What Happened in December 1984

Historical Events

Film Premiere

Dec 1 "Beverly Hills Cop" directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold premieres in Los Angeles

  • Dec 1 49th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 17-15 in Birmingham

Heisman Trophy

Dec 1 50th Heisman Trophy Award: Doug Flutie, Boston College (QB)

  • Dec 1 American boxer Greg Page KOs home town favourite Gerrie Coetzee in 8th round to win WBA heavyweight title in Sun City, South Africa

Sports History

Dec 1 American tennis icon Chris Evert wins her 1,000th career professional match; beats Pascale Paradis of France 6-1, 6-7, 6-2 in the round of 16 at the Australian Open; Evert goes on to win the event

  • Dec 1 France performs nuclear test
  • Dec 2 Australian Test cricket spin bowler Bob Holland takes a career best 9-83 for NSW in the Sheffield Shield match against South Australia in Sydney

Sports History

Dec 2 Miami quarterback Dan Marino breaks NFL single-season touchdown pass record when he throws his 37th in the Dolphins' 45-34 loss to the Raiders; finishes season with 48 TD passes

  • Dec 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Music Single

Dec 3 "Do They Know It's Christmas" single written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and sung by an all-star cast under the banner of Band Aid is released in the UK

  • 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

Music History

Dec 4 6th ACE Cable Awards: David Bowie: Serious Moonlight by Anthony Eaton and HBO

  • Dec 4 Hezbollah militants hijack a Kuwait Airlines plane, killing four passengers.

Sports History

Dec 5 A's trade Rickey Henderson to Yankees for Jay Howell & Jose Rijo

  • Dec 5 French colonies killed 10 Kanaken in New Caledonia
  • Dec 5 New York Yankees trade catcher Rick Cerone to Atlanta Braves for pitcher Brian Fisher
  • Dec 6 France performs nuclear test

Sports History

Dec 6 Helena Suková snaps Martina Navratilova's 74-match winning streak 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the semi finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne; ends Navratilova's hopes of completing the Grand Slam

  • Dec 6 Hijackers aboard Kuwaiti jetliner kill 2nd hostage

Sports History

Dec 7 Allan Border's 1st Test Cricket match as captain (v WI Adelaide)

  • Dec 8 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert-Lloyd beats Helena Suková 6-7, 6-1, 6-3; continues streak of winning at least 1 major per year since 1973
  • Dec 8 Europe & 64 developing countries sign Lome III treaty

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Dec 9 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Sweden's Mats Wilander wins 2nd straight Australian title; beats Kevin Curren of South Africa 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2

  • Dec 9 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 9 Iranian commandos end 5-day hijacking of Kuwaiti plane

Sports History

Dec 9 LA Ram Eric Dickerson rushes 215 yards for season record 2,105 yards

  • Dec 9 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Australian Peter Thomson wins his lone Champions Tour major title by 3 strokes from Don January
  • Dec 10 1st "planet" outside our solar system discovered

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is presented with his Nobel Peace Prize

  • Dec 10 WNSY-AM in Newport News VA returns from WGH
  • Dec 11 "Doug Henning & His World..." opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 60 performances
  • Dec 11 Mauretania military coup under Col Maawiya Ould Sid'ahmed Taya
  • Dec 13 Artificial heart recipient William Schroeder suffers 1st stroke
  • Dec 14 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from Monday Night Football
  • Dec 15 USSR launches Vega 1 for rendezvous with Halley's Comet

Film Premiere

Dec 18 "A Christmas Carol" directed by Clive Donner starring George C. Scott premieres in the US

  • Dec 18 73rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats USA in Gothenburg (4-1)
  • Dec 19 33 unknown Bach keyboard works found in Yale library [1]
  • Dec 19 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC

Treaty of Interest

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

  • Dec 19 Fire at Wilberg Mine in central Utah killed 27 people

Sports History

Dec 19 Scotty Bowman wins his 691st regular season game, the most wins by any coach in NHL history

Sports History

Dec 19 Wayne Gretzky, 23, is 18th & youngest NHL-er to score 1,000 points

  • Dec 20 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 21 Brigham Young University (BYU) beats Michigan, 24-17 in the Holiday Bowl at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego to remain undefeated and secure their first ever NCAA Division I-A football title
  • Dec 21 Islander Kelly Hrudy's 1st shut-out win-Whalers 1-0
  • Dec 21 USSR launches Vega 2 for fly-by of Halley's Come
  • Dec 22 Bernhard Goetz shoots 4 black muggers on NYC subway train

#1 in the Charts

Dec 22 Madonna's "Like a Virgin" single goes #1 for 6 weeks

  • Dec 22 Test Cricket debut of Craig McDermott, v WI at the MCG

Sports History

Dec 23 West Indies batsman Viv Richards scores 208 vs Ausatralia in test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

  • Dec 24 Palace coup in Mauritania

Ballon d'Or

Dec 25 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Michel Platini is named Europe's best football player for the 2nd consecutive time; beats Bordeaux midfielder Jean Tigana and Verona striker Preben Elkjær

  • Dec 25 Knicks basketball forward Bernard King scores 60 points, but New York loses, 120-114 to the New Jersey Nets on Xmas Day at Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 27 Padres' free agent pitcher Ed Whitson signs with NY Yankees
  • Dec 28 Creosote bush determined to be 11,700 years old

Election of Interest

Dec 28 Rajiv Gandhi's Congress party wins the general election in India

Appointment of Interest

Dec 28 Ted Hughes is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

  • Dec 28 TV soap "Edge of Night" ends 28 year run
  • Dec 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh, Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 29 5th United Negro College Fund
  • Dec 29 Blues took 27 shots against Islanders in 1 period
  • Dec 29 Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi claims victory in parliamentary elections
  • Dec 29 Wayne Gretzky scores his NHL career 32nd hat trick & adds 3 assists in Edmonton's 6-3 win over Detroit Red Wings for his 100th point in just 35 games; 2nd fastest in history - recorded 100 points in 34 games in 1983
  • Dec 31 Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses his arm in a car crash
  • Dec 31 NYC subway gunman Bernhard Goetz surrenders to police in NH
  • Dec 31 Test Cricket debut of Mohammad Azharuddin, v England at Calcutta
  • Dec 31 US leaves UNESCO

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Yolandi Visser, South African rapper (Die Antwoord), born in Port Albert, South Africa
  • Dec 4 Brooke Adams, American model and professional wrestler, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Dec 4 Joe Thomas, American College Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle (University of Wisconsin; Pro Bowl 2007-16, Cleveland Browns), born in Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • Dec 4 Lauren London, American actress (The Game), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 4 Lindsay Felton, American actress (Caitlin's Way), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Dec 5 Chris Solinsky, American distance runner, born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  • Dec 5 Lera Lynn, American singer-songwriter (True Detective), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 7 Aaron Gray, American NBA basketball player, 2007-14 (Chicago Bulls and 3 other teams), born in Tarzana, California
  • Dec 7 Luca Rigoni, Italian footballer, born in Schio, Italy
  • Dec 7 Robert Kubica, Polish race car driver (1st Pole to compete in Formula One), born in Kraków, Poland
  • Dec 8 Badr Hari, Dutch kickboxer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Dec 8 Greg Halford, English footballer, born in Chelmsford, United Kingdom
  • Dec 8 Sam Hunt, American country pop singer (Take Your Time), born in Cedartown, Georgia
  • Dec 10 Jayson Paul, American professional wrestler
  • Dec 11 Leighton Baines, English soccer left back (30 caps; Wigan Athletic, Everton 348 games), born in Kirkby, England
  • Dec 12 Daniel Agger, Danish footballer, born in Hvidovre, Denmark
  • Dec 14 Chris Brunt, Northern Irish footballer, born in Belfast
  • Dec 14 Edward Rainsford, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Kadoma, Zimbabwe
  • Dec 14 Jackson Rathbone, American actor (The Twilight Saga), born in Singapore
  • Dec 15 Joshua Hayward, British Guitarist (The Horrors)
  • Dec 15 Martin Škrtel, Slovakian soccer defender and captain (104 caps; Liverpool FC 242 games), born in Handlová, Slovakia
  • Dec 16 Theo James (Taptiklis), British actor (Divergent, Insurgent), born in Oxford, England
  • Dec 17 Andrew Davies, English footballer
  • Dec 19 Ian Kennedy, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Dec 20 David Tavaré, Spanish pop-eurodance singer ("Hot Summer Night (Oh La La La)"), born in Pollença, Spain
  • Dec 21 Darren Potter, Irish football player, born in Liverpool, England
  • Dec 22 Basshunter [Jonas Erik Altberg], Swedish record producer and DJ (Now You're Gone), born in Halmstad, Sweden
  • Dec 24 Jehnny Beth [Camille Berthomier], French musician, singer-songwriter (John & Jehn; Savages; To Love Is to Live), born in Poitiers, France
  • Dec 25 Alastair Cook, English cricket batsman and captain (161 Tests, 33 x 100s, HS 294, 175 catches; Essex CCC), born in Gloucester, England
  • Dec 25 Georgia Moffett, British actress, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Dec 25 Jessica Origliasso, Australian singer-songwriter and actress (The Veronicas), born in Albany Creek, Queensland, Australia
  • Dec 25 Lisa Origliasso, Australian singer-songwriter and actress (The Veronicas), born in Albany Creek, Queensland, Australia
  • Dec 26 Alex Schwazer, Italian race walker, born in Sterzing, Italy
  • Dec 27 Gilles Simon, French tennis player (world #6 2009; Davis Cup 2017), born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  • Dec 27 Pleasure P. [Marcus Cooper], American R&B singer (Pretty Ricky), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 28 Alex Lloyd, British racing driver, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Dec 28 Beverly Mullins, American wrestler & model, born in Clearwater, Florida
  • Dec 28 Leroy Lita, Congolese football player, born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Dec 28 Martin Kaymer, German golfer (PGA C'ship 2010, US Open 2014), born in Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Dec 30 Andra Day [Cassandra Batie], American singer-songwriter ("Rise Up"), and actress (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), born in Edmonds, Washington

LeBron JamesLeBron James (37 years old)

Dec 30 American Basketball Forward (NBA C'ship & MVP 2012, 2013, 2016, 2020; 16 × NBA All-Star; Olympic gold 2008, 12; Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, LA Lakers), born in Akron, Ohio

  • Dec 30 Randall Azofeifa, Costa Rican footballer

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 3 Oldest groom - Harry Stevens, 103, weds Thelma Lucas, 83, in Wisconsin

Bette Midler

Dec 14 Singer and actress Bette Midler (39) weds Martin Von Hasselberg at Starlight Chapel in Las Vegas

Sally Field

Dec 15 Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field weds second husband Alan Greisman

Olivia Newton-John

Dec 15 Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John marries 1st husband actor Matt Lattanzi

Jamie Lee Curtis

Dec 18 Actress Jamie Lee Curtis (26) weds actor Christopher Guest (37) in New York

Mark McGwire

Dec 29 MLB player Mark McGwire (21) weds Kathlene Hughes

Paul O'Neill

Dec 29 MLB player Paul O'Neill (21) weds his childhood sweetheart Nevalee Davis in Columbus, Ohio

Randy Savage

Dec 30 Professional wrestling manager Miss Elizabeth (Hulette) & wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage (Poffo) wed


Famous Divorces

Kate Jackson

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

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Roelof Frankot, Dutch painter (b. 1911)
  • Dec 3 Virginia Lacy Jones, American librarian and presidential advisor, dies at 72
  • Dec 3 Vladimir Abramovich Rokhlin, Russian mathematician (b. 1919)
  • Dec 4 John Rock, American obstetrician and gynecologist who co-developed the 1st birth control pill, dies at 94
  • Dec 5 Adam Malik, Third Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1917)
  • Dec 6 Ruth Cummings, actress (Daybreak, Dream of Love), dies at 90
  • Dec 7 Jeanne Cagney, American stage, screen, and radio actress (Lion is in the Streets; Quicksand; Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • Dec 7 Lonnie "LeeRoy" Yarbrough, American race car (Nascar) driver, dies of head injury from a fall at 46
  • Dec 8 Luther Adler, American actor (D.O.A., The Desert Fox), dies at 81
  • Dec 8 Razzle [Nicholas Dingley], British drummer (Hanoi Rocks), dies at 24
  • Dec 8 Robert Jay Mathews, White Nationalist (b. 1953)
  • Dec 11 George Waggner, American director and writer (The Wolf Man), dies at 90
  • Dec 11 Oskar Seidlin, German-born American scholar (b. 1911)
  • Dec 14 Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish writer (Ambito, Bird of Paper, Nobel 1977), dies at 86
  • Dec 15 Frank Spedding, Canadian chemist whose uranium extraction process helped make possible the first atomic bomb, dies at 82
  • Dec 15 Jan Peerce [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NBC Symphony, 1938-55; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1941-67; "Bluebird of Happiness"), dies at 80
  • Dec 15 Lennard Pearce, British actor (Only Fools and Horses....), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Dec 16 Debs Garms, American baseball utility (World Series 1944 St. Louis Cardinals; NL batting champion 1940 Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 77
  • Dec 19 Joy Ridderhof, American missionary (b. 1903)
  • Dec 19 Michel Magne, French experimental music and film score composer (Gigot; Barbarella), and recording studio owner (Château d'Hérouville). takes his own life at 54
  • Dec 21 Judith Raskin, American soprano (Susanna-Le Nozze di Figaro), dies at 56
  • Dec 22 Viola Wells [Evans], American jazz, blues, and gospel singer, dies at 82
  • Dec 23 Joan Lindsay, Australian author (Picnic at Hanging Rock), dies at 88
  • Dec 24 Ian Hendry, British actor (The Avengers, The Lotus Eaters), dies of a stomach haemorrhage at 53
  • Dec 24 Peter Lawford, British actor, producer and socialite (Mrs Miniver, Thin Man), dies of cardiac arrest at 61
  • Dec 26 Gösta Jonsson, Swedish saxophonist, accordion player and band leader, dies at 69
  • Dec 26 Tebbs Lloyd Johnson, English race walker (Olympic bronze 50k 1952; oldest Olympic medal-winning athlete; 48 years and 115 days), dies at 84
  • Dec 28 Sam Peckinpah, American film director (The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs), dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • Dec 29 Leo Robin, American songwriter ("Thanks For the Memory"; "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"), dies of heart failure at 84
  • Dec 29 Sidney Garfield, American physician and pioneer of health maintenance organizations (Kaiser Permanente), dies at 78
  • Dec 30 Massa, oldest gorilla on record (b. 1930)