Information for the Year 1984
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- Syria frees captured US Navy pilot, Lieut. Robert C. Goodman, Jr. (Jan. 3).
- US and Vatican exchange diplomats after 116-year hiatus (Jan. 10).
- Reagan orders US Marines withdrawn from Beirut international peacekeeping force (Feb. 7).
- Yuri V. Andropov dies at 69; Konstantin U. Chernenko, 72, named Soviet leader (Feb. 9).
- Italy and Vatican agree to end Roman Catholicism as state religion (Feb. 18).
- Soviet Union withdraws from summer Olympic games in US, and other bloc nations follow (May 7 et seq.).
- José Napoleón Duarte, moderate, elected president of El Salvador (May 11).
- Population: 4.769 billion
- Nobel Peace Prize: Bishop Desmond Tutu (South Africa)
- Bell System broken up (Jan. 1).
- Congress rebukes President Reagan on use of federal funds for mining Nicaraguan harbors (April 10).
- Thirty-ninth Democratic National Convention, nominates Walter F. Mondale and Geraldine A. Ferraro (July 16–19).
- Thirty-third Republican National Convention renominates President Reagan and Vice President Bush (Aug. 20-25).
- President Reagan re-elected in landslide with 59% of vote (Nov. 7).
- President: Ronald W. Reagan
- Vice President: George Bush
- Population: 235,824,902
- Life expectancy: 74.7 years
- US GDP (1998 dollars): $3,902.40 billion
- Federal spending: $851.85 billion
- Federal debt: $1564.7 billion
- Median Household Income(current dollars): $22,415
- Consumer Price Index: 103.9
- Unemployment: 7.5%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.20
- Super Bowl Los Angeles Raiders defeated Washington Redskins (SCORE 38-9)
- World Series of Baseball Detroit defeated San Diego
- National Basketball Association Championship Boston defeated LA Lakers
- National Hockey League Stanley Cup Edmonton Oilers defeated New York Islanders
- Women Wimbledon Tennis Martina Navratilova defeated Chrissy Evert Lloyd (7-6 6-2)
- Men Wimbledon Tennis John McEnroe defeated Jimmy Connors (6-1 6-1 6-2)
- Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion Swale
- National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship Georgetown defeated Houston (SCORE 84-75)
- National College Athletic Association Football Champions BYU (RECORD 13-0-0)
- 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, California, United States
- 1984 Winter Olympics held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
- 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.
- Academy Award, Best Picture: Terms of Endearment
- Grammy Award - Record of the Year Beat It By Michael Jackson
- Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy Cheers - NBC
- Miss America: Vanessa Williams (New York) gave up her crown to runner up Suzette Charles (New Jersey)
- 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.
- Apple introduces the user-friendly Macintosh personal computer.
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