20th Century Year by Year 1984

 

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  • UK and China agree on Hong Kong
  • Poison gas escapes from Union Carbide factories
  • 300 people die when Indian Army attacks the Sikh Temple
  • Moderates win elections in El Salvador
  • AIDS breaks out

    Sports

    Olympic-Los Angeles

    NBA: Boston Celtics vs. LA Lakers Series: 4-3
    NCAA Football: Brigham Young University Record: 13-0-0
    Heisman Trophy: Doug Flutie, boston college, QB points: 2,240
    Stanley Cup: Edmunton Oilers vs. New York Islanders Series: 4-1
    Super Bowl XVIII: Los Angeles Raiders vs. Washington Redskins Score: 38-9
    US Open Golf: Fuzzy Zoller Score: 276* Course: Winged Foot GC Location: Mamaroneck, NY (* Playoff with Greg Norman)
    World Series: Detroit Tigers vs. San Diego Padres Series: 4-1

    Hit Songs of 1984

    1. "Owner of a Lonely Heart" ... Yes
    2. "Karma Chamelon" ... Culture Club
    3. "Jump" ... Van Halen
    4. "Footloose" ... Kenny Loggins
    5. "Against All Odds" ... Phil Collins
    6. "Hello" ... Lionel Richie
    7. " Let's Hear It For the Boy" ... Deniece Williams
    8. "Time After Time" ... Cindy Lauper
    9. "The Reflex" ... Duran Duran
    10. "When Doves Cry" ... Prince

    Top Ten Movies

    1. Beverly Hills Cop
    2. Footloose
    3. Ghostbusters
    4. Gremlins
    5. Greystoke
    6. The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
    7. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
    8. The Karate Kid
    9. The Natural
    10. Police Academy

     

     

     

    Most Popular Books

    Fiction
    1. "The Talisman" by Stephen King
    2. "The Aquitaine Progression" by Robert Ludlum
    3. "The Sicilian" by Mario Puzo
    4. "Love and War" by John Jakes
    5. "The Butter Battle Book" by Dr. Seuss

    Nonfiction
    1. "Iacocca: An Autobiography" by Lee Iacocca
    2. "Loving Each Other" by Leo Buscaglia
    3. "Eat to Win" by Robert Haas, M. D.
    4. "Pieces of My Mind" by Andrew Rooney
    5. "Weight Watchers' Fast and Fabulous Cookbook"

    Most Popular Television Shows

    1. Dynasty (ABC)
    2. Dallas (CBS)
    3. The Cosby Show (NBC)
    4. 60 Minutes (CBS)
    5. Family Ties (NBC)
    6. The A-Team (NBC)
    7. Simon & Simon (CBS)
    8. Murder, She Wrote (CBS)
    9. Knots Landing (CBS)
    10. Falcon Crest (CBS)

    Academy Awards

    Best Picture: "Amadeus"
    Best Director:Milos Forman ... "Amadeus"
    Best Actor:F. Murray Abraham ... "Amadeus"
    Best Actress:Sally Field ... "Places in the Heart"

    Grammy Awards

    Record of the Year: "What's Love Got To Do With It?" ... Tina Turner
    Song of the Year: "What's Love Got To Do With It?" ...Graham Lyle, Terry Britten
    Best Album: "Can't Slow Down" ... Lionel Richie
    Male Vocalist: Phil Collins ... "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)" Female Vocalist:Tina Turner ... "What's Love Got To Do With It?"

    Nobel Prizes

    Chemistry

    MERRIFIELD, ROBERT BRUCE, U.S.A., Rockefeller University, New York, NY, b.1921:

    "for his development of methodology for chemical synthesis on a solid
    matrix"
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    Literature

    EIFERT, JAROSLAV, Czechoslovakia, b. 1901, d. 1986:

    "for his poetry which endowed with freshness, sensuality and rich
    inventiveness provides a liberating image of the indomitable spirit and
    versatility of man"
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    Peace

    TUTU, DESMOND MPILO, South Africa, b. 1931: Bishop of Johannesburg, former Secretary General South African Council of Churches (S.A.C.C.). for his work against apartheid.
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    Physiology or Medicine

    The prize was awarded jointly to:

    JERNE, NIELS K., Denmark, Basel Institute for Immunology, Basel,
    Switzerland, b. 1911, d. 1994;

    KOHLER, GEORGES J.F., Federal Republic of Germany, Basel Institute for
    Immunology, Basel, Switzerland, b. 1946, d. 1995; and

    MILSTEIN, CESAR, Great Britain and Argentina, MRC Laboratory of Molecular
    Biology, Cambridge, b. 1927 (in Bahia Blanca, Argentina):

    "for theories concerning the specificity in development and control of the
    immune system and the discovery of the principle for production of
    monoclonal antibodies"
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    Physics

    The prize was awarded jointly to:

    RUBBIA, CARLO, Italy, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, b. 1934; and

    VAN DER MEER, SIMON, the Netherlands, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, b. 1925:

    "for their decisive contributions to the large project, which led to the
    discovery of the field particles W and Z, communicators of weak interaction"

    Pulitzer Prizes

    Drama:David Mamet ... "Glengarry Glen Ross"
    Fiction:William Kennedy ... "Ironweed"
    International Reporting: Thomas L. Friedman ... "New York Times" & Loren Jenkins ... "Washington Post"
    National Reporting: Staff ... John Noble Wilford ... "New York Times"
    Public Service:"Los Angeles Times"

    Tony Awards

    Best Play: "The Real Thing" ... Tom Stoppard
    Best Musical: "La Cage aux Folles"
    "Best Actor in a play:
    Jeremy Irons ... "The Real Thing"
    Best Actress in a play:Glenn Close ... "The Real Thing"
    Best Actor in a musical: George Hearn ... "La Cage Aux Folles"
    Best Actress in a musical:Chita Rivera ... "The Rink"