1. THE MCNUGGET
McDonald's executive chef Rene Arend created the Chicken McNugget way back in 1979, but it wasn't available in McDonald's restaurants nationwide until 1983 because there simply wasn't enough processed chicken to go around.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) was established to teach school kids to avoid drugs, gangs, and violence.
3. THE SWATCH WATCH
The Swatch Watch was introduced in March, putting a decidedly '80s twist on classic Swiss craftsmanship.
4. TCP/IP ON ARPANET ("THE INTERNET")
On January 1, 1983, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) switched its networking technology to TCP/IP, arguably marking the moment that the modern "Internet" came into being.
5. "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC'S FIRST ALBUMS
The year 1983 saw the first full-length album from "Weird Al" Yankovic. His self-titled debut featured "I Love Rocky Road" (a parody of Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n Roll").
6. THE MOONWALK
Michael Jackson introduced his signature "moonwalk" dance move during the TV special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever.
On January 3, 1983, the game show The Price is Right introduced its now-classic game Plinko.
8. MAMA'S FAMILY
NBC premiered the show Mama's Family starring Vicki Lawrence. NBC canceled the series in May 1984, but the show continued to produce new episodes through 1990 for syndication.
9. STAR WARS EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI
Return of the Jedi was the conclusion to the original trilogy of Star Wars films. It introduced Ewoks, a second Death Star, and gave us a peek of what Darth Vader looked like without his mask. Luke also learned that in The Empire Strikes Back, he'd totally kissed his own sister.
10. SWEET VALLEY HIGH
Francine Pascal and her merry band of ghostwriters launched the Sweet Valley High series for preteen girls, which ran for 20 years and 152 books.
11. THE AMERICAN MINIVAN
The Dodge Caravan was first produced in November of 1983, featuring a boxy design, seating room for seven, and a family-friendly amount of space.
12. MARIO BROS. (ARCADE GAME)
Nintendo released the original Mario Bros. arcade game, unleashing the Italian plumbers Mario and Luigi into the game-playing world.
Hooters launched its first restaurant in Clearwater, Florida on October 4, 1983.
14. SONY CAMCORDER
In 1983, Sony introduced its first Camcorder for consumer use.
AOL was founded in 1983. Their first product was "GameLine," a modem-based game service for the Atari.
16. THE APPLE IIE
Apple released its Apple IIe personal computer and they produced it until late 1993. One of its banner features was the ability to display lowercase letters. (PREVIOUS MODELS USED ALL CAPS.)
17. PET SEMATARY
Stephen King's 1983 novel Pet Sematary was inspired by a real pet cemetery where the author's daughter Naomi buried her cat Smucky in 1978.
18. CABBAGE PATCH KIDS
Though Xavier Roberts's hand-sewn "Little Person" dolls were first available for adoption in 1976, the official launch (and the height of their popularity) came in 1983.
19. THE DISNEY CHANNEL
On April 18, 1983 at 7am, the Disney Channel launched with Good Morning, Mickey!, a 30-minute compilation program featuring classic Disney shorts and a brief fitness segment called Mousercize.
20. READING RAINBOW
Original episodes of Reading Rainbow ran from 1983 through 2006.
21. THE A-TEAM
The first episode of The A-Team aired on NBC on January 23, 1983. The series would end on December 30, 1986.