On This Day

Historical Events in December 1984

  • 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

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

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

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

Music History

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

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
  • Dec 6 Hijackers aboard Kuwaiti jetliner kill 2nd hostage

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

Sports History

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

  • Dec 8 Europe & 64 developing countries sign Lome III treaty
  • 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 9 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 9 Iranian commandos end day hijack of Kuwaiti plane
  • Dec 9 LA Ram Eric Dickerson rushes 215 yards for season record 2,105 yards

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 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
  • Dec 18 73rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats USA in Gothenburg (4-1)

Film Premiere

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

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 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Dec 19 Fire at Wilberg Mine in central Utah killed 27 people

Sports History

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

  • Dec 19 33 unknown Bach keyboard works found in Yale library [1]

Sports History

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Football Awards

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 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

  • Dec 28 TV soap "Edge of Night" ends 28 year run
  • Dec 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh, Semipalitinsk USSR

Appointment of Interest

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

  • 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