Historical Events in April 1984

  • Apr 1 14th Easter Seal Telethon raises $24,600,000
  • Apr 1 8 men record longest distance (13 miles) rowed in 24 hours
  • Apr 1 3rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: USC goes back-to-back; beats Tennessee, 72-61; Cheryl Miller 2nd consecutive MOP award

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

Apr 1 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 24-year old Fred Couples finishes at 277 (-11), 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Lee Trevino

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 46th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: Georgetown beats Houston, 84-75; Hoyas center Patrick Ewing tournament MOP; John Thompson first African-American head coach to lead his team to any NCAA Division I title

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing
  • Apr 3 Bombay beat Delhi on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • Apr 3 Guinea suspends constitution after coup
  • Apr 3 Soyuz T-11 carries 3 cosmonauts (1 Indian-Rakesh Sharma) to Salyut 7
  • Apr 4 Michael Frayn's "Benefactors" premieres in London
  • Apr 4 Winston Smith in Orwell's "1984" begins his secret diary
  • Apr 5 "Human Comedy" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 13 performances

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 5 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks Wilt Chamberlain's all-time career scoring record of 31,419 points (31,421)

  • Apr 6 11th Space Shuttle Mission (41-C)-Challenger 5 is launched
  • Apr 6 1st time 11 people in space
  • Apr 6 Members of Cameroon's Republican Guard unsuccessfully attempt to overthrow the government headed by Paul Biya.
  • Apr 7 Detroit Tiger Jack Morris no-hits Chicago White Sox, 4-0

  • Apr 8 4th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Lonely Lady" wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 8 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Juli Inkster wins the first of her 7 major titles in a sudden-death playoff with Pat Bradley, with a par on the 1st extra hole

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Apr 9 56th Academy Awards: "Terms of Endearment", Robert Duvall & Shirley MacLaine win

  • Apr 10 Damaged Solar Max satellite snared by Challenger shuttle
  • Apr 10 US Senate condemns CIA mining of Nicaraguan harbors
  • Apr 11 Challenger astronauts complete 1st in space satellite repair
  • Apr 11 Chinese troops invade Vietnam

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Apr 11 General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko named President of the Soviet Union

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko
  • Apr 11 Soyuz T-11 returns to Earth
  • Apr 13 11th Space Shuttle Mission (41C)-Challenger 5-returns to Earth
  • Apr 13 India beat Pak by 58 runs to win 1st Asia Cricket Cup in Sharjah

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 13 Pete Rose becomes 1st NL to get 4,000 hits in a career

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Apr 14 Farewell concert of "Doe Maar" in Den Bosch Neth
  • Apr 15 "Human Comedy" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 13 performances

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 15 48th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ben Crenshaw wins the first of his 2 green jackets, 2 strokes ahead of 1977 & 1981 champion Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Apr 15 Extremist Sikhs plunder 40 stations in Punjab India
  • Apr 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 16 88th Boston Marathon: Englishman Geoff Smith wins men's event in 2:10:34; Lorraine Moller of New Zealand women's champion in 2:29:28
  • Apr 16 Oakland A's Dave Kingman hits 3 HRs including a grand slam
  • Apr 16 Pulitzer prize awarded to Mary Oliver for "American Primitive"
  • Apr 17 Braves pitcher Pascual Perez suspended due to cocaine usage
  • Apr 17 During Libyan Embassy demonstration in London, British police officer Yvonne Fletcher shot dead
  • Apr 18 Space Shuttle Challenger flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly Air Force Base
  • Apr 18 Joan Benoit runs world record female marathon (2:22:43)
  • Apr 19 Nemesis, death star of dinosaurs 1st appears in print (Nature magazine)
  • Apr 19 Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem, with green and gold the national colors
  • Apr 20 Russian offensive in Panshirvallei Afghanistan
  • Apr 21 "Nightline" reverts back from 1 hour to ½ hour

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 21 After 37 weeks Michael Jackson's album "Thriller" is knocked off as top album by "Footloose"

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Apr 21 Centers for Disease Cont says virus discovered in France causes AIDS
  • Apr 21 Franz Weber of Austria skis downhill at a record 209.8 kph
  • Apr 21 Montreal Expo David Palmer no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0 in a perfect 5 inn game

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Apr 22 CBS premiere of TV film "Pope John Paul II", starring Albert Finney in title role

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Apr 23 AIDS-virus identified as HTLV-III (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 26 Liverpool's Cavern Club reopens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 26 President Reagan visits China

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Apr 27 Cleveland Indians beat Detroit Tigers, 8-4, in 19 innings
  • Apr 27 Over 70 inches of snow falls on Red Lake Montana
  • Apr 28 "La Tragedie de Carmen" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 187 performances
  • Apr 29 "Oliver!" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Apr 30 1,700 skiers participate in an alpine event at Are, Sweden
  • Apr 30 Strong winds cause a 30 min delay in Toronto Blue Jays game