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What happen in 1983


  • President Reagan dubs the Soviet Union the Evil Empire and proposes a revolutionary new anti-missile defense system...the strategic defense initiative, nicknamed 'Star Wars'
  • Israel and Lebanon sign a peace treaty, yet civil war in Lebanon continues
  • Australia wins the America's Cup after 132 years of unbroken American victory
  • M*A*S*H ends after 251 episodes
  • A bomb planted by Shi'ite Muslims destroys the U.S embassy in Beirut (87 people killed)


  • 99 Luftballoons by Nena
  • 1999 by Prince
  • Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler
  • Send me an Angel by Real Life
  • Love Cats by The Cure
  • Every Day I write the Book by Elvis Costello


TV and at the MOVIES
  • M*A*S*H closed the operating room for good
  • Kevin Costner gave his best acting performance ever in The Big Chill
  • William Hurt gave us the chills in Gorky Park
  • Babs became a boy in Yentl
  • Michael Caine was Educating Rita
  • Hill St Blues policed our tv screens


People who died in 1983
  • Karen Carpenter (b.1951) American singer
  • William Demerest (b.1892) Uncle Charlie in 'My Three Sons', actor
  • Ira Gershwin (b.1897) American lyricist
  • David Niven (b.1910) English actor
  • Muddy Waters (b.1914) American Blues singer
  • Slim Pickens (b.1919) American westerns film actor
  • Gloria Swanson (b.1899) American silent film actress


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