Compact discs made their first appearance in stores in 1983. Michael Jackson started the "Moonwalk" and had his name all over the charts that year including at #1 with "Billie Jean" (7 weeks), "Beat It" (3 weeks) and "Say, Say, Say"...a duet with Paul McCartney (6 weeks). Nancy Reagan told us to "Just Say No" to drugs, including the newest drug on the market, "crack". M*A*S*H signed off after an 11 year run on television. 1983 was the first of five straight years that Jane Fonda workout videos topped the video sales for the year. Apple introduced us to the computer accessory called the mouse. At Christmas time, people were fighting over the most popular toy on the shelf...Cabbage Patch Dolls. In the music world, we first heard REM, Culture Club and Madonna; John Cougar decided he wanted to be addressed by his real name, "John Mellencamp"; and we lost Karen Carpenter and Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys.
|*Every Breath You Take--The Police||*Islands In The Stream--Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton|
|*Billy Jean--Michael Jackson||*Lady Down On Love--Alabama|
|*Say, Say, Say--Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson||*Pancho & Lefty--Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson|
|*Flashdance...What A Feeling--Irene Cara||*A Little Good News--Anne Murray|
|*Down Under--Men At Work||*Highway 40 Blues--Ricky Skaggs|
|*Total Eclipse Of The Heart--Bonnie Tyler||*Your Love's On The Line--Earl Thomas Conley|
|*All Night Long (All Night)--Lionel Richie||*A Fire I Can't Put Out--George Strait|
|*Beat It--Michael Jackson||*The Closer You Get--Alabama|
|*Islands In The Stream--Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton||*Night Games--Charley Pride|
|*Maniac--Michael Sambello||*Somebody's Gonna Love You--Lee Greenwood|
|*Baby, Come To Me--Patti Austin & James Ingram||*Black Sheep--John Anderson|
|*Africa--Toto||*Baby, What About You--Crystal Gayle|
|*Come On Eileen--Dexie's Midnight Runners||*Holding Her & Loving You--Earl Thomas Conley|
Order Billboard Top Hits 1983
|*Cagney & Lacey||*60 Minutes|
|*The "A" Team||*Dallas|
|*Hotel||*Simon & Simon|
|*Falcon Crest||*Kate & Allie|
*Terms Of Endearment, Best Picture, Best Actress--Shirley MacLaine
*Flashdance, Best Original Song--"Flashdance...What A Feeling"--Irene Cara
*Tender Mercies, Best Actor--Robert Duvall
*President Reagan proposed the Strategic
Defense Initiative, which critics dubbed "Star Wars".
*Harold Washington was elected the first black Mayor of Chicago.
*Sally K. Ride was the first American woman to go into space.
*Israel's leader Menachem Begin resigned.
*The Soviet Union "accidentally" downed a Korean 747 jetliner, killing 269 people.
*The Baltimore Orioles beat the
Philadelphia Phillies 4 games to 3.
*The Philadelphia '76ers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 0.
*The New York Islanders beat the Edmonton Oilers 4 games to 0.
*The '83-'84 football season ended January 22, 1984 at Super Bowl XVIII with the Los Angeles Raiders on top of the Washington Redskins 38-9.
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