Historical Events in October 1984

  • Oct 1 Gary Trudeau's Doonesbury comic strip resumes after 2-year hiatus

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Oct 1 Peter Ueberroth replaces Bowie Kuhn as 6th commissioner of baseball

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth
  • 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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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