25th Anniversary (1983) Feb. 28: "M*A*S*H" finale "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" is still the most-watched episode in TV history, with an estimated 106 million viewers tuning in. March 5: Michael Jackson "Thriller" may have been released the previous year, but in `83 the album landed seven songs in the top 10 (including "Billie Jean," which topped the charts for seven weeks, starting this day). March 13: "Larry King Live" CNN's suspender-wearing host is still throwing softballs nightly. April 15: "Flashdance" Out-of-left-field movie success about a gritty welder (Jennifer Beals) with dancing dreams creates a mania for ripped sweatshirts exposing one shoulder. Aug. 5: "Risky Business" Tom Cruise dances in his underwear, and a movie star is born.
'Flashdance' photo courtesy of Paramount.