On This Day

What Happened in June 1984

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Douglas H Mitchell, QC of Calgary becomes 6th CFL Commissioner
  • Jun 1 KWK-AM in St Louis MO changes call letters to KGLD
  • Jun 1 Netherlands' Lubbers government gives 48 sites for cruise missiles
  • Jun 1 Russian super heavyweight weightlifter Alexander Gunyashev snatches world record 211 kg
  • Jun 2 "Welcome To Fun Zone" hosted by Dr Demento airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 2 Actress Jill Ireland has a radical mastectomy
  • Jun 2 Flight readiness firing of Discovery's main engines
  • Jun 3 Revival of musical "The Wiz" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 13 performances

LPGA Championship

Jun 3 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Defending champion Patty Sheehan finishes 10 strokes ahead of runners-up Pat Bradley and Beth Daniel

  • Jun 3 38th Tony Awards: Real Thing & La Cage Aux Folles win
  • Jun 4 18th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers win

US Golf Open

Jun 4 1960 champion Arnold Palmer fails to qualify for the US Open Golf Championship for the first time in 32 years

Album Release

Jun 4 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 7th studio album "Born in the USA", his biggest commercial success topped the charts in 11 countries and sold over 30 million copies, worldwide

  • Jun 4 DNA is successfully cloned from an extinct animal
  • Jun 4 MLB Draft: New York Mets take Mechanicsburg Area Senior HS outfielder Shawn Abner at #1

Historic Event

Jun 5 Indira Gandhi orders an attack on Sikh's holiest site, the Golden Temple in Amritsar

  • Jun 6 1,200 die in Sikh "Golden Temple" uprising India
  • Jun 6 Video game Tetris is first released in the Soviet Union by Alexey Pajitnov
  • Jun 8 Homosexuality is declared legal in the state of New South Wales, Australia

Film Premiere

Jun 8 "Ghostbusters", American supernatural comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson premieres

  • Jun 8 "Gremlins", American comedy horror film, is released
  • Jun 9 Cyndi Lauper gets her first US #1 hit with "Time After Time"
  • Jun 9 "Laserphonic Fantasy" premieres
  • Jun 9 116th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr.aboard Swale wins in 2:27.2
  • Jun 9 Donald Duck's 50th birthday celebrated at Disneyland
  • Jun 9 Jurgen Hingsen of West Germany sets record for decathlon, 8,798 pts
  • Jun 9 NASA suffers a launch vehicle failure launching Intelsat 509
  • Jun 9 Polygram's Hanover Germany plant produces its 10 millionth CD

Music History

Jun 9 Weird Al Yankovic gives a live performance at Starlight Amphitheater

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 9 French Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert 6-3, 6-1; 2nd women in Open Era to hold all 4 Grand Slam titles at once

  • Jun 10 US missile shoots down an incoming missile in space for first time
  • Jun 10 Zhu Jian Hua of China high jumps a record 7'10" (2.39m)

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 10 French Open Men's Tennis: Czech star Ivan Lendl wins 1st career Grand Slam title; beats John McEnroe 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5

  • Jun 11 Funeral for S Nakagawa & burial of half of his ashes
  • Jun 11 US Supreme Court declares illegally obtained evidence may be admitted at trial if it could be proved that it would have been discovered legally
  • Jun 11 Michael Larson shown winning record $110,237 on American TV game show "Press Your Luck" by memorizing patterns
  • Jun 12 38th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3, to win the championship title
  • Jun 14 Southern Baptist convention decide on no women clergy members
  • Jun 15 "Thicke Of The Night" TV Talk Show last airs in syndication

Sports History

Jun 15 American boxer Thomas Hearns retains WBC light middleweight title with 2 round KO of Roberto Durán of Panama at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas; marks first time in his illustrious career Durán knocked out

  • Jun 16 Edwin Moses wins his 100th consecutive 400-meter hurdles race
  • Jun 16 Matt de Waal finishes 14,290-mi round trip from Salt Lake City (106d)
  • Jun 18 US Open Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Fuzzy Zoeller beats Greg Norman of Australia by 8 strokes in a Monday 18-hole playoff to win his first Open title
  • Jun 19 Weird Al Yankovic gives free live performance at Del Mar Fair
  • Jun 19 1st live TV appearance by Chief Justice Warren Burger (Nightline)
  • Jun 20 Oakland A's Dave Kingman hits his 3rd grand slam & 14th lifetime
  • Jun 20 Amber Kvanli, of Minnesota, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 22 Calvin Griffith signs letter of intent to sell ownership of Twins
  • Jun 22 Carl Pohlad becomes CEO of Minnesota Twins
  • Jun 22 Jolande van de Meer swims Dutch record 800 m freestyle (8:39.30)
  • Jun 22 Joseph Luns resigns as secretary-general of NATO

Historic Event

Jun 22 Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airways commences operations with flight from Gatwick to Newark

  • Jun 22 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Weather Report, The Smiths, and Black Uhuru headline; other performers include: Ian Dury, Joan Baez, The Waterboys, Fela Kuti, General Public, Dr. John, Fairport Convention, Christy Moore, Brass Construction, The Staple Singers, Billy Bragg, and Amazulu,

Baseball Record

Jun 24 Joe Morgan sets career HR mark for 2nd basemen with #265

  • Jun 24 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: Arnold Palmer wins 2nd straight Champions Tour major by 3 strokes ahead of Peter Thomson of Australia
  • Jun 25 Lydia Garrett, 24, crowned 17th Miss Black America
  • Jun 25 STS 41-D launch attempt scrubbed because of computer problem

Album Release

Jun 25 Prince releases his "Purple Rain" album

  • Jun 26 1st flight of Shuttle Discovery (41-D) scrubbed at T -4

Music Recording

Jun 26 Barbra Streisand records "Here We Are at Last"

Daytime Emmy Awards

Jun 27 Emmy 11th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 5th time

  • Jun 27 Fire destroys a set in "A View to a Kill"

Sports History

Jun 27 UEFA European Championship Final, Parc des Princes, Paris, France: Michel Platini & Bruno Bellone score as France beats Spain, 2-0

  • Jun 27 Late Night's 1st Tower Drop
  • Jun 27 Supreme Court ends NCAA monopoly on college football telecasts
  • Jun 28 Former member of South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU), Jeannette Schoon, and her six-year-old daughter, Katryn, are killed by a letter bomb at Lubango, in northern Angola
  • Jun 28 17th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego

Sports History

Jun 29 Orel Hershiser begins string of making every sched start until 1990

  • Jun 29 USSR offers to start talking about banning SDI
  • Jun 30 Failed coup by cocaine growers in Bolivia
  • Jun 30 Longest pro football game, LA Express beats Mich Panthers 27-21 in USFL playoffs, games lasts 93 minutes 33 seconds

Historic Event

Jun 30 Pierre Trudeau officially steps down as Prime Minister of Canada after serving two separate terms for a total of 15 years


Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar, Mongolian judoka (Olympic gold -100kg 2008; silver 2012; first Mongolian Olympic gold medallist), born in Saikhan sum, Bulgan Province, Mongolia
  • Jun 1 Jean Beausejour, Chilean soccer left wing-back (107 caps; Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Universidad de Chile), born in Santiago, Chile
  • Jun 4 Ian White, Canadian hockey player
  • Jun 4 Rainie Yang, Taiwanese mando-pop singer, actress, and television personality, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Jun 5 Cécilia Cara, French singer and actress, born in Cannes, France
  • Jun 6 Noor Sabri, Iraqi footballplayer
  • Jun 6 Shannon Stewart, American model
  • Jun 8 Andrea Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Monaco
  • Jun 8 Javier Mascherano, Argentine footballer
  • Jun 9 Yulieski Gourriel, Cuban baseball player, born in Sancti Spíritus, Cuba
  • Jun 9 Kaleth Morales, Colombian vallenato folk music singer and songwriter ("Vivo en el Limbo" - I Live in the Limbo), born in Valledupar, Cesar, Colombia (d. 2005)
  • Jun 9 Wesley Sneijder, Dutch footballer
  • Jun 9 Masoud Shojaei, Iranian footballer, born in Shiraz, Iran
  • Jun 10 Dirk Van Tichelt, Belgian judoka
  • Jun 11 Vágner Love, Brazilian footballer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jun 11 Andy Lee, Irish boxer, born in Bow, London, England
  • Jun 13 Nery Castillo, Mexican-Uruguayan footballer, born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico
  • Jun 14 Siobhán Donaghy, British singer (ex-Sugababes)
  • Jun 14 Lorenzo Booker, American football player
  • Jun 15 Tim Lincecum, American baseball player
  • Jun 16 Steven Whittaker, Scottish Footballer
  • Jun 16 Rick Nash, Canadian ice hockey left wing (#1 pick NHL Draft 2002; 6 x NHL All Star; Olympic gold 2010, 14; World C'ship gold 2007; Columbus BJs, NY Rangers), born in Brampton, Ontario
  • Jun 17 John Gallagher Jr., American stage actor (The West Wing, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Jun 18 Janne Happonen, Finnish ski jumper, born in Kuopio, Finland
  • Jun 19 Mateus Galiano da Costa, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • Jun 19 Paul Dano, American actor (Love and Mercy), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 21 Jujubee [Airline Inthyrath], American drag queen and TV performer (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 22 Jerome Taylor, West Indies international cricketer
  • Jun 22 Janko Tipsarević, Serbian tennis player (Davis Cup 2010), born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Jun 22 Dustin Johnson, American golfer (US Open 2016; Ryder Cup 2010, 12, 16, 18; FedEx Cup 2020), born in Columbia, South Carolina

Duffy

Jun 23 [Amie Ann] Duffy, Welsh Singer (Mercy), born in Gwynedd, Wales

  • Jun 24 J.J. Redick, American basketball player
  • Jun 25 Indigo [Alyssa Ashley Nichols], American actress (Weeds), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 26 Elijah Dukes, American baseball player (Washington Nationals), born in Homestead, Florida
  • Jun 26 Raymond Felton, American basketball player (New York Knicks), born in Marion, South Carolina
  • Jun 26 Deron Williams, American basketball player, born in Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • Jun 26 J. J. Barea, Puerto Rican basketball player, born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
  • Jun 26 Aubrey Plaza, American actress and comedian (Parks and Recreation), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Jun 27 Rocío Guirao Díaz, Argentinian model, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jun 27 Gökhan Inler, Swiss footballer (İstanbul Başakşehir), born in Olten, Switzerland
  • Jun 27 Emma Lahana, New Zealand actress (Haven), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Khloé Kardashian

Jun 27 Khloé Kardashian, American reality television star (Keeping Up with the Kardashians), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Jun 27 Julie Ordon, Swiss model, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Jun 29 Han Ji-hye, South Korean actress and model, born in Gwangju, South Korea
  • Jun 29 Christopher Egan, Australian actor (Home and Away), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Jun 29 Derek Lee Rock [Smith], American drummer (Mêlée)
  • Jun 30 Fantasia [Barrino], American singer (American Idol, "Back to Me"), born in High Point, North Carolina
  • Jun 30 Gabriel Badilla, Costa Rican footballer, born in San José, Costa Rica

Famous Weddings

Ernie Banks

Jun 14 MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (53) weds Marjorie Wardlawholm

  • Jun 26 American singer Tiny Tim (52) marries Miss Jan Alweiss (23); divorce in 1995

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Nate Nelson, American singer (Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes for You), dies at 52
  • Jun 2 Georgios Kasassoglou, Greek musician (b. 1908)
  • Jun 5 Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Indies Sikh leader
  • Jun 5 Frederick Stratten Russell, English marine biologist (plankton life history and long-term changes in marine ecosystems), dies at 86
  • Jun 6 A. Bertram Chandler, Anglo-Australian mariner and sci-fi author (Empress of Outer Space), dies at 72
  • Jun 6 Bill Voce, cricketer (key player of the Bodyline series), dies
  • Jun 7 George Givot, actor (Versatile Vaudeville), dies at 81
  • Jun 8 Gordon Jacob, British composer, dies at 88
  • Jun 11 Enrico Berlinguer, Italian National Secreatary of Italian Communist Party (PCI), dies at 62
  • Jun 13 Marinus de Jong, Dutch composer, dies at 92
  • Jun 13 António Variações [António Joaquim Rodrigues Ribeiro], Portuguese singer-songwriter (Dar & Receber), dies at 39 of AIDS-related pneumonia complications
  • Jun 15 Meredith Willson, American composer for stage (The Music Man), and screen (The Great Dictator; Little Foxes), dies at 82
  • Jun 15 Ned Glass, Polish-American actor (Sol-Julia, Uncle Moe-Bridget Loves Bernie), dies of heat failure at 78
  • Jun 16 Lew Andreas, American basketball coach (b. 1895)
  • Jun 16 Harmonica Slim [Travis Blaylock], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter ("You Better Believe It"), dies at 49
  • Jun 17 Chet Allen, American child actor (Amahl and the Night Visitors), intentionally overdoses at 45
  • Jun 17 Swale, Kentucky Derby winner, collapses & dies
  • Jun 17 Klavdiya Shulzhenko, Soviet jazz and pop singer ("Let's Smoke"), dies at 78
  • Jun 18 Alan Berg, American radio talk show host, dies after being shot by White Nationalists at 50
  • Jun 19 Lee Krasner, American abistract expressionist painter, dies at 75
  • Jun 19 Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, composer, dies at 88
  • Jun 19 Sunny Johnson, American actress (Flashdance), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 30
  • Jun 20 Estelle Winwood, actress (Miracle on 34th Street), dies at 99
  • Jun 20 Hans Studer, Swiss composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 22 Joseph Losey, director (Go-Between, M, Concrete Jungle), dies at 75
  • Jun 24 William Keighley, American director (The Man who came to Dinner), dies of a stroke at 94
  • Jun 25 Michel Foucault, French philosopher and historian (History of Sexuality), dies of AIDs at 57
  • Jun 26 Carl Foreman, producer, dies of cancer at 69

Lillian Hellman

Jun 30 Lillian Hellman, American playwright, (Toys in the Attic, Little Foxes), dies at 79