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October 24th, 1983.

October 24th, 1983, was a Monday. It was day 297 of 1983. The decade was the Eighties.

39 years, 1 months and 6 days have passed since October 24th, 1983.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Scorpio.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on October 24th, 1983.

  • The song "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood is released.
Song charts

Popular songs.

On October 24th, 1983, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK.

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on October 24th, 1983.

A list of songs that were dominating the music charts on this date.

  • Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler
  • Making Love Out Of Nothing At All - Air Supply
  • Islands In The Stream - Kenny Rogers Duet With Dolly Parton
  • True - Spandau Ballet
  • All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie
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.
The Big Chill

Top movie.

The top "Box Office" movie on this date was the film "The Big Chill".

Take me back to October 24th, 1983!

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is October 24th, 1983, and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Scorpio. 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. 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 "Happy Days", "The Facts of Life", "Knight Rider" and "Cheers". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Asteroids", "Galaxian", "Missile Command" and "Donkey Kong". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Smurfs", "Danger Mouse", "The Littles" and "Dungeons & Dragons".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Operation, Dungeons & Dragons, Cabbage Patch Kids and Masters of the Universe (figures).

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on October 24th, 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.

  • 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.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 39 years, 1 months and 6 days have passed since October 24th, 1983.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 43 of 1983.
  • Leap Year: 1983 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on October 24th, 1983 will be 39 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1983 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 435801600.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that happened close to October 24th, 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.
  • October 19th, 1983: Grenadian Prime Minister Maurice Bishop is executed following a coup.
  • October 23rd, 1983: 241 US servicemen, 58 French soldiers and 6 Lebanese civilians are killed by suicide attacks in Beirut.
  • This date: October 24th, 1983
  • October 25th, 1983: The United States invades Grenada following the execution of its former Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop.
  • October 27th, 1983: Police in Alaska find jewelry belonging to missing women after searching the home of suspected serial killer Robert Hansen.
  • November 2nd, 1983: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially created in the United States.
  • November 7th, 1983: A far-left group called the "Armed Resistance Unit" detonates a bomb near the United States Senate Chamber in Washington, D.C.
  • November 10th, 1983: Soccer: Striker Andy Gray joins Everton.
  • November 18th, 1983: A Christmas Story (1983) is released in cinemas.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 24th, 1983, will have the star sign Scorpio.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1983 was the year of the .
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 24th, 1983 falls under the Snake.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on October 24th, 1983.

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Photos of early 1980s fashion.

Photographs of early 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of early 1980s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in October, 1983.

TV shows from October, 1983.

Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Starring Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner.

Manimal
Manimal
Short-lived TV series about a man that could shape-shift into an animal.

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.

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.

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.

Children TV shows

Kids' TV shows on October 24th, 1983.

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

Mister T
Mister T

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show

Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons

Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alvin and the Chipmunks

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

The Littles
The Littles

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

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

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 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

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing in October of 1983.

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 you should check out October 24th, 1989 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on October 24th.

Wayne Rooney

Soccer player.
Born on October 24th, 1985
He was born exactly 2 years after this date.

Drake

Rapper.
Born on October 24th, 1986
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.

PewDiePie

Famous Youtuber.
Born on October 24th, 1989
He was born exactly 6 years after this date.

USA

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on October 24th, 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 October 24th, 1983 was most likely conceived around January 31st, 1983.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 24th, 1983 is close to July 16th, 1984.

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Stats for October 24th, 1983

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about October 24th, 1983.

  • A total of 14,282 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,040 weeks have passed.
  • 1,233,964,800 seconds have passed since the October 24th, 1983.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,439,625,600 times.
  • Since October 24th, 1983, the Earth has travelled approximately 636,725,836,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 205,660,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 106,120,973 steps. That's about 47,165 miles!
  • Since this date, 14,807,578 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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