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1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
April 4 - President Ronald Wilson Reagan calls for an international ban on chemical weapons.
April 12 - Palestinian gunmen take Israeli bus number 300 hostage. Israeli special forces storm the bus freeing the hostages (1 hostage, 2 hijackers killed). 2 other hijackers were captured and then killed in secret service interrogations, causing a major scandal and secret service upheaval (Kav 300 affair ).
April 17 - WPC Yvonne Fletcher is shot dead by a secluded gunman during a siege outside the Libyan Embassy in London.
April 19 - Advance Australia fair proclaimed as Australia's National Anthem, and green and gold as the national colours
April 25 - End of term for Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Mustain Billah ibni Almarhum Sultan Sir Abu Bakar Riayatuddin Al-Muadzam Shah as the 7th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
April 26 - Baginda Almutawakkil Alallah Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail, Sultan of Johor becomes the 8th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
May 2 - The Liverpool International Garden Festival opens in Liverpool.
May 8 - The Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.
May 8 - Denis Lortie kills three government employees in the National Assembly of Quebec building.
May 11 - A transit of Earth from Mars takes place.
May 14 - One dollar coin introduced (aus)
June 5 - The Indian government begins Operation Blue Star, the planned attack on the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
June 6 - Indian troops storm the Golden Temple at Amritsar, the Sikh's holiest shrine, killing an estimated 1000 people
June 8 - A deadly F5 tornado nearly destroys the town of Barneveld, Wisconsin, killing nine people, injuring nearly 200, and causing over $25m in damage.
June 22 - The official name of the Turkish city Urfa is changed into Sanliurfa
June 22 - Inaugural flight of Virgin Atlantic
June 30 - John Turner becomes Canada's seventeenth prime minister.
November 2 - Capital punishment: Velma Barfield becomes the first woman executed in the United States since 1962.
November 6 - Ronald Wilson Reagan defeats Walter F. Mondale in the U.S. presidential election. Reagan carries 49 states and Mondale manages to win only his home state of Minnesota by a mere 3,761 vote margin and the District of Columbia, an automatic given.
November 19 - A series of explosions at the PEMEX petroleum storage facility at San Juan Ixhuatepec in Mexico City ignites a major fire and kills about 500 people.
November 25 - 36 of Britain and Ireland's top pop musicians gathered in a Notting Hill studio to form and Band Aid recorded the song " " in order to raise money for Do They Know It's Christmas famine relief in Ethiopia.
November 26 - Fmr NSW Corrective services Minister Rex Jackson appears in Court on conspirisy charges for the early release of Prisoners
November 28 - Over 250 years after their deaths, William Penn and his wife Hannah Callowhill Penn are made Honorary Citizens of the United States.
November 30 - The Tamil Tigers begin the purge of the Singalese from North and East Sri Lanka - 127 killed
December 2 - Hawke Government re-elected with a reduced majority
December 3 - Bhopal Disaster: A methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, kills more than 2,000 people outright and injures anywhere from 150,000 to 600,000 others (some 6,000 of whom would later die from their injuries) in one of the worst industrial disasters in history.
December 3 - British Telecom privatised
December 19 - The People's Republic of China and United Kingdom signs the Sino-British Joint Declaration which concerns the future of Hong Kong.
December 31 - Rajiv Gandhi becomes prime minister of India
Ethiopian famine begins.
Western Australia becomes the last Australian state to abolish capital punishment
Year in topic
1984 in film
Wednesday, May 23, 1984 - starring Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Harrison Ford
Friday, June 1, 1984 - starring Star Trek III: The Search For Spock William Shatner as Admiral James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy both as Spock and directing.
Friday, June 8, 1984 -
Ghostbusters Wednesday, September 19 -
Amadeus Friday, September 21 -
Places in the Heart Friday, October 26, 1984 - Arnold Schwarzenegger as
The Terminator Friday, November 2, 1984 -
The Killing Fields Monday, November 26, 1984 - Filming starts on .
Back to the Future Wednesday, December 5 - starring Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy
Friday, December 14 - starring Dune Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Usul Muad'Dib Atreides, Patrick Stewart (of Excalibur fame) as Gurney Halleck
1984 in literature
1984 in music
1984 in rail transport
1984 in sports
Saturday, January 14, 1984 - Ray Mancini stops 2 time world champion Bobby Chacon in the third round of a long awaited boxing fight, to retain the WBA's world Lightweight title.
Sunday, January 22, 1984 - Super Bowl XVIII Los Angeles Raiders (38) def. Washington Redskins (9)
Friday, January 27, 1984 - Carl Lewis beats his previous indoor world jumping record of 8.56 m (28 ft 1 in) with a 8.79 m (28 ft 10.25 in) jump.
Wednesday, February 8, 1984 - 1984 Winter Olympics open in Sarajevo
Saturday, May 19, 1984 - The NHL's Edmonton Oilers win the Stanley Cup defeating the New York Islanders 5-2 at Edmonton and ending the Islanders dynasty. The first in Oilers club history and of a new dynasty.
Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California, USA
Baseball - The Detroit Tigers start the season 35-5 on their way to a World Series victory.
1984 in television
Saturday, January 28, 1984 - singer Michael Jackson's hair catches fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial
Wednesday, September 19, 1984 - debuts on Highway to Heaven NBC.
Thursday, September 20, 1984 - debuts on NBC.
The Cosby Show Thursday, September 20, 1984 - Who's The Boss debuts on ABC.
Friday, September 28, 1984 - debuts on NBC.
Miami Vice Sunday, September 30, 1984 - debuts on Murder, She Wrote CBS.
Friday, December 28, 1984 - The soap opera airs its final episode on ABC.
The Edge of Night The current version of debuts on NBC.
January 1 - Lauren Bush
January 2 - Natalie Pike, FHM Honey of the Year 2005
January 3 - Maya Ababadjani, actress
January 15 - Megan Quann, swimmer
January 31 - Ashley Blue, pornographic actress
February 26 - Natalia Lafourcade, Mexican pop singer
March 5 - Mustafa Altay Sönmez , Turkish poet
March 20 - Winta, Norwegian pop star
April 10 - Mandy Moore, singer, actress
April 18 - America Ferrera, actress
April 23 - Alexandra Kosteniuk, chess player
May 29 - Carmelo Anthony, NBA star
May 31 - Jason Smith, Australian actor
July 11 - Tanith Belbin, US skater
July 12- Tim Cook is born in Jasper, Alabama
September 7 - Vera Zvonareva, tennis player
September 14 - Adam Lamberg, actor ( )
Lizzie McGuire September 15 - Prince Harry of Wales, English prince
September 27 - Avril Lavigne, Canadian singer/songwriter
October 3 - Ashlee Simpson, singer, actress
October 10 - Chiaki Kuriyama, actress
October 14 - Santino Quaranta, American soccer player
November 9 - Delta Goodrem, actress, singer
November 21 - Jena Malone, actress
November 28 - Andrew Bogut, Australian basketball player
December 25 - Alex N. Cidade , Canadian Actor
December 30 - LeBron James, NBA star
January 20 - Johnny Weissmuller, American swimmer and actor. Most prominent as Tarzan.
January 21 - Jackie Wilson, soul singer
February 9 - Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
February 15 - Ethel Merman, singer, actress
February 22 - Jessamyn West, writer
March 1 - Jackie Coogan, actor
March 5 - Tito Gobbi, Italian baritone (b. 1915)
March 5 - William Powell, actor
March 21 - Sir Michael Redgrave, actor
March 24 - Sam Jaffe, actor
April 1 - Marvin Gaye, singer
April 15 - Tommy Cooper, British comedian and magician
April 20 - Hristo Prodanov, Bulgarian mountaineer
April 22 - Ansel Adams, American photographer
April 26 - Count Basie, musician, composer (b. 1904)
May 16 - Andy Kaufman, comedian
May 16 - Irwin Shaw, author
May 19 - John Betjeman, English poet (b. 1906)
May 28 - Eric Morecambe, British comedian
June 26 - Michel Foucault, philosopher
July 1 - Moshé Feldenkrais, founder of the Feldenkrais Method (b. 1904).
July 8 - Brassaï, photographer (b. 1899).
July 14 - Philippe Wynne, musician (b. 1941)
July 26 - Ed Gein, serial killer (b. 1906)
August 2 - Quirino Cristiani, Argentine animation director (b. 1896).
August 5 - Richard Burton, actor (b. 1925)
August 11 - Alfred A. Knopf, American publisher (b. 1892)
August 13 - Tigran Petrosian, World chess champion (b. 1929).
August 14 - J. B. Priestley, English novelist and playwright (b. 1894).
August 25 - Waite Hoyt, Baseball Hall of Famer (b. 1899)
September 25 - Walter Pidgeon, actor (b. 1897)
October 5 - Leonard Rossiter, British actor (b. 1926)
October 12 - Sir Anthony Berry, British politician, along with three of the other victims of the Brighton hotel bombing (b. 1925)
October 20 - Paul Dirac, physicist (b. 1902).
October 21 - François Truffaut, French film director (b. 1932).
October 31 - Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India and President of Indian National Congress (b. 1917), assassinated.
November 16 - Leonard Rose, cellist and teacher (b. 1918), of leukaemia.
December 14 - Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish writer (b. 1898).
December 15 - Jan Peerce, American tenor (b. 1904).
December 20 - Gonzalo Márquez, Major League Baseball player (b. 1946).
Konsta Jylhä, a Finnish folk violinist (b. 1910)
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