1983 Trivia, Fun Facts and History

1983 Trivia, Fun Facts and History

Top Ten Baby Names of 1983:
Jennifer, Jessica, Amanda, Ashley, Sarah, Michael, Chris, Topher, Matthew, David, Joshua

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Loni Anderson, Catherine Bach, Kim Basinger, Jennifer Beals, Jacqueline Bisset, Christie Brinkley, Anne Carlisle, Phoebe Cates, Joan Collins, Lydia Cornell, Linda Evans, Farrah Fawcett, Deborah Foreman, Daryl Hannah, Goldie Hawn, Grace Jones, Nastassja Kinski, Jessica Lange, Heather Locklear, Madonna, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, Victoria Principal, Betsy Russell, Brooke Shields, Suzanne Somers, Cheryl Tiegs, Heather Thomas, Mary Woronov, Sean Young

Hollywood Hunks and Leading Men:
Tom Cruise, Burt Reynolds, John Travolta, Richard Gere, Sean Connery

“The Quotes:”
“Go ahead, make my day”
– Clint Eastwood in ‘Sudden Impact’

“Say hello to my little friend!”
– Tony Montana in ‘Scarface’

“Would you like to play a game?”
– NORAD W.O.P.R. in ‘WarGames’

Time Magazine’s Men of the Year:
Ronald Reagan and Yuri Andetopov

Miss America:
Debra Maffett (Anaheim, CA)

Miss USA:
Julie Hayek (California)

The Good Stuff:
Jim Thorpe regained his 1912 decathlon and pentathlon Olympic Gold Medals, 30 years fter his death. They were originally taken from him because it was revealed that he played professional minor league baseball for a season in 1908.

Captain Bob Pearson landed Flight 143, piloting a Air Canada Boeing 767, at the RCAF Station Gimli, a closed air force base, with several mechanical failures going on, and NO FUEL.

The Scandals:
Germany’s Der Stern magazine obtained Adolf Hitler’s secret diaries. After announcing them, and showing them to the world, it was discovered that they were fake.

Korean Air flight 007 was shot down over Soviet airspace without warning.

Pop Star Death:
Karen Carpenter (eating disorder) The word ‘anorexia’ entered the American vocabulary.

Nerd News:
Computer mouse was invented.

Redondo Beach, CA adopted the Goodyear Blimp as the city’s official bird in 1983.

In 1966 Dick Shulze founded his stereo store, ‘The Sound of Music.’ In 1983, he renamed it “Best Buy” and statred the current chain of home electronics stores.

Sally Ride became the first woman in Space.

Actor Kevin Costner was ‘the dead guy’ in the opening of the film The Big Chill, but we never saw his face.

J. Crew began selling through a mail-order catalogue.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1983: $400,000

The Habit:
Showing off your Swatch Watches, showing off your Break Dancing moves, Wacky Wallwalkers were octo-shaped sticky toys that could be tossed against a wall, then slowly ‘slime’ their way down.

1st appearances & 1983’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Nintendo Entertainment System, My Little Pony, Care Bears, WereBears stuffed bears, Cabbage Patch Kids were the must-have Christmas toy.

Best Film Oscar Winner:
Ghandi (presented in 1983)

The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
1. 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

1983 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Dallas (CBS)
2. 60 Minutes (CBS)
3. Dynasty (ABC)
4. The A-Team (NBC)
5. Simon & Simon (CBS)
6. Magnum, P.I. (CBS)
7. Falcon Crest (CBS)
8. Kate & Allie (CBS)
9. Hotel (ABC)
10. Cagney & Lacey (CBS)

1983 Billboard Number One Songs:
December 18, 1982 – January 14, 1983:
Maneater – Hall & Oates

January 15 – February 11:
Down Under – Men at Work

February 12 – February 18:
Africa – Toto

February 19 – March 4:
Baby, Come To Me – Patti Austin featuring James Ingram

March 5 – April 22:
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

April 23 – April 29:
Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners

April 30 – May 20:
Beat It – Michael Jackson

May 21 – May 27:
Let’s Dance – David Bowie

May 28 – July 8:
Flashdance… What A Feeling – Irene Cara

July 9 – September 2:
Every Breath You Take – The Police

September 3 – September 9:
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics

September 10 – September 23:
Maniac – Michael Sembello

September 24 – September 30:
Tell Her About It – Billy Joel

October 1 – October 28:
Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler

October 29 – November 11:
Islands In the Stream – Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton

November 12 – December 9:
All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie

December 10, 1983 – January 20, 1984:
Say Say Say – Paul McCartney featuring Michael Jackson

Sports:
World Series Champions: Baltimore Orioles
Superbowl XVII Champions: Washington Redskins
NBA Champions: Philadelphia 76ers
Stanley Cup Champs: New York Islanders
U.S. Open Golf Larry Nelson
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Jimmy Connors/Martina Navratilova
Wimbledon (Men/Women): John McEnroe/Martina Navratilova
NCAA Football Champions: Miami
NCAA Basketball Champions: North Carolina State
Kentucky Derby: Sunny’s Halo

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