December 16th, 1983

December 16th, 1983, fell on a Friday. It was day 350 of 1983. The decade was the 1980s.

37 years, 1 months and 5 days have passed since December 16th, 1983.


On This Date

Events that occurred on December 16th, 1983:

  • Soccer: Arsenal manager Terry Neill is sacked.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 16th, 1983:

  • United States: Say Say Say - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
  • United Kingdom: Only You - Flying Pickets

Movie Box Office

What movie was on top of the box office?

  • The movie "Terms of Endearment" was at the top of the box office on this date.

Take Me Back!

The date is December 16th, 1983 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The Christmas season of 1983 is in full swing. The decorations are up and festive songs are playing on the radio. In America, the song Say Say Say by Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Only You by Flying Pickets is the number one hit song.

Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and the movie Terms of Endearment 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. People are watching popular TV shows such as "Last of the Summer Wine", "The Jeffersons", "Dallas" and "Scarecrow and Mrs. King". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Space Invaders", "Lunar Lander", "Pac-Man" and "Mario Bros.".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Cockleshell Bay", "Danger Mouse" and "Inspector Gadget". Popular toys include the likes of "Water Ring Toss", "Rubik's Cube", "Masters of the Universe (figures)" and "Commodore 64".


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 December 16th, 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, 1 months and 5 days have passed since December 16th, 1983.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 50 of 1983.
  • Leap Year: 1983 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 16th, 1983, will be 37 years of age.
  • People born in 1983 belong to the "Generation Y (Millennial)" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 440380800.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around December 16th, 1983:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 16th, 1983, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Ophiuchus.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1983 was the year of the .
  • Native American Zodiac: December 16th, 1983 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.

Television Shows

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

  • 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.

1983 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing 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

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
  • 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
  • Easy-Bake Oven

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.

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 16th of December:


US President

Who was the US President on December 16th, 1983?

  • Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 16th, 1983?

  • Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on December 16th, 1983 was probably conceived around the 8th of March, 1983. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 16th, 1983 is the 24th of September, 1984. (Rough Estimate).

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about December 16th, 1983.

  • 13,551 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,170,806,400 seconds have passed since the December 16th, 1983.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,365,940,800 times.
  • Since December 16th, 1983, earth has travelled approximately 604,136,102,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 195,134,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 100,689,350 steps. That's about 44,751 miles!
  • Since this date, 14,049,677 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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