1984 events in history

Jan 1 The original American Telephone & Telegraph Company is divested of its 22 Bell System companies as a result of the settlement of the 1974 United States Department of Justice antitrust suit against AT&T
Jan 1 Brunei becomes independent of the United Kingdom
Jan 7 Brunei becomes the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
Jan 10 Holy See–United States relations: The United States and Holy See (Vatican City) re-establish full diplomatic relations after almost 117 years, overturning the United States Congress's 1867 ban on public funding for such a diplomatic envoy
Jan 22 The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, is introduced during Super Bowl XVIII with its famous "1984" television commercial
Jan 24 The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale
Jan 27 Pop singer Michael Jackson suffers second degree burns to his scalp during the filming of a Pepsi commercial in the Shrine Auditorium
Jan 28 Tropical Storm Domoina makes landfall in southern Mozambique, eventually causing 214 deaths and some of the most severe flooding so far recorded in the region
Feb 3 John Buster and the research team at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center announce history's first embryo transfer, from one woman to another resulting in a live birth
Feb 3 Space Shuttle program: STS-41-B is launched using Space Shuttle Challenger
Feb 7 Space Shuttle program: STS-41-B Mission – Astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart make the first untethered space walk using the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU)
Feb 13 Konstantin Chernenko succeeds the late Yuri Andropov as general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Feb 24 Tyrone Mitchell perpetrates the 49th Street Elementary School shooting in Los Angeles, killing two children and injuring 12 more
Mar 5 Six thousand miners in the United Kingdom begin their strike at Cortonwood Colliery
Mar 14 Gerry Adams, head of Sinn Féin, is seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in central Belfast
Mar 16 William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, Lebanon, is kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists and later died in captivity
Mar 22 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
Mar 29 The Baltimore Colts load its possessions onto fifteen Mayflower moving trucks in the early morning hours and transfer its operations to Indianapolis
Apr 4 President Ronald Reagan calls for an international ban on chemical weapons
Apr 6 Members of Cameroon's Republican Guard unsuccessfully attempt to overthrow the government headed by Paul Biya
Apr 13 India moves into Siachen Glacier thus annexing more territory from the Line of Control
Apr 15 The inaugural World Youth Day is held in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City
Apr 17 Police Constable Yvonne Fletcher is killed by gunfire from the Libyan People's Bureau (Embassy) in London during a small demonstration outside the embassy. Ten others are wounded. The events lead to an 11-day siege of the building
Apr 19 Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem, and green and gold as the national colours
Apr 20 The Good Friday Massacre, an extremely violent ice hockey playoff game, is played in Montreal, Canada
May 6 One hundred three Korean Martyrs are canonized by Pope John Paul II in Seoul
May 8 The Thames Barrier is officially opened
May 8 The Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles
May 8 Corporal Denis Lortie enters the Quebec National Assembly and opens fire, killing three and wounding 13. René Jalbert, sergeant-at-arms of the assembly, succeeds in calming him, for which he will later receive the Cross of Valour
May 17 Prince Charles calls a proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend", sparking controversies on the proper role of the Royal Family and the course of modern architecture
Jun 3 Operation Blue Star, a military offensive, is launched by the Indian government at Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine for the Sikhs, in Amritsar. The operation continues until June 6, with casualties, most of them civilians, in excess of 5,000
Jun 5 The Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, orders an attack on the Golden Temple, the holiest site of the Sikh religion
Jun 6 Tetris, one of the best-selling video games of all time, is released
Jun 8 Homosexuality is declared legal in the Australian state of New South Wales
Jun 18 A major clash between about 5,000 police and a similar number of miners takes place at Orgreave, South Yorkshire, during the 1984–1985 UK miners' strike
Jun 22 Virgin Atlantic Airways launches with its first flight from London Heathrow Airport
Jul 1 The PG-13 rating is introduced by the MPAA
Jul 18 McDonald's massacre in San Ysidro, California: in a fast-food restaurant, James Oliver Huberty opens fire, killing 21 people and injuring 19 others before being shot dead by police
Jul 23 Vanessa Williams becomes the first Miss America to resign when she surrenders her crown after nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse magazine
Jul 25 Salyut 7 cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to perform a space walk
Aug 1 Commercial peat-cutters discover the preserved bog body of a man, called Lindow Man, at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, northwest England
Aug 4 The Republic of Upper Volta changes its name to Burkina Faso
Aug 11 "We begin bombing in five minutes" – United States President Ronald Reagan, while running for re-election, jokes while preparing to make his weekly Saturday address on National Public Radio
Aug 15 The Kurdistan Workers' Party in Turkey starts a campaign of armed attacks upon the Turkish military with an attack on police and gendarmerie bases in Şemdinli and Eruh
Aug 22 PC Brian Bishop a British police officer is shot in the head by an armed robber in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex. He dies from his injuries five days later
Aug 30 STS-41-D: The Space Shuttle Discovery takes off on its maiden voyage
Sep 5 STS-41-D: The Space Shuttle Discovery lands after its maiden voyage
Sep 5 Western Australia becomes the last Australian state to abolish capital punishment
Sep 12 Dwight Gooden sets the baseball record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie with 246, previously set by Herb Score in 1954. Gooden's 276 strikeouts that season, pitched in 218 innings, set the current record
Sep 14 Joe Kittinger becomes the first person to fly a gas balloon alone across the Atlantic Ocean