Historical Events in 1984

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  • Jan 1st AT&T's 22 owned Bell system companies divests into 8 companies
  • Jan 1st Brunei becomes independent of UK
  • Jan 1st NYC transit fare rises from 75 cents to 90 cents
  • Jan 2nd Darryl Cullinan, 16, scores his 1st first-class cricket century
  • Jan 2nd Riot in Tunis kills over 100
  • Jan 2nd Wilson Goode, sworn-in as Phila's 1st black mayor

BattleCoup d'état

Jan 2nd Major-General Muhammadu Buhari is declared Head of State in Nigeria, following a military coup.

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari
  • Jan 2nd 70th Rose Bowl: UCLA beats #4 Illinois, 45-9
  • Jan 2nd 50th Sugar Bowl: #3 Auburn beats #8 Michigan, 9-7
  • Jan 2nd 13th Fiesta Bowl: #14 Ohio State beats #15 Pittsburgh, 28-23
  • Jan 2nd 50th Orange Bowl: #5 Miami (FL) beats #1 Nebraska, 31-30
  • Jan 3rd Syria frees captured US pilot after appeal from Jesse Jackson
  • Jan 4th "Night Court" starring Harry Anderson premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 4th Edmonton beats Minnesota 12-8 highest-scoring modern NHL game
  • Jan 5th Adrian Dantley (Utah), ties NBA record of 28 free throws
  • Jan 5th Greg Chappell scores 182* in his last Test innings
  • Jan 6th Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41 B mission
  • Jan 6th Last day of Test cricket for Chappell, Marsh & Lillee
  • Jan 7th Brunei becomes the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
  • Jan 8th NCAA announces that basketball tournament will have 64 teams
  • Jan 8th Wash Caps Bengt Gustafsson scores 5 goals to beat Philadelphia 7-1
  • Jan 8th AFC Championship Game: Los Angeles Raiders beat Seattle Seahawks 30-14
  • Jan 8th NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat San Francisco 49ers 24-21
  • Jan 9th "TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes" premieres on NBC TV (Whoops)
  • Jan 9th Braves pitcher Pascual Perez is arrested for cocaine possession
  • Jan 9th EAA moves operations to Oshkosh
  • Jan 9th John Lennon single "Nobody Told Me" released posthumously
  • Jan 9th Rock band Van Halen release their most successful album "1984"
  • Jan 10th Argentine ex-president/general Bignone arrested
  • Jan 10th Bulgarian Tupolev 134 crashes at Sofia airport in Bulgaria, 50 die
  • Jan 10th Clara Peller 1st asks, "Where's the Beef?"
  • Jan 10th Luis Aparicio, Harmon Killebrew, & D Drysdale elected to Hall of Fame
  • Jan 10th US re-establishes full diplomatic relations with Vatican after almost 117 years
  • Jan 11th Denver Nuggets 163, San Antonio Spurs 155-highest-scoring NBA game
  • Jan 11th STS 41-B vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Jan 11th Supreme Court reinstated $10M award to Karen Silkwood's family
  • Jan 13th TV anchor Christine Craft wins $325,000 in her case against KMBC-TV

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Jan 14th Madonna 1st sings "Holiday" on American Bandstand

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star

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Jan 15th Hana Mandlíková ends Martina Navratilova's 54-match winning streak

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jan 15th Schonbrun skates world record 5 km (7:39.44)
  • Jan 15th Tony Benn, described as a “leftwing rebel” wins Labour's nomination for the by-election in Chesterfield, UK

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 16th 11th American Music Awards: Pat Benatar & Michael Jackson win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Jan 16th Paul & Linda McCartney arrested in Barbados-possession of cannabis
  • Jan 17th Supreme Court rules (5-4) oks private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws
  • Jan 18th 80th Islander & 3rd dual hat trick (Carroll & Bossy) 9-1 win
  • Jan 19th Francesco Moser bicycles world record time: 50,808 km
  • Jan 19th California Supreme Court rejects the request of quadriplegic Elizabeth Bouvia's to starve herself to death in a public hospital
  • Jan 20th US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners
  • Jan 21st US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
  • Jan 22nd Annette Kennedy of SUNY sets women's basketball record with 70 pts
  • Jan 22nd Hilbert van de Thumb becomes European all-round skates
  • Jan 22nd Super Bowl XVIII: LA Raiders beat Wash Red Skins, 38-9 in Tampa Super Bowl MVP: Marcus Allen, LA Raiders, RB
  • Jan 23rd Buffalo Sabres win NHL record 10th straight road game
  • Jan 23rd Greatest unpaced 1-hr bicycle distance, F Moser (Italy), 51.15 km

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Jan 23rd Hulk Hogan defeats Iron Sheik to become WWF champ

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Jan 24th Apple Computer Inc unveils its revolutionary Macintosh personal computer
  • Jan 26th Nordiques' Michel Goulet scored on 9th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Jan 26th US navy exhibits Piasecki helistat-4 helicopters & a blimp able to lift 26 tons-Lakehurst, NJ

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jan 27th John Lennon and Yoko Ono release "Milk & Honey" album

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 28th 41st Golden Globes: Terms of Endearment, Tom Courtenay, Robert Duvall, & Shirley MacLaine win

  • Jan 28th LA Kings stop Wayne Gretzky 51 game scoring streak
  • Jan 28th Record 295,000 dominoes toppled, Fuerth, West Germany
  • Jan 29th 34th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 154-145 (OT) at Denver
  • Jan 29th NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 45-3

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Jan 29th President Reagan formally announces he will seek a 2nd term

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jan 29th Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic of Deer Creek
  • Jan 31st 36th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-6 at NJ
  • Jan 31st Edwin Newman retires from NBC News after 35 years with the network
  • Jan 31st US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 1st China & Netherlands regain diplomatic relations
  • Feb 1st Daniel Stern becomes NBA commissioner
  • Feb 1st Indian diplomat Ravindra Mhatre kidnapped and murdered by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England
  • Feb 2nd 1st Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Feb 2nd Lebanese army fights in Beirut
  • Feb 3rd 10th Space Shuttle Mission (41B)-Challenger 4 launched
  • Feb 4th "9" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 739 performances
  • Feb 4th "Backstage Magic" opens at CommuniCore
  • Feb 4th Frank Aquilera sets world frisbee distance record (168m) Las Vegas
  • Feb 5th NZ beat England (82 & 93) by an innings in 3 days
  • Feb 5th Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • Feb 6th Muslim militiamen take over West Beirut from Lebanese army
  • Feb 7th Bruce McCandless makes 1st untethered space walk (US)
  • Feb 7th David (born without immunity system) at 12, touches mom for 1st time
  • Feb 7th Michael Jackson awarded a 4-ft-high platinum disc by CBS
  • Feb 8th 14th Winter Olympic games opens in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Feb 8th 1st time 8 people in space
  • Feb 8th A's take Yankees pitcher Tim Belcher as Type A free agent compensation
  • Feb 8th Soyuz T-10 launches with crew of 3 to Salyut 7
  • Feb 9th "Rink" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 204 performances
  • Feb 11th 10th space shuttle mission (41-B)-Challenger 4-returns to Earth
  • Feb 11th Wayne Gretzky sets NHL short handed season scoring record at 11
  • Feb 12th Alice Miller wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
  • Feb 12th Cale Yarborough, becomes 1st Daytona 500 qualifier, above 200 MPH
  • Feb 12th Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean skate "Bolero" at Olympics
  • Feb 12th West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup after going undefeated in the qualifying rounds
  • Feb 13th 6 year old Texan Stormie Jones gets 1st heart & liver transplant
  • Feb 13th Konstantin Chernenko succeeds Yuri Andropov as USSR leader
  • Feb 15th 500,000 Iranian soldiers move into Iraq
  • Feb 16th Bill Johnson becomes 1st American to win Olympic downhill skiing gold
  • Feb 16th NJ Devils 1st OT goal, Jan Ludvig beats Hartford Whalers 6-5
  • Feb 17th 34th Berlin International Film Festival: "Love Streams" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 18th Revised concordat between Italy & Vatican signed
  • Feb 19th "Doonesbury" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • Feb 19th 14th winter Olympic games close at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Feb 19th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 19th 1st brother combo to win Gold & Silver in same event at Olympics (Phil & Steve Mahre-Slalom)
  • Feb 19th 26th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins (150.994 MPH)
  • Feb 22nd Brothers Anton & Peter Stastny score 8 pts each for NHL Quebec
  • Feb 24th Iraq resumes air attack on Iran
  • Feb 25th Oil fire in Cubatao Brazil kills 500
  • Feb 26th Last US marines in multinational peacekeeping force in Lebanon left Beirut
  • Feb 26th Rev Jesse Jackson acknowledges that he called NYC "Hymietown"
  • Feb 26th Robert Penn Warren, Pulitzer Prize winner, named 1st US poet laureate

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Feb 27th Carl Lewis jumps world record indoor (8,675 m)

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis

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Feb 29th Pierre Trudeau announces he is stepping down after 15 years as Canadian Prime Minister

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • Mar 1st Landsat 5 & ham satellite Oscar 11 launched into polar orbit
  • Mar 1st USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR #3931 Batten, #4529 Webern, #4530 Smoluchowski, #4818 Elgar, #5502 Brashear & #5943 Lovi
  • Mar 2nd Iran offensive against Iraq fails
  • Mar 2nd John Long (Detroit) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
  • Mar 3rd NY Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Tor Maple Leafs (6)
  • Mar 3rd Peter Ueberroth elected baseball commissioner (Effective Oct 1)

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Mar 4th Nancy Lopez wins Uniden LPGA Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Mar 4th Pee Wee Reese & Rick Ferrell elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Mar 5th Supreme Court (5-4): city may use public money for Nativity scene
  • Mar 5th US accuse Iraq of using poison gas
  • Mar 6th Twelve-month-long strike in British coal industry begins.
  • Mar 7th The United States attacks San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua.
  • Mar 9th Emile Gumbs' Anguilla National Alliance wins elections
  • Mar 9th John Lennon single "Borrowed Time" released posthumously
  • Mar 9th Philadelphia 76'ers block 20 Seattle shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • Mar 9th Tim Witherspoon beats Greg Page in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 9th The Competitive Enterprise Institute in founded in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 10th Heavyweight Tim Witherspoon KOs Greg Page
  • Mar 10th 25th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Auburn, 51-49
  • Mar 10th 5th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 82-71 (OT)
  • Mar 11th Christa Johnson wins LPGA Samaritan Turquoise Golf Classic
  • Mar 11th 31st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats Duke, 74-62
  • Mar 12th National Union of Mine Workers in Britain begins a 51 week strike
  • Mar 12th British ice dancing team, Torvill & Dean, become 1st skaters to receive 9 perfect 6.0s in world championships
  • Mar 13th Last day of 1st-class cricket for G Chappell, R Marsh, B Laird
  • Mar 13th WA beat Queensland by four wickets to win the Sheffield Shield
  • Mar 14th Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41-C mission
  • Mar 14th Gerry Adams, head of Sinn Féin, is seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in central Belfast.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 15th 10th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Linda Evans win (TV)

Actress Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actor Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck
  • Mar 15th Tanzania adopts constitution
  • Mar 16th Gunmen kidnap William Buckley, CIA station chief in Beirut
  • Mar 16th South Africa & Mozambique sign non attack treaty
  • Mar 18th Christa Johnson wins LPGA Tucson Conquistadores Golf Open
  • Mar 19th "Kate & Allie" premieres
  • Mar 19th John J O'Connor named 8th archbishop of New York
  • Mar 19th KSD-AM in St Louis MO changes call letters to KUSA
  • Mar 19th Mobil oil tanker spills 200,000 gallons into Columbia River
  • Mar 19th Pitcher Denny McLain indicted on charges of racketeering
  • Mar 19th STS 41-C vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Mar 20th Andy Kaufman & Fred Blassie's "My Breakfast With Blassie" premieres
  • Mar 20th Senate rejects amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools
  • Mar 21st Border scores 100* v WI Trinidad after 98* in 1st cricket innings
  • Mar 21st NFL owners passed the infamous anti-celebrating rule
  • Mar 21st Part of Central Park is named Strawberry Fields honoring John Lennon
  • Mar 21st Soviet sub crashes into USS aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off Japan

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 22nd Islander Bryan Trottier ties NHL record scores 5 seconds into game

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Mar 22nd Teachers at the McMartin preschool in Manhattan Beach, California are charged with Satanic ritual abuse of the children in the school. The charges are later dropped as completely unfounded.
  • Mar 23rd Andrea Schone skates ladies world record 3 km (4:20.91)
  • Mar 23rd Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa won by J Torvill & Chris Dean (GRB)
  • Mar 23rd Ice Pairs Championship at Ottawa won by Underhill & Paul Martini (CAN)
  • Mar 23rd Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • Mar 23rd Men's Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • Mar 24th Andrea Schone skates ladies world record 5 km (7:34.52)
  • Mar 24th IOC agrees to 6-team exhibition baseball tournament in Olympics
  • Mar 24th Igor Malkov skates world record 10 km (14:21.51)
  • Mar 25th Betsy King wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open

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Mar 27th Andrew Lloyd Webber/Richard Stilgoe's "Starlight Express" premieres

  • Mar 27th Beginning of "tanker war": over the next 9 months, 44 ships, including Iranian, Iraqi, Saudi Arabian and Kuwaiti tankers, are attacked by Iraqi or Iranian warplanes or damaged by mines
  • Mar 29th NFL Baltimore Colts move to Indianapolis
  • Mar 29th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 30th US ends participation in multinational Lebanon peace force
  • Mar 31st US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 31st 138th Grand National: Neale Doughty aboard Hallo Dandy wins
  • Apr 1st 14th Easter Seal Telethon raises $24,600,000
  • Apr 1st 8 men record longest distance (13 miles) rowed in 24 hours
  • Apr 1st 3rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: USC beats Tennessee 72-61
  • Apr 2nd 46th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: Georgetown beats Houston 84-75
  • Apr 3rd Bombay beat Delhi on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • Apr 3rd Guinea suspends constitution after coup
  • Apr 3rd Soyuz T-11 carries 3 cosmonauts (1 Indian-Rakesh Sharma) to Salyut 7
  • Apr 4th Michael Frayn's "Benefactors" premieres in London
  • Apr 4th Winston Smith in Orwell's "1984" begins his secret diary
  • Apr 5th "Human Comedy" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 13 performances

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 5th Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks Wilt Chamberlain's all-time career scoring record of 31,419 points (31,421)

  • Apr 6th 11th Space Shuttle Mission (41-C)-Challenger 5 is launched
  • Apr 6th 1st time 11 people in space
  • Apr 6th Members of Cameroon's Republican Guard unsuccessfully attempt to overthrow the government headed by Paul Biya.
  • Apr 7th Detroit Tiger Jack Morris no-hits Chicago White Sox, 4-0
  • Apr 8th 13th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Juli Inkster
  • Apr 8th 4th Golden Raspberry Awards: Lonely Lady wins