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1984 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1984 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
Superbowl XVIII Champions
|Los Angeles Raiders|
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|John McEnroe/Martina Navratilova|
|John McEnroe/Martina Navratilova|
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 2, 1984 - Miami (Florida)
Rose Bowl: January 2, 1984 - UCLA over Illinois
Sugar Bowl : January 2, 1984 - Auburn over Michigan
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|Vanessa Williams (9/17/83-7/23/84) (Millwood, NJ)
Suzette Charles (7/23/84-9/15/84) (Mays Landing, NJ)
|Mai Shanley (New Mexico)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Carol Alt, Loni Anderson, Catherine Bach, Kim Basinger, Jacqueline Bisset, Linda Blair, Lisa Bonet, Christie Brinkley, Diahann Carroll, Phoebe Cates, Joan Collins, Lydia Cornell, Sybil Danning, Rebecca DeMornay, Bo Derek, Linda Evans, Farrah Fawcett, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Kathy Ireland, Grace Jones, Nastassja Kinski, Tawny Kitaen, Audrey Landers, Diane Lane, Jessica Lange, Heather Langenkamp, Kelly LeBrock, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Heather Locklear, Elle Macpherson, Madonna, Kelli Maroney, Dolly Parton, Paulina Porizkova, Markie Post, Princess Diana, Victoria Principal, Molly Ringwald, Brooke Shields, Helen Slater, Suzanne Somers, Brinke Stevens, Catherine Mary Stewart, Heather Thomas, Cheryl Tiegs|
|"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.
Motown legend Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his own father after a fight between them. The murder weapon was a gun he had given his father for Christmas. His reputed final words were, "I got what I wanted... I couldn't do it myself so I made him do it."
1984 Pop Culture History
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.
"Baby on Board" signs were marketed by their creator,
The Magazine Cover: National Geographic magazine was the first
US publisher to establish a color photo lab in 1920, the first to
publish underwater color photographs in 1927, the first to print
an all-color issue in 1962 and the first to print a hologram in
The Big Musical Collaboration
|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)
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)
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)
Boy George (Culture Club)
Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
Stuart Adamson (Big Country)
Bruce Watson (Big Country)
Tony Butler (Big Country)
Mark Brzezicki (Big Country)
World War II News and Information
|On his 50th birthday, Donald Duck was promoted to Buck Sergeant and honorably discharged from the US Army for his service in anti-Nazi propoganda during World War II|
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|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.
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 in the UNited States. BTW - Vanessa went on to become one of the most successful Miss Americas ever.
Rajneeshee bioterror attack: in 1984 a cult sprayed salmonella on doorknobs and food in a town in Oregon to poison 751 people so they would be too sick to vote and the cult could take over the town. It was the largest biological attack in US history. 45 people were hospitalized.
Women didn't earn the right to vote in national elections in the nation of Liechtenstein until 1984, when men voted 2,370-2,251 in favor of granting women the right to vote in national elections.
British comedian Tommy Cooper had a heart attack and died on live television. The audience all assumed it was part of his act and laughed/applauded during his final moments.
Rick Allen, the drummer for Def Leppard, lost his arm after a car accident in 1984. He thought he could never play in the band again and became very depressed until a fellow drummer helped him design an electronic drum kit that could be played with one arm. He returned to the band in 1986.
Singer Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 - April 1, 1984) was shot and killed by his father on the day before his 45th birthday.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Cabbage Patch Kids (again), Trivial Pursuit (specialty editions), Transformers Action Figures, Duck Hunt Video Game, and Tetris - the most popular video game of all time.
The Boston Beer Company, makers of Samuel Adams Beer, was founded.
|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
1984/85 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
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 Artists
|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.)
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
(according to boxofficemojo)
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
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