On This Day

1984 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 382

  • Apr 11 Chinese troops invade Vietnam

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Apr 11 General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko named President of the Soviet Union

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko
  • Apr 11 Soyuz T-11 returns to Earth
  • Apr 13 11th Space Shuttle Mission (41C)-Challenger 5-returns to Earth
  • Apr 15 Extremist Sikhs plunder 40 stations in Punjab India
  • Apr 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 16 Pulitzer prize awarded to Mary Oliver for "American Primitive"
  • Apr 17 During Libyan Embassy demonstration in London, British police officer Yvonne Fletcher shot dead
  • Apr 18 Space Shuttle Challenger flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly Air Force Base
  • Apr 19 Nemesis, death star of dinosaurs 1st appears in print (Nature magazine)
  • Apr 20 Russian offensive in Panshirvallei Afghanistan
  • Apr 21 Centers for Disease Cont says virus discovered in France causes AIDS
  • Apr 21 Franz Weber of Austria skis downhill at a record 209.8 kph
  • Apr 21 Montreal Expo David Palmer no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0 in a perfect 5 inn game
  • Apr 23 AIDS-virus identified as HTLV-III (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

  • Apr 26 Liverpool's Cavern Club reopens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 26 President Reagan visits China

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Apr 27 Over 70 inches of snow falls on Red Lake Montana
  • Apr 30 1,700 skiers participate in an alpine event at Are, Sweden
  • May 1 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Book releaseHistoric Publication

May 1 Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Full Circle” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • May 2 Indians' Andre Thornton ties record for most walks (6 in 16 inn)
  • May 2 Mattingly's single breaks up Lamarr Hoyt's perfect game bid
  • May 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 6 Jose Napoleon Duarte wins El Salvador presidential election

VietnamAgent Orange in Vietnam

May 7 $180m out-of-court settlement reached in Agent Orange suit

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American C-123 spraying chemical defoliant, Agent Orange, on a dense Vietnamese jungle
American C-123 spraying chemical defoliant, Agent Orange, on a dense Vietnamese jungle
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  • May 8 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 8 Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 9 Alexander Calder's "Big Crinkly" sells for $852,000

  • May 10 Intl Court of Justice rules on US blockade of Nicaragua
  • May 11 Tigers set best 30 game start record (26-4)
  • May 11 Transit of Earth as seen on Mars
  • May 12 Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41-D
  • May 12 France performs nuclear test
  • May 12 Joe Lucius scores his 13th hole-in-one on same hole

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 12 South African prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for 1st time in 22 years

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • May 12 World of Rivers world exposition opens in New Orleans
  • May 16 Guinea-Bissau adopts constitution
  • May 16 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 17 Prince Charles calls proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend," sparking controversy on the role of the Royal Family and course of modern architecture.

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • May 17 Marvin Creamer becomes 1st known person to sail around the world without navigational instruments, arriving back in Cape May, New Jersey, after 513 days
  • May 19 STS 41-D vehicle moves to launch pad
  • May 26 Floods kill 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • May 26 US President Ronald Reagan rules out US military intervention in Iran-Iraq war
  • May 27 Beth Henley's "Miss Firecracker contest" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 28 George Soros founds the Soros Foundation Budapest to help countries free themselves from communism

Investor and Political Activist George Soros
Investor and Political Activist
George Soros
  • May 30 Bomb explodes in rebel leader Eden Pastora's headquarters in Nicaragua
  • May 31 57th National Spelling Bee: Daniel Greenblatt wins spelling luge
  • May 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jun 1 KWK-AM in St Louis MO changes call letters to KGLD
  • Jun 1 Netherlands' Lubbers government gives 48 sites for cruise missiles
  • Jun 2 Flight readiness firing of Discovery's main engines
  • Jun 3 38th Tony Awards: Real Thing & La Cage Aux Folles win
  • Jun 4 DNA is successfully cloned from an extinct animal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 5 Indira Gandhi orders an attack on Sikh's holiest site, the Golden Temple in Amritsar

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Jun 6 1,200 die in Sikh "Golden Temple" uprising India
  • Jun 6 Video game Tetris is first released in the Soviet Union by Alexey Pajitnov
  • Jun 8 Homosexuality is declared legal in the state of New South Wales, Australia
  • Jun 9 Cyndi Lauper gets her first US #1 hit with "Time After Time"
  • Jun 9 "Laserphonic Fantasy" premieres
  • Jun 9 NASA suffers a launch vehicle failure launching Intelsat 509
  • Jun 9 Polygram's Hanover Germany plant produces its 10 millionth CD
  • Jun 10 US missile shoots down an incoming missile in space for first time
  • Jun 11 Funeral for S Nakagawa & burial of half of his ashes
  • Jun 11 US Supreme Court declares illegally obtained evidence may be admitted at trial if it could be proved that it would have been discovered legally
  • Jun 14 Southern Baptist convention decide on no women clergy members
  • Jun 15 "Thicke Of The Night" TV Talk Show last airs in syndication
  • Jun 16 Matt de Waal finishes 14,290-mi round trip from Salt Lake City (106d)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 17 John Turner succeeds Pierre Trudeau as Prime Minister of Canada

17th Prime Minister of Canada John Turner
17th Prime Minister of Canada
John Turner
Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • Jun 20 Amber Kvanli, of Minnesota, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 22 Calvin Griffith signs letter of intent to sell ownership of Twins
  • Jun 22 Jolande van de Meer swims Dutch record 800 m freestyle (8:39.30)
  • Jun 22 Joseph Luns resigns as secretary-general of NATO

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 22 Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airways commences operations with flight from Gatwick to Newark

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson
  • Jun 25 Lydia Garrett, 24, crowned 17th Miss Black America
  • Jun 25 STS 41-D launch attempt scrubbed because of computer problem
  • Jun 26 1st flight of Shuttle Discovery (41-D) scrubbed at T -4
  • Jun 27 Fire destroys a set in "A View to a Kill"
  • Jun 27 Late Night's 1st Tower Drop
  • Jun 28 Former member of South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU), Jeannette Schoon, and her six-year-old daughter, Katryn, are killed by a letter bomb at Lubango, in northern Angola
  • Jun 29 USSR offers to start talking about banning SDI
  • Jun 30 Failed coup by cocaine growers in Bolivia
  • Jun 30 Longest pro football game, LA Express beats Mich Panthers 27-21 in USFL playoffs, games lasts 93 minutes 33 seconds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 30 Pierre Trudeau officially steps down as Prime Minister of Canada after serving two separate terms for a total of 15 years

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • 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 Government orders air bags or seat belts would be required in cars by 1989
  • Jul 11 Lucas Mangope re-elected president of Bophuthatswana

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Jul 12 Geraldine Ferraro becomes the 1st US female major-party vice-presidential candidate, after Walter Mondale selects her as his Democratic Party running mate

Congresswoman and 1st Female Vice-Presidential Nominee Geraldine Ferraro
Congresswoman and 1st Female Vice-Presidential Nominee
Geraldine Ferraro
42nd Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale
42nd Vice President of the United States
Walter Mondale
  • 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

Birthdays in History


Weddings in History


Divorces in History


Deaths in History

  • 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 Gaylord Simpson, American 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, Belgian-born French poet and writer (Miserable Miracle), dies at 85
  • Oct 19 Jerzy Popieluszko, Polish priest/dissident, kidnapped & murdered
  • Oct 20 Carl Ferdinand Cori, Czech-American bio-chemist (Nobel 1947-discovery of how glycogen (animal starch) – a derivative of glucose – is broken down and resynthesized in the body, for use as a store and source of energy), dies at 87

Person of interestPaul Dirac

Oct 20 Paul Dirac, English physicist (quantum electrodynamics, Nobel 1933), dies at 82

Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureate Paul Dirac
Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Paul Dirac
  • Oct 21 Francois Truffaut, dir (Fahrenheit 451), dies of brain cancer at 52
  • Oct 26 Laurie Langenbach, author, dies at 37

MurderIndira Gandhi

Oct 31 Indira Gandhi, 4th Prime Minister of India (1966-77, 1980-84), assassinated by two of her bodyguards at 66

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Nov 1 Norman Krasna, author (Dear Ruth), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Nov 2 Margie V Barfield, US murderer, 1st woman electrocuted in 22 years
  • Nov 6 Gastón Suárez, Bolivian novelist and dramatist (b. 1929)
  • Nov 10 Xavier Herbert, Australian author (b. 1901)
  • Nov 11 Martin Luther King Sr, US vicar and father of MLK Jr., dies at 84
  • Nov 12 Chester Himes, American author (b. 1909)
  • Nov 13 Mauk de Braauw, Dutch minister (DS'70) and Minister of Wetenschapsbeleid, dies at 59
  • Nov 14 Cesar Climaco, Filipino politician (b. 1916)
  • Nov 15 Baby Fae, who received a baboon's heart, dies at 3 weeks
  • Nov 18 Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (Pictorial Review, Good Housekeeping), dies at 77
  • Nov 19 George D Aiken, (Sen-R-Vt, 1941-75), dies at 92
  • Nov 20 Trygve Bratteli, Norwegian Prime Minister (Labour: 1971-72, 1973-76), dies at 74
  • Nov 27 Percy Norris, deputy high commissioner of India, shot dead
  • Nov 28 Hans Speidel, German general and NATO-supreme commander (1957-64), dies at 87
  • Nov 29 Gotthard Günther, German philosopher (b. 1900)
  • Dec 1 Roelof Frankot, Dutch painter (b. 1911)
  • Dec 3 Virginia Lacy Jones, American librarian and presidential advisor, dies at 72
  • Dec 3 Vladimir Abramovich Rokhlin, Russian mathematician (b. 1919)
  • Dec 4 John Rock, American obstetrician and gynecologist who co-developed the 1st birth control pill, dies at 94
  • Dec 5 Adam Malik, Third Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1917)
  • Dec 8 Robert Jay Mathews, White Nationalist (b. 1953)
  • Dec 11 Oskar Seidlin, German-born American scholar (b. 1911)
  • Dec 14 Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish writer (Ambito, Bird of Paper, Nobel 1977), dies at 86
  • Dec 15 Frank Spedding, Canadian Chemist whose uranium extraction process helped make possible the first atomic bomb, dies at 82
  • Dec 19 Joy Ridderhof, American missionary (b. 1903)
  • Dec 23 Joan Lindsay, Australian author (Picnic at Hanging Rock), dies at 88
  • Dec 28 Sam Peckinpah, American film director (The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs), dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • Dec 29 Sidney Garfield, American physician and pioneer of health maintenance organizations (Kaiser Permanente), dies at 78
  • Dec 30 Massa, oldest gorilla on record (b. 1930)