1984 The Aids Virus is identified it is not the worldwide problem it is today. Following on from the PC Apple releases the Macintosh computer. Following the Widespread Famine in Ethiopia many of the top British and Irish USSR pop musicians join together under the Name Band Aid and record the song "Do They Know It's Christmas". Following the boycott by the US of the Moscow Olympics the soviet block boycotts the Los Angeles Olympic games. Recession continues to be a problem in the US and 70 US Banks fail in just one year

Cost of Living 1984

How Much things cost in 1984
Yearly Inflation Rate USA4.3 %
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 1211
Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve 10.75%
Average Cost of new house $86,730
Median Price Of and Existing Home $72,400
Average Income per year $21,600.00
Average Monthly Rent $350.00
Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling
Average House Price 37,182
Gallon of Petrol 1.83
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 5.0%
Interest Rates Year End Bank of England 9.50%
More Prices From 1984
Movie Ticket $2.50
1 gallon of gas $1.10
Dodge RAM 50 Truck $8,995.00
Dodge RAM 50 Truck $8,995.00
Chrysler New Yorker $13,045
Chevrolet Corvette $23,392
Apples Lb 43 cents
Bacon Lb $1.69

Chicago, Illinois
Brick Tudor 3 bedroom all modern appliances double garage sundeck $119,000

What Events Happened in 1984

  • Indian Prime minister Indira Gandhi assassinated
  • Widespread Famine in Ethiopia after political conflict with charities believing as many as 10 million people are facing starvation
  • Hundreds die on December 3rd from the effects of toxic gases which leak from the Bhopal Union Carbide Factory
Hong Kong
  • The UK and China agree Hong Kong will revert to China in 1997
  • A Man shoots 20 dead and wounds 16 in McDonalds Restaurant on July 18th in San Ysidro California
  • A giant gas works explosion on the outskirts of Mexico City left 500 dead
  • Truck containing 500 kg of high explosives destroys the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon killing 12 people.
  • Gang warfare in Sydney, Australia during the "Milperra Massacre" leaves seven dead.
  • The Olympic Games are held in Los Angeles
  • USSR And soviet block boycotts the Olympic games in retaliation for Western Boycott in 1980
  • A Union Carbide Pesticide plant in Bhopal India leaks the lethal gas killing more than 3,500
  • Twelve month long strike by coal miners begins in British coal industry, during the strike pickets and police clash multiple times at pits and collieries around the country.
  • WPC Yvonne Fletcher a London police officer is shot and killed by Libyan Diplomat
  • English pound notes are to be taken out of circulation
  • 700 year old wing of York Minster destroyed by fire
  • By the year end more than 70 US Banks fail
  • IRA Bomb goes off in Grand Hotel Brighton during Conservative Conference
  • Virgin Atlantic Inaugural flight .
  • Indian army troops sent on June 6th into the Sikh rebel held Golden Temple compound in Amritsar
  • PEMEX petroleum storage facility at San Juan Ixhuatepec in Mexico City explosions ignites a major fire and kills more than 500
  • Ethiopian famine begins

  • Typhoon Ike strikes Philippines leaving over 3,000 fatalities.
  • ( Subway Vigilante )Bernhard Goetz shoots four black youths on a Manhattan subway
  • Brunei Gains Independence From Great Britain
  • The UK replaces GCE O-Level's and CSE's and replaces them with GCSE's
  • The Summer Olympics are held in Los Angeles, United States
  • The Winter Olympic Games are held in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia


  • Aids Virus identified by French Immunologist
  • AT&T Broken Up
  • The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale
  • Sony and Philips introduce the first commercial CD Players
  • Sony makes the first 3 1/2" computer disk
  • The Space Shuttle Discovery has its maiden voyage
  • First Ever flight in Space by Human untethered using jet back Packs
  • Genetic fingerprinting or DNA profiling was developed and is now in wide by Forensic scientists when obtaining evidence in a crime

1984 Mens and Womens Fashion Clothes

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Fashion Clothing From 1984

1984 Childrens Toys

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Kids Toys From 84

Popular Culture 1984

  • The MTV Video Music Awards Started
  • 36 of Britain and Ireland's top pop musicians gathered in a Notting Hill studio to form Band Aid and recorded the song "Do They Know It's Christmas" in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia
  • Michael Jackson wins unprecedented acclaim for his Album Thriller and sales over 37 million copies

Popular Films

  • Ghostbusters
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • Gremlins
  • Beverly Hills Cop
  • Terms of Endearment
  • The Karate Kid
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  • Police Academy
  • Romancing the Stone
  • Splash
  • The Terminator
  • Amadeus
  • The Killing Fields
  • A Passage To India

Popular Musicians

  • Phil Collins
  • Alison Moyet
  • Billy Joel
  • Tina Turner with " What's Love got to do with it "
  • David Bowie
  • Wham! with " Wake Me up Before You Go "
  • Billy Ocean
  • UB40
  • Stevie Wonder with " I Just Called to say I love You "
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Kenny Rogers
  • Bananarama
  • Duran Duran with " The Reflex "
  • Ultravox
  • Cars

Popular TV Programmes

  • Magnum, P.I.
  • Dynasty
  • Entertainment Tonight
  • Falcon Crest
  • Hill Street Blues
  • Cagney and Lacey
  • Cheers
  • Fame
  • Knight Rider
  • The A-Team
  • Jeopardy!

Born This Year

Prince Harry September 15th

1984 Calendar

Major World Political Leaders 1984

Australia Prime Minister Bob Hawke Brazil President João Figueiredo Canada Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau till June 30,
Canada Prime Minister John Turner from June 30,
Canada Prime Minister John Turner till September 17,
Canada Prime Minister Brian Mulroney from September 17,

China Chairman of the People's Republic of China Li Xiannian

France President François Mitterrand

Germany Chancellor Helmut Kohl
India Prime Minister Indira Gandhi Till 31 October
India Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi From 31 October

Italy Prime Minister Bettino Craxi

Japan Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone Mexico President Miguel de la Madrid Russia / Soviet Union
Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars Yuri Andropov South Africa Prime Minister Pieter Willem Botha Till 14 September
South Africa State President Pieter Willem Botha From 14 September
United States President Ronald Reagan United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Political Elections 1984

Canadian Federal Election 1984 Brian Mulroney ( Progressive Conservatives ) defeats John Turner ( Liberal ) and Ed Broadbent ( New Democrat )

United States Presidential Election 1984 Ronald Reagan (Republican) Defeats Walter Mondale (Democratic)