July 1984 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 The PG-13 rating is introduced by the MPAA
  • Jul 3 Dolphin rocket launched off San Clemente Island
  • Jul 3 Supreme Court rules Jaycees may be forced to admit women as members
  • Jul 4 Funeral for S Nakagawa and burial of half his ashes next to N Senzaki
  • Jul 4 Yuri Sedykh of USSR throws hammer a record 86.33 m
  • Jul 5 Supreme Court weakens 70-year-old "exclusionary rule"-evidence seized with defective court warrants can now be used in criminal trials
  • Jul 7 5 die in a train crash in Williston, Vermont
  • Jul 9 12th Century York Minster damaged in lightning storm
  • Jul 11 All star MVP: Gary Carter (Mont Expos) awarded for 2nd time
  • Jul 11 Government orders air bags or seat belts would be required in cars by 1989
  • Jul 11 Lucas Mangope re-elected president of Bophuthatswana
  • Jul 12 Geraldine Ferraro becomes 1st US female major-party VP candidate
  • Jul 12 A car bomb set off by the military wing of the ANC, explodes in Durban South Africa killing 5 and injuring 27 people
  • Jul 13 Jeff Beck quits Rod Stewart's tour after 7 shows
  • Jul 13 The last sitting of an all-white Parliament in South Africa
  • Jul 14 STS 41-D vehicle moves to Vandenberg AFB for remanifest of payloads
  • Jul 14 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jul 14 New Zealand snap election, David Lange's Labour Party defeats Robert Muldoon's National Party

New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange
New Zealand Prime Minister
David Lange
New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon
New Zealand Prime Minister
Robert Muldoon
  • Jul 15 John Lennon's "I'm Stepping Out" released posthumously
  • Jul 17 Pierre Mauroy resigns as Premier of France
  • Jul 17 Soyuz T-12 carries 3 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 7
  • Jul 17 US passes National Minimum Drinking Age Act, prohibiting under 21's from buying or possessing alcohol as a condition of receiving State highway funds
  • Jul 18 Walter Mondale wins the Democratic Party presidential nomination in San Francisco
  • Jul 18 21 people are killed and 19 are injured in a massacre in a McDonalds restaurant in San Ysidro, California; it ends with the shooting of its perpetrator, James Oliver Huberty
  • Jul 19 1st female to captain a 747 across Atlantic (Lynn Rippelmeyer)
  • Jul 19 Geraldine A Ferraro, (Rep-D-NY), wins Democratic VP nomination
  • Jul 21 Marita Koch of East Germany sets world women's mark for 200m, 21.71s
  • Jul 21 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • Jul 25 Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes 1st woman to walk in space
  • Jul 30 Alvenus tanker at Cameron Louisiana, spills 2.8 million gallons of oil
  • Jul 30 Holly Roffey aged 11 days is the youngest ever to receive a heart transplant
  • Jul 31 Venz commandos terminate hijacking of an aircraft, 2 killed

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 19 Holly Roffey, English youngest heart transplant (d. 1984)
  • Jul 19 Lasse Gjertsen, Norwegian animator

Deaths in History

  • 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
  • Jul 20 Jim Fixx, American jogger and writer (Jim Fixx on Running), dies at 52

Person of interestEd Gein

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 interestGeorge Gallup

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