July 20, 1983

July 20, 1983, was a Wednesday. It was 40 years, 10 months, and 9 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Cancer.

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on July 20, 1983:

  • United States: "Every Breath You Take" by Police
  • United Kingdom: "Baby Jane" by Rod Stewart

The Billboard Hot 100 on July 20, 1983

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Every Breath You Take - The Police
  • Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
  • Flashdance...What A Feeling - Irene Cara
  • Never Gonna Let You Go - Sergio Mendes
  • Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - Michael Jackson
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.
Staying Alive

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Staying Alive".


This date was 14,924 days ago. Approximately 497 months have passed. It was the 201st day of 1983, in week 29. The decade was the eighties. People born on this day are currently 40 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. 166 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to July 20, 1983

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Wednesday, July 20, 1983. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Cancer. It is "Hump Day", so many are beginning to think about the weekend ahead.

The summer of 1983 is in full swing. The weather is warm, and the evenings are brighter than usual. Most schools and colleges are now finished until August or September. In America, the song "Every Breath You Take" by Police is at the top of the singles charts, while "Baby Jane" by Rod Stewart is the number-one song in the UK. Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Staying Alive 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 "Last of the Summer Wine", "The Facts of Life", "Cagney & Lacey", and "Family Ties". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Space Invaders", "Galaxian", "Pac-Man", and "Missile Command".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Happy Days", "Diff'rent Strokes", and "Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds". Popular toys at the moment include the Easy-Bake Oven, the Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine, Intellivision (games console), and Fischer Price cassette player.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on July 20, 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 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 July 20, 1983.

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to July 20, 1983.

  • June 25, 1983: 4-year-old Nyleen Kay Marshall goes missing in Helena, Montana.
  • June 28, 1983: IRA member Joe Doherty is arrested by the FBI in New York City.
  • July 2, 1983: Soccer: Joe Fagan becomes the new manager of Liverpool.
  • July 6, 1983: 18-year-old model and actress Tammy Lynn Leppert goes missing in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
  • July 7, 1983: American model Vicki Morgan is murdered.
  • July 9, 1983: British pop duo Wham! release their debut album "Fantastic".
  • July 11, 1983: 119 people are killed after a TAME Boeing 737-200 crashes into a hill while approaching Mariscal Lamar Airport in Cuenca, Ecuador.
  • July 15, 1983: 8 people are killed after an Armenian militant organization bombs a Turkish check-in counter at Orly Airport in Paris, France.
  • This date: July 20, 1983
  • July 21, 1983: Diana Ross' benefit concert in Central Park is forced to end due to a massive lightning storm.
  • July 22, 1983: Jaws 3-D (1983) is released in movie theaters.
  • July 25, 1983: American heavy metal band Metallica release their debut album "Kill 'Em All".
  • July 27, 1983: Madonna releases her self-titled debut album "Madonna".
  • July 29, 1983: National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) is released in cinemas.
  • August 3, 1983: American rock musician Jobriath dies from AIDS at the age of 36.
  • August 4, 1983: Soccer: Kerry Dixon joins Chelsea.
  • August 6, 1983: German singer Klaus Nomi dies of complications related to AIDS.
  • August 10, 1983: Hip Hop group Run-D.M.C. release their debut single "It's Like That".
  • August 15, 1983: The film Flashdance (1983) is released.
  • August 18, 1983: Hurricane Alicia hits the coast of Texas, killing 22 people.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 20, 1983, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1983 was the year of the .
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: July 20, 1983 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

Early 1980s fashion

Photographs of early 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Early 1980s fashion

Television shows

TV series on July 20, 1983

People in July 1983 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from July 1983.

The A-Team
The A-Team
'Allo 'Allo!
'Allo 'Allo!
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
Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues
Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
Knots Landing
Knots Landing

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 July 20, 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

Danger Mouse
Danger Mouse
Postman Pat
Postman Pat
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!

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)
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in July 1983.

Mario Bros. 1983
Mario Bros.
Donkey Kong 1981
Donkey Kong
Missile Command 1980
Missile Command
Pac-Man 1980
Galaxian 1980
Asteroids 1979
Lunar Lander 1979
Lunar Lander
Space Invaders 1978
Space Invaders

Were you born on July 20, 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 July 20, 1989, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on July 20.

Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood

Actress Deceased
Born on July 20, 1938
She was not alive on this date.

Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana

Born on July 20, 1947
He turned 36 on this day in 1983.

Billy Mays

Billy Mays

Television personality Deceased
Born on July 20, 1958
He turned 25 on this day in 1983.

Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell

American singer Deceased
Born on July 20, 1964
He turned 19 on this day in 1983.

Josh Holloway

Josh Holloway

Born on July 20, 1969
He turned 14 on this day in 1983.

Pop Smoke

Pop Smoke

Rapper Deceased
Born on July 20, 1999
He was born exactly 16 years after this date.


US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on July 20, 1983.


UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on July 20, 1983 was most likely conceived around October 27, 1982.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 20, 1983 is close to April 11, 1984.

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Stats for July 20, 1983


Here are some interesting statistics about July 20, 1983:

  • 14,924 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,132 weeks have passed.
  • 1,289,433,600 seconds have passed since July 20, 1983.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,504,339,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 665,347,737,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 214,905,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 110,891,290 steps. That's roughly 49,285 miles.
  • 15,473,203 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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