What Happened in 1984

Important 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 in Amritsar
  • 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 14 Britain's Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean famously dominate the ice dancing at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; perform to Ravel’s Bolero in free dance routine; record 9-of-9 perfect scores for artistic impression
  • 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 The Soviet Union announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics in retaliation for the American boycott of the 1980 Moscow 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 Sinclair née Sinclair (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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