1983 was a memorable year for many reasons. You may recall a few of these events from the year we graduated.
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.
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.
World Series - The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4 games to 1 in the 1983 World Series.
Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger on the STS-7 mission.
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.
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
4. Trading Places
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
Girl power was evident in the form of Cagney & Lacey or Kate & Allie.
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