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August 12th, 1983.

August 12th, 1983, was a Friday. It was day 224 of 1983. The decade was the 1980s.

38 years, 3 months and 23 days have passed since August 12th, 1983.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 12th, 1983.

  • United States: Every Breath You Take - Police
  • United Kingdom: Wherever I Lay My Hat - Paul Young

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 12th, 1983.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Every Breath You Take - The Police
  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - Eurythmics
  • She Works Hard For The Money - Donna Summer
  • Is There Something I Should Know - Duran Duran
  • Flashdance...What A Feeling - Irene Cara
Play the top hits 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.
National Lampoon's Vacation

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "National Lampoon's Vacation" was at the top of the box office on August 12th, 1983.

Take me back to August 12th, 1983!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 12th, 1983 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual. In America, the song Every Breath You Take by Police is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Wherever I Lay My Hat by Paul Young is the number one hit song.

Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and the movie National Lampoon's Vacation is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher is the current Prime Minister. In fashion, women are currently 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 70s 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 Marvin Gaye and Truman Capote would be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Three's Company", "Trapper John, M.D.", "Cagney & Lacey" and "Knight Rider".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Asteroids", "Pac-Man", "Donkey Kong" and "Mario Bros.". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "The Smurfs" and "Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as the Easy-Bake Oven, Big Jim (action figure), Hungry Hungry Hippos and Screwball Scramble.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on August 12th, 1983.

  • National Lampoon's Vacation.

    National Lampoon's Vacation.

    The comedy film "National Lampoon's Vacation" was showing in movie theaters at this time.

  • 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.

  • Who were the best football players in 1983?

    Who were the best football players in 1983?

    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 as the 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 dominated the home computer market during this period.

  • Leg warmers.

    Leg warmers.

    At this time, wearing leg warmers was a popular fad. The trend was popularized by movies such as Fame and Flashdance.

  • VCRs are becoming popular.

    VCRs are becoming popular.

    During the first half of the 1980s, VCRs started to become a popular household item. 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 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.

  • The Atari 2600.

    The Atari 2600.

    During this period, the Atari 2600 was the dominant game system.

  • The Walkman.

    The Walkman.

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

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

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

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 38 years, 3 months and 23 days have passed since August 12th, 1983.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 32 of 1983.
  • Leap Year: 1983 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 12th, 1983, will be 38 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1983 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 429490800.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around August 12th, 1983.

  • July 21st, 1983: Diana Ross' benefit concert in Central Park is forced to end due to a massive lightning storm.
  • July 22nd, 1983: Jaws 3-D (1983) is released in movie theaters.
  • July 25th, 1983: American heavy metal band Metallica release their debut album "Kill 'Em All".
  • July 27th, 1983: Madonna releases her self-titled debut album "Madonna".
  • July 29th, 1983: National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) is released in cinemas.
  • August 3rd, 1983: American rock musician Jobriath dies from AIDS at the age of 36.
  • August 4th, 1983: Soccer: Kerry Dixon joins Chelsea.
  • August 6th, 1983: German singer Klaus Nomi dies of complications related to AIDS.
  • August 10th, 1983: Hip Hop group Run-D.M.C. release their debut single "It's Like That".
  • This date: August 12th, 1983
  • August 15th, 1983: The film Flashdance (1983) is released.
  • August 18th, 1983: Hurricane Alicia hits the coast of Texas, killing 22 people.
  • August 26th, 1983: Floods in Spain kill 45 people.
  • August 28th, 1983: "I cannot go on any longer": Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin announces that he is resigning.
  • September 1st, 1983: 14-year-old Kirsa Jensen goes missing in Napier, New Zealand.
  • September 1st, 1983: Korean Air Lines Flight 007 is shot down by Soviet forces. 269 people are killed, including US Congressman Larry McDonald.
  • September 5th, 1983: English band Culture Club release the song "Karma Chameleon".

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 12th, 1983, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Leo is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1983 was the year of the .
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 12th, 1983 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Photos of early 1980s fashion.

Photographs of early 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of early 1980s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from August, 1983.

The A-Team
The A-Team
Action TV series with characters such as "Mr. T" and John "Hannibal" Smith.

'Allo 'Allo!
'Allo 'Allo!
BBC sitcom starring Gorden Kaye.

Cheers
Cheers
Sitcom starring Ted Danson.

Knight Rider
Knight Rider
Starring David Hasselhoff.

Family Ties
Family Ties
Sitcom starring Michael J. Fox.

Cagney & Lacey
Cagney & Lacey
Police drama starring Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly.

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Animated television series that ran in the early 1980s.

Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses
British television comedy.

Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.

Knots Landing
Knots Landing
American soap opera.

Trapper John, M.D.
Trapper John, M.D.
Medical drama.

Hart to Hart
Hart to Hart
TV show about a couple who moonlight as detectives.

The Facts of Life
The Facts of Life
Sitcom about a girls boarding school in Peekskill, New York. Starring Charlotte Rae as housemother Edna Garrett.

The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
American television series.

Dallas
Dallas
Soap opera.

The Love Boat
The Love Boat
Television series that was set on a cruise ship. Starring Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing.

Three's Company
Three's Company
Sitcom about two girls and their male room mate.

Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
TV show about a Los Angeles County medical examiner called Dr. Quincy.

The Jeffersons
The Jeffersons
TV show about an African- American couple that have moved into an upscale high-rise building.

Happy Days
Happy Days
TV show that is set in the 1950s / 1960s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine
British sitcom about three senior citizens in the Yorkshire Dales.

The Two Ronnies
The Two Ronnies
British comedy sketch show starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.

Columbo
Columbo
Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as 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.

Kids' TV shows on August 12th, 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

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

Popular toys and games in 1983.

Toys and games that were popular on this date 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

Big wheel (tricycle)
Big wheel (tricycle)

Intellivision (games console)
Intellivision (games console)

Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
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.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

Mario Bros. 1983
Mario Bros.
Arcade game developed by Nintendo.

Donkey Kong 1981
Donkey Kong
Arcade game released by Nintendo.

Missile Command 1980
Missile Command
Arcade game developed by Atari.

Pac-Man 1980
Pac-Man
Maze arcade game.

Galaxian 1980
Galaxian
Fixed shooter arcade game.

Asteroids 1979
Asteroids
Space-themed shooter arcade game.

Lunar Lander 1979
Lunar Lander
In which the player controls a lunar landing module.

Space Invaders 1978
Space Invaders
Shooter arcade game.

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out August 12th, 1989 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 12th.

Tyson Fury

Boxer.
Born on August 12th, 1988
He was born exactly 5 years after this date.

Mario Balotelli

Italian soccer player.
Born on August 12th, 1990
He was born exactly 7 years after this date.

Cara Delevingne

English model.
Born on August 12th, 1992
She was born exactly 9 years after this date.

Matthijs De Ligt

Soccer player.
Born on August 12th, 1999
He was born exactly 16 years after this date.

Dixie D'Amelio

Social media personality.
Born on August 12th, 2001
She was born exactly 18 years after this date.

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on August 12th, 1983.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 12th, 1983.

Irish Taoiseach.

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 12th, 1983 was most likely conceived around November 19th, 1982.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 12th, 1983 is close to May 4th, 1984.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 12th, 1983.

  • A total of 13,994 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,999 weeks have passed.
  • 1,209,085,200 seconds have passed since the August 12th, 1983.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,410,599,400 times.
  • Since August 12th, 1983, the earth has travelled approximately 623,887,963,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 201,514,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 103,981,327 steps. That's about 46,214 miles!
  • Since this date, 14,509,022 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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