• January 7 – the first black hole is discovered in a neighbouring galaxy. This is the first black hole confirmed outside the Milky Way.
  • January 10 – Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States launch Fraggle Rock, a worldwide program advocating peace. The series is first shown on German TV in November as Die Fraggles.

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  • March 25Motown celebrates its 25th anniversary with the television special Motown 25, during which Michael Jackson performs “Billie Jean” and introduces the moonwalk.
  • March – Earlier re-elections in Germany after a votum of no confidence against chancellor Schmidt (SPD) in 1982. Helmut Kohl (CDU) becomes the new chancellor. For the first time, Die Gruenen enter the Bundestag.
  • A census is planned in Germany but cancelled after massive protests.
  • Swatch watches are introduced.They will become a fashion staple of the 1980s.

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25 Oktober West German rock singer, Udo Lindenberg has a concert in East Berlin after asking East German president, Honecker, cheekily for permission in his song “Sonderzug nach Pankow” (Special Train to Pankow, melody of Chattanooga Choo Choo) earlier this year.

USA: Ronald Reagan is President. Britain: Margaret Thatcher is PM. Germany: Helmut Kohl is chancellor.

The year 1983 saw both the official beginning of the Internet and the first mobile cellular telephone call.

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Movies: BMX Bandits, Return of the Jedi, A Christmas Story, Flashdance, Christine, Cujo, Krull, Jaws 3D, Lone Wolf McQuade, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Mr Mom, Octopussy, Scarface, Silkwood, Rumble Fish, War Games, Zu – Warriors of the Magic Mountain, The Outsiders, La Boum, Rocky 3, Annie, Staying Alive,

Home video: VHS vs Betamax

Music: Michael Jackson – Thriller; Beat It; Billie Jean; Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams; Nena – Nena;  Culture Club: Karma Chameleon, Do you really want to hurt me; Flashdance; David Bowie: Let´s Dance, China Girl; Africa (Toto, Rose Laurens); Rod Stewart: Baby Jane; Tracey Ullman:Breakaway; Dexys Midnight Runners: Come On Eileen; Styx: Mr Roboto; “You Can’t Hurry Love” – Phil Collins; “Up Where We Belong” – Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warne;Uptown Girl“, Tell her about it – Billy Joel; Spandau Ballet: Gold, True; “Too Shy” – Kajagoogoo;Total Eclipse of the Heart” – Bonnie Tyler;Tonight I Celebrate My Love” – Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack; “Temptation” – Heaven 17; “Say Say Say” – Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney; “Run Runaway” – Slade;The Safety Dance” – Men Without Hats, Juliet – Robin Gibb, I like Chopin – Gazebo, Sunshine Reggae, NDW: Major Tom -Peter Schilling, 99 Luftballons – Nena, Bruttosozialprodukt – Geier Sturzfkug, Codo- DöF, Come back and stay- Paul Young, What a feeling -Irene Cara, Living on video – Trans X,

Books: Mists of Avalon; Terry PratchettThe Colour of Magic; much talk about 1984; Roald DahlThe Witches

TV Shows:

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Februar – Juni – TV: „Anna und der König von Siam“ (Anna and The King, 1972)

Juni – September – TV: „Bilder,die die Welt bewegten“ (3. Staffel)

TV: „Spaß am Montag“

Bravo-Otto-Leserlieblinge (Readers´ favourites in a poll by teenage magazine, BRAVO): John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, Mark Hamill, Jennifer Beals, SophieMarceau, Cynthia Rhodes

The sales of Atari video games slow down due to the growing spread of home computers; in 1984, the video game market will crash.

Toys:

Scotland Yard, Glücksbärchis/Care Bears,GLO Worm, My Little Pony, Transformers

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