On This Day

What Happened in April 1984

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 14th Easter Seal Telethon raises $24,600,000
  • Apr 1 8 men record longest distance (13 miles) rowed in 24 hours
  • Apr 1 3rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: USC goes back-to-back; beats Tennessee, 72-61; Cheryl Miller 2nd consecutive MOP award

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

Apr 1 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 24-year old Fred Couples finishes at 277 (-11), 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Lee Trevino

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 46th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: Georgetown beats Houston, 84-75; Hoyas center Patrick Ewing tournament MOP; John Thompson first African-American head coach to lead his team to any NCAA Division I title

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing
  • Apr 3 Bombay beat Delhi on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • Apr 3 Guinea suspends constitution after coup
  • Apr 3 Soyuz T-11 carries 3 cosmonauts (1 Indian-Rakesh Sharma) to Salyut 7
  • Apr 4 Michael Frayn's "Benefactors" premieres in London
  • Apr 4 Winston Smith in Orwell's "1984" begins his secret diary
  • Apr 5 "Human Comedy" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 13 performances

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 5 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks Wilt Chamberlain's all-time career scoring record of 31,419 points (31,421)

  • Apr 6 11th Space Shuttle Mission (41-C)-Challenger 5 is launched
  • Apr 6 1st time 11 people in space
  • Apr 6 Members of Cameroon's Republican Guard unsuccessfully attempt to overthrow the government headed by Paul Biya.
  • Apr 7 Detroit Tiger Jack Morris no-hits Chicago White Sox, 4-0

  • Apr 8 4th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Lonely Lady" wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 8 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Juli Inkster wins the first of her 7 major titles in a sudden-death playoff with Pat Bradley, with a par on the 1st extra hole

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Apr 9 56th Academy Awards: "Terms of Endearment", Robert Duvall & Shirley MacLaine win

  • Apr 10 Damaged Solar Max satellite snared by Challenger shuttle
  • Apr 10 US Senate condemns CIA mining of Nicaraguan harbors
  • Apr 11 Challenger astronauts complete 1st in space satellite repair
  • Apr 11 Chinese troops invade Vietnam

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Apr 11 General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko named President of the Soviet Union

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko
  • Apr 11 Soyuz T-11 returns to Earth
  • Apr 13 11th Space Shuttle Mission (41C)-Challenger 5-returns to Earth
  • Apr 13 India beat Pak by 58 runs to win 1st Asia Cricket Cup in Sharjah

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 13 Pete Rose becomes 1st NL to get 4,000 hits in a career

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Apr 14 Farewell concert of "Doe Maar" in Den Bosch Neth
  • Apr 15 "Human Comedy" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 13 performances

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 15 48th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ben Crenshaw wins the first of his 2 green jackets, 2 strokes ahead of 1977 & 1981 champion Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Apr 15 Extremist Sikhs plunder 40 stations in Punjab India
  • Apr 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 16 88th Boston Marathon: Englishman Geoff Smith wins men's event in 2:10:34; Lorraine Moller of New Zealand women's champion in 2:29:28
  • Apr 16 Oakland A's Dave Kingman hits 3 HRs including a grand slam
  • Apr 16 Pulitzer prize awarded to Mary Oliver for "American Primitive"

  • Apr 17 Braves pitcher Pascual Perez suspended due to cocaine usage
  • Apr 17 During Libyan Embassy demonstration in London, British police officer Yvonne Fletcher shot dead
  • Apr 18 Space Shuttle Challenger flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly Air Force Base
  • Apr 18 Joan Benoit runs world record female marathon (2:22:43)
  • Apr 19 Nemesis, death star of dinosaurs 1st appears in print (Nature magazine)
  • Apr 19 Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem, with green and gold the national colors
  • Apr 20 Russian offensive in Panshirvallei Afghanistan
  • Apr 21 "Nightline" reverts back from 1 hour to ½ hour

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 21 After 37 weeks Michael Jackson's album "Thriller" is knocked off as top album by "Footloose"

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Apr 21 Centers for Disease Cont says virus discovered in France causes AIDS
  • Apr 21 Franz Weber of Austria skis downhill at a record 209.8 kph
  • Apr 21 Montreal Expo David Palmer no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0 in a perfect 5 inn game

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Apr 22 CBS premiere of TV film "Pope John Paul II", starring Albert Finney in title role

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Apr 23 AIDS-virus identified as HTLV-III (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 26 Liverpool's Cavern Club reopens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 26 President Reagan visits China

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Apr 27 Cleveland Indians beat Detroit Tigers, 8-4, in 19 innings
  • Apr 27 Over 70 inches of snow falls on Red Lake Montana
  • Apr 28 "La Tragedie de Carmen" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 187 performances
  • Apr 29 "Oliver!" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Apr 30 1,700 skiers participate in an alpine event at Are, Sweden
  • Apr 30 Strong winds cause a 30 min delay in Toronto Blue Jays game

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Olga Rei, Russian television personality
  • Apr 2 Meryl Cassie, New Zealand actress and singer (The Tribe), born in George, Cape Province, South Africa
  • Apr 3 Maxi López, Argentine footballer (Udinese), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Apr 3 Jonathan Blondel, Belgian footballer (Club Brugge midfielder), born in Ypres, Belgium
  • Apr 4 Arkady Vyatchanin, Russian-Serbian backstroke swimmer, born in Vorkuta, Russia
  • Apr 5 Shin Min-a, South Korean model and actress
  • Apr 6 Max Bemis, American musician/songwriter
  • Apr 8 Taran Noah Smith, actor (Mark Taylor-Home Improvement), born in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 8 Júlia Liptáková, Slovakian model
  • Apr 8 Kirsten Storms, American actress
  • Apr 9 Linda Chung, Chinese-Canadian actress and singer, born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
  • Apr 9 Adam Loewen, Canadian baseball player, born in Surrey, British Columbia
  • Apr 10 Zoe, 1st frozen-embryo child, born in Melbourne Australia
  • Apr 10 Mandy Moore, American singer (Candy) and actress (Rebecca Pearson-This Is Us), born in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • Apr 11 Kelli Garner, American actress (Dreamland), born in Bakersfield, California
  • Apr 13 Hiro Mizushima, Japanese actor, born in Tokyo
  • Apr 14 Adán Sánchez, Mexican-American singer, born in Torrance, California (d. 2004)
  • Apr 15 Rodney Carney, NBA athlete
  • Apr 15 Ben Kasica, American rock guitarist (Skillet), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 15 Cam Janssen, American ice hockey player
  • Apr 16 Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, American author, born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Apr 16 Noah Fleiss, American actor, born in White Plains, New York
  • Apr 16 Claire Foy, English Actress (The Crown), born in Stockport, England
  • Apr 18 America Ferrera, American actress (Ugly Betty), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 19 Lee Da-Hae, South Korean actress (My Girl), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Apr 20 Tyson Griffin, American professional mixed martial artist, born in Sacramento, California
  • Apr 21 Ashley Peldon, actress (Marsha-Guilding Light, Deceived), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Apr 22 Michelle Ryan, English actress
  • Apr 22 Amelle Berrabah, Moroccan-British singer (Sugababes), born in Aldershot, Hampshire
  • Apr 23 Alexandra Kosteniuk, Russian chess grandmaster (Women's World Chess Champion 2008-10), born in Perm, Russia
  • Apr 24 Tyson Ritter, American singer and songwriter (The All-American Rejects), born in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Apr 25 Robert Andino, Cuban-American baseball player, born in Miami, Florida
  • Apr 26 Ryan O'Donohue, American actor (Byrds of Paradise, Boys are Back), born in Pomona, California
  • Apr 26 Mija Martina, Bosnian singer (Eurovision 2019- Ne Brini), born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Person of interestPatrick Stump

Apr 27 Patrick Stump, American musician (Fall Out Boy), born in Evanston, Illinois

Musician Patrick Stump
Musician
Patrick Stump
  • Apr 27 Frank Carter, British musician (Gallows) and tattooist, born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
  • Apr 27 Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota Wild, New York Islanders), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • Apr 27 Daniel Holdsworth, Australian Rugby League player, born in Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
  • Apr 29 Phạm Văn Quyến, Vietnamese footballer
  • Apr 29 Taylor Cole, American actress
  • Apr 29 Firass Dirani, Lebanese-Australian actor
  • Apr 30 Shawn Daivari, Persian-American professional wrestler and manager

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 1 Filmmaker Joel Coel marries actress Frances McDormand

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 11 MLB manager Pete Rose (42) weds second wife Carol J. Woliung

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 2 Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (64) divorces Margaret Sinclair née Sinclair (35) due to irreconcilable differences after 13 years of marriage

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau

Famous Deaths


Person of interestMarvin Gaye

Apr 1 Marvin Gaye, American singer (Sexual Healing), shot to death by his father Marvin Gaye Sr in LA at 44

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • Apr 4 John Arnold, cricketer (Eng bat v NZ 1931, scored 34 only Test), dies
  • Apr 4 Oleg Antonov, Soviet airplane engineer (b. 1906)
  • Apr 5 Arthur Travors Harris, marshal of British RAF, dies
  • Apr 5 Theo Koomen, Dutch sportscaster, dies in auto-accident at 54
  • Apr 5 Arthur Harris, British RAF Commanding Chief known as "Bomber/Butcher Harris" for commanding the bombing campaign against Nazi Germany, dies at 91
  • Apr 5 Robert Adams, English sculptor and designer, dies at 67
  • Apr 6 Jimmy Kennedy, Irish singer-songwriter (Teddy Bears' Picnic, My Prayer), dies at 81
  • Apr 6 Ral Donner, singer/narrator, dies at 41
  • Apr 7 Frank Church, American lawyer and politician (United States Senator from Idaho), dies at 59
  • Apr 7 Samuel C Engel, poet, dies of heart failure at 79
  • Apr 8 Pyotr Kapitsa, Russian physicist (Nobel 1978), dies at 89
  • Apr 9 Basil Henry Blackwell, British publisher, dies
  • Apr 10 Ray Middleton, American actor (1776, Hurricane Smith), dies at 75
  • Apr 12 Ruth Taylor, actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 76
  • Apr 13 Christopher Wilder, Australian serial killer, dies at 39
  • Apr 13 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), dies at 72
  • Apr 13 Dionyssis Papayannopoulos, Greek actor, dies at 71
  • Apr 13 Richard Hurndall, British actor (Doctor Who, The Inheritors, It's Murder But Is It Art), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • Apr 14 Dionisis Papagiannopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1912)
  • Apr 15 Tommy Cooper, British comedian & magician, collapses and dies on stage at 61
  • Apr 15 Alexander Trocchi, Scottish writer, dies at 58
  • Apr 15 Machito, Latin jazz musician & creator of Cubop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), dies following a stroke at 76
  • Apr 15 William Empson, English poet & critic (Milton's God), dies at 77
  • Apr 17 Claude Provost, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 17 Mark W. Clark, American general, dies at 87
  • Apr 18 John Lee Mahin, American screenwriter, dies of emphysema at 81
  • Apr 18 Francis De Wolff, British character actor (A Christmas Carol, From Russia With Love), dies at 71
  • Apr 18 Arvi Kivimaa, Finnish writer (Groenende Cross), dies at 79
  • Apr 20 Mabel Mercer, English born singer who influenced Frank Sinatra (Fly Me to the Moon), dies at 84
  • Apr 20 Hristo Prodanov, Bulgarian mountaineer (b. 1943)
Photographer Ansel Adams
Photographer
Ansel Adams
  • Apr 23 Guus Oster, Dutch actor & director (Carrie), dies at 68
  • Apr 23 Red [William] Garland, American jazz pianist (Miles Davis Quintet), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Apr 25 Richard Benedict, actor (Okinawa), dies at 64 of a heart attack
  • Apr 26 Henry Rowland, American actor (Rogue's Regiment), dies at 70
  • Apr 26 May McAvoy, American actress (Ben Hur), dies at 82 after a heart attack
  • Apr 26 William "Count" Basie, American jazz musician & bandleader, dies at 79
  • Apr 27 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player, dies at 63
  • Apr 28 Glen H Taylor, American senator, dies at 80
  • Apr 28 Silvia Ashton-Warner, New Zealand writer, dies at 76