On This Day

Historical Events in January 1984

  • 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 16 year old future South African Test cricket batsman Darryl Cullinan scores his 1st first-class century (106 no) for Border against Natal B in East London
  • Jan 2 Riot in Tunis kills over 100
  • Jan 2 Wilson Goode, sworn-in as Philadelphia's 1st black mayor

Coup d'état

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

  • 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, created by comedy writer Reinhold Weege, premieres on NBC TV; runs for 9 seasons
  • 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 Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) 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 Single

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

Album Release

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

Hall of Fame

Jan 10 Luis Aparicio, Harmon Killebrew and Don Drysdale elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

  • Jan 10 US re-establishes full diplomatic relations with Vatican after almost 117 years
  • Jan 10 Conductor Eugene Ormandy leads his last concert, with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, NYC
  • 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

Music History

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

Music Awards

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

Music History

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

Sports History

Jan 22 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Arnold Palmer wins third of 5 Champions Your major titles by 2 strokes from Don January

  • 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

Pro Wrestling

Jan 23 Hulk Hogan defeats Iron Sheik to win his 1st World Wrestling Federation title at Madison Gardens, New York

Apple Macintosh Personal Computer

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 "Milk & Honey" album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono released, featuring un-released recordings made during the 1980 "Double Fantasy" sessions, including "Grow Old With Me"
  • Jan 27 Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial

NHL Record

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

Golden Globes

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

  • Jan 28 Record 295,000 dominoes toppled in Fuerth, West Germany

NBA 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

  • Jan 29 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 45-3; MVP: Joe Theismann, Washington Redskins, QB

Historic Event

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

  • 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