Historical Events in 1984

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  • 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 4 Adrian Dantley ties Wilt Chamberlain's NBA record for most free throws made in a game by converting 28 of 29 free throws in Utah's 116-111 win over Houston at Las Vegas
  • 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, LA Memorial Coliseum: Los Angeles Raiders beat Seattle Seahawks, 30-14
  • Jan 8 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: 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

Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 9 John Lennon single "Nobody Told Me" released posthumously

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 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
  • Jan 14 Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini scores a 3rd-round TKO of Bobby Chacon to retain his WBA lightweight title in Reno, Nevada; Chacon so severely battered he thanks referee Richard Steele for stopping the fight

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 Martina Navratilova’s 54-match winning streak ends when beaten by Hana Mandlíková 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 in the final of the Virginia Slims of California tennis event in Oakland; after loss Navratilova wins next 74 matches for new record

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

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Jan 15 John McEnroe reverses previous year's result with a 6–3, 6–4, 6–4 win over Ivan Lendl to claim his second season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 16 Paul & Linda McCartney arrested in Barbados-possession of cannabis

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • Jan 17 Supreme Court rules (5-4) that 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, Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FL: LA Raiders beat Washington Redskins, 38-9; MVP: Marcus Allen, Los Angeles, RB
  • Jan 23 Buffalo Sabres become the first team in NHL history to win 10 straight road games with a 5-3 victory at Boston
  • 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
  • Jan 27 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release "Milk & Honey" album
  • Jan 27 Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial
  • Jan 28 Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky's NHL record point scoring streak ends at 51 games when Oilers beaten 4-2 by LA Kings; Gretzky totals 61-92-153 during the period

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

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 29 34th NBA All-Star Game, Denver: East beats West, 154-145 (OT); MVP: Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons, G; first All-Star Saturday; Legends Classic, West wins, 64-63; first Slam-Dunk winner, Larry Nance

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas
  • Jan 29 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 45-3; MVP: Joe Theismann, Washington Redskins, QB

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, Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 7-6; MVP: Don Maloney, NY Rangers, LW
  • Jan 31 Edwin Newman retires from NBC News after 35 years with the network
  • Jan 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 1 China & Netherlands regain diplomatic relations
  • Feb 1 David Stern becomes NBA Commissioner, succeeding Larry O'Brien; stays in position until 2014
  • Feb 1 Indian diplomat Ravindra Mhatre kidnapped and murdered by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England
  • Feb 2 1st Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Feb 2 Lebanese army fights in Beirut
  • Feb 3 10th Space Shuttle Mission (41B)-Challenger 4 launched
  • Feb 4 "9" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 739 performances
  • Feb 4 "Backstage Magic" opens at CommuniCore
  • Feb 4 Frank Aquilera sets world frisbee distance record (168m) Las Vegas
  • Feb 5 NZ beat England (82 & 93) by an innings in 3 days
  • Feb 6 Muslim militiamen take over West Beirut from Lebanese army
  • Feb 7 American astronaut Bruce McCandless makes 1st untethered space walk
  • Feb 7 David (born without immunity system) touches his mother for 1st time at age 12
  • Feb 7 Michael Jackson awarded a 4-ft-high platinum disc by CBS
  • Feb 8 XIV Winter Olympic Games open in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Feb 8 1st time 8 people in space
  • Feb 8 A's take Yankees pitcher Tim Belcher as Type A free agent compensation
  • Feb 8 Soyuz T-10 launches with crew of 3 to Salyut 7
  • Feb 9 "Rink" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 204 performances
  • Feb 9 East German speed skater Karin Enke wins the 1,500m in world record 2:03.42 at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins 1,000m gold
  • Feb 9 Finnish cross-country skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen wins the 10k gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; first of 3 individual medal sweep, also winning 5k and 20k events
  • Feb 9 East German ski jumper Jens Weißflog wins first of 3 career Olympic gold medals in the Normal Hill individual event at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • Feb 10 Soviet cross-country skier Nikolay Zimyatov wins a career 4th Olympic gold medal when he takes out the 30k event in Sarajevo; 3 gold in Lake Placid 1980
  • Feb 11 10th space shuttle mission (41-B)-Challenger 4-returns to Earth
  • Feb 11 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL short handed season scoring record at 11
  • Feb 12 Cale Yarborough, becomes 1st Daytona 500 qualifier, above 200 MPH
  • Feb 12 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup after going undefeated in the qualifying rounds
  • Feb 12 Finnish cross-country skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen wins the 5k gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; 2nd of 3 individual medal sweep, also winning 10k and 20k events
  • Feb 12 12 years after winning the doubles in Sapporo (1972), Italian Paul Hildgarten wins the men's luge singles at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics
  • Feb 12 East German luger Steffi Martin wins the first of 2 consecutive women's singles gold medals at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins in Calgary (1988)
  • Feb 13 6 year old Texan Stormie Jones gets 1st heart & liver transplant

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 Konstantin Chernenko succeeds Yuri Andropov as leader of the Soviet Union

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • Feb 13 Swedish cross country skier Gunde Svan wins 15k event, the first of 2 gold medals at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins 4 x 10k relay gold
  • Feb 13 Karin Enke of East Germany wins her 2nd gold medal of the Sarajevo Winter Games, winning the women's 1,000m in Olympic record 1:21.61; also wins 1,500m gold
  • Feb 14 Britain's Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean famously dominate the ice dancing at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; perform to Ravel’s Bolero in free dance routine; record 9-of-9 perfect scores for artistic impression
  • Feb 14 Canadian speed skater Gaétan Boucher takes out the 1,000m gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins 1,500m; narrowly beats Soviet skater Sergey Khlebnikov in both events
  • Feb 15 500,000 Iranian soldiers move into Iraq
  • Feb 15 An East German sweep of the medals in the women's 3,000m speed skating at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; Andrea Schöne takes gold ahead of team mates Karin Enke and Gabi Zange

  • Feb 16 Bill Johnson becomes 1st American to win Olympic downhill skiing gold
  • Feb 16 NJ Devils 1st OT goal, Jan Ludvig beats Hartford Whalers 6-5
  • Feb 16 Swedish cross country skier Gunde Svan takes his 2nd gold medal of the Sarajevo Winter Olympics in the 4 x 10k relay; also wins 15k gold
  • Feb 16 Swedish cross country skier Thomas Wassberg wins 2nd career gold medal in 4 x 10k relay at Sarajevo Winter Olympics; 2nd of 4 career gold; 15k Lake Placid (1980), 50k Sarajevo, relay Calgary (1988)
  • Feb 16 Canadian speed skater Gaétan Boucher takes out the 1,500m at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics, his second gold medal of the Games; also wins the 1,000m
  • Feb 16 3-time men's figure skating world champion Scott Hamilton of the US wins the gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics from Brian Orser of Canada and Jozef Sabovčík of Czechoslovakia
  • Feb 17 34th Berlin International Film Festival: "Love Streams" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 17 Biathletes Eirik Kvalfoss of Norway and West German Peter Angerer finish 2nd & 3rd respectively in the relay at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; both have complete sets of medals from biathlon events at the Games
  • Feb 18 Revised concordat between Italy & Vatican signed
  • Feb 18 Finnish cross-country skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen wins the 20k gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; sweeps all 3 individual events, also winning 5k and 10k events
  • Feb 18 East German figure skater Katarina Witt wins first of 2 consecutive women's singles gold medals at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins gold in Calgary (1988)
  • Feb 18 Finnish ski jumper Matti Nykänen wins first of 4 career Olympic gold medals in the Large Hill individual event at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • Feb 19 "Doonesbury" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • Feb 19 XIV Winter Olympic Games close in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Feb 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 19 1st brother combo to win Gold & Silver in same event at Olympics (Phil & Steve Mahre-Slalom)
  • Feb 19 26th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins for 2nd consecutive year and 4th time in career; last-lap pass to beat Darrell Waltrip
  • Feb 19 Swedish cross country skier Thomas Wassberg wins 50k event at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; his second gold of the Games (4 x 10k relay) and 3rd of his career (15k Lake Placid 1980)
  • Feb 19 Soviet Union wins its 6th Olympic ice hockey gold medal with a 2-0 win over silver medallists Czechoslovakia at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • Feb 22 Brothers Anton & Peter Stastny score 8 pts each for NHL Quebec
  • Feb 24 Iraq resumes air attack on Iran
  • Feb 25 Oil fire in Cubatao Brazil kills 500
  • Feb 26 Last US marines in multinational peacekeeping force in Lebanon left Beirut
  • Feb 26 Reverend Jesse Jackson acknowledges that he called NYC "Hymietown"
  • Feb 26 Robert Penn Warren, Pulitzer Prize winner, named 1st US poet laureate

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Feb 27 Carl Lewis jumps world record indoor (8,675 m)

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Feb 27 WRC-AM in Washington, D.C. changes call letters to WWRC
  • Feb 27 Worker's union leader Billy Nair freed in South Africa
  • Feb 28 26th Grammy Awards: Michael Jackson wins 8 Grammys
  • Feb 28 British satirical puppet show "Spitting Image" premieres on ITV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 Pierre Trudeau announces he is stepping down after 15 years as Canadian Prime Minister

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • Mar 1 Landsat 5 & ham satellite Oscar 11 launched into polar orbit
  • Mar 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR #3931 Batten, #4529 Webern, #4530 Smoluchowski, #4818 Elgar, #5502 Brashear & #5943 Lovi
  • Mar 2 Iran offensive against Iraq fails
  • Mar 3 NY Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Tor Maple Leafs (6)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 3 Peter Ueberroth elected baseball commissioner (Effective Oct 1)

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth
  • Mar 4 Pee Wee Reese & Rick Ferrell elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 4 Tennis legend Martina Navratilova retains her WTA Tour Championship in NYC; beats Chris Evert 6–3, 7–5, 6–1 for her 5th overall Championship title

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Mar 5 Supreme Court (5-4): city may use public money for Nativity scene
  • Mar 5 US accuse Iraq of using poison gas

  • Mar 6 Twelve-month-long strike in British coal industry begins.
  • Mar 7 The United States attacks San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua.
  • Mar 9 Emile Gumbs' Anguilla National Alliance wins elections
  • Mar 9 John Lennon single "Borrowed Time" released posthumously
  • Mar 9 Philadelphia 76'ers block 20 Seattle shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • Mar 9 Tim Witherspoon beats Greg Page in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 9 The Competitive Enterprise Institute in founded in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 10 Heavyweight Tim Witherspoon KOs Greg Page
  • Mar 10 25th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Auburn, 51-49
  • Mar 10 5th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 82-71 (OT)
  • Mar 11 Christa Johnson wins LPGA Samaritan Turquoise Golf Classic
  • Mar 11 31st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats Duke, 74-62
  • Mar 12 Brtish National Union of Mine Workers headed by Arthur Scargill supports regional strikes, calls for national action
  • Mar 13 Last day of 1st-class cricket for G Chappell, R Marsh, B Laird
  • Mar 13 WA beat Queensland by four wickets to win the Sheffield Shield
  • Mar 14 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41-C mission
  • Mar 14 Gerry Adams, head of Sinn Féin, is seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in central Belfast

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 15 10th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Linda Evans win (TV)

Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actor Tom Selleck
Actor
Tom Selleck
  • Mar 15 Tanzania adopts constitution
  • Mar 16 Gunmen kidnap William Buckley, CIA station chief in Beirut
  • Mar 16 South Africa & Mozambique sign non attack treaty
  • Mar 17 Scotland beats France, 21-12 at Murrayfield to win the Five Nations Rugby Championship outright and Triple Crown for first time since 1938; Grand Slam first time since 1925
  • Mar 18 Christa Johnson wins LPGA Tucson Conquistadores Golf Open

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Mar 19 American sitcom "Kate & Allie" premieres on CBS TV starring Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin

Actress Jane Curtin
Actress
Jane Curtin
  • Mar 19 John J O'Connor named 8th archbishop of New York
  • Mar 19 KSD-AM in St Louis MO changes call letters to KUSA
  • Mar 19 Mobil oil tanker spills 200,000 gallons into Columbia River
  • Mar 19 MLB Pitcher Denny McLain indicted on charges of racketeering
  • Mar 19 STS 41-C vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Mar 20 Andy Kaufman & Fred Blassie's "My Breakfast With Blassie" premieres
  • Mar 20 Senate rejects amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools
  • Mar 20 Nigerian Major-General Babatunde Idiagbon launches a campaign on ‘National Consciousness and Enlightenment’
  • Mar 21 Border scores 100* v WI Trinidad after 98* in 1st cricket innings
  • Mar 21 NFL owners passed the infamous anti-celebrating rule
  • Mar 21 Part of Central Park is named Strawberry Fields honoring John Lennon
  • Mar 21 Soviet sub crashes into USS aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off Japan

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 22 Islander Bryan Trottier ties NHL record scores 5 seconds into game

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Mar 22 Teachers at the McMartin preschool in Manhattan Beach, California are charged with Satanic ritual abuse of the children in the school. The charges are later dropped as completely unfounded.
  • Mar 23 Andrea Schone skates ladies world record 3 km (4:20.91)
  • Mar 23 World Ice Dancing Championship won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB) in Ottawa, Canada
  • Mar 23 Ice Pairs Championship at Ottawa won by Underhill & Paul Martini (CAN)
  • Mar 23 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • Mar 23 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • Mar 24 Andrea Schone skates ladies world record 5 km (7:34.52)
  • Mar 24 IOC agrees to 6-team exhibition baseball tournament in Olympics
  • Mar 24 Igor Malkov skates world record 10 km (14:21.51)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 27 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe's "Starlight Express" premieres

  • Mar 27 Beginning of "tanker war": over the next 9 months, 44 ships, including Iranian, Iraqi, Saudi Arabian and Kuwaiti tankers, are attacked by Iraqi or Iranian warplanes or damaged by mines
  • Mar 29 NFL Baltimore Colts move to Indianapolis