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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World Leaders in 1984

Famous People in 1984

Would You Believe?

During a radio voice test, US President Reagan jokes he "signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes."

On August 11, 1984

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 28 Mr Glynn Wolfe marries for non-bigamous record 26th time, Las Vegas
  • Jan 29 Actress Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) marries Robert Altman
  • Feb 14 Singer Elton John marries Renate Blauel in Sydney Australia
  • Feb 26 Pak Awang (84) marries 80th spouse
  • Mar 2 Tennis player Yannick Noah (23) weds beauty queen Cecilia Rodhe (22) in Cameroon

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
  • Dec 20 Actress Kate Jackson (36) divorces business executive David Greenwald after 2 years of marriage
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