January 1984 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Coup d'état

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

  • Jan 2 Riot in Tunis kills over 100
  • Jan 2 Wilson Goode, sworn-in as Philadelphia's 1st black mayor
  • Jan 3 Syria frees captured US pilot after appeal from Jesse Jackson
  • Jan 6 Challenger moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) 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 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 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 22 Hilbert van de Thumb becomes European all-round skates

Apple Macintosh Personal Computer

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

Event of Interest

Jan 29 President Reagan formally announces he will seek a 2nd term

  • Jan 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 2 Colleen Taylor, American journalist
  • Jan 5 Amanda Hearst, American heiress, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 18 Michael Kearney, American child prodigy, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jan 18 Seung-Hui Cho, South Korean-born spree killer (Virginia Tech), born in Onyang-dong, South Korea (d. 2007)
  • Jan 19 Euan Blair, eldest son of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, born in London, United Kingdom

Weddings in History

  • Jan 28 Mr Glynn Wolfe marries for non-bigamous record 26th time, Las Vegas

Deaths in History

  • Jan 7 Alfred Kastler, French physicist (Nobel 1966 - Hertzian resonances within atoms), dies at 81
  • 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 University of Beirut, shot dead at 52
  • Jan 21 Giannis Skaribas, Greek writer, dramatist, and poet (b. 1893)
  • Jan 22 Mikiel Gonzi, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Malta (1944-76), dies at 98
  • Jan 23 Mu'in Bseiso, Palestinian poet (b. 1926)