On This Day

What Happened in 1984

Historical Events

  • 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, created by comedy writer Reinhold Weege, premieres on NBC TV; runs for 9 seasons
  • 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
  • Sep 20 "Cosby Show" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Oct 26 "The Terminator" directed by James Cameron, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton is released in the US
  • Nov 9 Wes Craven's horror film "A Nightmare on Elm Street" premieres in the US

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 Maurice 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
  • Jul 26 Expos Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with his 3,502nd single

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 British singer Elton John (36) marries Renate Blauel at Darling Point, New South Wales, Australia; divorce in 1988

Famous Divorces

  • Apr 2 Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (64) divorces Margaret 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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