What Happened on August 4, 1984

Historical Events

Olympic Gold

American athlete Carl Lewis wins the 100m in 9.9 seconds in Los Angeles, first of 9 Olympic gold medals over 3 Games

  • Americans Al Joyner and Mike Conley take the gold and silver medals in the men's triple jump at the Los Angeles Olympics

#1 in the Charts

Prince's "Purple Rain" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 24 weeks

  • Republic of Upper Volta becomes Burkina Faso (National Day)
1984 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Helene Fischer, Russian-German pop singer (Farbenspiel), born in Krasnoyarsk, Soviet Union
Born in 1984

Famous Deaths

  • Edmond Ryan, actor (Human Monster), dies at 79 of a heart attack
  • Howard Culver, actor (Howie-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
  • Mary Miles Minter, actress (Drums of Fate), die at 82 of heart failure
  • Walter Burke, American actor (Jack the Giant Killer), dies at 75 of emphysema

About August 4, 1984

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 38 years, 7 months and 26 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Leo

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: When Doves Cry - Prince
  • UK #1 Song: Two Tribes - Frankie Goes To Hollywood