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May 8, 1983

May 8, 1983, was a Sunday. It was 40 years, 9 months, and 24 days ago. The zodiac sign for this date is Taurus.

Birthdays

Born on May 8, 1983

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Music charts

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on May 8, 1983:

  • United States: "Beat It" by Michael Jackson
  • United Kingdom: "True" by Spandau Ballet

The Billboard Hot 100 on May 8, 1983

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Beat It - Michael Jackson
  • Jeopardy - Greg Kihn Band
  • Let's Dance - David Bowie
  • Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
  • Der Kommissar - After The Fire
Play the top songs from 1983
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1983. Take a trip back to the days of Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, the Police, Elton John and Phil Collins.
Flashdance

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Flashdance" was at the top of the box office on May 8, 1983.

Facts

This date was 14,908 days ago. Approximately 497 months have passed. It was the 128th day of 1983, in week 18. The decade was the eighties. People born on this day are currently 40 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. The Earth has experienced 166 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to May 8, 1983

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

It is Sunday, May 8, 1983. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. People are currently enjoying their weekend. However, because it's a Sunday, some are dreading the days ahead.

The summer of 1983 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up, and the evenings are brighter than usual. The school year is nearly finished. In America, the song "Beat It" by Michael Jackson is at the top of the singles charts, while "True" by Spandau Ballet is the number-one song in the UK. Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Flashdance is at the top of the box office.

Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In fashion, women are wearing jelly shoes, turtleneck sweaters, loose high-waist pants, crop tops, and puffer jackets lined with fur. Meanwhile, men have been ditching the disco look of the 1970s in favor of athletic clothing such as tracksuits and sports jerseys. The "preppy" look has also been making a comeback. Because it's 1983, the radio stations are being dominated by artists such as Culture Club, Michael Jackson, Irene Cara, David Bowie and The Police.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Jobriath, Marvin Gaye, Andy Kaufman, and Truman Capote would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Quincy, M.E.", "Chips", "The Dukes of Hazzard", and "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Space Invaders", "Asteroids", "Galaxian", and "Pac-Man".

Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Schoolhouse Rock!", "The All New Popeye Hour", and "Danger Mouse". Popular toys at the moment include Lite-Brite, Speak & Spell, Cabbage Patch Kids, and My Little Pony (figures).

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 8, 1983.

  • 1983 in music.

    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.
  • Who were the best NBA players in 1983?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1983?

    The best NBA players in 1983 were Moses Malone, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Sidney Moncrief and Julius Erving.
  • 1983 in movies.

    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.
  • Best soccer players.

    Best soccer players

    In 1983, the best soccer players were Michel Platini, Kenny Dalglish, Allan Simonsen, Gordon Strachan, Felix Magath, Jean-Marie Pfaff, Rinat Dasayev, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Jesper Olsen, Bryan Robson and Fernando Gomes.
  • Terms of Endearment.

    Terms of Endearment

    "Terms of Endearment" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1983.
  • Time Person of the Year: 1983.

    Time Person of the Year: 1983

    Ronald Reagan and Yuri Andropov were both named Time Person of the Year in 1983.
  • The Police - "Every Breath You Take"

    The Police - "Every Breath You Take"

    "Every Breath You Take" by The Police went on to win a Grammy for 1983's Song of the Year.
  • The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64

    The Commodore 64 was dominating the home computer market.
  • Leg warmers.

    Leg warmers

    Wearing leg warmers was a popular fad during this period. The trend was popularized by movies such as Fame and Flashdance.
  • VCRs are becoming popular.

    VCRs are becoming popular

    VCRs started to become a popular household item during the first half of the 1980s. However, they were still very costly. This device gave people the ability to play VCR tapes and record TV programs and movies.
  • Iran-Iraq War.

    Iran-Iraq War

    Between September 1980 and August 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.
  • Early 1980s fashion.

    Early 1980s fashion

    The early 1980s 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. The colors during the early 1980s were subdued, quiet, and basic. Varying shades of brown, tan, and orange were in fashion.
  • Computers are replacing typewriters.

    Computers are replacing typewriters

    Desktop computers were beginning to replace typewriters in offices.
  • TV remotes.

    TV remotes

    Although TV remotes existed, many homes didn't have one. Infrared technology was still relatively new.
  • The Atari 2600.

    The Atari 2600

    The Atari 2600 was the dominant video game system.
  • The Walkman.

    The Walkman

    In the late 1970s and 1980s, portable cassette players such as the "Sony Walkman" were becoming more common.
  • Wallpaper.

    Wallpaper

    Wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

Personality traits

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on May 8, 1983.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to May 8, 1983.

  • April 15, 1983: Disneyland is opened in Tokyo, Japan.
  • April 18, 1983:
    • The 1983 United States embassy bombing in Beirut kills 63 people.
    • The Disney Channel launches as a premium channel.
  • April 28, 1983: It is reported that Adolf Hitler's personal diaries have been discovered.
  • April 30, 1983: Soccer: Liverpool win the First Division title after rivals Manchester United draw 1-1 with Norwich.
  • May 1, 1983: The final episode of the police drama "CHiPs" is aired on NBC.
  • May 6, 1983: The recently-discovered "Hitler's diaries" are revealed to be a hoax.
  • This date: May 8, 1983
  • May 16, 1983: Motown 25: 47 million people tune in to watch Michael Jackson reuniting with his brothers for an NBC special.
  • May 20, 1983: English rock band The Police release their single "Every Breath You Take".
  • May 25, 1983:
    • Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) is released.
    • Football: Hamburg win the European Cup after defeating Juventus 1-0.
  • May 26, 1983: Manchester United win the FA Cup final after they beat Brighton 4-0 in a replay.
  • May 31, 1983: The Philadelphia 76ers win the 1983 NBA Finals after they defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 4-0.
  • June 3, 1983: The movie Psycho II (1983) is released in cinemas.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 8, 1983, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1983 was the year of the .
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 8, 1983 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Early 1980s fashion

Photographs of early 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Early 1980s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1983

The following TV shows were popular in May 1983:

TV shows from May 1983.

The A-Team
The A-Team
'Allo 'Allo!
'Allo 'Allo!
Cheers
Cheers
Knight Rider
Knight Rider
Family Ties
Family Ties
Cagney & Lacey
Cagney & Lacey
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses
Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
Knots Landing
Knots Landing
Trapper John, M.D.
Trapper John, M.D.
Hart to Hart
Hart to Hart
The Facts of Life
The Facts of Life
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
Taxi
Taxi
Dallas
Dallas
The Love Boat
The Love Boat
Chips
Chips
Three's Company
Three's Company
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Laverne & Shirley
Laverne & Shirley
The Jeffersons
The Jeffersons
Happy Days
Happy Days
Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine
The Two Ronnies
The Two Ronnies
Columbo
Columbo

Cars in 1983

1983 saw the introduction of cars such as the BMW M6, the Dodge Charger (1981), the Chrysler E-Class, the Ford Fiesta Mk2, the Renault 25, and the Honda Civic (third generation).

Cars in 1983.

Children TV shows

Kids TV shows on May 8, 1983

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1983:

Fraggle Rock
Fraggle Rock
Inspector Gadget
Inspector Gadget
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds

The Smurfs
The Smurfs
Cockleshell Bay
Cockleshell Bay
Diff'rent Strokes
Diff'rent Strokes
The All New Popeye Hour
The All New Popeye Hour
Happy Days
Happy Days
Schoolhouse Rock!
Schoolhouse Rock!
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show
Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo
Toys

Popular toys and games in 1983

Toys and games that were popular in 1983:

My Little Pony (figures)
My Little Pony (figures)
The Commodore 64
The Commodore 64
Masters of the Universe (figures)
Masters of the Universe (figures)
The Lego train set
The Lego train set
Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
Space Lego
Space Lego
Fischer Price cassette player
Fischer Price cassette player
Monchhichi / Chicaboo
Monchhichi / Chicaboo
Rubik's Cube
Rubik's Cube
Strawberry Shortcake dolls
Strawberry Shortcake dolls
The Big Wheel (tricycle)
The Big Wheel (tricycle)
Intellivision (games console)
Intellivision (games console)
The Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
The Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble
Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids
Speak & Spell
Speak & Spell
Hungry Hungry Hippos
Hungry Hungry Hippos
Water Ring Toss
Water Ring Toss
Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons
Big Jim (action figure)
Big Jim (action figure)
Lite-Brite
Lite-Brite
Operation
Operation
The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in May 1983.

Donkey Kong 1981
Donkey Kong
Missile Command 1980
Missile Command
Pac-Man 1980
Pac-Man
Galaxian 1980
Galaxian
Asteroids 1979
Asteroids
Lunar Lander 1979
Lunar Lander
Space Invaders 1978
Space Invaders

Were you born on May 8, 1983?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1983.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out May 8, 1989, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on May 8.

Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman

US President Deceased
Born on May 8, 1884
He was not alive on this date.

David Attenborough

David Attenborough

British broadcaster
Born on May 8, 1926
He turned 57 on this day in 1983.

Sonny Liston

Sonny Liston

Boxer Deceased
Born on May 8, 1932
He was not alive on this date.

Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias

Singer
Born on May 8, 1975
He turned 8 on this day in 1983.

6ix9ine

6ix9ine

Rapper
Born on May 8, 1996
He was born exactly 13 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on May 8:

  • Victory in Europe Day (France)
USA

US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on May 8, 1983.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 8, 1983 was most likely conceived around August 15, 1982.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 8, 1983 is close to January 29, 1984.

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Stats for May 8, 1983

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about May 8, 1983:

  • 14,908 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,129 weeks have passed.
  • 1,288,054,800 seconds have passed since May 8, 1983.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,502,730,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 664,636,276,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 214,675,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 110,772,713 steps. That's roughly 49,232 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,456,658 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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