Star Wars Flashback: 1983

Bespin refugee - September 06, 2006 concludes it's look back at the events surrounding the release of the films of the Original Trilogy; this week's focus is Return of the Jedi.
Noteworthy events of the year 1983 include:
* President Ronald Reagan proposes to develop technology to intercept enemy missiles called Strategic Defense Initiative -- nicknamed "Star Wars."

* An estimated 100 million people watch the controversial TV movie "The Day After" which depicts the aftereffects of nuclear war.

* McDonald's introduces the Chicken McNugget.

* Swatch offer their first watches.

* "M*A*S*H" ends after 10 years on CBS TV, the first longest running TV series ever. Over 125 million Americans tune in to watch the final episode.

*Atari releases Star Wars, a vector graphics-based game based on the popular film franchise. Nintendo releases Mario Bros.

* Sally Ride becomes first American woman in space on the Space Shuttle Challenger.

* Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program launched in U.S.

* Microsoft Word is first released.

* Tom Brokaw becomes lead anchor for "NBC Nightly News."

* President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating a federal holiday on the third Monday of every January to honor American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

* Cost of a movie ticket was $3.15, while gas was $1.16 a gallon. A first class stamp is .20.

*Top grossing films: Return of the Jedi, Tootsie, Trading Places, WarGames, Superman III, Flashdance, Octopussy, 48 Hours, Mr. Mom, National Lampoon's Vacation, Jaws 3-D, and Risky Business.

* Vanessa Lynn Williams becomes the first African-American to be crowned Miss America.

* Run DMC releases their debut single "It's Like That"/"Sucker M.C.'s."


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