What Happened in October 1984

Historical Events

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 12 IRA bombs the Grand Hotel, Brighton, where British PM Margaret Thatcher is staying, 5 die

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 26 "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
  • Oct 27 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Oct 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 27 Wash State's Rueben Mayes sets col football rec of 357 yards rushing
  • Oct 28 14th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:29:30
  • Oct 28 15th NYC Marathon won by Orlando Pizzolato in 2:14:53
  • Oct 28 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Nichirei Cup Team Match Golf Tournament
  • Oct 29 Orlando Pizzolato (2:14:53) & Greta Weitz (2:29:30) win NY Marathon
  • Oct 30 Tigers reliever Willie Hernandez wins AL Cy Young Award
  • Oct 31 Howard Goodall & Melvyn Bragg's musical "Hired Man" premieres in London
  • Oct 31 Puerto Rican tanker 'San Francisco' explodes spilling 2 million gallons of oil as ship caught fire

MurderAssassination

Oct 31 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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 25 Katy Perry [Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson], American pop singer (I Kissed A Girl, Waking Up In Vegas), born in Santa Barbara, California

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

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin

Famous Deaths

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

MurderAssassination

Oct 31 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