1983 The worlds most popular word processing programme is launched Microsoft Word. Following on from the start of the recession in the US Unemployment Rises to 12 million. In Ethiopia following the worst drought in history the death toll reaches a staggering 4 million. The US starts deploying Cruise Missiles and Pershing Missiles in Europe at the Greenham Common Air Force Base in England and West Germany amid mass protests.
Cost of Living 1983How Much things cost in 1983
Yearly Inflation Rate USA3.22%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 1258
Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve 11.00%
Average Cost of new house $82,600.00
Average Income per year $21,070.00
Average Monthly Rent $335.00
Dodge RAM 50 Truck $5665.00
Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Stirling
Average House Price 34,795
Gallon of Petrol 1.25
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 4.6%
Interest Rates Year End Bank of England 9.06%
- ARPANET officially changes to use the Internet Protocol, creating the Internet.
- Lotus 1-2-3 is released
- IBM releases the IBM PC XT
- US Space Shuttle Challenger is launched on it's maiden flight
- Microsoft Word is first released
- The First Person to Receive an Artificial Heart Barney Clark US dies after 112 days
- Swatch introduce their first watches
Popular Culture 1983
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
- Trading Places
- Superman III
- Staying Alive
- National Lampoon's Vacation
- Never Say Never Again
- Terms of Endearment
- Educating Rita
Check out our Television Programmes From The 80s whenever possible we have included a trailer to jog your memory. Series trailers and more information are found on the decade they started.
- Phil Collins
- The Police with " Every Breath that you take "
- Hot Chocolate
- Big Country
- Black Sabbath
- David Bowie
- Johnny Cash
- Culture Club
- Duran Duran
- Elton John
- Pink Floyd
- Ozzy Osbourne
- Lionel Richie with " All Night Long "
- Rod Stewart
- Michael Jackson with " Beat It and Billy Jean "
- The Moody Blues
- Bob Marley and the Wailers