October 1984 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Gary Trudeau's Doonesbury comic strip resumes after 2-year hiatus
  • Oct 2 3 cosmonauts return after a record 237 days in orbit
  • 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 5 13th Space Shuttle Mission (41-G)-Challenger 6-launched
  • 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 John Henry becomes 1st thoroughbred to win $6 million
  • Oct 13 STS 41-G mission; lands at Kennedy Space Center
  • Oct 14 Browns' Ozzie Newsome sets club records with 14 receptions for 191 yds
  • 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
  • Oct 20 The Monterey Bay Aquarium opens in Monterey Bay, California.
  • 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 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
  • 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 30 Tigers reliever Willie Hernandez wins AL Cy Young Award
  • Oct 31 Puerto Rican tanker 'San Francisco' explodes spilling 2 million gallons of oil as ship caught fire


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

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 17 Jelle Klaasen, Dutch darts player
  • Oct 17 Randall Munroe, American webcomic author
  • Oct 18 Lindsey Vonn, American alpine skier

Deaths in History

  • Oct 6 George S Simpson, US paleontologist, dies at 82
  • Oct 8 Frederick Brisson, producer, dies at 71 after a stroke
  • 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 18 Florence Rinard, TV panelist (20 Questions), dies at 82
  • 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 Francois Truffaut, dir (Fahrenheit 451), dies of brain cancer at 52
  • Oct 26 Laurie Langenbach, author, dies at 37
  • Oct 31 Eduardo De Filippo, director (7 Deadly Sins, Shoot Loud), dies at 84


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