Highlights of 1983
When you look back on some years, everything seems forgettable. 1983 was not one of those…It was a great year in many respects. Michael Jackson was in the news for his music, not a criminal investigation. Terms of Endearment won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best picture. The final episode of M.A.S.H was the most viewed T.V. show ever. In sports Bjorn Borg retired at the early age of 26. The Baltimore Orioles won the World series and our beloved 76ers were tops in the NBA. The Raiders won the superbowl, and the Islanders won the Stanley Cup. Ronald Regan was the President and labeled the Soviet Union the Evil Empire. The Dow Jones Index was at 1200 and hardly anyone had a personal computer. How things have changed !
MJ was normal
Michael Jackson had 4 songs in the top 20 in 1983. Other musicians that topped the charts who are still around today include Madonna, Billy Joel, and Sting. Whatever happened to Dexy’s midnight runners though ? Remember “Come on Eileen”…
A real tear jerker
It was a great year for movies as well. The Oscar went to Terms of Endearment which was a real tear jerker. It also won little gold statues for Shirley Maclain, Jack Nicholson and James Brooks. The Big Chill and the Right Stuff were also part of the crop of films that Populated movie theatres nationwide.
Farewell to MASH
In televison, Dallas and Dynasty were #1 and #2 in the ratings, but Hill Street Blues and Cheers won the emmys. Sadly, MASH ended one of the best series of all time.
Evil Empire speech
In politics President Reagan dubbed the Soviet Union the evil empire, and proposed the controversial Star Wars Plan. He ultimately served two terms and was one of the most popular presidents ever.
Dow Jones at 1200
It was a time before day trading and taxi drivers offering stock tips. Wall Street was a profession that a select few knew much about. Quite the clash compared to today where many have risen and fallen with the investment tidal wave of the last few years.
Borg retires at 26
MATCHES WON IN GRAND SLAMS:141
MATCHES LOST IN GRAND SLAMS:16
MATCH RECORD : WON- LOST
FRENCH OPEN: 49-2
The yacht Australia II representing the Perth Yacht Club, designed by Ben Lexcen and skippered by John Bertrand, won the America's Cup in a seven-race match 4-3 to break the 132-year winning streak.
Raiders win in LA
At its new home in the Los Angeles Coliseum, the team put together a 12-4 record in 1983 and returned to the Super Bowl. Plunkett, running back Marcus Allen, and tight end Todd Christiansen powered an offense that crushed its three post season opponents by an average of 24 points. They beat the Washington Redskins 38-9 in the superbowl.