What Happened in 1984

Significant Events

  • Jan 24 Apple Computer Inc unveils its revolutionary Macintosh personal computer
  • Feb 29 Pierre Trudeau announces he is stepping down after 15 years as Canadian Prime Minister
  • Apr 23 AIDS-virus identified as HTLV-III (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)
  • Jun 5 Indira Gandhi orders an attack on Sikh's holiest site, the Golden Temple
  • Dec 3 Bhopal disaster: Union Carbide pesticide plant leak 45 tons 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 19 Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sign the Sino-British Joint Declaration to transfer Hong Kong back to China in 1997
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1984 in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 "Night Court" starring Harry Anderson premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 17 Supreme Court rules (5-4) that private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws
  • Mar 19 American sitcom "Kate & Allie" premieres on CBS TV starring Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin
  • Jun 8 "Ghostbusters", American supernatural comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murrary and Dan Aykroyd is released

1984 in Music

1984 in Sport

  • Feb 12 Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean skate "Bolero" at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo
  • Mar 21 NFL owners passed the infamous anti-celebrating rule
  • Apr 5 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks Wilt Chamberlain's all-time career scoring record of 31,419 points (31,421)
  • May 8 USSR announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics

World Leaders in 1984

Famous People in 1984

Would You Believe?

World's most valuable tip - New York police detective Robert Cunningham offers waitress Phyllis Penzo half of $1 lottery ticket, next day they win $6 million

On March 30, 1984

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 28 Mr Glynn Wolfe marries for non-bigamous record 26th time, Las Vegas
  • Jan 29 Actress Wonder Woman Lynda Carter (33) marries Robert Altman (58)
  • Feb 14 Singer Elton John marries Renate Blauel in Sydney Australia

Famous Divorces

  • Apr 2 Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (64) divorces Margaret Trudeau (35) due to irreconcilable differences after 13 years of marriage
  • Sep 14 Film director John Carpenter (36) and actress Adrienne Barbeau (39) divorce after 5 years of marriage
  • Oct 16 Joyce King divorces NBA guard George Gervin (32) after nearly 8 years of marriage
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