How many years ago was 1983?

1983 was 40 years ago from today.

Forty years have passed between May 28th, 1983, and May 28th, 2023. It was 14,610 days ago.

However, the last calendar date of that year fell on December 31st, 1983. This means that, technically speaking, only 39 full years have passed since 1983 ended.

How long ago was 1983?

To put into perspective how long ago 1983 was:

  • The teenagers that existed in 1983 are now 53–59 years old.
  • Four decades have passed since then.
  • People were still listening to music on portable cassette players called Walkmans.
  • The Nintendo Entertainment System still hadn't been released in the United States.
  • Movies came on VHS tapes.
  • Mullets were "everywhere".
  • Most offices were still using typewriters. It wasn't until the nineties that PCs began to take over.
  • Motorists had to rely on printed maps and directions to get to places. GPS systems didn't appear until more than a decade later.
  • The Moon is moving away from Earth at roughly 1.49 inches per year. That means that it has moved away by about 60 inches since 1983.
  • There have been roughly 2,080 weekends since then.
  • Names such as Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, Demi Moore, Tom Hanks, and Hulk Hogan were not famous at the time.
  • Popular songs that year included the likes of "Maneater" by Hall & Oates, "Down Under" by Men at Work, "Africa" by Toto, "Baby Come To Me" by Patti Austin & James Ingram, "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, and "Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners.
  • Films such as "Tootsie", "High Road to China", "Spring Break", "Lone Wolf McQuade", "Flashdance", and "Blue Thunder" were playing at movie theaters in 1983.
  • Ronald Reagan was still the President of the United States.
  • Margaret Thatcher was still the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • The Earth has travelled 180 billion miles through space since 1983.
  • Most cars didn't have electric windows.
  • Although TV remote controls existed, many homes did not have them.
  • Microwave ovens were only starting to become a common fixture in kitchens.
  • There was no such thing as "Gangsta rap".
  • Due to the expansion of the Atlantic Ocean, the distance between the United States and Europe has grown 100 centimeters since 1983.
  • A person who was born that year has had roughly 80–120 colds in their lifetime.
  • The world has gone through 160 seasons of weather.
  • "The A-Team", "Manimal", and "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" were among the TV shows that started airing that year.

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