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1983

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U.S. Facts

  • President: Ronald W. Reagan
  • Population: 233,791,994
  • Life Expectancy: 74.6 years
  • Unemployment: 9.6%
  • Average Annual Salary: $12,133
  • Minimum Wage: $3.35 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $6,116
  • Gasoline: $1.25 per gallon
  • House: $105,444
  • Bread: $0.66 per loaf
  • Milk: $1.89 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.20

Major U.S. Events

  • U.S. President Ronald Reagan calls the Soviet Union an "evil empire"
  • A suicide truck-bombing destroys the United States Marine Corps barracks at Beirut International Airport, killing 241 US servicemen
  • U.S. invades Grenada

Major World Events

  • Lebanon, Israel, and the United States sign an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon
  • Government of Poland announces end of the martial law and amnesty for political prisoners

January-March

  • Riot in the Sing Sing prison
  • President Ronald Reagan makes his initial proposal to develop technology to intercept enemy missiles. The media dubs this plan "Star Wars"

April-July

  • Maine schoolgirl Samantha Smith is invited to visit the Soviet Union by its leader Yuri Andropov after he read her letter in which she expressed fears about nuclear war
  • Sally Ride becomes first American woman in space on the Space Shuttle Challenger

August-December

  • Korean Air Flight 007 is shot down by a Soviet jet fighter when the commercial aircraft entered Soviet airspace. All 269 on board die
  • The first US cruise missiles arrive at Greenham Common airbase in England amid protests from peace campaigners

Top Songs

  • Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
  • Down Under by Men at Work
  • White Wedding by Billy Idol
  • Let's Dance by David Bowie
  • Flashdance... What A Feeling by Irene Cara

Other New Songs

  • Do You Really Want To Hurt Me by Culture Club
  • Total Eclipse Of The Heart by Bonnie Taylor
  • Africa by Toto
  • Uptown Girl by Billy Joel
  • Beat It by Michael Jackson

Top Movies

  • Terms of Endearment
  • The Big Chill
  • Flashdance
  • National Lampoon's Vacation
  • Return of the Jedi

Top Books

  • The Little Drummer Girl by John le Carre
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Christine by Stephen King
  • The Lonesome Gods by Louis L'Amour
  • Ironweed by William Kennedy

Top TV Shows (1983-84)

  • Dallas
  • Magnum, P.I.
  • Three's Company
  • Dynasty
  • The Love Boat
  • The A-Team

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Baltimore Orioles d. Philadelphia Phillies

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: Washington Red Skins d. Miami Dolphins

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • New York Islanders d. Edmonton Oilers

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Philadelphia 76ers d. Los Angeles Laker's

NCAA Champions

  • Football: University of Miami Hurricanes
  • Basketball: North Carolina State University Wolfpack

Other Champions

  • Golf: Hal Sutton is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Sunny's Halo wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Tom Sneva wins Indianapolis 500
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