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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.
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.
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
Fiction set in 1984
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