Historical Events in 1984

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

BattleCoup d'état

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

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

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star

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Jan 15 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 15 Schonbrun skates world record 5 km (7:39.44)
  • Jan 15 Tony Benn, described as a “leftwing rebel” wins Labour's nomination for the by-election in Chesterfield, UK

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Jan 16 Paul & Linda McCartney arrested in Barbados-possession of cannabis
  • Jan 17 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 18 80th Islander & 3rd dual hat trick (Carroll & Bossy) 9-1 win
  • Jan 19 Francesco Moser bicycles world record time: 50,808 km
  • Jan 19 California Supreme Court rejects the request of quadriplegic Elizabeth Bouvia's to starve herself to death in a public hospital
  • Jan 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners
  • Jan 21 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
  • Jan 22 Annette Kennedy of SUNY sets women's basketball record with 70 pts
  • Jan 22 Hilbert van de Thumb becomes European all-round skates
  • Jan 22 Super Bowl XVIII: LA Raiders beat Wash Red Skins, 38-9 in Tampa Super Bowl MVP: Marcus Allen, LA Raiders, RB
  • Jan 23 Buffalo Sabres win NHL record 10th straight road game
  • Jan 23 Greatest unpaced 1-hr bicycle distance, F Moser (Italy), 51.15 km

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Jan 23 Hulk Hogan defeats Iron Sheik to become WWF champ

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jan 27 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
  • Jan 27 LA Kings end Wayne Gretzky's NHL-record 51-game scoring streak
  • Jan 27 Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

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

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

Sports record brokenWorld Record

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

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Feb 27 WRC-AM in Washington, D.C. changes call letters to WWRC
  • Feb 27 Worker's union leader Billy Nair freed in South Africa
  • Feb 28 26th Grammy Awards: Michael Jackson wins 8 Grammys

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Feb 29 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 1 Landsat 5 & ham satellite Oscar 11 launched into polar orbit
  • Mar 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR #3931 Batten, #4529 Webern, #4530 Smoluchowski, #4818 Elgar, #5502 Brashear & #5943 Lovi
  • Mar 2 Iran offensive against Iraq fails
  • Mar 2 John Long (Detroit) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
  • Mar 3 NY Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Tor Maple Leafs (6)
  • Mar 3 Peter Ueberroth elected baseball commissioner (Effective Oct 1)

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Mar 4 Nancy Lopez wins Uniden LPGA Golf Invitational

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

Sports record brokenNHL Record

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

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Mar 22 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 23 Andrea Schone skates ladies world record 3 km (4:20.91)
  • Mar 23 Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa won by J Torvill & Chris Dean (GRB)
  • Mar 23 Ice Pairs Championship at Ottawa won by Underhill & Paul Martini (CAN)
  • Mar 23 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • Mar 23 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • Mar 24 Andrea Schone skates ladies world record 5 km (7:34.52)
  • Mar 24 IOC agrees to 6-team exhibition baseball tournament in Olympics
  • Mar 24 Igor Malkov skates world record 10 km (14:21.51)
  • Mar 25 Betsy King wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open

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

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

Sports record brokenNBA Record

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

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