On This Day

January 1984 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 "Night Court" starring Harry Anderson, created by comedy writer Reinhold Weege, premieres on NBC TV; runs for 9 seasons
  • Jan 9 "TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes" premieres on NBC TV (Whoops)
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 27 Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

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

  • Jan 31 Edwin Newman retires from NBC News after 35 years with the network

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 6 Kate McKinnon, American actress and comedian (Ghostbusters), born in Sea Cliff, New York
  • Jan 15 Victor Rasuk, American actor, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 18 Kristy Lee Cook, American country singer (American Idol season 7), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 20 Olivia Hallinan, English actress, born in Hounslow, United Kingdom
  • Jan 20 Toni Gonzaga, Filipino singer and actress, born in Rizal, Philippines
  • Jan 22 Raica Oliveira, Brazilian supermodel, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jan 26 Layla Kayleigh, British television personality, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 27 Davetta Sherwood, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Jan 29 Actress Wonder Woman Lynda Carter (33) marries Robert Altman (58)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Ken Sitzberger, American diver & broadcaster (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1964), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 38
  • Jan 6 Ernest Laszlo, Hungarian-U.S. cinematographer (b. 1898)
  • Jan 11 Jack La Rue, American actor and TV narrator (Lights Out, Mouthpiece, My Favorite Brunette), dies at 81

Person of interestBrooks Atkinson

Jan 14 Brooks Atkinson, American drama critic (The New York Times), dies at 89

Drama Critic Brooks Atkinson
Drama Critic
Brooks Atkinson

Person of interestJohnny Weissmuller

Jan 20 Johnny Weissmuller, American actor (Tarzan), swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies of pulmonary edema at 79

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller
Swimmer and Actor
Johnny Weissmuller
  • Jan 27 Lou Crosby, TV announcer (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 72
  • Jan 28 John Macvane, newscaster (United or Not), dies at 71