1984 in History – What happened in year 1984

✅ Published on April 10th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

In history, year 1984 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1984.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1984 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
22 januaryApple Computer introduced the Macintosh, the first successful personal computer to use a graphical user interface, during Super Bowl XVIII with its groundbreaking '1984' television commercial.
28 januaryTropical Storm Domoina made land fall in southern Mozambique, causing some of the most severe flooding recorded in the region.
29 januaryThe prime Minister of Canada Pierre Elliott Trudeau announced that he is resigning from his post.
29 februaryThe Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Elliott Trudeau announced that he is resigning from his post.
16 marchWilliam Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, Lebanon, waskidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists.
22 marchIn what would be the longest and costliest criminal trial inUnited States history, teachers at the McMartin preschool in ManhattanBeach, California, were falsely charged with satanic ritual abuse of schoo lchildren.
02 aprilAboard Soyuz T-11, Rakesh Sharma became the first Indian to belaunched into space.
13 aprilIndian forces launched Operation Meghdoot, a preemptive attack on the disputed Siachen Glacier region of Kashmir, triggering a military conflict with Pakistan.
17 aprilBritish police officer Yvonne Fletcher was shot and killed while on duty during a protest outside the Libyan embassy in London's St James's Square, resulting in an eleven-day police siege of the building and a breakdown of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
19 aprilScottish-born composer Peter Dodds McCormick 'Advance Australia Fair', a patriotic song that was first performed in 1878,officially replaced 'God Save the Queen' as Australia's national anthem.
24 aprilAIDS-virus identified, acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
06 mayPope John Paul II canonized 103 of the Korean Martyrs, who werethe subjects of religious persecution against Christians in 19th-centuryKorea.
08 mayThames barrier was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on May 8, 1984. It was build to prevent the floodplain by exceptionally high tides and storm surges moving up from the North Sea. Construction cost of barrier was around £534 million with an additional £100 million for river defences.
08 mayThe Soviet Union announced the boycott of the Summer Olympicsin Los Angeles, citing security concerns and stated that 'chauvinisticsentiments and an anti-Soviet hysteria [were] being whipped up in theUnited States'.
12 mayThe 1984 Louisiana World Exposition, themed on The World of Rivers-Fresh Waters as a Source of Life”, was opened on May 12, 1984 in New Orleans, United States and ended on November 11, 1984. It was declared bankrupt during its run due to low attendance
23 mayBachendri Pal conquered the summit of Mt. Everest. She is the first Indian women and 5th in the world who achieved this feat. She was an employee in TATA Steel & co. in Jamshedpur.
06 juneTetris was released in USSR. It was one of the bestselling video games of all times. It gained the worldwide fame. It was originally designed and programmed by Alexey Pajitnov. It was a Russian tile matching game.
18 julyA gunman massacred 21 people and injured 15 others at aMcDonald's restaurant in the San Ysidro section of San Diego,California.
23 julyVanessa Williams, the first African-American Miss America,resigned in scandal after Penthouse magazine published nude photos ofher that were taken two years prior.
01 augustCommercial peat-cutters discovered the preserved bog body of aman, called Lindow Man, at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, North West England.
04 augustExactly a year after he came to power in the Republic of UpperVolta through a military coup, President Thomas Sankara changed its nameto Burkina Faso.
29 augustFollowers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh deliberately contaminatedsalad bars in The Dalles, Oregon with salmonella, the first and singlelargest bioterrorist attack in United States history.
30 augustSpace Shuttle Discovery took off on its maiden voyage.
04 septemberThe Progressive Conservative Party led by Brian Mulroney wonthe largest majority government by total number of seats in Canadianhistory during the federal election.
20 septemberThe Cosby Show, which became one of three U.S. shows to have thehighest ratings five years in a row, aired its its pilot episode.
11 octoberKathy Sullivan sets an example by being the first American woman to walk in space during a Test for orbital refueling on the Space Shuttle Challenger mission STS-41-G.
12 octoberThe Provisional Irish Republican Army detonated a bomb at theGrand Hotel in Brighton, England, in a failed attempt to assassinateBritish Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and most of her cabinet.
16 octoberThe Bill debuted on ITV, eventually becoming the longest-running police procedural in British television history.
25 octoberThe virus that causes non-A and non-B hepatitis has been identified by researchers.
26 october‘Baby Fae’, a two week old infant, was given a first of its kind heart transplant, with her heart being replaced by that of a young baboon. Nevertheless, she only lived for 20 days.


Famous birthdays in the year 1984:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 OctoberBeck Bennett / Actor / United States of America
03 AugustYasin Avcı / Footballer / Turkey
04 DecemberMarco Giambruno / Footballer / Italy
05 NovemberNikolay Zherdev / Ice Hockey Player / Russia
08 SeptemberVitaly Petrov / Racing Car Driver / Russia
08 January Stephen Simpson / Racing Car Driver / South Africa
12 NovemberBenjamin Okolski / Figure Skater / United States of America
14 AprilTyler Thigpen / Footballer / United States of America
15 JuneTim Lincecum / Baseball Player / United States of America
16 MayDarío Cvitanich / Footballer / Argentina
18 NovemberJohnny Christ / Bass Player / United States of America
19 SeptemberÁngel Reyna / Footballer / Mexico
20 February Trevor Noah / Actor / South Africa
20 JuneDennis Malura / Footballer / Germany
24 OctoberKaela Kimura / Singer / Japan
26 OctoberAdriano Correia / Footballer / Brazil
26 March Marco Stier / Footballer / Germany
30 MayJordan Palmer / Footballer / United States of America
31 AugustMatti Breschel / Cyclist / Denmark
31 MayNate Robinson / Basketball Player / United States of America

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1984:

YearName / Profession / Country
05 JanuaryChakravarthi Rangarajan / Economist / India
04 February Sandeep Acharya / Singer / India
02 AprilDeep Sidhu / Actor / India
29 February Adam Sinclair / Hockey Player / India
29 FebruaryJanvi Chheda / Actress / India
19 DecemberAnkita Lokhande / Actress / India
19 MarchTanushree Dutta / Actress / India
04 JunePriyamani / Actress / India
14 DecemberDivyanka Tripathi / Actress / India
14 DecemberRana Daggubati / Actor / India
13 JulyUrvashi Sharma / Actress / India
10 January Kalki Koechlin / Actress / India
24 March Adrian D'Souza / Hockey Player / India
04 FebruarySandeep Acharya / Singer / India
05 MarchAarti Agarwal / Actress / India
16 JulySurveen Chawla / Actress / India
03 AugustSunil Chhetri / Footballer / India
14 SeptemberAyushman Khurana / Actor / India
19 January Karun Chandhok / Racing Car Driver / India
18 OctoberFreida Pinto / Actress / India
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