December 17th, 1983

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

36 years, 9 months and 4 days have passed since December 17th, 1983.


On This Date

Events that occurred 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 Singles

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

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 17th, 1983 and it's a Saturday. 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.

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 "Happy Days", "Magnum, P.I.", "'Allo 'Allo!" and "The A-Team". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Lunar Lander", "Asteroids", "Galaxian" and "Donkey Kong".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "The Smurfs", "Fraggle Rock" and "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Hungry Hungry Hippos", "Cabbage Patch Kids", "Intellivision (games console)" and "Big wheel (tricycle)".


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 17th, 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.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 36 years, 9 months and 4 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 36 years of age.
  • 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:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • 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 (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 17th, 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
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • Lite-Brite
  • Easy-Bake Oven

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 17th of December:


US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

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

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on December 17th, 1983 was probably conceived around the 9th of March, 1983. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 17th, 1983 is the 25th of September, 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 December 17th, 1983.

  • 13,429 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,160,262,000 seconds have passed since the December 17th, 1983.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,353,639,000 times.
  • Since December 17th, 1983, earth has travelled approximately 598,695,192,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 193,377,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 99,782,532 steps. That's about 44,348 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,923,144 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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