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.
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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Directed by: Eldar Ryazanov
Starring: Alisa Freyndlikh, Larisa Guzeeva, Nikita Mikhalkov, Andrey Myagkov
Directed by: James Cameron
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield
Country: United States
Directed by: Milos Forman
Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis
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By: Eudora Welty
ONE WRITER'S BEGINNINGS, EUDORA WELTY, 1985 EDITION, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.
By: Dr. Seuss
The Butter Battle Book, Dr. Seuss's classic cautionary tale, introduces readers to the important lesson of respecting differences. The Yooks and Zooks share a love of buttered bread, but animosity brews between the two groups because they prefer to enjoy ...
By: Shel Silverstein
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
By: Robert Ludlum
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 .
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