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October 21st, 1983.

October 21st, 1983, was a Friday. It was day 294 of 1983. The decade was the 1980s.

37 years, 6 months and 20 days have passed since October 21st, 1983.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 21st, 1983.

  • United States: Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler
  • United Kingdom: Karma Chameleon - Culture Club

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "The Big Chill" was at the top of the box office on October 21st, 1983.

Take me back to October 21st, 1983!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is October 21st, 1983 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker. Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways and sidewalks and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear. Halloween of 1983 is quickly approaching and stores are selling costumes and decorations.

In America, the song Total Eclipse Of The Heart by Bonnie Tyler is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Karma Chameleon by Culture Club is the number one hit song. Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and the movie The Big Chill 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.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Jeffersons", "The Dukes of Hazzard", "Knots Landing" and "Magnum, P.I.". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Asteroids", "Missile Command", "Donkey Kong" and "Mario Bros.". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Inspector Gadget", "Dungeons & Dragons" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Big Jim (action figure), Dungeons & Dragons, Speak & Spell and Big wheel (tricycle).

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 October 21st, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Terms of Endearment.

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

  • 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 37 years, 6 months and 20 days have passed since October 21st, 1983.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 42 of 1983.
  • Leap Year: 1983 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on October 21st, 1983, will be 37 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1983 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 435538800.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around October 21st, 1983.

  • September 24th, 1983: Soccer: Peter Beardsley makes his debut for Newcastle United.
  • September 25th, 1983: 38 Provisional IRA prisoners break out of the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland.
  • September 29th, 1983: Billy Joel releases his single "Uptown Girl".
  • October 9th, 1983: North Korea attempts to assassinate South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan.
  • October 11th, 1983: The album "Can't Slow Down" is released by Lionel Richie.
  • October 14th, 1983: Jamaican reggae singer Hugh Mundell is shot to death while sitting in his car in Kingston, Jamaica.
  • October 14th, 1983: UK politics: Conservative MP Cecil Parkinson resigns following revelations that his former secretary is pregnant with his child.
  • This date: October 21st, 1983
  • October 23rd, 1983: 241 US servicemen, 58 French soldiers and 6 Lebanese civilians are killed by suicide attacks in Beirut.
  • October 24th, 1983: The song "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood is released.
  • October 27th, 1983: Police in Alaska find jewelry belonging to missing women after searching the home of suspected serial killer Robert Hansen.
  • November 10th, 1983: Soccer: Striker Andy Gray joins Everton.
  • November 18th, 1983: A Christmas Story (1983) is released in cinemas.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 21st, 1983, will have the star sign Libra.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • 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: October 21st, 1983 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

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.

  • 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.
  • Magnum, P.I. - Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.
  • Knots Landing - American soap opera.

Kid's TV shows on October 21st, 1983.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1983.

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
  • 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

Popular toys and games in 1983.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1983.

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

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • 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.

1983 playlist.

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.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 21st of October.

  • October 21st, 1942: Judge Judy (Judge / TV personality) turned 41 on this day in 1983.
  • October 21st, 1949: Benjamin Netanyahu (Israeli Prime Minister) turned 34 on this day in 1983.
  • October 21st, 1980: Kim Kardashian (Television / Social personality) turned 3 on this day in 1983.

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on October 21st, 1983.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 21st, 1983.

Irish Taoiseach.

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 21st, 1983 was most likely conceived around the 11th of January, 1983.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 21st, 1983 is close to the 30th of July, 1984.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about October 21st, 1983.

  • A total of 13,716 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,959 weeks have passed.
  • 1,185,062,400 seconds have passed since the October 21st, 1983.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,382,572,800 times.
  • Since October 21st, 1983, the earth has travelled approximately 611,492,198,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 197,510,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 101,915,366 steps. That's about 45,296 miles!
  • Since this date, 14,220,749 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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