1984: Reagan Re-Election Landslide, Summer Olympics in L.A., Bhopal Disaster
By Patrick Mondout
President Reagan won an easy re-election over Walter Mondale. Mondale
made news by choosing Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate with the
latter becoming the first woman to be named to a major-party ticket.
January 1: AT&T is officially broken up into
22 independent units.
January 9: Wendy's begins their "Where's the Beef?"
family of commercials starring Clara Peller.
January 22: The Los Angeles Raiders blowout the Washington Redskins
38-9 in Super Bowl XVIII.
February 3: First Space Shuttle mission of the Challenger.
February 9: Soviet leader Yuri Andropov dies at age 69.
February 13: Konstantin Chernenko succeeds Yuri Andropov as general
secretary of the Communist Party and leader of the Soviet Union.
February 29: Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announces his
resignation after leading his Liberal Party for over 15 years.
March 16: The Islamic
Jihad kidnapped and later murdered CIA station chief William Buckley
in Beirut, Lebanon. He would die while in captivity.
March 22: Seven teachers at the McMartin preschool in Manhattan
Beach, California are charged with 115 counts of child sexual abuse. A
pair of trials end with an acquittal for one and hung juries for the
April 1: Motown superstar Marvin Gaye is shot dead by his father in
April 12: Eighteen U.S. servicemen were killed, and 83 people were
injured in a bomb attack on a restaurant near a U.S. Air Force Base in
May 8: Soviet leader Chernenko announced his country will boycott
the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
June 5: Sikh terrorists seized the Golden Temple in Amritsar,
India. One hundred people died when Indian security forces retook the Sikh
holy shrine in Operation Blue Star.
July 12: Geraldine Ferraro becomes the first woman to named to a
major party presidential ticket when Walter Mondale announces his choice
July 18: James Oliver Huberty riddles a McDonald's restaurant in
San Ysidro, California with bullets killing 21 people before being shot
dead himself by police.
July 21: Author of several books on running, James Fixx dies of a
heart attack while jogging.
July 23: Vanessa Williams becomes a household name when she becomes
the first Miss America to resign after old nude photos of her appeared in
August 16: Carmaker John DeLorean is acquitted of a $24 million
dollar cocaine conspiracy.
September 9: In the first case of bioterrorism in the U.S., the
Rajneeshee religious cult (followers of Bhagwan Shri Rajneesh)
contaminated restaurant salad bars in The Dalles, Oregon. The cult planned
to infect residents with salmonella on election day to influence the
results of county elections. This test run left 751 people ill.
September 26: Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China as
scheduled in 1997.
October 12: Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet survives an IRA bombing
at the Brighton Hotel.
October 31: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by
two Sikh members of her security force (ensuing riots in New Delhi left
nearly 2,000 Sikhs dead).
November 2: Velma Barfield - a serial murderer who killed her
mother, husband and an elderly couple - becomes the first woman executed
in the U.S. since 1962 (and the last until 1998).
November 7: Ronald Reagan wins another four years by trouncing
Walter F. Mondale in the U.S. presidential election with the latter only
carrying his home state of Minnesota.
December 3: A dense cloud of lethal gas from a Union Carbide
pesticide plant in Bhopal, India kills nearly 4,000 people and sickens
upwards of 100,000.
December 22: Bernhard
Goetz shoots four thugs on a New York City subway and earns the title
the "Subway Vigilante."
Ronald Reagan giving campaign speech at a Reagan-Bush rally September 12, 1984 in Endicott, New York
Image courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, all rights reserved.