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1984 Trivia, Facts & History

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World Series Champions

Detroit Tigers

Superbowl XVIII Champions

Los Angeles Raiders

NBA Champions

Boston Celtics

Stanley Cup Champs

Edmonton Oilers

U.S. Open Golf

Fuzzy Zoeller

U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies)

John McEnroe/Martina Navratilova

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

John McEnroe/Martina Navratilova

NCAA Football Champions


NCAA Basketball Champions


Kentucky Derby


The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons

Loni Anderson, Catherine Bach, Kim Basinger, Jacqueline Bisset, Linda Blair, Lisa Bonet, Christie Brinkley, Phoebe Cates, Joan Collins, Lydia Cornell, Sybil Danning, Bo Derek, Farrah Fawcett, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Kathy Ireland, Grace Jones, Nastassja Kinski, Jessica Lange, Heather Langenkamp, Kelly LeBrock, Heather Locklear, Madonna, Kelli Maroney, Dolly Parton, Paulina Porizkova, Victoria Principal, Helen Slater, Suzanne Somers, Brinke Stevens, Catherine Mary Stewart, Heather Thomas

"The Quotes"

"Where's the Beef?"
- Clara Peller, Wendy's commercial

"I'll be back."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger, in 'The Terminator'

"I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience."
-Ronald Reagan, in the second presidential debate with candidate Walter Mondale

"My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."
-Ronal Reagen, during a microphone check, on August 11, 1984.

Time Magazine's Man of the Year

Peter Ueberroth

Miss America

Vanessa Williams (9/17/83-7/23/84) (Millwood, NJ)
Suzette Charles (7/23/84-9/15/84) (Mays Landing, NJ)

Miss USA

Mai Shanley (New Mexico)

The Scandals

On December 3rd, a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, began leaking 27 tons of the deadly gas methyl isocyanate. 20,000 people were killed and an additional 120,000 suffered ailments from this disaster later.

Singer Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 - April 1, 1984)was shot and killed by his father on the day before his 45th birthday.

1984 Pop Culture News

In 1984 women earned 37% of computer science degrees. In 1998, women were at 27%. In 2011, only 12% of CS degrees went to women.

During the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, McDonald's "If the U.S. wins, you win!" campaign for free food when USA wins a medal, caused them large financial issues because team USA won more medals than expected, due to many Soviet countries boycotting the Olympics.

Michael Dell started selling Dell Computers, targeting small businesses and households instead of the high-end consumers like his competitors (IBM, Apple, Compaq).

A young boy named Andy Smith wrote a letter to Ronald Reagan asking for federal funds to clean his bedroom after his mother called it a "disaster area."

Molecular biologist Alec Jeffreys develops DNA testing.

The Boston Beer Company, makers of Samuel Adams Beer, was founded.

Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America loses her crown, because of some 'artsy' nude photos taken several years earlier, were published in Penthouse magazine... It was also the first time a male (George Burns) appeared on the cover. Since an underage Traci Lords was the centerfold, noone is actually allowed to own this particular issue either. BTW - Vanessa went on to become one of the most successful Miss Americas ever.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first appeared in comic books. In 1987, the first TMNT cartoons appeared.

American Kim Coberly Hula-Hooped for 72 hours in October 2004.

Lowest PGA score of 63 was played by Gary Player

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1984: $368,000

The Habits

Playing Trivial Pursuit, listening to sex therapist and expert Dr. Ruth Westheimer (born June 4, 1928), watching Robin Leach's Life Styles of the Rich and Famous.

Reading The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub

1984's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

Cabbage Patch Kids (again), Trivial Pursuit (specialty editions), Transformers

Do They Know It's Christmas was released. Written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, it was produced by Trevor Horn, to help people in Ethiopia. The band was named "Band Aid" and recodred the song and raw video footage within a day. The band included:

Adam Clayton (U2)
Phil Collins (Genesis)
Bob Geldof (The Boomtown Rats)
Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet)
Chris Cross (Ultravox)
John Taylor (Duran Duran)
Paul Young
Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet)
Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17)
Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran)
Simon Crowe (The Boomtown Rats)
Keren Woodward (Bananarama)
Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
Jody Watley (Shalamar)
Bono (U2)
Paul Weller (The Style Council)
James "J.T." Taylor (Kool & the Gang)
George Michael (Wham!)
Midge Ure (Ultravox)
Martyn Ware (Heaven 17)
John Keeble (Spandau Ballet)
Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
Roger Taylor (Duran Duran)
Sarah Dallin (Bananarama)
Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama)
Pete Briquette (The Boomtown Rats)
Francis Rossi (Status Quo)
Robert 'Kool' Bell (Kool & the Gang)
Dennis J. T. Thomas (Kool & the Gang)
Andy Taylor (Duran Duran)
Jon Moss (Culture Club)
Sting (The Police)
Rick Parfitt (Status Quo)
Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran)
Johnny Fingers (The Boomtown Rats)
David Bowie
Boy George (Culture Club)
Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
Paul McCartney
Stuart Adamson (Big Country)
Bruce Watson (Big Country)
Tony Butler (Big Country)
Mark Brzezicki (Big Country)

Popular Movies:

16 Candles, 2010, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Amadeus, Bachelor Party, Beverly Hills Cop, Breakin', Footloose, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Greystroke: The Legend of Tarzan, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Johnny Dangerously, The Karate Kid, The Killing Fields, The Natural, Places in the Heart, Police Academy, Purple Rain, Red Dawn, Repo Man, Revenge of the Nerds, Romancing the Stone, Sixteen Candles, Splash, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, The Terminator, This is Spinal Tap, Tightrope, The Toxic Avenger

The Big Movies

(according to boxofficemojo)
1. Beverly Hills Cop
2. Ghostbuster
3. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
4. Gremlins
5. The Karate Kid
6. Police Academy
7. Footloose
8. Romancing The Stone
9. Star Trek III: The Search For Spock
10. Splash

1984's Most Popular TV Shows

1. Dynasty (ABC)
2. Dallas (CBS)
3. The Cosby Show (NBC)
4. 60 Minutes (CBS)
5. Family Ties (NBC)
6. The A-Team (NBC)
7. Simon & Simon (CBS)
8. Murder, She Wrote (CBS)
9. Knots Landing (CBS)
10. Falcon Crest (CBS)

Popular Music

The Biggest Pop Artists of 1984 include
Ashford & Simpson, The Bar-Kays, Billy Ocean, Billy Idol, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Cameo, The Cars, Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper, Deniece Williams, Duran Duran, Elton John, Eurythmics, Huey Lewis & the News, Jeffrey Osborne, Laura Branigan, Lionel Richie, Madonna, Micheal Jackson, Newcleus, New Edition, Patti LaBelle, Phil Collins, Pointer Sisters, Prince, Ray Parker Jr, Rick Springfield, Shannon, Stevie Wonder, The Thompson Twins, The Time, Tina Turner, Van Halen, Yes

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1984

December 10, 1983 - January 20, 1984: Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson - Say, Say, Say

January 21, 1984 - February 3, 1984: Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart

February 4, 1984 - February 24, 1984: Culture Club - Karma Chameleon

February 25, 1984 - March 30, 1984: Van Halen - Jump

March 31, 1984 - April 20, 1984: Kenny Loggins - Footloose

April 21, 1984 - May 11, 1984: Phil Collins - Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)

May 12, 1984 - May 25, 1984: Lionel Richie - Hello

May 26, 1984 - June 8, 1984: Deniece Williams - Let's Hear It for the Boy

June 9, 1984 - June 22, 1984: Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time

June 23, 1984 - July 6, 1984: Duran Duran - The Reflex

July 7, 1984 - August 10, 1984: Prince - When Doves Cry

August 11, 1984 - August 30, 1984: Ray Parker, Jr. - Ghostbusters

September 1, 1984 - September 21, 1984: Tina Turner - What's Love Got to Do with It

September 22, 1984 - September 28, 1984: John Waite - Missing You

September 29, 1984 - October 12, 1984: Prince and The Revolution - Let's Go Crazy

October 13, 1984 - November 2, 1984: Stevie Wonder - I Just Called to Say I Love You

November 3, 1984 - November 16, 1984: Billy Ocean - Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)

November 17, 1984 - December 7, 1984: Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

December 8, 1984 - December 21, 1984: Daryl Hall and John Oates - Out of Touch

December 22, 1984 - February 1, 1985: Madonna - Like a Virgin

More Pop Culture Resources

Popular Music in 1984 ~ # 1 Hits of 1984