1984 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 428

  • Jan 1 AT&T's 22 owned Bell system companies divests into 8 companies
  • Jan 1 Brunei becomes independent of UK
  • Jan 1 NYC transit fare rises from 75 cents to 90 cents
  • Jan 2 Riot in Tunis kills over 100
  • Jan 2 Wilson Goode, sworn-in as Philadelphia's 1st black mayor

BattleCoup d'état

Jan 2 Major-General Muhammadu Buhari is declared Head of State in Nigeria, following a military coup

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari
  • Jan 3 Syria frees captured US pilot after appeal from Jesse Jackson
  • Jan 5 Greg Chappell scores 182* for Australia in his last Test innings
  • Jan 6 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41 B mission
  • Jan 7 Brunei becomes the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
  • Jan 8 Wash Caps Bengt Gustafsson scores 5 goals to beat Philadelphia 7-1
  • Jan 9 EAA moves operations to Oshkosh
  • Jan 9 John Lennon single "Nobody Told Me" released posthumously
  • Jan 10 Argentine ex-president and general Reynaldo Bignone arrested
  • Jan 10 Bulgarian Tupolev 134 crashes at Sofia airport in Bulgaria, 50 die
  • Jan 10 Clara Peller 1st asks, "Where's the Beef?" in commercial for Wendy's hamburger chain
  • Jan 10 Luis Aparicio, Harmon Killebrew, & D Drysdale elected to Hall of Fame
  • Jan 10 US re-establishes full diplomatic relations with Vatican after almost 117 years
  • Jan 11 NASA space shuttle STS 41-B moves to launch pad
  • Jan 11 Supreme Court reinstated $10M award to Karen Silkwood's family
  • Jan 13 TV anchor Christine Craft wins $325,000 in her case against KMBC-TV
  • Jan 15 Schonbrun skates world record 5 km (7:39.44)
  • Jan 15 Tony Benn, described as a “leftwing rebel” wins Labour's nomination for the by-election in Chesterfield, UK
  • Jan 18 80th Islander & 3rd dual hat trick (Carroll & Bossy) 9-1 win
  • Jan 19 California Supreme Court rejects the request of quadriplegic Elizabeth Bouvia's to starve herself to death in a public hospital
  • Jan 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners
  • Jan 21 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
  • Jan 22 Hilbert van de Thumb becomes European all-round skates
  • Jan 24 Apple Computer Inc unveils its revolutionary Macintosh personal computer
  • Jan 26 US navy exhibits Piasecki helistat-4 helicopters & a blimp able to lift 26 tons-Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • Jan 28 Record 295,000 dominoes toppled in Fuerth, West Germany
  • Jan 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 1 China & Netherlands regain diplomatic relations
  • Feb 1 Indian diplomat Ravindra Mhatre kidnapped and murdered by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England
  • Feb 2 Lebanese army fights in Beirut
  • Feb 3 10th Space Shuttle Mission (41B)-Challenger 4 launched
  • Feb 4 Frank Aquilera sets world frisbee distance record (168m) Las Vegas
  • Feb 5 NZ beat England (82 & 93) by an innings in 3 days
  • Feb 6 Muslim militiamen take over West Beirut from Lebanese army
  • Feb 7 Bruce McCandless makes 1st untethered space walk (US)
  • Feb 7 David (born without immunity system) touches his mother for 1st time at age 12
  • Feb 8 1st time 8 people in space
  • Feb 8 Soyuz T-10 launches with crew of 3 to Salyut 7
  • Feb 11 10th space shuttle mission (41-B)-Challenger 4-returns to Earth
  • Feb 12 Cale Yarborough, becomes 1st Daytona 500 qualifier, above 200 MPH
  • Feb 13 6 year old Texan Stormie Jones gets 1st heart & liver transplant

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 Konstantin Chernenko succeeds Yuri Andropov as leader of the Soviet Union

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • Feb 15 500,000 Iranian soldiers move into Iraq
  • Feb 17 34th Berlin International Film Festival: "Love Streams" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 18 Revised concordat between Italy & Vatican signed
  • Feb 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

  • Feb 19 26th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins (150.994 MPH)
  • Feb 24 Iraq resumes air attack on Iran
  • Feb 25 Oil fire in Cubatao Brazil kills 500
  • Feb 26 Last US marines in multinational peacekeeping force in Lebanon left Beirut
  • Feb 26 Reverend Jesse Jackson acknowledges that he called NYC "Hymietown"
  • Feb 26 Robert Penn Warren, Pulitzer Prize winner, named 1st US poet laureate

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Feb 27 Carl Lewis jumps world record indoor (8,675 m)

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Feb 27 WRC-AM in Washington, D.C. changes call letters to WWRC
  • Feb 27 Worker's union leader Billy Nair freed in South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 Pierre Trudeau announces he is stepping down after 15 years as Canadian Prime Minister

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • Mar 1 Landsat 5 & ham satellite Oscar 11 launched into polar orbit
  • Mar 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR #3931 Batten, #4529 Webern, #4530 Smoluchowski, #4818 Elgar, #5502 Brashear & #5943 Lovi
  • Mar 2 Iran offensive against Iraq fails
  • Mar 5 Supreme Court (5-4): city may use public money for Nativity scene
  • Mar 5 US accuse Iraq of using poison gas
  • Mar 6 Twelve-month-long strike in British coal industry begins.
  • Mar 7 The United States attacks San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua.
  • Mar 9 Emile Gumbs' Anguilla National Alliance wins elections
  • Mar 9 John Lennon single "Borrowed Time" released posthumously
  • Mar 9 The Competitive Enterprise Institute in founded in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 12 Brtish National Union of Mine Workers headed by Arthur Scargill supports regional strikes, calls for national action
  • Mar 14 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41-C mission
  • Mar 14 Gerry Adams, head of Sinn Féin, is seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in central Belfast
  • Mar 15 Tanzania adopts constitution
  • Mar 16 Gunmen kidnap William Buckley, CIA station chief in Beirut
  • Mar 16 South Africa & Mozambique sign non attack treaty
  • Mar 19 "Kate & Allie" premieres
  • Mar 19 John J O'Connor named 8th archbishop of New York
  • Mar 19 KSD-AM in St Louis MO changes call letters to KUSA
  • Mar 19 Mobil oil tanker spills 200,000 gallons into Columbia River
  • Mar 19 STS 41-C vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Mar 20 Andy Kaufman & Fred Blassie's "My Breakfast With Blassie" premieres
  • Mar 20 Senate rejects amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools
  • Mar 20 Nigerian Major-General Babatunde Idiagbon launches a campaign on ‘National Consciousness and Enlightenment’
  • Mar 21 Part of Central Park is named Strawberry Fields honoring John Lennon
  • Mar 21 Soviet sub crashes into USS aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off Japan
  • Mar 22 Teachers at the McMartin preschool in Manhattan Beach, California are charged with Satanic ritual abuse of the children in the school. The charges are later dropped as completely unfounded.
  • Mar 23 Andrea Schone skates ladies world record 3 km (4:20.91)
  • Mar 23 World Ice Dancing Championship won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB) in Ottawa, Canada
  • Mar 23 Ice Pairs Championship at Ottawa won by Underhill & Paul Martini (CAN)
  • Mar 24 Andrea Schone skates ladies world record 5 km (7:34.52)
  • Mar 24 Igor Malkov skates world record 10 km (14:21.51)
  • Mar 27 Beginning of "tanker war": over the next 9 months, 44 ships, including Iranian, Iraqi, Saudi Arabian and Kuwaiti tankers, are attacked by Iraqi or Iranian warplanes or damaged by mines
  • Mar 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 30 US ends participation in multinational Lebanon peace force
  • Mar 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 1 14th Easter Seal Telethon raises $24,600,000
  • Apr 1 8 men record longest distance (13 miles) rowed in 24 hours
  • Apr 3 Bombay beat Delhi on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 2 Colleen Taylor, American journalist
  • Jan 5 Amanda Hearst, American heiress
  • Jan 18 Seung-Hui Cho, shooter at Virginia Tech
  • Jan 18 Michael Kearney, American child prodigy
  • Jan 19 Euan Blair, eldest son of British Prime Minister Tony Blair

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 3 Elizabeth Holmes, American entrepreneur and CEO of Theranos (youngest self-made female billionaire - Forbes 2014), born in Washington, D.C.

Entrepreneur and CEO of Theranos Elizabeth Holmes
Entrepreneur and CEO of Theranos
Elizabeth Holmes
  • Feb 22 Venetian Princess Internet (You tube) Star (Real Name: Jodie-Amy Rivera)
  • Mar 6 Becky, Japanese-British entertainer
  • Mar 11 Tom James, British rower
  • Mar 13 Yuuka Nanri, Japanese seiyū
  • Mar 20 Justine Ezarik, American Internet personality
  • Apr 10 Zoe, 1st frozen-embryo child, born in Melbourne Australia
  • Apr 16 Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, American author
  • Apr 20 Tyson Griffin, American mixed martial artist
  • Apr 23 Alexandra Kosteniuk, Chess Woman World Champion
  • May 14 Gary Ablett, Jr., Australian rules footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 14 Mark Zuckerberg, American internet entrepreneur and co-founder of Facebook, born in White Plains, New York

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • May 17 Christine Robinson, Canadian water polo player
  • May 21 Brandon Fields, National Football League punter
  • May 22 Joe Lauzon, American martial artist
  • May 27 Kalle Spjuth, Swedish bandy player
  • May 30 Matt Maguire, Australian rules footballer
  • Jun 6 Noor Sabri, Iraqi footballplayer
  • Jun 8 Andrea Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Monaco
  • Jun 10 Dirk Van Tichelt, Belgian judoka
  • Jul 19 Holly Roffey, English youngest heart transplant (d. 1984)
  • Jul 19 Lasse Gjertsen, Norwegian animator
  • Aug 8 Devon McTavish, American footballer
  • Aug 9 Saori Horii, Japanese gravure idol
  • Aug 17 Garrett Wolfe, American professional footbal player
  • Aug 31 Ted Ligety, American alpine skier
  • Sep 9 Farrah Gray, American entrepreneur and author (Reallionaire), born in Chicago
  • Sep 15 Prince Harry [Henry Charles Albert David Windsor], Prince of Wales, 5th in British succession, born in London, England
  • Sep 23 Nathan Jendrick, American author
  • Sep 24 Szilvia Molnar, Swedish writer
  • Sep 27 Paul Bevan, Australian rules footballer
  • Oct 17 Jelle Klaasen, Dutch darts player
  • Oct 17 Randall Munroe, American webcomic author
  • Oct 18 Lindsey Vonn, American alpine skier
  • Nov 3 Ryo Nishikido, Japanese Idol (member of NEWS (band) and Kanjani8)
  • Nov 29 Sitti Navarro, Philippine bossa nova artist
  • Dec 26 Alex Schwazer, Italian race walker

Weddings in History

  • Jan 28 Mr Glynn Wolfe marries for non-bigamous record 26th time, Las Vegas
  • Feb 26 Pak Awang (84) marries 80th spouse
  • Jun 26 Tiny Tim marries Miss Jan (23)
  • Sep 22 Brussels Princess Astrid marries Archduke Lorenz of Austrian-Este at Church of Our Lady of "De Zavel
  • Dec 3 Oldest groom - Harry Stevens, 103, weds Thelma Lucas, 83, in Wisconsin

Divorces in History


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 2 Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (64) divorces Margaret Trudeau (35) due to irreconcilable differences after 13 years of marriage

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 133

  • Jan 6 Ernest Laszlo, Hungarian-U.S. cinematographer (b. 1898)
  • Jan 7 Alfred Kastler, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
  • Jan 9 Wolfgang Staudte, German director (Ciske de Rat), dies at 77
  • Jan 10 Souvanna Phouma, Prince and Prime Minister of Laos (1951–54, 1956–58, 1960 and 1962–75), dies at 82
  • Jan 14 Mary Zeldenrust-Noordanus, Dutch sexuologist (NVSH), dies at 55
  • Jan 18 Malcolm H Kerr, 9th President of American U of Beirut, shot dead
  • Jan 21 Giannis Skaribas, Greek writer, dramatist, and poet (b. 1893)
  • Jan 23 Mu'in Bseiso, Palestinian poet (b. 1926)
  • Jan 29 Frances Goodrich, (Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 93 of lung cancer
  • Feb 3 Ravindra Mhatre, Indian diplomat, murdered at 48 by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 9 Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1982-84) and KGB Chief (1967-82), dies of total renal failure at 69

Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • Feb 12 Julio Cort zar, Argentina writer (Final del Juego), dies at 69
  • Feb 12 Anna Anderson, claimant to the throne of Russia (b. 1896)
  • Feb 13 Andre Stander, South African police captain and bank robber (b. 1946)
  • Feb 15 Leamon Hunt, US director-General in Sinai, killed by communists
  • Feb 21 Michail A Sholochov, Russian writer (Ocean Don, Nobel 1965), dies
  • Feb 22 David, spent most of his life in a plastic bubble, dies at 12
  • Feb 22 Jessamyn West, American writer (b. 1902)
  • Feb 24 Uwe Johnson, writer, dies at 59
  • Feb 24 Helmut Schelsky, German sociologist (b. 1912)
  • Mar 3 Heinrich Kirchner, German sculptor, dies at 81
  • Mar 4 Ernest Buckler, Canadian novelist (b. 1908)
  • Mar 6 Martin Niemöller, German submarine capt/anti-nazi minister, dies at 92
  • Mar 7 Paul Rotha, English director (b. 1907)
  • Mar 11 Nakagawa Soen, Zen teacher/poet, dies in Rytutakuji monastery at 76
  • Mar 14 Aurelio Peccei, Italian businessman/CEO (Club Rome), dies at 75
  • Mar 16 John Hoagland, American photographer (b. 1947)
  • Mar 19 Garry Winogrand, American photographer (b. 1928)
  • Mar 26 Ahmed Sékou Touré, President of Guinea (b. 1922)
  • Mar 28 Kenneth Whitty, 1st sec at British Embassy in Athens, shot dead
  • Mar 30 Peter Yarrall, strongest Englishman/weighed 826 lb (374.7 kg), dies
  • Mar 31 Ronald Clark O'Bryan, American murderer, dies of lethal injection at 39
  • Apr 4 Oleg Antonov, Soviet airplane engineer (b. 1906)
  • Apr 5 Arthur Travors Harris, marshal of British RAF, dies
  • Apr 7 Frank Church, (Sen-D-Ohio, 1957-81), dies at 59
  • Apr 7 Samuel C Engel, poet, dies of heart failure at 79
  • Apr 8 Pyotr Kapitsa, Russian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1894)
  • Apr 9 Basil Henry Blackwell, British publisher, dies
  • Apr 13 Christopher Wilder, FBI's "most wanted man," accidentally kills self
  • Apr 15 Alexander Trocchi, Scottish writer (b. 1925)
  • Apr 20 Hristo Prodanov, Bulgarian mountaineer (b. 1943)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 22 Ansel Adams, US photographer, dies at 82

Photographer Ansel Adams
Photographer
Ansel Adams
  • Apr 28 Glen H Taylor, US senator/VP candidate (1948), dies at 80
  • Apr 28 Silvia A Warner, writer, dies
  • Apr 30 Arthur T "Bomber" Harris, bombed nazi-Germany, dies
  • May 2 Jack Barry, american game show emcee (Joker's Wild), dies of cardiac arrest at 66
  • May 2 Piet van Aken, Flemish writer (Failing God, Niggers), dies at 64
  • May 4 Bob Clampett, American cartoonist (b. 1913)
  • May 6 Bonner Pink, Conservative Party politician
  • May 6 Mary Cain, Mississippi newspaper editor and politician (b. 1904)
  • May 14 Walter Rauff, German colonel (b. 1906)
  • May 15 Lionel Charles Robbins, British economist, dies at 85
  • May 15 Francis Schaeffer, American theologian, philosopher, and pastor (b. 1912)
  • May 16 Irwin Shaw, American writer (Rich Man, Poor Man), dies at 71
  • May 19 John Betjeman, poet (Mount Zion) and English Poet Laureate (1972-1984), dies at 77
  • Jun 5 Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Indies Sikh leader
  • Jun 5 Frederick Russell, English Marine Biologist (plankton life history and long-term changes in marine ecosystems), dies at 86
  • Jun 6 A[rthur] Bertram Chandler, author (Empress of Outer Space), dies at 72
  • Jun 11 Enrico Berlinguer, Italian National Secreatary of Italian Communist Party (PCI) , dies at 62
  • Jun 18 Alan Berg, American radio talk show host
  • Jun 19 Lee Krasner, American abistract expressionist painter, dies at 75
  • Jun 22 Joseph Losey, director (Go-Between, M, Concrete Jungle), dies at 75
  • Jun 24 William Keighley, American director (The Man who came to Dinner), dies of a stroke at 94
  • Jun 25 Michel Foucault, French philosopher and historian (History of Sexuality), dies of AIDs at 57
  • Jun 26 Carl Foreman, producer, dies of cancer at 69
  • Jun 30 Lillian Hellman, playwright, (Little Foxes), dies at 79
  • Jul 1 Moshe Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-born educator (b. 1904)
  • Jul 2 Paul Dozois, Quebec politician (b. 1908)
  • Jul 3 Raoul Salan, French general/OAS leader (Algeria), dies at 85
  • Jul 14 Ernest Tidyman, American writer (b. 1928)
  • Jul 19 Geert Lubberhuizen, Dutch publisher (Busy Bee), dies at 68

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 26 Ed "Psycho" Gein, mass murderer ("Psycho" & "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" based on him), dies at 78

Murderer and Body Snatcher Ed Gein
Murderer and Body Snatcher
Ed Gein

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 26 George Gallup, American survey sampling pioneer and inventor of the Gallup poll, dies of a heart attack at 82

Inventor of the Gallup Poll George Gallup
Inventor of the Gallup Poll
George Gallup
  • Jul 27 Oswald Jacoby, US contract bridge champion, dies at 81
  • Aug 3 Vladimir Tendryakov, Russian writer (Three, Seven, Ace), dies at 60
  • Aug 5 R Hagelstange, writer, dies
  • Aug 8 Ellen Raskin, American author (b.1928)
  • Aug 11 Alfred A Knopf, American publisher (1966 Alexander Hamilton Medal), dies at 91
  • Aug 11 Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian-German chess player (b. 1916)
  • Aug 14 John Boynton Priestley, English, stagewriter (Magicians), dies at 89
  • Aug 14 Tigran Petroshan, Russian chess grand master, dies at 55
  • Aug 17 Holly Roffey, youngest heart transplant, dies at 4 weeks

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 25 Truman Capote, American author (In Cold Blood), dies of liver cancer at 59

  • Aug 29 Muhammad Naguib, Egyptian statesman (b. 1901)
  • Sep 3 Arthur Schwartz, producer (Inside USA with Chevrolet), dies at 83
  • Sep 9 Yilmaz Gueney, director (Yol, Arkadas, Baba, Agit), dies at 47
  • Sep 11 Jerry Voorhis, American politician (b. 1901)
  • Sep 26 Paquirri, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1948)
  • Sep 29 Marnix Gijsen, [Jan-Al Goris], writer (Lament for Agnes), dies at 85
  • Sep 30 Ellsworth Bunker, US ambassador (South-Vietnam, dies at 90)
  • Oct 6 George S Simpson, US paleontologist, dies at 82
  • Oct 8 Frederick Brisson, producer, dies at 71 after a stroke
  • Oct 12 Sir Anthony Berry, British politician (bombing victim) (b. 1925)
  • Oct 13 Alice Neel, American painter dies ages 84
  • Oct 14 Martin Ryle, English radio astronomer, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics (b. 1918)
  • Oct 18 Florence Rinard, TV panelist (20 Questions), dies at 82
  • Oct 19 Henri Michaux, writer, dies
  • Oct 19 Jerzy Popieluszko, Polish priest/dissident, kidnapped & murdered
  • Oct 19 Jon-Erik Hexum, accidentally shoots himself on set of "Cover Up" at 27
  • Oct 20 Carl Ferdinand Cori, Austrian-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1896)