Events in Film & Television in 1984

  • 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

Pro Wrestling

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

Music History

Jan 27 Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial

Golden 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
  • Feb 2 1st Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Feb 7 Michael Jackson awarded a 4-ft-high platinum disc by CBS
  • Feb 17 34th Berlin International Film Festival: "Love Streams" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 28 British satirical puppet show "Spitting Image" premieres on ITV

Television Premiere

Mar 19 American sitcom "Kate & Allie" premieres on CBS TV starring Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin

  • Apr 5 "Human Comedy" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • Apr 8 4th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Lonely Lady" wins
  • Apr 9 56th Academy Awards: "Terms of Endearment", Robert Duvall & Shirley MacLaine win
  • Apr 15 "Human Comedy" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • Apr 21 "Nightline" reverts from 1 hour to ½ hour format
  • Apr 21 After 37 weeks Michael Jackson's album "Thriller" is knocked off as top album by movie soundtrack for "Footloose"

Television Premiere

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

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 17 Mai Shanley, 21, of New Mexico crowned 33rd Miss USA

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

  • Jun 2 "Welcome To Fun Zone" hosted by Dr Demento airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 2 Actress Jill Ireland has a radical mastectomy
  • 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 9 Donald Duck's 50th birthday celebrated at Disneyland
  • Jun 9 Weird Al Yankovic gives a live performance at Starlight Amphitheater
  • Jun 11 Michael Larson shown winning record $110,237 on American TV game show "Press Your Luck" by memorizing patterns
  • 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

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 28 17th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego
  • Jul 9 Yvonne Ryding of Sweden crowned 33rd Miss Universe

Famous Photo

Jul 20 Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America due to publication of nude photos of her

  • Jul 23 Suzette Charles (NJ), 21, replaces Williams as 57th Miss America 1984
  • Jul 23 Vanessa Williams, 1st African American Miss America, resigns after Penthouse publishes unauthorized nude photos of her
  • Jul 30 Soap Opera "Santa Barbara" premieres on NBC TV
  • Jul 31 Leeza Gibbon's 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight

Telethon

Sep 3 Jerry Lewis' 19th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $32,074,566

Film Premiere

Sep 6 "Amadeus" from the play by Peter Shaffer, directed by Milos Forman and starring Tom Hulce premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1985)

Television Debut

Sep 10 First episode of daily syndicated version of Jeopardy! with Alex Trebek as host

Music History

Sep 12 American country singer Barbara Mandrell is badly injured in a car accident

  • Sep 15 9th Toronto International Film Festival: "Places in the Heart" directed by Robert Benton wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 15 Sharlene Wells (Utah), 20, crowned 58th Miss America 1985
  • Sep 16 1st broadcast of "Miami Vice" on NBC-TV

Television Premiere

Sep 20 "The Cosby Show" premieres on NBC-TV starring Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad

  • Sep 23 36th Emmy Awards: "Hill Street Blues"; "Cheers": John Ritter & Tyne Daly win

Film & TV History

Sep 29 Elizabeth Taylor undergoes rehabilitation at the Betty Ford Clinic

  • Sep 30 CBS' premiere of "Murder She Wrote", starring Angela Landsbury
  • Oct 8 NBC's premiere of TV made "The Burning Bed", based on Francine Hughes
  • Oct 23 NBC airs BBC footage of Ethiopian famine
  • Nov 9 Wes Craven's horror film "A Nightmare on Elm Street" premieres in the US
  • Nov 10 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Hollywood Park; winners: Chief's Crown, Eillo, Lashkari, Outstandingly, Princess Rooney, Royal Heroine, Wild Again
  • Nov 12 NBC premiere of "Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story", fact based telepic of actress Saldana's near fatal attack and its aftermath
  • Nov 18 NBC premiere of the first part of fact based crime mystery "Fatal Vision", based on Joe McGinnis' novel about Jefferey MacDonald and the 1970 murders of his then-pregnant wife and two children

Film & TV History

Nov 22 Fred Rogers of PBS "Mr Rogers Neighborhood" presents a sweater to Smithsonian Institution

Film Premiere

Nov 23 "A Christmas Carol" directed by Clive Donner starring George C. Scott premieres in the UK

Film Premiere

Dec 1 "Beverly Hills Cop" directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold premieres in Los Angeles

Music History

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