The year of 1984 ended up being filled with events. For starters, 1984 was the name of a book published back in 1949 by George Orwell. This book is about in a theoretical future, in 1984 right after the planet ended up suffering from everlasting conflicts, an invasive authorities vigilance and fake information. Obviously this future didn't come to fruition back in 1984. Even so, a great deal did occur this year and here is a selection of some of them:
In the course of Super Bowl 18 in Tampa, Florida on January 22nd where the Los Angeles Raiders overcome the Washington Redskins 38-9 the game’s broadcaster, CBS, ran an iconic commercial for Apple Computer advertising the Macintosh personal computer. The Macintosh was released in the United States two days later.
On 25th January, the then United States of America president, Reagan announced in his State of the Union address to both houses that the United States Of America will start development of a permanently manned space station and he asked other national space agencies to be included. The concept became the International Space Station.
On March 16 the station head of the United States Of America CIA in Beirut, Lebanon, William Buckley, is kidnapped by the Islamic Jihad Organization at his apartment building as he was leaving for the office. He underwent fifteen months of torture from Hezbollah before his passing away in captivity.
On 9 April, the 56th Academy Awards had been held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and hosted by Johnny Carson. Terms of Endearment achieved best picture. The best actor was achieved by Robert Duvall for the role in Tender Mercies as Mac Sledge and the best actress went to Shirley MacLaine for her role in Terms of Endearment as Aurora Greenway.
On May 8, the Ussr announces that it's going to boycott the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles which were held July 28th to 12th August. This was as a result of the American directed boycott for the 1980 Summer Olympics that were previously held in Russia over the Russion invasion in Afghanistan. One of the most memorable moments at these Olympics was the South African athlete Zola Budd who'd controversially been awarded UK citizenship earlier in the year to compete, ran barefoot in the 3000m, colliding with Mary Decker of the United States, resulting in neither completing as medallist in the 3000m.
In India on October 31 1984 the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi is killed by her 2 Sikh security officers in New Delhi. Riots break out, that eventually leave up to 20,000 Sikhs killed in Delhi as well as surrounding areas. Rajiv Gandhi subsequently sworn in as Prime Minister of India.
The worlds most severe industrial disaster in history occurred on the 3rd of December in Bhopal, , India at the Union Carbide pesticide plant. A methyl isocyanate leak killed over 8000 people outright along with injures in over half a million with the final fatality number getting to 23 000.
In 1984 in Ethiopia a famine worsens with almost 1 million individuals passing away of malnourishment by the end of the year. A grouping of musicians arranged by the muscian, Bob Geldof, called Band Aid, records the charitable single Do They Know It’s Christmas? in London to raise cash to overcome this famine occuring in Ethiopia.