Some of us will remember it well – others will have only seen it in Stranger Things.
It was the year Halley’s Comet last came around – something that won’t happen again until 2062.
Just as much of a once-in-a-lifetime event was the opening of Sunderland’s Nissan plant, by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
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Life on Wearside in 1983 - Nine great Sunderland Echo stories to transport you back in time
A toast to nights out in Sunderland in the 1980s - nine photos from Digby's, the Central, La Fontaine and more
Bless! 11 photos of Sunderland children on their first day at school in 2004
Prom time! 10 photos to dance you back to the Castle View prom from 2009
We’ve gathered a selection of archive pictures from Sunderland and the world at large. It’s a real snapshot of a time.