December 1984 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 France performs nuclear test
  • Dec 2 4th meeting of Giants-Jets, Giants even series at 2 with 20-10 win
  • Dec 2 Bob Holland takes 9-83 for NSW against South Australia, SCG
  • Dec 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 3 Union Carbide pesticide plant leak of methyl isocyanate and other toxic compounds in Bhopal, India, kills 2,259 (official figure) - other estimates as high as 16,000 (including later deaths) and over half a million injured
  • Dec 4 Hezbollah militants hijack a Kuwait Airlines plane, killing four passengers.
  • Dec 5 French colonies killed 10 Kanaken in New Caledonia
  • Dec 6 France performs nuclear test
  • Dec 6 Hijackers aboard Kuwaiti jetliner kill 2nd hostage
  • Dec 8 Europe & 64 developing countries sign Lome III treaty
  • Dec 9 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 9 Iranian commandos end day hijack of Kuwaiti plane
  • Dec 10 1st "planet" outside our solar system discovered
  • Dec 10 South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is presented with his Nobel Peace Prize
  • Dec 10 WNSY-AM in Newport News VA returns from WGH
  • Dec 11 Mauretania military coup under Col Maawiya Ould Sid'ahmed Taya
  • Dec 13 Artificial heart recipient William Schroeder suffers 1st stroke
  • Dec 14 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from Monday Night Football
  • Dec 15 USSR launches Vega 1 for rendezvous with Halley's Comet

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Dec 19 China PR Premier Zhao Ziyang & British PM Margaret Thatcher sign Hong Kong Treaty

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • Dec 19 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Dec 19 Fire at Wilberg Mine in central Utah killed 27 people
  • Dec 19 UK signs agreement with China to return Hong Kong to China in 1997
  • Dec 20 33 unknown Bach keyboard works found in Yale library
  • Dec 20 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 21 Islander Kelly Hrudy's 1st shut-out win-Whalers 1-0
  • Dec 21 USSR launches Vega 2 for fly-by of Halley's Come
  • Dec 22 Bernhard Goetz shoots 4 black muggers on NYC subway train
  • Dec 24 Palace coup in Mauritania
  • Dec 25 NBA's Bernard King scores 60 points
  • Dec 28 Creosote bush determined to be 11,700 years old
  • Dec 28 Rajiv Gandhi's Congress party wins election in India
  • Dec 28 TV soap "Edge of Night" ends 28 year run
  • Dec 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 28 Ted Hughes is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

Poet Ted Hughes
Poet
Ted Hughes
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Dec 29 5th United Negro College Fund
  • Dec 29 Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi claims victory in parlimetary elections
  • Dec 31 NYC subway gunman Bernhard Goetz surrenders to police in NH
  • Dec 31 Rajiv Gandhi takes office as India's 7th Prime Minister succeeding his mother Indira Gandhi
  • Dec 31 US leaves UNESCO

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 26 Alex Schwazer, Italian race walker

Weddings in History

  • Dec 3 Oldest groom - Harry Stevens, 103, weds Thelma Lucas, 83, in Wisc

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Roelof Frankot, Dutch painter (b. 1911)
  • Dec 3 Virginia Lacy Jones, US librarian/presidents advisor, dies at 72
  • Dec 3 Vladimir Abramovich Rokhlin, Russian mathematician (b. 1919)
  • Dec 4 John Rock, US co-developer of anti-conceptiepil, dies at 94
  • Dec 5 Adam Malik, Third Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1917)
  • Dec 8 Robert Jay Mathews, White Nationalist (b. 1953)
  • Dec 11 Oskar Seidlin, German-born American scholar (b. 1911)
  • Dec 14 Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish writer and Nobel laureate (b. 1898)
  • Dec 15 Frank Spedding, Canadian Chemist whose uranium extraction process helped make possible the first atomic bomb, dies at 82
  • Dec 19 Joy Ridderhof, American missionary (b. 1903)
  • Dec 23 Joan Lindsay, Australian author (b. 1896)
  • Dec 28 Sam Peckinpah, director, dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • Dec 30 Massa, oldest gorilla on record (b. 1930)