Events in Film & Television in 1984

  • Jan 4 "Night Court" starring Harry Anderson premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 9 "TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes" premieres on NBC TV (Whoops)
  • Jan 17 Supreme Court rules (5-4) oks private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws

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Jan 23 Hulk Hogan defeats Iron Sheik to become WWF champ

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

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Jan 27 Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 15 10th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Linda Evans win (TV)

Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actor Tom Selleck
Actor
Tom Selleck

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

Actress Jane Curtin
Actress
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 back from 1 hour to ½ hour

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

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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

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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

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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 8 "Ghostbusters", American supernatural comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murrary and Dan Aykroyd is released
  • 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 Weird Al Yankovic gives free live performance at Del Mar Fair
  • Jun 19 1st live TV appearance by Chief Justice Warren Burger (Nightline)

Music releaseMusic Recording

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

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 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
  • Jul 20 Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America
  • Jul 23 Suzette Charles (NJ), 21, replaces Williams as 57th Miss America 1984
  • Jul 23 Vanessa Williams, 1st African American Miss America, resigns due to posing nude
  • Jul 30 Soap Opera "Santa Barbara" premieres on NBC TV

  • Jul 31 Leeza Gibbon's 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight

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

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • 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)
  • Sep 15 Sharlene Wells (Utah), 20, crowned 58th Miss America 1985
  • Sep 16 1st broadcast of "Miami Vice" on NBC-TV
  • Sep 20 "Cosby Show" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Sep 23 36th Emmy Awards: Hill St Blue, Cheers, John Ritter & Tyne Daly win

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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

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Oct 26 "The Terminator" directed by James Cameron, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton is released in the US

Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
Actress Linda Hamilton
Actress
Linda Hamilton
  • 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

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

TV Host Fred Rogers
TV Host
Fred Rogers

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

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

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

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

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Dec 8 Ringo Starr appears on "Saturday Night Live"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels