January 1 - Brunei becomes a fully independent state.
January 1 - AT&T is broken up into 22 independent units.
January 5 - Richard Stallman starts developing GNU.
January 7 - Brunei becomes the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian
January 9 - Clara Peller is featured in the "Where's the Beef?" commercial campaign
for Wendy's for the first time.
January 10 - The United States and the Vatican establish full diplomatic relations.
January 22 - The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to use a computer
mouse and GUI interface, is introduced by Apple Computer corporation in a Super
Bowl commercial evoking images from George Orwell's book, Nineteen Eighty-Four.
January 23 - pop star Michael Jackson's scalp is seriously burned during by
pyrotechnics filming of a Pepsi commercial.
January 24 - The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale.
February 3 - Space Shuttle Challenger is launched on the tenth space shuttle mission.
February 7 - Astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart make the first
untethered space walk.
February 9 - Soviet leader Yuri Andropov dies.
February 13 - Konstantin Chernenko succeeds the late Yuri Andropov as general
secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
February 29 - Canadian PM Pierre Trudeau announces his retirement.
March 5 - Iran accuses Iraq of the use of chemical weapons - UN condemns the use
on March 30.
March 5 - Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi orders an attack on the Golden Temple,
the Sikh holy spot.
March 6 - Twelve month long strike in British coal industry begins See UK Miners'
March 14 - Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams and three others are seriously injured in a gun attack.
March 16 - CIA station chief stationed in Beirut, William Buckley, is kidnapped by
Islamic fundamentalists and later dies in captivity.
March 22 - Teachers at the McMartin preschool in Manhattan Beach, California are
charged with Satanic ritual abuse of the children in the school. The charges were later
dropped as completely unfounded.
March 23 - Sarah Tisdall, the young British civil servant who told the Guardian newspaper
that cruise missiles were coming to Britain, is sentenced to six months imprisonment.
March 30 - Peter Yarral, Britain's heaviest man with 826 lb or 374.73 kg, dies in his
flat in London's East Ham. It takes ten firefighters five hours to demolish the bedroom
and winch his body out with a crane.
April 4 - President Ronald Wilson Reagan calls for an international ban on chemical weapons.
April 17 - WPC Yvonne Fletcher is shot dead by a secluded gunman during a siege
outside the Libyan Embassy in London.
April 25 - End of term for Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Mustain Billah ibni Almarhum
Sultan Sir Abu Bakar Riayatuddin Al-Muadzam Shah as the 7th Yang di-Pertuan
Agong of Malaysia.
April 26 - Baginda Almutawakkil Alallah Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj ibni Almarhum Sultan
Ismail, Sultan of Johor becomes the 8th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
May 8 - The Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics
in Los Angeles, California.
May 8 - Denis Lortie kills three government employees in the National Assembly
of Quebec building.
May 11 - A transit of Earth from Mars takes place.
June 5 - The Indian government begins Operation Blue Star, the planned attack on
the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
June 6 - Indian troops storm the Golden Temple at Amritsar, the Sikh's holiest shrine,
killing an estimated 1000 people.
June 22 - Inaugural flight of Virgin Atlantic.
June 30 - John Turner becomes Canada's seventeenth prime minister.
July 9 - Lightning sets fire to York Minster.
July 18 - In San Ysidro, California, 41-year-old James Oliver Huberty sprays a
McDonald's restaurant with gun-fire killing 21 people before being shot dead by police.
July 21 - In Jackson, Michigan, a factory robot crushes a worker against a safety bar
in apparently the first robot-related death in the United States.
July 23 - Vanessa Williams becomes the first Miss America to resign when she
surrenders her crown after nude photos of her appeared in "Penthouse" magazine.
July 25 - Salyut 7 Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to perform
a space walk.
August 4 - The African republic Upper Volta changes its name to Burkina Faso.
August 16 - Carmaker John De Lorean is acquitted of all eight counts of possessing
and distributing cocaine due to entrapment.
August 21 - Half a million people in Manila demonstrate against the regime of Ferdinand Marcos.
September 5 - STS-41-D: The Space Shuttle Discovery lands after its maiden voyage.
September 17 - Brian Mulroney becomes Canada's eighteenth prime minister.
September 26 - United Kingdom and People's Republic of China sign initial agreement
return Hong Kong to China in 1997.
October 5 - Marc Garneau becomes the first Canadian in space, aboard the Space
Shuttle Challenger (41-6).
October 11 - Margaret Thatcher survives an IRA bomb.
October 11 - Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan
becomes the first American woman to perform a space walk.
October 12 - Brighton bombing (attempt to assassinate the British Cabinet).
October 19 - A Polish Priest Jerzy Popieluszko is kidnapped and found dead two days later.
October 31 - Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two Sikh security
guards (riots soon broke out in New Delhi and nearly 2,000 innocent Sikhs were killed).
November 2 - Capital punishment: Velma Barfield becomes the first woman executed in
the United States since 1962.
November 6 - Ronald Wilson Reagan defeats Walter F. Mondale in the U.S. presidential election.
November 19 - A series of explosions at the PEMEX petroleum storage facility at San
Juan Ixhuatepec in Mexico City ignites a major fire and kills about 500 people.
November 25 - 36 of Britain and Ireland's top pop musicians gathered in a Notting
Hill studio to form Band Aid and recorded the song "Do They Know It's Christmas"
in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.
November 28 - Over 250 years after their deaths, William Penn and his wife Hannah
Callowhill Penn are made Honorary Citizens of the United States.
November 30 - The Tamil Tigers begin the purge of the Singalese from North and
East Sri Lanka - 127 killed.
December 3 - Bhopal Disaster: A methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide
plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, kills more than 2,000 people outright and
injures anywhere from 150,000 to 600,000 others (some 6,000 of whom would later
die from their injuries) in one of the worst industrial disasters in history.
December 3 - British Telecom privatised.
December 19 - The People's Republic of China and United Kingdom signs the
Sino-British Joint Declaration which concerns the future of Hong Kong.
December 31 - Rajiv Gandhi becomes prime minister of India.Unknown dates
Ethiopian famine begins.
Year in topic
1984 in film
The Killing Fields.
Places in the Heart.
Wednesday, May 23, 1984 - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom starring Harrison Ford.
Friday, June 8, 1984 - Ghostbusters.
Friday, October 26, 1984 - Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator.
Monday, November 26, 1984 - Filming starts on Back to the Future.
1984 in literature
The New International Version of the Bible is published.
The influential cyberpunk novel Neuromancer, by William Gibson, is published in March.
1984 in music
The influential rap group, the Ultramagnetic MCs, form in the Bronx.
Iron Maiden released Powerslave, their 5th studio album and their 3rd with front-man Bruce
Dickinson showing the world the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal was there to stay.
Metallica released Ride the Lightning.
Prince released Purple Rain.
1984 in sports
Saturday, January 14, 1984 - Ray Mancini stops 2 time world champion Bobby Chacon in
the third round of a long awaited boxing fight, to retain the WBA's world Lightweight title.
Sunday, January 22, 1984 - Super Bowl XVIII Los Angeles Raiders (38) def. Washington
Friday, January 27, 1984 - Carl Lewis beats his own indoor world jumping record by
9-1/4 inches with a 28 feet, 10-1/4 inches jump.
Wednesday, February 8, 1984 - 1984 Winter Olympics open in Sarajevo.
Saturday, May 19, 1984 - The NHL's Edmonton Oilers win the Stanley Cup defeating
the New York Islanders 5-2 at Edmonton and ending the Islanders dynasty. The first in
Oilers club history and of a new dynasty.
Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California, USA
Baseball - The Detroit
Tigers start the season 35-5 on their way to a World Series victory.
1984 in television
Saturday, January 28, 1984 - singer Michael Jackson's hair catches fire during the filming
of a Pepsi commercial.
Friday, December 28, 1984 - The soap opera The Edge of Night airs its final
episode on ABC.
The current version of Jeopardy! debuts on NBC.
The Cosby Show debuts on NBC.
Miami Vice debuts on NBC.Births
January 10 - Kimberley Geerlings
January 15 - Megan Quann
February 1 - Jim Donelson
, radio/tv personality.
February 26 - Natalia Lafourcade
, Mexican pop singer.
March 20 - Winta
, Norwegian pop star.
April 10 - Mandy Moore
, singer, actress.
April 18 - America Ferrera
May 29 - Carmelo Anthony
, NBA star.
July 14 - Jordi van den Houten
July 24 - Dhani Lennevald
, tallest member of A-Teens.
August 1 - Alessandra Angleton
, twin daughter of Robert Angleton and Doris Angleton.
August 1 - Nicole Angleton
, twin daughter of Robert Angleton and Doris Angleton.
September 1 - Lucas Borges
, Brazilian journalist.
September 7 - Vera Zvonareva
, tennis player.
September 14 - Adam Lamberg
, actor (Lizzie McGuire).
September 16 - Prince Harry
of Wales, English prince.
September 27 - Avril Lavigne
, Canadian singer/songwriter.
September 30 - Tintor Marko
, soccer player.
October 3 - Ashlee Simpson
October 4 - Lena Katina
, member of t.A.T.u.
October 14 - Santino Quaranta
, American soccer player.
October 25 - Sara Helena Lumholdt
, youngest of A-Teens.
November 9 - Delta Goodrem
, actress, singer.
November 21 - Jena Malone
December 30 - LeBron James
, NBA star.Deaths
January 20 - Johnny Weissmuller
, American swimmer and actor. Most prominent as Tarzan.
January 21 - Jackie Wilson
, soul singer.
February 9 - Yuri Andropov
, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
February 15 - Ethel Merman
, singer, actress.
February 22 - Jessamyn West
March 1 - Jackie Coogan
March 5 - William Powell
March 21 - Sir Michael Redgrave
March 24 - Sam Jaffe
April 1 - Marvin Gaye
April 15 - Tommy Cooper
, British comedian and magician.
April 17 - Jan van den Houten
April 20 - Hristo Prodanov
, Bulgarian mountaineer.
April 22 - Ansel Adams
, American photographer.
April 26 - Count Basie
, musician, composer (b. 1904).
May 16 - Andy Kaufman
May 16 - Irwin Shaw
May 28 - Eric Morecambe
, British comedian.
June 1 - Gerardus Jacobus Steenstraten
June 26 - Michel Foucault
July 1 - Moshe Feldenkrais
, founder of the Feldenkrais Method.
July 8 - Brassaï
July 19 - Johanna Cornelia Hanson
July 26 - Ed Gein
, serial killer.
August 2 - Quirino Cristiani
, Argentine animation director.
August 5 - Richard Burton
August 11 - Alfred A. Knopf
, American publisher.
August 14 - J. B. Priestley
, English novelist and playwright.
August 25 - Waite Hoyt
, Baseball Hall of Famer (b. 1899).
September 25 - Walter Pidgeon
October 5 - Leonard Rossiter
, British actor.
October 9 - Stoffel van den Houten
October 12 - Sir Anthony Berry
, British politician, along with three of the other victims
of the Brighton hotel bombing.
October 20 - Paul Dirac
October 21 - François Truffaut
, French film director.
October 31 - Indira Gandhi
, Prime Minister of India and President of Indian National Congress.
November 22 - Johanna Catrina van den Houten
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