What Happened in October 1984

Historical Events

  • 1st Gary Trudeau's Doonesbury comic strip resumes after 2-year hiatus
  • 1st Peter Ueberroth replaces Bowie Kuhn as 6th commissioner of baseball
  • 2nd 3 cosmonauts return after a record 237 days in orbit
  • 2nd In 1st LCS game played with replacement umps, Cubs beat Padres 13-0
  • 2nd Richard Miller, becomes 1st (former) FBI agent, charged with espionage
  • 3rd US government shuts down due to lack of agreement over passage of bills
  • 4th Detroit Tigers clinch AL East
  • 5th 13th Space Shuttle Mission (41-G)-Challenger 6-launched
  • 5th MLB American League Championship: Detroit Tigers beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 0
  • 6th Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Hitachi Ladies British Golf Open
  • 7th Striking umps return for Game 5 of NLCS, SD Padres win pennant

Event of interestEvent of Interest

7th Walter Payton passes Jim Brown as NFL's career rushing leader

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • 7th MLB National League Championship: San Diego Padres beat Chicago Cubs, 3 games to 2
  • 8th 18th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins
  • 8th NBC's premiere of TV made "The Burning Bed", based on Francine Hughes
  • 9th Kathy Sullivan becomes 1st US woman to walk in space
  • 11th 1st space walk by US woman (Dr Kathryn D Sullivan)
  • 11th August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" premieres in NYC
  • 11th NASA launches space vehicle S-208
  • 11th VP candidates' debate - Geraldine Ferraro (D) & George H. W. Bush (R)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

12th IRA bombs hotel where British PM Margaret Thatcher is staying, 5 die

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 13th Blackhawk Bill Gardner scores on 10th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 13th John Henry becomes 1st thoroughbred to win $6 million
  • 13th STS 41-G mission; lands at Kennedy Space Center
  • 14th "Quilters" closes at Jack Lawrence Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • 14th Browns' Ozzie Newsome sets club records with 14 receptions for 191 yds
  • 14th Detroit Tigers beat SD Padres, 4 games to 1 in 81st World Series
  • 14th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Smirnoff Ladies Irish Golf Open
  • 15th Central Intelligence Agency Information Act passes
  • 15th Centrum party expels 2nd Member of parliament Janmaat due to fraud
  • 16th Baboon heart transplanted into a 15-day-old baby girl
  • 16th Desmond Tutu, South Afrian Anglican Archbishop, wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 17th Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Bruce Merrifield
  • 18th Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51A mission
  • 18th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 20th Cleveland Metroparks' Valley Parkway All Purpose Trails are completed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

20th Islander's Mike Bossy's 30th career hat trick-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 20th The Monterey Bay Aquarium opens in Monterey Bay, California.
  • 21st Cleveland Browns' Steve Cox sets club record with a 60-yd field goal
  • 21st Niki Lauda becomes 3rd time motor racing world champ
  • 21st Steve Jones runs Chicago Marathon in world record 2:08:05
  • 21st 35th Formula One WDC: Niki Lauda wins by 0.5 points
  • 22nd NFL quarterback Ken Stabler retires

Event of interestEvent of Interest

22nd Paul McCartney releases "Give My Regards to Broad Street" soundtrack

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • 23rd Cubs Rick Sutcliffe, selected as a unanimous choice as NL Cy Young
  • 23rd NBC airs BBC footage of Ethiopian famine
  • 23rd STS 51-A launch vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 24th 11 members of Colombo crime family arrested
  • 24th Intelsat 5 re-enters Earth's atmosphere 5 months after it failed
  • 25th "Give My Regards to Broad Street" premieres (Gotham Theater-NYC)
  • 25th Hepatitis virus is discovered
  • 25th King Boudouin opens Museum for Modern Art in Brussels
  • 25th Rangers beat Devils 11-2
  • 25th USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 25th West German Chancellor Rainer Barzel resigns due to corruption
  • 26th Stephanie Fae Beauclair ("Baby Fae") gets baboon heart transplant, lives 21 days

Film release premierFilm Release

26th "The Terminator" directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton is released in the US

Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
  • 27th France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 27th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 27th Wash State's Rueben Mayes sets col football rec of 357 yards rushing
  • 28th 14th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:29:30
  • 28th 15th NYC Marathon won by Orlando Pizzolato in 2:14:53
  • 28th Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Nichirei Cup Team Match Golf Tournament
  • 29th Orlando Pizzolato (2:14:53) & Greta Weitz (2:29:30) win NY Marathon
  • 30th Tigers reliever Willie Hernandez wins AL Cy Young Award
  • 31st Howard Goodall & Melvyn Bragg's musical "Hired Man" premieres in London
  • 31st Puerto Rican tanker 'San Francisco' explodes spilling 2 million gallons of oil as ship caught fire


31st Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by her bodyguards, Satwant Singh and Beant Singh at her home in New Delhi

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Matt Cain, American baseball player
  • 1st Daniel Guillén, Spanish footballer
  • 3rd Yoon Eun Hye, South Korean actress
  • 3rd Ashlee Simpson, American singer
  • 4th Lena Katina, Russian singer (t.A.T.u.)
  • 4th Álvaro Parente, Portuguese racing driver
  • 5th Kenwyne Jones, Trinidadian footballer
  • 6th Joanna Pacitti, American actress and singer
  • 7th Ikuta Toma, Japanese Singer/Actor
  • 7th Salman Butt, Pakistani cricketer
  • 9th Ghetto, British musician
  • 10th Stephanie Cheng, Hong Kong singer
  • 10th Chiaki Kuriyama, Japanese actress
  • 10th Paul Posluszny, American football player
  • 10th Troy Tulowitzki, American baseball player
  • 10th Rod Benson, American basketball player
  • 11th Sergio Hellings, Dutch footballer
  • 11th Martha MacIsaac, Canadian actress
  • 13th Frank Simek, American soccer player
  • 13th Misono, Japanese singer (formerly Day After Tomorrow)
  • 14th LaRon Landry, American football player
  • 16th Trevor Blumas, Canadian actor
  • 16th Shayne Ward, UK singer, winner of The X Factor, series 2005
  • 17th Jelle Klaasen, Dutch darts player
  • 17th Chris Lowell, American actor
  • 17th Randall Munroe, American webcomic author
  • 18th Lindsey Vonn, American alpine skier
  • 20th Florent Sinama-Pongolle, French footballer
  • 20th Andrew Trimble, Northern Irish rugby player for Irish rugby team
  • 21st Anouk Leblanc-Boucher, French Canadian short track speed skater
  • 21st Kenny Cooper, American soccer player
  • 21st Marvin Mitchell, American football player
  • 21st Kieran Richardson, English footballer
  • 23rd Izabel Goulart, Brazilian model
  • 24th Kaela Kimura, Japanese model and singer
  • 25th Danny .S., English record producer
  • 25th Sara Helena Lumholdt, Swedish musician (A-Teens)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

25th Katy Perry [Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson], pop singer (I Kissed A Girl, Waking Up In Vegas)

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry
  • 26th Sasha Cohen, American figure skater
  • 26th Jefferson Farfán, Peruvian footballer
  • 26th Adriano Correia Claro, Brazilian footballer
  • 26th Amanda Overmyer, American Singer, American Idol (season 7)
  • 27th Kelly Osbourne, English television personality
  • 27th Brady Quinn, American football player
  • 27th Irfan Pathan, Indian cricketer
  • 28th Obafemi Martins, Nigerian footballer
  • 28th Amanda Paige, American model
  • 29th Eric Staal, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 30th Eva Pigford, American model

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1st Actress Sigourney Weaver (34) weds filmmaker Jim Simpson (28)

  • 27th "Jessie's Girl" singer Rick Springfield (35) weds Barbara Porter in Australia

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

16th Joyce King divorces NBA guard George Gervin (32) after nearly 8 years of marriage

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Walter Alston, Baseball manager (LA Dodgers), dies at 72
  • 5th Leonard Rossiter, actor (2001, Water), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 6th George S Simpson, US paleontologist, dies at 82
  • 8th Frederick Brisson, producer, dies at 71 after a stroke
  • 11th Khanderao M Rangnekar, cricketer (33 runs at 5 50 for India), dies
  • 11th Sid Carroll, cricketer (prolific NSW opener 1945-59 avg 39 59), dies
  • 12th Sir Anthony Berry, British politician (bombing victim) (b. 1925)
  • 13th Alice Neel, American painter dies ages 84
  • 14th Martin Ryle, English radio astronomer, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics (b. 1918)
  • 16th Ken Carpenter, TV announcer (Lux Video Theater), dies at 84
  • 16th Peggy Ann Garner, actress (Ford Theater), dies at 53 of cancer
  • 17th Alberta Hunter, US blues singer/composer, dies at 89
  • 18th Florence Rinard, TV panelist (20 Questions), dies at 82
  • 18th Jon-Erik Hexum, actor (Bear), dies by a gun loaded with blanks at 26
  • 19th Henri Michaux, writer, dies
  • 19th Jerzy Popieluszko, Polish priest/dissident, kidnapped & murdered
  • 19th Jon-Erik Hexum, accidentally shoots himself on set of "Cover Up" at 27
  • 20th Carl Ferdinand Cori, Austrian-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1896)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

20th Paul Dirac, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 82

Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureat Paul Dirac
Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureat
Paul Dirac
  • 21st Dalibor Cyril Vackar, composer, dies at 78
  • 21st Francois Truffaut, dir (Fahrenheit 451), dies of brain cancer at 52
  • 22nd Harold Laurence Walters, composer, dies at 66
  • 22nd Napoleon Whiting, actor (Silas-Big Valley), dies at 75
  • 23rd David Gorcey, actor (Angel's Alley), dies at 63 in a diabetic coma
  • 23rd Oskar Werner, actor (Farenehit 451), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 24th Edith Massey, actress (Polyester, Pink Flamingos), dies at 66
  • 24th Walter Woolf King, actor/TV host (Lights Cameras Action), dies at 85
  • 25th Pascale Ogier, actress (Ghost Dance), dies of heart attack at 24
  • 26th John Woods Duke, composer, dies at 85
  • 26th Laurie Langenbach, author, dies at 37
  • 26th Sue Randall, actress (Miss Landers-Leave it to Beaver), dies at 49
  • 30th June Duprez, actress (Calcutta, Tiger Fang), dies at 66
  • 30th Mario Gallo, actor (Delvecchio), dies at 61
  • 31st Eduardo De Filippo, director (7 Deadly Sins, Shoot Loud), dies at 84


31st Indira Gandhi, 4th Prime Minister of India (1966-77, 1980-84), assassinated by two of her bodyguards at 66

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi