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December 17th, 1983.

December 17th, 1983, was a Saturday. It was day 351 of 1983. The decade was the 1980s.

37 years, 7 months and 5 days have passed since December 17th, 1983.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

On this day.

What happened on December 17th, 1983?

  • A fire at a nightclub in Madrid, Spain, kills 83 people.
  • A Provisional IRA car bomb kills 6 people outside of Harrods in London.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 17th, 1983.

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

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Terms of Endearment" was at the top of the box office on December 17th, 1983.

Take me back to December 17th, 1983!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 17th, 1983 and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. Currently, people are enjoying their 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Trapper John, M.D.", "Family Ties", "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" and "Scarecrow and Mrs. King". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Lunar Lander", "Galaxian", "Missile Command" and "Mario Bros.".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Happy Days", "Fraggle Rock" and "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Dungeons & Dragons, Speak & Spell, Big wheel (tricycle) and the Commodore 64.

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 December 17th, 1983.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64 dominated the home computer market during this period.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 37 years, 7 months and 5 days have passed since December 17th, 1983.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 50 of 1983.
  • Leap Year: 1983 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 17th, 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 440467200.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 17th, 1983.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on this date.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 17th, 1983, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 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 .
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 17th, 1983 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

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.
  • Cagney & Lacey - Police drama starring Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly.
  • 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.
  • Trapper John, M.D. - Medical drama.
  • Hart to Hart - TV show about a couple who moonlight as detectives.
  • The Dukes of Hazzard - American television series.
  • Dallas - Soap opera.
  • The Love Boat - Television series that was set on a cruise ship. Starring Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing.
  • Three's Company - Sitcom about two girls and their male room mate.
  • The Jeffersons - TV show about an African- American couple that have moved into an upscale high-rise building.

Kid's TV shows on December 17th, 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)
  • The Lego train set
  • Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
  • Monchhichi / Chicaboo
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Strawberry Shortcake dolls
  • 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.

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 December 17th, 1989 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 17th.

Pope Francis

Pope.
Born on December 17th, 1936
He turned 47 on this day in 1983.

Bill Pullman

Actor.
Born on December 17th, 1953
He turned 30 on this day in 1983.

Chuck Liddell

MMA fighter.
Born on December 17th, 1969
He turned 14 on this day in 1983.

Manny Pacquiao

Boxer.
Born on December 17th, 1978
He turned 5 on this day in 1983.

Chelsea Manning

Whistleblower.
Born on December 17th, 1987
She was born exactly 4 years after this date.

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on December 17th, 1983.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 17th, 1983.

Irish Taoiseach.

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 17th, 1983 was most likely conceived around the 9th of March, 1983.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 17th, 1983 is close to the 25th of September, 1984.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 17th, 1983.

  • A total of 13,733 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,961 weeks have passed.
  • 1,186,527,600 seconds have passed since the December 17th, 1983.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,384,282,200 times.
  • Since December 17th, 1983, the earth has travelled approximately 612,248,241,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 197,754,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 102,041,374 steps. That's about 45,352 miles!
  • Since this date, 14,238,331 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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