1984 ended up being filled with lots of notable events. For starters, 1984 was the name of a book authored in 1949 by George Orwell. The story is set in a theoretical foreseeable future, in 1984 after the world ended up suffering from perpetual conflicts, an invasive governing administration vigilance and propaganda. Of course that future just didn’t come to fruition in 1984. However, quite a bit did take place during that year and here is a variety of some of those:

During Super Bowl XVIII in Tampa, Florida on January 22 where the LA Raiders beat the Washington Redskins 38-9 the game’s broadcaster, CBS, carried an iconic advertisement for Apple Computer advertising the Macintosh computer. The Macintosh went on sale in the US 2 days later.

On January 25, the then USA president, President Reagan declares in the State of the Union speech to both houses that the United States Of America will commence the development of a permanently crewed space station and he invited additional international space agencies to become involved. The idea became the International Space Station.

On 16 March the station head of the United States Of America in Beirut, William Francis Buckley, is taken by the Islamic Jihad Organization at his apartment building when he was departing for the office. He underwent 15 months of torture by Hezbollah prior to his death in captivity.

On 9 April, the 56th Academy Awards had been held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and was hosted by Johnny Carson. Terms of Endearment gained best movie. The best actor was earned by Robert Duvall for the part in Tender Mercies as Mac Sledge and the best actress went to Shirley MacLaine for the role she played in Terms of Endearment as Aurora Greenway.

On May 8, the Soviet Union announces that it will stay away from the Olympic Games in Los Angeles which were held 28th July to 12th August. This has been as a result of the USA led boycott for the 1980 Summer Olympic Games that were earlier taken place in Russia over the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. One of the more unforgettable events of these games was the South African athlete Zola Budd who’d controversially been granted British citizenship earlier in 1984 to take part, ran without running shoes in the 3000 meter race, colliding with Mary Decker of the US, which results in neither completing as a placegetter in the race.

In India on October 31 the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi is killed by her 2 Sikh security officers in New Delhi. Riots start, that left up to 20,000 Sikhs killed in Delhi as well as surrounding locations. Rajiv Gandhi was subsequently sworn in as Prime Minister of India.

The planets most severe industrial tragedy in history happened on the third of December in Bhopal, , India at the Union Carbide pesticide plant. The chemical leak results in the deaths of over 8000 people outright and injures in over half a million with the eventual fatality number reaching 23 000.

In 1984 in Ethiopia a famine intensifies with just about 1 million people perishing of malnourishment by the end of the year. A group of music artists and bands arranged by the musician, Bob Geldof, Band Aid, records the charitable single Do They Know It’s Christmas? in London to raise cash to fight this catastrophe occurring in Ethiopia.

1984 is certainly a year to take note of.

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