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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 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 31 138th Grand National: Neale Doughty wins aboard 13/1 Hallo Dandy; 23 complete the course, breaking record for most finishers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 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
  • May 1 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Musician
Mick Fleetwood
  • May 1 NFL Draft: Nebraska wide receiver Irving Fryar first pick by New England Patriots

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • May 2 "Sunday in the Park with George" opens at Booth NYC for 604 performances
  • May 2 Indians' Andre Thornton ties record for most walks (6 in 16 inn)
  • May 2 Mattingly's single breaks up Lamarr Hoyt's perfect game bid
  • May 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 4 Dave Kingman's fly ball never comes down (stuck in Metrodome ceiling)
  • May 5 110th Kentucky Derby: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Swale wins in 2:02.4
  • May 5 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2
  • May 5 29th Eurovision Song Contest: Herreys for Sweden wins singing "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" in Luxembourg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 6 Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr hits for cycle

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • May 6 Jose Napoleon Duarte wins El Salvador presidential election

VietnamAgent Orange in Vietnam

May 7 $180m out-of-court settlement reached in Agent Orange suit
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An American aircraft sprays Agent Orange over the forest during the Vietnam War
An American aircraft sprays Agent Orange over the forest during the Vietnam War
  • May 8 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 Minnesota Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 Vandenberg AFB 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 12 South African prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for 1st time in 22 years

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Phillie pitcher Steve Carlton hits a grand slam homer
  • May 16 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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
  • May 16 "When Doves Cry" single released by Prince (Billboard Song of the Year 1984)
  • May 17 Cincinnati Reds Mario Soto throws 4 strikeouts in one inning
  • May 17 Mai Shanley, 21, of New Mexico crowned 33rd Miss USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 19 "King Of Suede" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #62

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • May 19 109th Preakness: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., aboard Gate Dancer wins his second Pimlico classic
  • May 19 STS 41-D vehicle moves to launch pad

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine
  • May 20 "On Your Toes" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 505 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • May 23 Detroit Tigers win AL record tying 16th straight road game

Film release premierFilm 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

Actor Harrison Ford
Actor
Harrison Ford
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Director Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg
  • May 23 37th Cannes Film Festival: "Paris, Texas" directed by Wim Wenders wins the Palme d'Or

Film release premierFilm Premier

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 24 "Wiz" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • May 24 Det Tigers win AL record 17th straight road game
  • May 25 Det 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
  • May 27 Manuela Manleeva wins 3 singles tennis matches in one day
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins in 3:03:21.638 (263.308 km/h)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Investor and Political Activist George Soros
Investor and Political Activist
George Soros

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 Boston Red Sox retires #9 (Ted Williams) & #4 (Joe Cronin)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 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 30 28th European Cup: Liverpool beats Roma (1-1, 4-2 on penalties) at Rome
  • May 31 57th National Spelling Bee: Daniel Greenblatt wins spelling luge
  • May 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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 "Wiz" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 13 performances

Sport awardLPGA 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

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Jun 3 38th Tony Awards: Real Thing & La Cage Aux Folles win
  • Jun 4 18th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 4 1960 champion Arnold Palmer fails to qualify for the US Open Golf Championship for the first time in 32 years

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 4 "Born in the USA" 7th studio album by Bruce Springsteen is released

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 5 Indira Gandhi orders an attack on Sikh's holiest site, the Golden Temple in Amritsar

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • 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
  • Jun 8 Homosexuality is declared legal in the state of New South Wales, Australia

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 8 "Ghostbusters", American supernatural comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murrary and Dan Aykroyd is released

Actor and Musician Rick Moranis
Actor and Musician
Rick Moranis
Actor and Comedian Dan Aykroyd
Actor and Comedian
Dan Aykroyd
  • Jun 8 "Gremlins", American comedy horror film, is released
  • Jun 9 Cyndi Lauper gets her first US #1 hit with "Time After Time"
  • Jun 9 "Laserphonic Fantasy" premieres
  • Jun 9 116th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Swale wins in 2:27.2
  • Jun 9 Donald Duck's 50th birthday celebrated at Disneyland
  • 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

Sport awardFrench 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

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 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)

Sport awardFrench 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

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • Jun 11 Funeral for S Nakagawa & burial of half of his ashes
  • 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 11 Michael Larson shown winning record $110,237 on American TV game show "Press Your Luck" by memorizing patterns
  • 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
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 17 John Turner succeeds Pierre Trudeau as Prime Minister of Canada

17th Prime Minister of Canada John Turner
17th Prime Minister of Canada
John Turner
Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • 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 Weird Al Yankovic gives free live performance at Del Mar Fair
  • Jun 19 1st live TV appearance by Chief Justice Warren Burger (Nightline)
  • Jun 20 Oakland A's Dave Kingman hits his 3rd grand slam & 14th lifetime

  • Jun 20 Amber Kvanli, of Minnesota, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 22 Calvin Griffith signs letter of intent to sell ownership of Twins
  • Jun 22 Carl Pohlad becomes CEO of Minnesota Twins
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 22 Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airways commences operations with flight from Gatwick to Newark

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson
  • 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 STS 41-D launch attempt scrubbed because of computer problem

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 25 Prince releases his "Purple Rain" album

  • Jun 26 1st flight of Shuttle Discovery (41-D) scrubbed at T -4

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jun 26 Barbra Streisand records "Here We Are at Last"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 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 UEFA European Championship Final, Parc des Princes, Paris, France: Michel Platini & Bruno Bellone score as France beats Spain, 2-0
  • Jun 27 Late Night's 1st Tower Drop
  • Jun 27 Supreme Court ends NCAA monopoly on college football telecasts
  • Jun 28 Former member of South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU), Jeannette Schoon, and her six-year old daughter, Katryn, are killed by a letter bomb at Lubango, in northern Angola