What Happened in January 1984

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 AT&T's 22 owned Bell system companies divests into 8 companies
  • Jan 1 Brunei becomes independent of UK
  • Jan 1 NYC transit fare rises from 75 cents to 90 cents
  • Jan 2 Darryl Cullinan, 16, scores his 1st first-class cricket century
  • Jan 2 Riot in Tunis kills over 100
  • Jan 2 Wilson Goode, sworn-in as Philadelphia's 1st black mayor

BattleCoup d'état

Jan 2 Major-General Muhammadu Buhari is declared Head of State in Nigeria, following a military coup

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari
  • Jan 2 70th Rose Bowl: UCLA beats #4 Illinois, 45-9
  • Jan 2 50th Sugar Bowl: #3 Auburn beats #8 Michigan, 9-7
  • Jan 2 13th Fiesta Bowl: #14 Ohio State beats #15 Pittsburgh, 28-23
  • Jan 2 50th Orange Bowl: #5 Miami (FL) beats #1 Nebraska, 31-30
  • Jan 3 Syria frees captured US pilot after appeal from Jesse Jackson
  • Jan 4 "Night Court" starring Harry Anderson premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 4 Edmonton beats Minnesota 12-8 highest-scoring modern NHL game
  • Jan 5 Adrian Dantley (Utah), ties NBA record of 28 free throws
  • Jan 5 Greg Chappell scores 182* for Australia in his last Test innings
  • Jan 6 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41 B mission
  • Jan 6 Last day of Test cricket for Chappell, Marsh & Lillee
  • Jan 7 Brunei becomes the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
  • Jan 8 NCAA announces that basketball tournament will have 64 teams
  • Jan 8 Wash Caps Bengt Gustafsson scores 5 goals to beat Philadelphia 7-1
  • Jan 8 AFC Championship Game: Los Angeles Raiders beat Seattle Seahawks 30-14
  • Jan 8 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat San Francisco 49ers 24-21
  • Jan 9 "TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes" premieres on NBC TV (Whoops)
  • Jan 9 Braves pitcher Pascual Perez is arrested for cocaine possession
  • Jan 9 EAA moves operations to Oshkosh
  • Jan 9 John Lennon single "Nobody Told Me" released posthumously
  • Jan 9 Rock band Van Halen release their most successful album "1984"
  • Jan 10 Argentine ex-president and general Reynaldo Bignone arrested
  • Jan 10 Bulgarian Tupolev 134 crashes at Sofia airport in Bulgaria, 50 die
  • Jan 10 Clara Peller 1st asks, "Where's the Beef?" in commercial for Wendy's hamburger chain
  • Jan 10 Luis Aparicio, Harmon Killebrew, & D Drysdale elected to Hall of Fame
  • Jan 10 US re-establishes full diplomatic relations with Vatican after almost 117 years
  • Jan 11 Denver Nuggets 163, San Antonio Spurs 155-highest-scoring NBA game
  • Jan 11 NASA space shuttle STS 41-B moves to launch pad
  • Jan 11 Supreme Court reinstated $10M award to Karen Silkwood's family
  • Jan 13 TV anchor Christine Craft wins $325,000 in her case against KMBC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 14 Madonna 1st sings "Holiday" on American Bandstand

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 Hana Mandlíková ends Martina Navratilova's 54-match winning streak

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jan 15 Schonbrun skates world record 5 km (7:39.44)
  • Jan 15 Tony Benn, described as a “leftwing rebel” wins Labour's nomination for the by-election in Chesterfield, UK

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 16 11th American Music Awards: Pat Benatar and Michael Jackson win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Jan 16 Paul & Linda McCartney arrested in Barbados-possession of cannabis
  • Jan 17 Supreme Court rules (5-4) oks private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws
  • Jan 18 80th Islander & 3rd dual hat trick (Carroll & Bossy) 9-1 win
  • Jan 19 Francesco Moser bicycles world record time: 50,808 km
  • Jan 19 California Supreme Court rejects the request of quadriplegic Elizabeth Bouvia's to starve herself to death in a public hospital
  • Jan 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners
  • Jan 21 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
  • Jan 22 Annette Kennedy of SUNY sets women's basketball record with 70 pts
  • Jan 22 Hilbert van de Thumb becomes European all-round skates
  • Jan 22 Super Bowl XVIII: LA Raiders beat Wash Red Skins, 38-9 in Tampa Super Bowl MVP: Marcus Allen, LA Raiders, RB
  • Jan 23 Buffalo Sabres win NHL record 10th straight road game
  • Jan 23 Greatest unpaced 1-hr bicycle distance, F Moser (Italy), 51.15 km

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 23 Hulk Hogan defeats Iron Sheik to become WWF champ

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Jan 24 Apple Computer Inc unveils its revolutionary Macintosh personal computer
  • Jan 26 Nordiques' Michel Goulet scored on 9th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Jan 26 US navy exhibits Piasecki helistat-4 helicopters & a blimp able to lift 26 tons-Lakehurst, New Jersey

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jan 27 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release "Milk & Honey" album

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Jan 27 LA Kings end Wayne Gretzky's NHL-record 51-game scoring streak
  • Jan 27 Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 28 41st Golden Globes: Terms of Endearment, Tom Courtenay, Robert Duvall, & Shirley MacLaine win

  • Jan 28 LA Kings stop Wayne Gretzky 51 game scoring streak
  • Jan 28 Record 295,000 dominoes toppled in Fuerth, West Germany
  • Jan 29 34th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 154-145 (OT) at Denver
  • Jan 29 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 45-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 29 President Reagan formally announces he will seek a 2nd term

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jan 29 Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic of Deer Creek
  • Jan 31 36th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-6 at NJ
  • Jan 31 Edwin Newman retires from NBC News after 35 years with the network
  • Jan 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 José Paolo Guerrero, Peruvian footballer
  • Jan 1 Alok Kapali, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • Jan 1 Michael Witt, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Jan 2 Colleen Taylor, American journalist
  • Jan 5 Amanda Hearst, American heiress
  • Jan 6 Sean O'Brien, Australian professional windsurfer
  • Jan 6 A.J. Hawk, American football player
  • Jan 6 Kate McKinnon [Berthold] actress and comedian (Ghostbusters), born in Sea Cliff, New York
  • Jan 7 Jon Lester, American baseball player
  • Jan 8 Jeff Francoeur, American baseball player
  • Jan 12 Scott Olsen, American baseball player
  • Jan 14 Mike Pelfrey, American baseball player
  • Jan 15 Megan Jendrick, American swimmer
  • Jan 15 Victor Rasuk, American actor
  • Jan 16 Jared Slingerland, Canadian musician
  • Jan 18 Benji Schwimmer, American dancer
  • Jan 18 Maarja Kivi, Estonian singer
  • Jan 18 Seung-Hui Cho, shooter at Virginia Tech
  • Jan 18 Kristy Lee Cook, American Idol 7 cast member
  • Jan 18 Michael Kearney, American child prodigy
  • Jan 19 Euan Blair, eldest son of British Prime Minister Tony Blair
  • Jan 19 Karun Chandhok, Indian racing driver
  • Jan 19 Thomas Vanek, Austrian ice hockey player
  • Jan 20 Olivia Hallinan, English Actress
  • Jan 20 Toni Gonzaga, Filipina Actress and Singer
  • Jan 22 Raica Oliveira, Brazilian supermodel
  • Jan 22 Maceo Rigters, Dutch footballer
  • Jan 22 Ben Eager, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 22 Leon Powe, American basketball player
  • Jan 23 Arjen Robben, Dutch footballer
  • Jan 24 Witold Kiełtyka, Polish drummer (Decapitated) (d. 2007)
  • Jan 24 Scott Kazmir, American baseball player
  • Jan 25 Robinho [Robson de Souza], Brazilian footballer, born in São Vicente, Brazil
  • Jan 26 Iain Turner, Scottish footballer
  • Jan 26 Luo Xuejuan, Chinese swimmer
  • Jan 26 Layla Kayleigh, British television personality
  • Jan 27 Davetta Sherwood, American actress
  • Jan 28 Andre Iguodala, basketball & NBA player (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Jan 30 Jeremy Hermida, American baseball player
  • Jan 31 Jeremy Wariner, American 400m runner
  • Jan 31 Vernon Davis, NFL player

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 28 Mr Glynn Wolfe marries for non-bigamous record 26th time, Las Vegas
  • Jan 29 Actress Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) marries Robert Altman

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Alexis Korner, British blues musician (b. 1928)
  • Jan 6 Ernest Laszlo, Hungarian-U.S. cinematographer (b. 1898)
  • Jan 7 Alfred Kastler, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
  • Jan 9 Wolfgang Staudte, German director (Ciske de Rat), dies at 77
  • Jan 10 Souvanna Phouma, Prince and Prime Minister of Laos (1951–54, 1956–58, 1960 and 1962–75), dies at 82
  • Jan 11 Fritz Geissler, German composer, dies at 62
  • Jan 11 Jack La Rue, American actor and TV narrator (Lights Out, Mouthpiece, My Favorite Brunette), dies at 81
  • Jan 14 Mary Zeldenrust-Noordanus, Dutch sexuologist (NVSH), dies at 55
  • Jan 14 Paul Ben Haim, composer, dies at 86

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 14 Ray Kroc, American fast food entrepreneur (McDonald's) and owner of baseball's San Diego Padres, dies of heart failure at 81

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • Jan 18 Malcolm H Kerr, 9th President of American U of Beirut, shot dead
  • Jan 18 Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1915)
  • Jan 19 Max Bentley, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1920)
  • Jan 20 Johnny Weissmuller [Peter Johann Weißmüller], Hungarian actor (Tarzan) and 100m swimmer (Oly-5 gold-1924, 28), dies at 79
  • Jan 21 Jackie Wilson, American soul singer-songwriter and performer (I Get the Sweetest Feeling), dies at 49
  • Jan 21 Giannis Skaribas, Greek writer, dramatist, and poet (b. 1893)
  • Jan 23 Samuel Gardner, American composer, dies at 92
  • Jan 23 Mu'in Bseiso, Palestinian poet (b. 1926)
  • Jan 27 Lou Crosby, TV announcer (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 72
  • Jan 28 John Macvane, newscaster (United or Not), dies at 71
  • Jan 29 Frances Goodrich, (Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 93 of lung cancer