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Major Events of 1984

1984 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXXXIV) was the 84th year of the 20th century. 1984 was a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Sunday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1984.
News Events of 1984

Apple introduces the first Macintosh computer.


Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, is assassinated.

Indira Gandhi

Astronauts from the space shuttle Columbia make the first untethered space walk.

IRA bomb the Grand Hotel in Brighton. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher survives, but five others are killed.

Margaret Thatcher

Britain and China sign the Sino-British Joint Declaration. Hong Kong is to be returned to China in 1997, but will be a "Special Autonomous Region"

Rakesh Sharma is the first Indian in space.

Vanessa Williams becomes the first Miss America to resign (after nude photos of her are published in Penthouse magazine).

Miami Vice first airs on TV.

A gas leak at a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India kills more than 3,800 people.

The 3D space trading computer game, Elite, goes on sale.

Republic of Upper Volta changes its name to Burkina Faso.

Zola Budd applies for, and gets British citizenship (her Grandfather was British) so she can compete in the Los Angeles Olympics, and circumvent the ban on South African athletes.

The Tetris video game is released.

Virgin Atlantic Airways begins operations.

The United States and the Holy See (Vatican) establish diplomatic relations.

Sports in 1984
  • Olympic Games:

    • 1984 Summer Olympics (Games of the XXXIII Olympiad): Los Angeles, USA

    • 1984 Winter Olympics (XIV Olympic Winter Games): Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

    • The Los Angeles Olympic Games are boycotted by 14 Eastern bloc nations in response to the US-led boycott of the Moscow Olympics four years previously. Iran and Libya also boycott the Los Angeles Games for other reasons.

    • Carl Lewis wins four gold medals in athletics (100m, 200m, 4X100m relay, and long jump) in the Los Angeles Olympics.

    • Favorites Mary Decker and Zola Budd collide in the Women's 3000m final. As a result, Mary Decker does not finish the race, and Zola Budd slows down and finishes 7th.

  • American Football:

    1984 Super Bowl (Super Bowl XVIII):

    • Winning Team: Los Angeles Raiders

    • Losing Team: Washington Redskins

  • Baseball:

    1984 World Series

    • Winning Team: Detroit Tigers

    • Losing Team: San Diego Padres

  • Soccer:

    1984 European Cup:

    • Winners: Liverpool

    • Runners-Up: Roma

Fiction set in 1984
  • George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (and the many film and TV adaptions of it)

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