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Big News Headlines in 1983

Sally Ride becomes the first American woman to travel in space when the space shuttle Challenger is launched from Cape Canaveral, FL. 

241 U.S. Marines and sailors are killed when a TNT-laden suicide terrorist blows up Marine headquarters at Beirut International Airport. 

U.S. Marines and Rangers invade the island of Grenada and evacuate hundreds of U.S. citizens. 

The Soviets shoot down Korean Airlines flight 007.

  • Sports Champions
  • MLB - Baltimore Orioles

    NFL - Washington Redskins

    NBA - Philadelphia 76ers

    NHL - New York Islanders

  • Grammy Award Winners
  • Record of the Year - "Beat it" by Michael Jackson

    Album of the Year - "Thriller" by Michael Jackson

    Song of the Year - "Every Breath You Take" by Sting

  • Academy Award Winners
  • Best Picture - Terms of Endearment

    Best Director - James L. Brooks for “Terms of Endearment”

    Best Actress - Shirley MacLaine in “Terms of Endearment”

    Best Actor - Robert Duvall in “Tender Mercies”

  • Top Grossing Movies
  • #1 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

    #2 Terms of Endearment

    #3 Flashdance

    #4 Trading Places

    #5 WarGames

    #1 Hits of 1983 (US Pop Charts)


    Baby Come to Me

    Let's Dance

    Down Under

    Come on Eileen

    Sweet Dreams (are made of this)

    Islands in the Stream

    Tell Her About It

    Billy Jean

    Beat It

    Say, Say, Say

    All Night Long (All Night)


    Every Breath You Take


    Total Eclipse of the Heart

    Flashdance... What a Feeling


    James Ingram w/Patti Austin

    David Bowie

    Men at Work

    Dexy's Midnight Runners


    Dolly Parton w/Kenny Rogers

    Billy Joel

    Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson

    Paul McCartney w/M.Jackson

    Lionel Richie

    Michael Sembello

    The Police


    Bonnie Tyler

    Irene Cara

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