: Cal Ripken Jr., Bal (SS)
Rookie of the Year: Ron Kittle, Chi White Sox, (OF)


Feature Film Bad Boys With Sean Penn, Ally Sheedy, Esai Morales and our very own Sal Amato is released in Feb and goes on to become a favorite of the 80’s.

Future classic “A Christmas Story” is released

Record $189 Billion Deficit Is Projected

House Votes 228 TO 195 To Bar Covert “Contra” Aid

Korean Air Lines 007 Is Shot Down by Soviet Missile, 279 killed

US and Caribbean Troops Invade Grenada

Legendary Coach Bear Bryant Is Gone

Borg Quits At Apex Of His Career

Polygamy: Arizona Man had 105 Wives

Reagan Proposes Star Wars Plan

All OPEC Members Agree To Cut Oil Prices

Terrorists Bomb US Embassy In Beirut, Over 239 Marines and Sailors Die

Dow exceeds 1200 for the first time

Died, Buster Crab, Jack Dempsey, Arthur Godfrey

Dustin Hoffman stars in “Tootsie”

Supreme Court reaffirms it’s 1973 (Roe Vs Wade) Right to abortion

Barny Clark the first artificial heart transplant dies after 112 days

People Express “no frills” airline starts

California Condor hatched in captivity

Hitler diaries are exposed as fraudulent

Israel’s Begin resigns, replaced by Shamir

MTV is in 17.5 million homes and top videos include “Beat It” – Michael Jackson, “Be Good Johnny” – Men at Work, “Sexy 17″ – Stray Cats, and “She Works Hard for it” – Donna Summer.

Cabbage Patch dolls with birth certificate and adoption papers are a Hit

Sony Walkman with Dolby: $229

RCA VCR: $399 – $888

Quote for Ronald Reagan: “(the USSR) is a focus of evil in the modern world.”

Thanks to Tom Cruise in ‘Risky Busines’, Ray-Ban and Vuarnet sunglasses are in.

Ad for Moosehead Beer: “Stands head and antlers above the rest”

The shuttle Challenger completes four missions including the first spacewalk since 1972.

Seat-belt and anti-drunk driver campaigns are accredited with auto accident fatalities dropping to 43,028, the lowest figure in 20 years.

Coca-Cola and Pepsi market “No-Caffeine” sodas.

Break dancing and the electroboogie are sweeping the country

President: Ronald W. Reagan
Vice President: George Bush

Population: 233,791,994
Life expectancy: 74.6 years

High: 1,287
Low: 1,027

Federal spending: $808.38 billion
Federal debt: $1371.7 billion
Inflation: 7.6%
Consumer Price Index: 99.6
Unemployment: 9.7%

Cost of a new home: $89,800.00
Cost of a new car: $6,116.00
Median Household Income: $20,885.00
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.20
Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $1.24
Cost of a dozen eggs: $0.86
Cost of a gallon of Milk: $2.24