The 17th of December, 1983, fell on a Saturday. Day 351 of 1983. Decade: 1980s.
On This Date
Events that occurred on the 17th of December, 1983:
A fire at a nightclub in Madrid, Spain, kills 83 people.
A Provisional IRA car bomb kills 6 people outside of Harrods in London.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on the 17th of December, 1983:
United States: Say Say Say - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
United Kingdom: Only You - Flying Pickets
Movie Box Office
What movie was on top of the box office?
The movie "Terms of Endearment" was at the top of the box office on this date.
News Topics, Fads & Culture
Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on the 17th of December, 1983.
Early 1980s fashion.
The early 80s saw a minimalist approach to fashion, with some trends carrying over from the late 1970s. Sweaters, fur-lined puffer jackets, tunics, ripped jeans, leotards, velour tracksuits, tube tops, knee-length skirts, high-waisted pants and embroidered jeans were all popular during this period. The colors during the early 1980s were subdued, quiet and basic. Varying shades of brown, tan, and orange were in fashion.
Between the 22nd of September, 1980, and the 20th of August, 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.
Time Person of the Year: 1983.
Ronald Reagan and Yuri Andropov are both named as the Time Person of the Year in 1983.
1983 in movies.
Movies released in 1983 included Return of the Jedi, Terms of Endearment, Flashdance, Trading Places, National Lampoon's Vacation, WarGames, Scarface, Octopussy, Sudden Impact, Staying Alive, Mr. Mom and Risky Business.
1983 in music.
Popular music artists in 1983 included The Police, Michael Jackson, Irene Cara, Men at Work, Bonnie Tyler, Hall & Oates, Michael Sembello, Eurythmics, Culture Club and Dexys Midnight Runners.
Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 17th of December:
TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.
Scarecrow and Mrs. King - Starring Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner.
Manimal - Short-lived TV series about a man that could shape-shift into an animal.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - Animated series.
The A-Team - Action TV series with characters such as "Mr. T" and John "Hannibal" Smith.
'Allo 'Allo! - BBC sitcom starring Gorden Kaye.
Cheers - Sitcom starring Ted Danson.
Knight Rider - Starring David Hasselhoff.
Family Ties - Sitcom starring Michael J. Fox.
The Smurfs - Animated fantasy-comedy television series.
Only Fools and Horses - British television comedy.
How old was I?
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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about the 17th of December, 1983.
13,120 days have passed since this date.
1,133,568,000 seconds have passed since the 17th of December, 1983.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,322,496,000 times.
Since the 17th of December, 1983, earth has travelled approximately 584,921,088,000 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 188,928,000 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 97,486,848 steps. That's about 43,327 miles!
Since this date, 13,602,816 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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