August 18th, 1983

August 18th, 1983, fell on a Thursday. It was day 230 of 1983. The decade was the 1980s.

36 years, 11 months and 18 days have passed since August 18th, 1983.


On This Date

Events that occurred on August 18th, 1983:

  • Hurricane Alicia hits the coast of Texas, killing 22 people.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 18th, 1983:

  • United States: Every Breath You Take - Police
  • United Kingdom: Give It Up - KC & Sunshine Band

Movie Box Office

What movie was on top of the box office?

  • The movie "National Lampoon's Vacation" was at the top of the box office on this date.

Take Me Back!

The date is August 18th, 1983 and it's a Thursday. 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, Give It Up by KC & Sunshine Band 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. 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.

People are watching popular TV shows such as "Only Fools and Horses", "Family Ties", "'Allo 'Allo!" and "The A-Team". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Space Invaders", "Lunar Lander", "Donkey Kong" and "Mario Bros.". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Happy Days", "The Smurfs" and "Inspector Gadget".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Big Jim (action figure)", "Water Ring Toss", "Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine" and "My Little Pony (figures)".


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 August 18th, 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.

  • Iran-Iraq War

    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.

  • The Police - "Every Breath You Take"

    "Every Breath You Take" by The Police would go on to win a Grammy for 1983's Song of the Year.

  • Time Person of the Year: 1983.

    Ronald Reagan and Yuri Andropov are both named as the Time Person of the Year in 1983.

  • Terms of Endearment

    "Terms of Endearment" won the Academy Award for Best Picture 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.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 36 years, 11 months and 18 days have passed since August 18th, 1983.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 33 of 1983.
  • Leap Year: 1983 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 18th, 1983, will be 36 years of age.
  • People born in 1983 belong to the "Generation Y (Millennial)" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 430009200.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around August 18th, 1983:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 18th, 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 .
  • Native American Zodiac: August 18th, 1983 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • 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.
  • Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends - Animated television series that ran in the early 1980s.
  • Only Fools and Horses - British television comedy.
  • Magnum, P.I. - Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.
  • Knots Landing - American soap opera.
  • Trapper John, M.D. - Medical drama.
  • Hart to Hart - TV show about a couple who moonlight as detectives.

1983 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing on this date in 1983.

"Fraggle Rock" - "Inspector Gadget" - "Danger Mouse" - "The Smurfs" - "Cockleshell Bay" - "Diff'rent Strokes" - "Happy Days" - "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" - "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" - "The Bugs Bunny Show" - "Captain Kangaroo"


1983 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1983:

  • My Little Pony (figures)
  • Commodore 64
  • Masters of the Universe (figures)
  • Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
  • Monchhichi / Chicaboo
  • Rubik's Cube
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Intellivision (games console)
  • Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • Lite-Brite
  • Easy-Bake Oven

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 18th of August:


US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on August 18th, 1983.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on August 18th, 1983 was probably conceived around the 8th of November, 1982. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 18th, 1983 is the 27th of May, 1984. (Rough Estimate).

Video Games

Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.

  • Mario Bros. - Arcade game developed by Nintendo.
  • Donkey Kong - Arcade game released by Nintendo.
  • Missile Command - Arcade game developed by Atari.
  • Pac-Man - Maze arcade game.
  • Galaxian - Fixed shooter arcade game.
  • Asteroids - Space-themed shooter arcade game.
  • Lunar Lander - In which the player controls a lunar landing module.
  • Space Invaders - Shooter arcade game.

How old was I?

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about August 18th, 1983.

  • 13,502 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,166,572,800 seconds have passed since the August 18th, 1983.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,361,001,600 times.
  • Since August 18th, 1983, earth has travelled approximately 601,951,564,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 194,428,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 100,325,261 steps. That's about 44,589 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,998,874 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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