The year of 1984 ended up being loaded with notable events. To start with, the year was the name of a book published back in 1949 by George Orwell. The book is about in a hypothetical foreseeable future, in 1984 after the entire world ended up confronted with perpetual conflicts, an over reaching authorities security and propaganda. Obviously that future did not reach fruition in 1984. Nevertheless, a lot did take place during that year and the following is a selection of several of them:
During Superbowl XVIII in Tampa, Florida on January 22nd where the LA Raiders overcome the Washington Redskins 38-9 the Superbowls broadcaster, CBS, ran a legendary advertisement for Apple Computer promoting the Macintosh computer. The Macintosh went on sale in the US two days later.
On 25 January, the then United States of America president, President Ronald Reagan declares in the State of the Union address to both houses that the United States will commence development of a permanently manned space station and Reagan invited other national space agencies to be included. The concept became the ISS.
On March 16th the station head of the United States Central Intelligence Agency in Beirut, William Buckley, is kidnapped by the Islamic Jihad Organization from his condominium building when he was leaving for work. He endured fifteen months of torture from Hezbollah before his death in captivity.
On April 9th, the 56th Academy Awards were held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and was hosted by Johnny Carson. Terms of Endearment won best picture. Best actor was won by Robert Duvall for his part in Tender Mercies as Mac Sledge and best actress was achieved by Shirley MacLaine for the role she played in Terms of Endearment as Aurora Greenway.
On May 8th, the Soviet Union pronounces that it will the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles that had been held 28 July to 12 August. It was in response to the USA led boycott for the 1980 Summer Olympics which were previously taken place in Russia protesting the Russion invasion of Afghanistan. Among the more unique moments at these Olympics had been the South African athlete Zola Budd who'd controversially been approved British citizenship earlier in 1984 to compete, ran barefoot in the 3000m race, crashing with Mary Decker from the USA, causing neither completing as a placegetter in the race.
In India on the 31st of October 1984 the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi is mudered by her two Sikh body guards in New Delhi. Protests break out, which eventually leave up to 20,000 Sikhs dead in Delhi as well as surrounding locations. Rajiv Gandhi subsequently takes on the job as the Prime Minister of India.
The planets worst industrial disaster in history occurred on the third of December in Bhopal, , In india at a Union Carbide pesticide factory. A methyl isocyanate leak killed over 8000 individuals soon after it happened along with injures over half a million with the final fatality toll getting to 23 000.
In 1984 in Ethiopia a drought worsens with just about one million individuals passing away of malnourishment by the end of 1984. A lot of music artists and bands got together by the muscian, Bob Geldof, Band Aid, records the nonprofit single Do They Know It’s Christmas? in London to raise cash to fight this famine in Ethiopia.