1984 was a big year.
- January 21 – Jackie Wilson passes away after lengthy coma, aged 49.
- January 24 – Apple Computer places the Macintosh personal computer on sale in the United States.
- February 8–19 – The 1984 Winter Olympics are held in Sarajevo, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
- March 16 – The United States Central Intelligence Agency station chief in Beirut, William Francis Buckley, is kidnapped by the Islamic Jihad Organization and later dies in captivity.
- April 1 – Marvin Gaye is shot to death by his father, one day before his 45th birthday.
- April 4 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan calls for an international ban on chemical weapons.
- April 23 – United States researchers announce their discovery of the AIDS virus.
- May 12 – The Louisiana World Exposition, also known as The 1984 World’s Fair, and also the New Orleans World’s Fair, and, to the locals, simply as “The Fair” or “Expo 84”, opens.
- July 28–August 12 – The 1984 Summer Olympics are held in Los Angeles, California.
- August 16 – John De Lorean is acquitted of all 8 charges of possessing and distributing cocaine.
- October 11 – Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American woman to perform a space walk.
- November 6 – United States presidential election, 1984: Ronald Reagan defeats Walter F. Mondale with 59% of the popular vote, the highest since Richard Nixon‘s 61% popular vote victoryin 1972. Reagan carries 49 states in the electoral college; Mondale wins only his home state of Minnesota by a mere 3,761 vote margin and the District of Columbia.
- November 11 – The Louisiana World Exposition, also known as The 1984 World’s Fair, and also the New Orleans World’s Fair, and, to the locals, simply as “The Fair” or “Expo 84”, closes.
- November 25 – Band Aid (assembled by Bob Geldof) records the charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in London to raise money to combat the famine in Ethiopia. It is released on December 3.
- 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia intensifies with renewed drought by mid-year, killing a million people by the end of this year.
- Crack cocaine, a smokeable form of the drug, is first introduced into Los Angeles and soon spreads across the United States in what becomes known as the Crack epidemic.
- The Chrysler Corporation introduces the first vehicles to be officially labeled as “minivans“. They are branded as the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan, and Plymouth Voyager.
Musically, 1984 was all about WHAM! Other people (who are big stinkin’ liars) would have you believe it was about Madonna, but no – it was Wham! Honestly, there were some pretty damn good albums released in 1984 by Julian Lennon, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Wang Chung, Thompson Twins, Bruce Springsteen, Huey Lewis and the News, and Psychedelic Furs. Let’s have some tunes, shall we?