1984

1984 marks the year the world became aware of the famine in Ethiopia, prompting the European Economic Community to make £1.8 million available for humanitarian aid, and leading Irish musician Bob Geldof to form the Band Aid group, which would donate its profits to help fight the famine.

1984

On October 31st, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards, sparking murderous Anti-Sikh riots throughout the country. That same year, the Bhopal disaster occurs in the Madhya Pradesh region of India when a gas leak causes the death of over 8000 people in history’s worst industrial accident.

In Latin America, over a million people, led by politician Tancredo Neves, march in the streets of Sao Paulo to demand democratic elections in the largest demonstration in Brazilian history.

On November 6th, Ronal Reagan re-elected, a few months after calling for a ban on chemical weapons following Iran’s denunciation of Iraq’s use of such weapons.

In sports, the 1984 Summer Olympics are held in Los Angeles with the notable absence of the Soviet Union, who had announced their boycott of the event a few months before. On May 8th, the Chicago White Sox defeat the Milwaukee Brewers in the longest game in the history of Major League baseball, clocking in at eight hours.

In the arts, Bruce Springsteen released Born in the USA on June 4th and Terms of Endearment won five Oscars, including Best Picture.

In science and technology, Apple Computers released the Macintosh Personal Computer on January 4th, a day after airing the famous advertisement inspired by George Orwell’s 1984 and, later that year, U.S. scientists announce the discovery of the AIDS virus. Notable births in 1984 include American actress and comedian Kate McKinnon, American entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg and South African comedian and television host Trevor Noah.

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Movies

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Once Upon a Time in America

Once Upon a Time in America

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Starring: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams

Country: United States of America

Amadeus

Amadeus

Directed by: Milos Forman

Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Country: United States of America

Saaransh

Saaransh

Directed by: Mahesh Bhatt

Starring: Rohini Hattangadi, Anupam Kher, Soni Razdan, Madan Jain

Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas

Directed by: Wim Wenders

Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clément

Country: United States of America

A Cruel Romance

A Cruel Romance

Directed by: Eldar Ryazanov

Starring: Alisa Freyndlikh, Larisa Guzeeva, Nikita Mikhalkov, Andrey Myagkov

Books

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The March Of Folly by Barbara W. Tuchman

The March Of Folly

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Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Barbara Tuchman here tackles the pervasive presence of folly in governments through the ages. One decisive turning point in history detailed by Tuchman is the Trojan War.

The Discoverers by Daniel J. Boorstin

The Discoverers

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An original history of man's greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him.

Lincoln by Gore Vidal

Lincoln

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Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire series spans the history of the United States from the Revolution to the post-World War II years.

The Aquitaine Progression by Robert Ludlum

The Aquitaine Progression

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In Geneva, American lawyer Joel Converse meets a man he hasn’t seen in twenty years, a covert operative who dies violently at his feet, whispering words that hand Converse a staggering legacy of death: “The generals .

A Light In The Attic by Shel Silverstein

A Light In The Attic

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Last night, while I lay thinking here,Some Whatifs crawled inside my earAnd pranced and partied all night longAnd sang their same old Whatif song:Whatif I flunk that test?Whatif

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1984 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Matthew
  4. Joshua
  5. David
  6. Daniel
  7. James
  8. John
  9. Robert
  10. Joseph
Top #10 female names
  1. Jennifer
  2. Jessica
  3. Ashley
  4. Amanda
  5. Sarah
  6. Stephanie
  7. Nicole
  8. Melissa
  9. Heather
  10. Elizabeth
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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1984?


Events

  • 01 Jan New York City transit fare rises from 75 cents to 90 cents
  • 02 Jan Riot in Tunis kills over 100.
  • 03 Jan Syria frees captured US pilot after appeal from Jesse Jackson.
  • 04 Jan Night Court starring Harry Anderson premieres on NBC TV
  • 05 Jan Adrian Dantly (Utah Jazz), ties NBA record of 28 free throws.
  • 06 Jan Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41 B mission
  • 07 Jan Brunei becomes the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
  • 08 Jan Washington Capitals Bengt Gustafsson scores 5 goals to beat Philadelphia 7-1
  • 09 Jan EAA moves operations to Oshkosh
  • 10 Jan Argentine ex-President / general Bignone arrested
  • 11 Jan STS 41-B vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 13 Jan TV anchor Christine Craft wins $325,000 in her case against KMBC-TV
  • 14 Jan Madonna 1st sings Holiday on American Bandstand
  • 16 Jan Paul and Linda McCartney arrested in Barbados-possession of cannabis
  • 17 Jan US Supreme Court rules (5-4) private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws.
  • 18 Jan The Mitsui Miike coal mine explosion at Ōmuta, Fukuoka, Japan kills 83.
  • 19 Jan Francesco Moser bicycles world record time 50,808 km (he is the first man to break the 50 km/h barrier).
  • 20 Jan US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners.
  • 21 Jan US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton.
  • 22 Jan Super Bowl XVIII: LA Raiders beat Washington Redskins, 38-9 in Tampa Super Bowl MVP: Marcus Allen, LA Raiders, RB
  • 23 Jan Hulk Hogan defeats Iron Sheik to become World Wrestling Federation champ.
  • 24 Jan Apple Computer introduces the Apple Macintosh computer. It features 7.83 MHz 32-bit Motorola 68000 processor, built-in 9-inch 512x342 graphics monochrome monitor, 3.5-inch diskette drive, and 128 kB RAM. Price is $2500, well above the original $1000 target.
  • 26 Jan US navy exhibits Piasecki helistat-4 helicopters and a blimp able to lift 26 tons in Lakehurst, New Jersey.
  • 27 Jan John andYoko release Milk andHoney album
  • 28 Jan Record 295,000 dominoes toppled, Fuerth, West Germany.
  • 29 Jan Actress Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) marries Robert Altman
  • 31 Jan US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 01 Feb China and Netherlands regain diplomatic relations.
  • 02 Feb 8th Soap Opera Digest Poll Awards
  • 03 Feb 10th Space Shuttle Mission (41B) - Challenger 4 launched
  • 04 Feb 9 closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 739 performances
  • 05 Feb Patty Sheehan win LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic.
  • 07 Feb Bruce McCandless makes 1st untethered space walk (US)
  • 08 Feb 14th Winter Olympic games opens in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • 09 Feb Rink opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 204 performances
  • 11 Feb 10th space shuttle mission (41-B) - Challenger 4-returns to Earth
  • 12 Feb Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean skate Bolero at Olympics
  • 13 Feb Six-year-old Texan Stormie Jones gets first heart and liver transplant.
  • 14 Feb Singer Elton John marries Renate Blauel in Sydney Australia
  • 15 Feb 500,000 Iranian soldiers move into Iraq.
  • 16 Feb New Jersey Devils' first overtime goal, Jan Ludvig beats Hartford Whalers 6-5.
  • 18 Feb Revised concordat between Italy and the Vatican signed.
  • 19 Feb Doonesbury closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • 21 Feb Timex withdraws from the home computer business. Timex introduced the British Sinclair Research ZX81 computer to North America as the Timex/Sinclair 1000 in 1982. Priced at $100, then dropped to $50, a lack of software and physical size and memory size limitations dampened initial public enthusiasm.
  • 24 Feb Iraq resumes air attack on Iran.
  • 25 Feb Oil fire in Cubatao, Brazil kills 500.
  • 26 Feb Reverend Jesse Jackson acknowledges that he called New York City "Hymietown".
  • 27 Feb WRC-AM in Washington DC changes call letters to WWRC
  • 28 Feb 26th Grammy Awards: "Beat It", Michael Jackson wins eight.
  • 29 Feb Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announces he will retire as soon as the Liberals can elect another leader.
  • 01 Mar Landsat 5 and ham satellite Oscar 11 launched into polar orbit
  • 02 Mar John Long (Detroit) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
  • 03 Mar Peter Ueberroth is elected baseball commissioner (Effective October 1).
  • 04 Mar Nancy Lopez wins Uniden LPGA Golf Invitational.
  • 05 Mar US accuse Iraq of using poison gas
  • 06 Mar A year-long strike action begins in the British coal industry (see UK Miners' Strike (1984-1985)).
  • 09 Mar John Lennon releases Borrowed Time
  • 10 Mar Heavyweight Tim Witherspoon KOs Greg Page
  • 11 Mar Chris Johnson wins LPGA Samaritan Turquoise Golf Classic.
  • 12 Mar National Union of Mine Workers in England begin a 51 week strike
  • 14 Mar Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41-C mission
  • 15 Mar 10th People's Choice Awards: Brooke Shields wins.
  • 16 Mar Gunmen kidnap William Buckley, CIA station chief in Beirut
  • 18 Mar Chris Johnson wins LPGA Tucson Conquistadores Golf Open.
  • 19 Mar Kate & Allie, premieres
  • 20 Mar US Senate rejects amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools.
  • 21 Mar NFL owners passed the infamous anti-celebrating rule
  • 22 Mar 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.
  • 23 Mar Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa won by J Torvill and Chris Dean (GRB)
  • 24 Mar IOC agrees to 6-team exhibition baseball tournament in Olympics
  • 29 Mar NFL Baltimore Colts move to Indianapolis under cover of night.
  • 30 Mar US ends participation in multinational Lebanon peace force.
  • 31 Mar US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 01 Apr American singer Marvin Gaye shot to death by his father Marvin Gaye Sr in Los Angeles, California at age 44 (born 1939).
  • 02 Apr 46th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: Georgetown beats Houston 84-75.
  • 03 Apr Soyuz T-11 carries 3 Cosmonauts (1 Indian-Rakesh Sharma) to Salyut 7
  • 04 Apr U.S. President Ronald Reagan calls for an international ban on chemical weapons.
  • 05 Apr Human Comedy opens at Royale Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • 06 Apr 11th Space Shuttle Mission (41-C)- Challenger 5 is launched; first time 11 people in space.
  • 07 Apr Frank Church, American politician (Senator-Democrat-Ohio, 1957-81), dies at age 59.
  • 08 Apr 4th Golden Raspberry Awards: Lonely Lady wins.
  • 09 Apr 56th Academy Awards - Terms of Endearment, R Duvall and S Maclaine win
  • 10 Apr Damaged Solar Max satellite snared by Challenger shuttle
  • 11 Apr Challenger Astronauts complete 1st in space satellite repair
  • 13 Apr 11th Space Shuttle Mission (41C) - Challenger 5-returns to Earth
  • 14 Apr Farewell concert of Doe Maar in Den Bosch Neth
  • 15 Apr Human Comedy closes at Royale Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • 16 Apr Pulitzer prize awarded to Mary Oliver for American Primitive
  • 17 Apr Libyan embassy demonstration, 1 shot dead
  • 18 Apr Challenger flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
  • 19 Apr Nemesis, death star of dinosaurs 1st appears in print (Nature Magazine)
  • 20 Apr Russian offensive in Panshirvallei, Afghanistan.
  • 21 Apr After 37 weeks, Thriller is knocked off as top album by Footloose
  • 22 Apr Ansel Adams, American photographer, dies at age 82 (born 1902).
  • 23 Apr AIDS-virus identified (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)
  • 24 Apr In Morgan Hill, California, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake occurs.
  • 25 Apr Rock group Wings disbands.
  • 26 Apr US President Ronald Reagan visits China.
  • 27 Apr Cleveland Indians beat Detroit Tigers, 8-4, in 19 innings.
  • 28 Apr La Tragedie de Carmen closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 187 performances
  • 29 Apr Oliver! opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • 30 Apr Strong winds cause a 30 min delay in Toronto Blue Jays game
  • 01 May Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac) files for bankruptcy
  • 02 May Sunday in the Park with George opens at Booth NYC for 604 performances
  • 05 May 110th Kentucky Derby: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Swale wins in 2:02.4.
  • 06 May Baltimore Orioles' player Cal Ripken Jr hits for the cycle.
  • 07 May Sharon Barrett wins LPGA Potamkin Cadillac Golf Classic.
  • 08 May USSR announces it will not participate in LA Summer Olympics
  • 09 May White Sox and Brewers play 8:06, game, longest timed baseball game
  • 10 May International Court of Justice rules on US blockade of Nicaragua.
  • 11 May Transit of Earth as seen on Mars
  • 12 May Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41-D
  • 13 May Oliver! closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • 14 May 19th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama wins.
  • 16 May US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 17 May Cincinnati Reds' Mario Soto throws four strikeouts in one inning.
  • 19 May King Of Suede by Weird Al Yankovic hits #62
  • 20 May On Your Toes closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 505 performances
  • 21 May Atari introduces the Atari 7800 ProSystem video game system. It features higher resolution graphics than the Atari 5200, optional keyboard to make it a home computer, and compatibility with Atari 2600 cartridges. Price is US$149.
  • 23 May Detroit Tigers win 16th straight road game, tying American League record.
  • 24 May Wiz opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • 25 May Detroit Tigers loss to Seattle Mariners 7-3 ends record-tying 17 consecutive wins.
  • 26 May Floods kill 14 in Tulsa Okla
  • 27 May Joanne Carner wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic.
  • 29 May Boston Red Sox retires number 9 (Ted Williams) and number 4 (Joe Cronin).
  • 30 May NL suspends Mario Soto 5 days for Reds-Cubs fight on May 27th
  • 31 May 57th US National Spelling Bee: Daniel Greenblatt wins spelling "luge".
  • 01 Jun Douglas H Mitchell, QC of Calgary becomes 6th CFL Commissioner
  • 02 Jun Welcome To Fun Zone hosted by Dr Demento airs on NBC-TV
  • 03 Jun Wiz closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • 04 Jun 18th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers
  • 05 Jun Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi orders an attack on the Golden Temple, the holiest site of the Sikh religion.
  • 06 Jun 1,200 die in Sikh Golden Temple uprising India
  • 08 Jun A deadly F5 tornado nearly destroys the town of Barneveld, Wisconsin, killing 9 people, injuring nearly 200, and causing over US$25 million in damage.
  • 09 Jun Laserphonic Fantasy premieres
  • 10 Jun 38th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 11 Jun Funeral for S Nakagawa and burial of half of his ashes
  • 14 Jun Southern Baptist convention decide on no women clergy members
  • 15 Jun Thicke Of The Night, TV Talk Show last airs in syndication
  • 16 Jun Matt de Waal finishes 14,290-mi round trip from Salt Lake City (106d)
  • 17 Jun Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • 18 Jun 84th US Golf Open: Fuzzy Zoeller shoots a 276 at Winged Foot Golf Club - New York
  • 19 Jun Weird Al Yankovic gives free live performance at Del Mar Fair
  • 20 Jun The official name of the Turkish city Urfa is changed into Şanlıurfa.
  • 22 Jun Calvin Griffith signs letter of intent to sell ownership of Twins
  • 24 Jun Laurie Rinker wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • 25 Jun Lydia Garrett, 24, crowned 17th Miss Black America
  • 26 Jun 1st flight of Shuttle Discovery (41-D) scrubbed at T -4
  • 27 Jun Emmy 11th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 5th time
  • 28 Jun Richard Ram?rez, aka the "Night Stalker," performs his first recorded murder.
  • 29 Jun Orel Hershiser begins string of making every sched start until 1990
  • 30 Jun Failed coup by cocaine growers in Bolivia
  • 01 Jul Baby closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 241 performances
  • 02 Jul Standard Oil of California changes its company name to Chevron.
  • 03 Jul Dolphin rocket launched off San Clemente Island.
  • 04 Jul Funeral for S Nakagawa and burial half his ashes next to N Senzaki
  • 05 Jul Supreme Court weakens 70-year-old exclusionary rule-evidence seized with defective court warrants can now be used in criminal trials
  • 06 Jul Warner Communications sells off the home video game and computer systems business of Atari to Jack Tramiel for US$240 million in long-term loans. Warner has the option to purchase up to 32 percent interest in the new company for US$2 per share.
  • 07 Jul 91st Wimbledon Womens Tennis: M Navratilova beats Chris Evert (76 62)
  • 08 Jul 98th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: John McEnroe beats J Connors (61 61 62)
  • 09 Jul 12th minster of York destroyed in lightening storm
  • 11 Jul 55th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco
  • 12 Jul Geraldine Ferraro, New York becomes 1st woman major-party VP candidate
  • 13 Jul Eddie Van Halen joins in, in a Jacksons concert
  • 14 Jul STS 41-D vehicle moves to Vandenberg AFB for remanifest of payloads
  • 17 Jul Pierre Mauroy resigns as Premier of France
  • 18 Jul Walter F Mondale wins Democratic presidential nomination in San Francisco
  • 19 Jul 1st female to captain a 747 across Atlantic (Lynn Rippelmeyer)
  • 20 Jul Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America
  • 21 Jul 1st documented case of a robot killing a human in US
  • 22 Jul 113th British Golf Open: Seve Ballesteros shoots a 276 at St. Andrews
  • 23 Jul Kansas City Royals Dan Quisenberry gets his 200th career save
  • 25 Jul Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes 1st woman to walk in space
  • 26 Jul Expos Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with his 3,052nd single
  • 28 Jul 23rd modern Olympic games opens in Los Angeles
  • 29 Jul 12th du Maurier Golf Classic: Juli Inkster
  • 30 Jul Holly Roffey (11 days) gets heart transplant
  • 31 Jul Venz commandos terminate hijacking of an aircraft, 2 killed
  • 01 Aug Commercial peat-cutters discovers a the preserved bog body of a man, called Lindow Man, at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, North West England.
  • 03 Aug 365.7 million shares traded in New York Stock Exchange
  • 04 Aug Republic of Upper Volta becomes Bourkina Fasso (National Day)
  • 05 Aug Alice Miller wins West Virginia LPGA Golf Classic
  • 06 Aug 203.05 million shares traded in New York Stock Exchange
  • 07 Aug Jim Deshales becomes 1,000th playing New York Yankees.
  • 08 Aug Rink closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • 09 Aug STS 41-D vehicle again moves out to launch pad
  • 10 Aug Mary Decker trips on heel of Zola Budd during 3,000m Olympic run.
  • 11 Aug During a radio voice test President Reagan joked he signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes
  • 12 Aug 23rd Olympic games close at Los Angeles, California
  • 13 Aug Morocco and Libya sign Arabic-African Union treaty
  • 14 Aug West Indies complete 5-0 series annihilation of England
  • 15 Aug The PKK in Turkey starts a campaign of armed attacks upon the Turkish military
  • 16 Aug LA federal jury acquits auto maker John Z DeLorean on cocaine charges
  • 17 Aug Pete Rose returns to Cincinnati Reds as player-manager (gets two hits).
  • 18 Aug Triangle Oil Corp, above-ground storage tank at Jacksonville Florida, spills 2.5 million gallons of oil burned after lightning sparked a fire.
  • 19 Aug 66th PGA Championship: Lee Trevino shoots a 273 at Shoal Creek Ala
  • 22 Aug Last Volkswagen Rabbit produced
  • 24 Aug Pat Bradley set the LPGA record for 9 holes with a 28 at Denver, Colorado.
  • 25 Aug French airship capsizes
  • 26 Aug Betsy King wins LPGA Columbia Savings Golf Classic
  • 27 Aug US President Ronald Reagan announces the Teacher in Space project.
  • 28 Aug Josef Fritzl drugs and incarcerates his daughter Elisabeth in a secret cellar, in Amstetten, Austria she was released only after 24 years of sexual abuse and mental ordeal.
  • 30 Aug 12th Space Shuttle Mission (41-D) - Discovery 1 - launched (6 days).
  • 31 Aug Pinklon Thomas beats Tim Witherspoon in 12 for heavywgt boxing title
  • 02 Sep Zorba closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 362 performances
  • 03 Sep Bruce Sutter breaks NL record for saves in a season with his 38th
  • 04 Sep Nigerian singer Fela Kuti sentenced to 2 years
  • 05 Sep 12th Space Shuttle Mission (41-D) - Discovery 1 - lands at Edwards Air Force Base.
  • 06 Sep Today Show begins live remote telecasts from Moscow
  • 08 Sep 98th US Womens Tennis: M Navratilova beats Chris E L Mills (46 64 64)
  • 09 Sep 104th US Mens Tennis: John McEnroe beats Ivan Lendl (63 64 61)
  • 10 Sep Discovery returns to Kennedy Space Center via Altus AFB, Okla
  • 12 Sep Country singer Barbara Mandrell is badly injured in a car accident
  • 13 Sep Simon Peres forms Israeli government with Likoed
  • 14 Sep 1st MTV awards-Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd host
  • 15 Sep Morocco Showcase opens
  • 16 Sep Emmy Creative Arts Award presentation
  • 17 Sep Dwight Gooden ties record of 32 strikeouts in consecutive games
  • 18 Sep Tigers clinch AL East championship (spent all year in 1st place)
  • 19 Sep Britain and China complete a proposed agreement to transfer Hong Kong to China by 1997
  • 20 Sep Cosby Show premieres on NBC-TV
  • 21 Sep NASA launches Galaxy-C.
  • 22 Sep Brussels Princess Astrid marries Archduke Lorenz of Austrian-Este
  • 23 Sep 36th Emmy Awards: Hill St. Blue, Cheers, John Ritter and Tyne Daly
  • 24 Sep Cubs clinch NL East title
  • 25 Sep Quilters opens at Jack Lawrence Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • 26 Sep Berlin appeals court clears Paul McCartney in a paternity suit
  • 28 Sep 1st floodlit ODI outside of Australia (India vs. Aust, New Delhi)
  • 29 Sep (What) In Name Of Love by Naked Eyes peaks at #39
  • 30 Sep Browns set a team record for allowing most sacks (11), Kansas City wins 10-6
  • 01 Oct Peter Ueberroth replaces Bowie Kuhn as 6th commissioner of baseball.
  • 02 Oct In 1st LCS game played with replacement umps, Cubs cbeat Padres 13-0
  • 04 Oct Yanks clinch AL East
  • 05 Oct 13th Space Shuttle Mission (41-G) - Challenger 6 - launched. Marc Garneau becomes the first Canadian in space.
  • 06 Oct Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Hitachi Ladies British Golf Open
  • 07 Oct Striking umps return for Game 5 of NLCS, SD Padres win pennant
  • 08 Oct 18th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins
  • 09 Oct Kathy Sullivan becomes 1st US woman to walk in space
  • 11 Oct 1st space walk by US woman (Dr Kathryn D Sullivan)
  • 12 Oct IRA bombs hotel where Margaret Thatcher is staying, 5 die
  • 13 Oct John Henry becomes first thoroughbred to win US$6 million.
  • 14 Oct Quilters closes at Jack Lawrence Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • 15 Oct Centrum party expels 2nd Member of parliament Janmaat due to fraud
  • 16 Oct Baboon heart transplanted into a 15-day-old baby girl
  • 17 Oct Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Bruce Merrifield
  • 18 Oct Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51A mission
  • 21 Oct Niki Lauda becomes 3rd time motor racing world champ
  • 22 Oct Paul McCartney releases Give My Regards to Broad Street soundtrack
  • 23 Oct Cubs Rick Sutcliffe, selected as a unanimous choice as NL Cy Young
  • 24 Oct Steffi Graf plays her 1st pro tennis match
  • 25 Oct Give My Regards to Broad Street premieres (Gotham Theater-NYC)
  • 26 Oct "Baby Fae" gets baboon heart transplant, lives 21 days.
  • 28 Oct 15th NYC Marathon won by Orlando Pizzolato in 2:14:53
  • 29 Oct Orlando Pizzolato (2:14:53) and Greta Weitz (2:29:30) win New York Marathon.
  • 30 Oct Tigers reliever Willie Hernandez wins AL Cy Young Award
  • 31 Oct Puerto Rican tanker, San Francisco explodes spilling 2 million gallons of oil as ship caught fire
  • 01 Nov 1st NBA game at LA Memorial Sports Arena - Clipper beat Knick, 107-105
  • 02 Nov Velma Barfield, American convicted murderer (Born 1932)
  • 03 Nov 3,000 die in 3 day anti-Sikh riot in India
  • 04 Nov Nayoko Yoshikawa wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic
  • 06 Nov President Reagan (R) landslide (won 49 states) re-election over Mondale (D)
  • 07 Nov STS 51-A launch scrubbed because of high shear winds
  • 08 Nov Anna Fisher becomes 1st mom to go into orbit
  • 09 Nov Larry Holmes TKOs Bonecrusher Smith in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 10 Nov Miami Hurricanes blow 31-0 lead in third quarter, lose to Maryland Terrapins 42-40.
  • 11 Nov 3 Musketeers opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • 12 Nov Paul McCartney releases We All Stand Together
  • 13 Nov David Levy finds his 1st comet
  • 14 Nov Astronauts aboard Discovery pluck a second satellite from orbit.
  • 15 Nov Baby Fae, who received a baboon's heart, dies at California medical center.
  • 16 Nov 14th Shuttle Mission (51A) - Discovery 2 - lands at Kennedy Center.
  • 17 Nov Golden State Warriors' player scores 59 points losing to New Jersey Nets 124-110.
  • 18 Nov 3 Musketeers closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • 19 Nov Liquid gas tank in Mexico City explodes; 334 die
  • 20 Nov Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 23 Nov Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie throws a game-winning 48-yard Hail Mary pass to Gerard Phelan to defeat the University of Miami Hurricanes 45-41. It is one of the most famous plays in American college football history.
  • 25 Nov Julio M Sanguinetti wins Uruguay presidential election
  • 26 Nov After 518 goals and 14 years with Montreal Canadiens, Guy LaFleur retires
  • 27 Nov Under the Brussels Agreement signed between the governments of the United Kingdom and Spain, the former agreed to enter into discussions with Spain over Gibraltar, including sovereignty.
  • 28 Nov Over 250 years after their deaths, William Penn and his wife Hannah Callowhill Penn are made Honorary Citizens of the United States.
  • 30 Nov December – A peace agreement between Kenya and Somalia is signed in the Egyptian capital Cairo. With this agreement, in which Somalia officially renounces its historical territorial claims, relations between the two countries began to improve.
  • 01 Dec Greg Page knocks out Gerrie Coetzee in 8 rounds for WBA heavyweight boxing title.
  • 02 Dec 4th meeting of Giants-Jets, Giants even series at 2 with 20-10 win
  • 03 Dec 2,000 die from Union Carbide poison gas emission in Bhopal, India
  • 04 Dec Hijackers commandeered a Kuwaiti airliner
  • 05 Dec French colonies kill ten Kanaken in New Caledonia.
  • 06 Dec Hijackers aboard Kuwaiti jetliner kill second hostage.
  • 08 Dec Ringo appears on Saturday Night Live
  • 09 Dec 6 day hijack of Kuwaiti jet ends
  • 10 Dec WNSY-AM in Newport News VA returns from WGH
  • 11 Dec Doug Henning & His World... opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 60 performances
  • 12 Dec Maaouiya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya becomes the third president of Mauritania after a coup d'etat against Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidalla while the latter is attending a summit.
  • 13 Dec Artificial heart recipient William Schroeder suffers first stroke.
  • 14 Dec Nigeria recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • 18 Dec 73rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats USA in Gothenburg (4-1).
  • 19 Dec China PR Premier Zhao Ziyang and Margaret Thatcher sign Hong Kong Treaty
  • 20 Dec 33 unknown keyboard (piano) works of Johann Sebastion Bach are found in the Yale library.
  • 22 Dec Bernhard Goetz shoots 4 black muggers on NYC subway train
  • 24 Dec Palace coup in Mauritania.
  • 26 Dec Belgian princess Astrid marries arch duke Otto L van Austrian-Este.
  • 28 Dec TV soap Edge of Night ends 28 year run
  • 29 Dec 5th United Negro College Fund
  • 30 Dec Miss Elizabeth (Hulette) and Macho Man Randy Savage (Poffo) wed.
  • 31 Dec US leaves UNESCO.