December 31st, 1983

December 31st, 1983, fell on a Saturday. It was day 365 of 1983. The decade was the 1980s.

36 years, 10 months and 30 days have passed since December 31st, 1983.


On This Date

Events that occurred on December 31st, 1983:

  • Five people are killed after two bombs explode in France.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 31st, 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 31st, 1983 and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

It's News Years Eve and everyone is looking forward to what the year 1984 will bring them. 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 "The Love Boat", "Hart to Hart", "The Smurfs" and "Cheers". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Space Invaders", "Pac-Man", "Donkey Kong" and "Mario Bros.".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Happy Days" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Dungeons & Dragons", "Hungry Hungry Hippos", "Rubik's Cube" 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 31st, 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, 10 months and 30 days have passed since December 31st, 1983.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 52 of 1983.
  • Leap Year: 1983 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 31st, 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 441676800.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around December 31st, 1983:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 31st, 1983, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1983 was the year of the .
  • Native American Zodiac: December 31st, 1983 falls under the Goose.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Trapper John, M.D. - Medical drama.

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

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 31st of December:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 31st of December:

  • New Year's Eve

US President

Who was the US President on December 31st, 1983?

  • Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 31st, 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 31st, 1983 was probably conceived around the 23rd of March, 1983. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 31st, 1983 is the 9th of October, 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.

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about December 31st, 1983.

  • 13,484 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,165,017,600 seconds have passed since the December 31st, 1983.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,359,187,200 times.
  • Since December 31st, 1983, earth has travelled approximately 601,149,081,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 194,169,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 100,191,514 steps. That's about 44,530 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,980,211 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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