News and Events of 1984

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.769 billion
population by decade

Nobel Peace Prize:
Bishop Desmond Tutu (South Africa)

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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Ronald W. Reagan
Vice President: George Bush
Population: 235,824,902
Life expectancy: 74.7 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 50.3
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 44.9

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US GDP (1998 dollars):   $3,902.40 billion
Federal spending:   $851.85 billion
Federal debt:   $1564.7 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):  
Consumer Price Index:   103.9
Unemployment:   7.5%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.20


Super Bowl
LA Raiders d. Washington (38-9)
World Series
Detroit d. San Diego (4-1)
NBA Championship
Boston d. LA Lakers (4-3)
Stanley Cup
Edmonton d. NY Islanders (4-1)
Women: Martina Navratilova d. C. Evert Lloyd (7-6 6-2)
Men: John McEnroe d. J. Connors (6-1 6-1 6-2)
Kentucky Derby Champion
NCAA Basketball Championship
Georgetown d. Houston (84-75)
NCAA Football Champions
BYU (13-0-0)
1984 Summer Olympics
1984 Winter Olympics


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: Ironweed, William Kennedy
Music: Canti del Sole, Bernard Rands
Drama: Glengarry Glen Ross, David Mamet

Oscars awarded in 1984
Academy Award, Best Picture: Terms of Endearment, James L. Brooks, producer (Paramount)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Jaroslav Seifert (Czechoslovakia)

1984 Emmy Awards

1984 Tony Awards

Grammys awarded in 1984
Record of the Year: "Beat It," Michael Jackson
Album of the Year: Thriller, Michael Jackson (Epic/CBS)
Song of the Year: "Every Breath You Take," Sting, songwriter

Miss America: Vanessa Williams (NY) / Suzette Charles (NJ)

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  • The Cosby Show debuts on NBC. The sitcom is widely considered the most popular show of the 1980s.
  • The Supreme Court rules that taping television shows at home on VCRs does not violate copyright law.
  • Led by Bob Geldof, the band Band Aid releases "Do They Know It's Christmas," with proceeds of the single going to feed the starving in Africa.


  • Amadeus, The Killing Fields, A Passage to India, The Pope of Greenwich Village



Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: R. Bruce Merrifield (US), for research that revolutionized the study of proteins

Physics: Carlo Rubbia (Italy) and Simon van der Meer (Netherlands), for their role in discovering three subatomic particles, a step toward developing a single theory to account for all natural forces

Physiology or Medicine: Cesar Milstein (UK/Argentina), Georges J. F. Kohler (West Germany), and Niels K. Jerne (UK/Denmark), for their work in immunology

  • Joe W. Kittinger makes the first solo transatlantic balloon flight in the helium-filled Rosie O'Grady's Balloon of Peace. He travels 3,535 miles from Caribou, Maine to Savona, Italy. Background: Famous Firsts in Aviation
  • Apple introduces the user-friendly Macintosh personal computer. Background: Computers and Internet


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