Historical Events in 1984 (Part 2)

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  • Mar 30 World's most valuable tip - New York police detective Robert Cunningham offers waitress Phyllis Penzo half of $1 lottery ticket, next day they win $6 million
  • Mar 31 138th Grand National: Neale Doughty wins aboard 13/1 Hallo Dandy; 23 complete the course, breaking record for most finishers

Sports History

Mar 31 Mike Bossy becomes first player in NHL history to record 7 straight 50 goal seasons; scores 50th and 51st of the year in a 3-1 New York Islanders' win at Washington

  • Mar 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 1 14th Easter Seal Telethon raises $24,600,000
  • Apr 1 3rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: USC goes back-to-back; beats Tennessee, 72-61; Cheryl Miller 2nd consecutive MOP award
  • Apr 1 8 men record longest distance (13 miles) rowed in 24 hours

PGA 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

Sports History

Apr 2 46th NCAA Men's 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

  • 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

Historic Event

Apr 4 Winston Smith in Orwell's novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" begins his secret diary in defiance of the totalitarian government of Oceania

  • Apr 5 "Human Comedy" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 13 performances

NBA Record

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

  • Apr 6 11th NASA Space Shuttle Mission (41C): Challenger 5 launches
  • 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

Golf 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

  • Apr 8 U.S. Census Bureau estimates rank Los Angeles as second most populated city, displacing Chicago which held the position since 1890; New York City remains the top
  • 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

Appointment of Interest

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

  • Apr 11 Soyuz T-11 returns to Earth
  • Apr 13 11th NASA 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

Sports History

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

  • Apr 14 Farewell concert of Dutch pop-ska band Doe Maar at Maasport in Den Bosch, Netherlands
  • Apr 15 "Human Comedy" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 13 performances

US 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

  • 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 Joan Benoit runs world record female marathon (2:22:43)
  • Apr 18 Space Shuttle Challenger flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly Air Force Base
  • Apr 19 Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem, with green and gold the national colors
  • Apr 19 Nemesis, death star of dinosaurs 1st appears in print (Nature magazine)
  • Apr 20 Russian offensive in Panshirvallei Afghanistan
  • Apr 21 "Nightline" reverts from 1 hour to ½ hour format

Music History

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

  • 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

Television Premiere

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

  • 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
  • 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

Historic Publication

May 1 Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Full Circle” is published

  • May 1 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Music History

May 1 Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac) files for bankruptcy

  • May 1 NFL Draft: Nebraska wide receiver Irving Fryar first pick by New England Patriots
  • May 2 MLB Cleveland Indians' infielder Andre Thornton ties record for most walks (6 in 16 innings)

Baseball Record

May 2 New York Yankee Don Mattingly's single breaks up Chicago White Sox pitcher Lamarr Hoyt's perfect game bid, at Comiskey Park

Music Premiere

May 2 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sunday in the Park with George", a fictionalized version of painter Georges Seurat's relationship with his grandson, starring Mandy Patinkin, opens at Booth Theater, NYC; runs for 604 performances, wins a Pulitzer Prize for Drama

  • May 2 US performs underground nuclear test "Orkney" at Nevada Test Site, with an estimated 250 ton yield
  • May 4 Dave Kingman's fly ball never comes down (stuck in Metrodome ceiling)

Sports History

May 5 110th Kentucky Derby: Laffit Pincay Jr.aboard Swale wins in 2:02.4

  • May 5 29th Eurovision Song Contest: Herreys for Sweden wins singing "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" in Luxembourg
  • May 5 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2

Sports History

May 6 Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr hits for cycle

  • May 6 Jose Napoleon Duarte wins El Salvador presidential election
  • May 8 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Sports History

May 8 Minnesota Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles

  • May 8 Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed
  • May 8 The Soviet Union announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics in retaliation for the American boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics

Historic Event

May 9 Alexander Calder's "Big Crinkly" sells for $852,000

  • May 9 Chicago White Sox beat Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in 25 innings (started 5/8)
  • May 10 Intl Court of Justice rules on US blockade of Nicaragua
  • May 11 Johan Cruijff quits soccer
  • May 11 Tigers set best 30 game start record (26-4)
  • May 11 Transit of Earth as seen on Mars
  • May 12 Discovery moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating of STS 41-D
  • May 12 France performs nuclear test
  • May 12 Joe Lucius scores his 13th hole-in-one on same hole
  • May 12 White Horse by Laid Back hits #26
  • May 12 World of Rivers world exposition opens in New Orleans
  • May 13 "Oliver!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 17 performances

Sports History

May 13 Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff''s last competitive match

  • May 14 19th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Lee Greenwood, and Janie Fricke win

Music Single

May 16 "When Doves Cry" single released by Prince Rogers Nelson (Billboard Song of the Year, 1984)

  • May 16 Guinea-Bissau adopts constitution
  • May 16 Juventus of Italy win 24th European Cup Winner's Cup against Porto of Portugal 2-1 in Basel
  • May 16 Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets to keep Twins in Minnesota Twins sell 51,863 tickets but only 6,346 fans show up for the game

Sports History

May 16 MLB Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton hits a grand slam homer off Fernando Valenzuela, in 7-2 win against Dodgers, in Los Angeles

  • May 16 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 17 Cincinnati Reds Mario Soto throws 4 strikeouts in one inning
  • May 17 Mai Shanley, 21, of New Mexico crowned 33rd Miss USA
  • May 17 Marvin Creamer becomes 1st known person to sail around the world without navigational instruments, arriving back in Cape May, New Jersey, after 513 days

Historic Event

May 17 Prince Charles calls proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend," sparking controversy on the role of the Royal Family and course of modern architecture.

Sports History

May 19 109th Preakness: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., aboard Gate Dancer wins his second Pimlico classic

Sports History

May 19 Pat LaFontaine scores 2 goals within 22 sec in an NHL playoff game

Sports History

May 19 Stanley Cup Final, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AL: Wayne Gretzky scores twice as Edmonton Oilers beat NY Islanders, 5-2 for a 4-1 series win; Oilers first SC title

  • May 19 STS 41-D vehicle moves to launch pad
  • May 20 "On Your Toes" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 505 performances

Sports History

May 20 Boston's Roger Clemens beats Twins, 5-4, for his 1st victory

Film Release

May 23 "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", 2nd in the film series, directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas, and starring Harrison Ford, opens in the US

  • May 23 37th Cannes Film Festival: "Paris, Texas" directed by Wim Wenders wins the Palme d'Or

Film Premiere

May 23 Crime epic film "Once Upon a Time in America" directed by Sergio Leone starring Robert De Niro and James Woods premieres at Cannes

  • May 23 Detroit Tigers win AL record tying 16th straight road game
  • May 24 Det Tigers win AL record 17th straight road game
  • May 24 Revival of musical "The Wiz" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 13 performances
  • May 25 Detroit Tigers lose to Seattle 7-3 ends record tying 17 consecutive wins
  • May 25 Red Sox trade pitcher Dennis Eckersley to Cubs for Bill Buckner
  • May 26 Floods kill 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • May 26 US President Ronald Reagan rules out US military intervention in Iran-Iraq war
  • May 27 Beth Henley's "Miss Firecracker contest" premieres in NYC

Sports History

May 27 Indianapolis 500: 1979 champion Rick Mears wins second Indy 500 two laps ahead of the field after contenders Tom Sneva and Mario Andretti drop out in second half of the race

Sports History

May 27 Manuela Maleeva of Bulgaria wins 3 singles tennis matches in one day; Italian Open 1984, beats Virginie Ruzici, Carling Basset and Chris Evert in the final 6-3 6-3; only 7th player to beat Evert on clay

Historic Event

May 28 George Soros founds the Soros Foundation Budapest to help countries free themselves from communism

  • May 30 28th European Cup: Liverpool beats Roma (1-1, 4-2 on penalties) at Rome
  • May 30 Bomb explodes in rebel leader Eden Pastora's headquarters in Nicaragua
  • May 30 NL suspends Mario Soto 5 days for Reds-Cubs fight on May 27th
  • May 31 57th National Spelling Bee: Daniel Greenblatt wins spelling luge
  • May 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Sports History

May 31 Viv Richards hits 189* (170 balls) v England, ODI cricket record

  • 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 38th Tony Awards: Real Thing & La Cage Aux Folles win

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 Revival of musical "The Wiz" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 13 performances
  • 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

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 8 Homosexuality is declared legal in the state of New South Wales, Australia
  • Jun 9 "Laserphonic Fantasy" premieres
  • Jun 9 116th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr.aboard Swale wins in 2:27.2
  • Jun 9 Cyndi Lauper gets her first US #1 hit with "Time After Time"
  • Jun 9 Donald Duck's 50th birthday celebrated at Disneyland

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

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 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)
  • Jun 11 Funeral for S Nakagawa & burial of half of his ashes
  • Jun 11 Michael Larson shown winning record $110,237 on American TV game show "Press Your Luck" by memorizing patterns
  • 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 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 1st live TV appearance by Chief Justice Warren Burger (Nightline)
  • Jun 19 Weird Al Yankovic gives free live performance at Del Mar Fair
  • Jun 20 Amber Kvanli, of Minnesota, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 20 Oakland A's Dave Kingman hits his 3rd grand slam & 14th lifetime
  • Jun 22 Calvin Griffith signs letter of intent to sell ownership of Twins
  • Jun 22 Carl Pohlad becomes CEO of Minnesota Twins
  • 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,
  • 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

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 Prince releases his "Purple Rain" album
  • Jun 25 STS 41-D launch attempt scrubbed because of computer problem
  • 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"
  • Jun 27 Late Night's 1st Tower Drop