1983 was a memorable year for many reasons. You may recall a few of these events from the year we graduated.
During Motown's 25th Anniversary special, Michael Jackson awed the crowds by introducing the moonwalk while performing "Billie Jean."

Michael Jackson literally changed the face of music videos when his 14-minute "Thriller" video debuted in November 1983. Do you remember when you first saw it?
In case you forgot, the Top Pop hits of 1983 include:
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
Flashdance - What a Feeling - Irene Cara
Let's Dance - David Bowie
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Maneater - Hall and Oates
Down Under - Men at Work
Africa - Toto
Baby, Come to Me - Patti Austin and James Ingram
Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - Eurythmics
Maniac - Michael Sembello
Tell Her About It - Billy Joel
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
All Night Long - Lionel Richie
Say, Say, Say - Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

Top R&B hits include:
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
Atomic Dog - George Clinton
Candy Girl - New Edition
Beat It - Michael Jackson
She Works Hard For The Money - Donna Summer
Juicy Fruit - Mtume
Get It Right - Aretha Franklin
Cold Blooded - Rick James
Ain't Nobody - Rufus and Chaka Khan
Time Will Reveal - DeBarge

Top Country Hits:
Islands in the Stream - Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
Jose Cuervo - Shelly West
Poncho and Lefty - Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
Lucille (You Won't Do Your Daddy's Will) - Waylon Jennings
We've Got Tonight - Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton
(Lost His Love) On the Last Date - Emmylou Harris
You Can't Run From Love - Eddie Rabbitt
The Rose - Conway Twitty
Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Love - B.J. Thomas
Dixieland Delight - Alabama


The term "Anorexia Nervosa" became part of our vocabulary when the beloved singer and drummer, Karen Carpenter, died at the age of 32 from heart failure due to the effects of her battle with the eating disorder.
The Hogs
The Hogs

Super Bowl XVII - The Washington Redskins defeated the Miami Dolphins 27-17 to become the NFL champions of the 1982 season. The game took place on January 30, 1983 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

NBA World Championship Series - The Philadelphia 76ers swept the series in 4 games against the Los Angeles Lakers

World Series - The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4 games to 1 in the 1983 World Series.

McDonald's introduced the Chicken McNugget in 1983. Thank you, Ronald McDonald!


Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger on the STS-7 mission.
July 15 - Nintendo Famicom goes on sale in Japan. It was the precursor to the Nintendo Entertainment System marketed in the US a few years later.

The Analog Motorola DynaTAC 8000X Advanced Mobile Phone System mobile phone was unveiled in 1983. The "brick" weighed about 2 lbs. It sold for $3,995 in 1984 when customers lined up in droves to purchase one. On one charge, you got a half-hour of talk time.

Guion Bluford became the first African-American to travel in space in 1983, on board the space shuttle Challenger, and three later missions.

Vanessa Williams became the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss America in September 1983, Her title was stripped from her less than a year later when Penthouse magazine released nude photos of her taken years before the pageant. Ms. Williams had the last laugh though as she went on with a hugely successful singing and acting career.

In November 1983, President Reagan signed legislation that made the third Monday in January a national holiday commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. This is the only federal holiday commemorating an African-American.


Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi had the highest weekend debut and was the highest grossing film of 1983.

Terms of Endearment practically swept the Academy Awards in 1983. The film won Best Picture, Best Director (James L. Brooks), Best Actress (Shirley MacClaine), and Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson). It also won two Golden Globes for Best Picture and Best Actress

Tootsie was nominated for ten Academy Awards. Jessica Lange was the only winner for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

And who didn't dance to all the hits spawned from the movie, Flashdance? Not to mention the fashion trends we copied (which are now back in style!).
Top movies of 1983:
1. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
2. Terms of Endearment
3. Flashdance
4. Trading Places
5. WarGames
6. Octopussy
7. Sudden Impact
8. Staying Alive
9. Mr. Mom
10. Risky Business
11. National Lampoon's Vacation

Movie Quotes still overheard today:

"Go ahead, make me day." - Clint Eastwood in Sudden Impact

"Say hello to my little friend" - Tony Montana in Scarface

Each week on television, we tuned in to Dallas or Dynasty (or both).

We couldn't get enough of Tom Selleck on Magnum P.I. or Mr.T and the A-Team.

Girl power was evident in the form of Cagney & Lacey or Kate & Allie.

We were introduced to the Disney Channel and CMT on cable for the first time and said goodbye to our old and dear friends, M*A*S*H, Laverne & Shirley, CHiPs, and Quincy, M.E.
Statistics for 1983
President                    Ronald Reagan
Vice President             George Bush
US Population              234,721,000
World Population          4,690,570,217
Avg. income                $12,133.00
Unemployment Rate     9.6
Marriage Rates              Per 1,000 Population: 10.5
Divorce Rates               Per 1,000 Population: 4.9
Price House                 One Story 2-Bedroom: $36,000
Price House                 Two Story 4-Bedroom: $85,000
Price Car                      Ford Escort: $6,900
Price Car                      Buick Skylark: $9,350
Price Milk                     Gallon: $1.89
Price Gas                     Per Gallon: $1.29
Price Bread                  $.66
Price Postage Stamp     $.20
If this isn't enough Flashback for you, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2U1ycxufKc for VH1's I Love 1983 3D