Denver North High School Vikings - Class of 1984

 

1984 Revisited

 

Headlines

  • Ma Bell is broken up.
  • Yuri V. Andropov dies at 69; Konstantin U. Chernenko, 72, named Soviet Union leader.
  • Congress rebukes President Reagan on use of federal funds for mining Nicaraguan harbors.
  • Soviet Union withdraws from summer Olympic games in U.S., and other bloc nations follow.
  • Geraldine A. Ferraro becomes the first women candidate to run for Vice President of the U.S.
  • Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi assassinated by two Sikh bodyguards; 1,000 killed in anti-Sikh riots; son Rajiv succeeds.
  • President Reagan re-elected in landslide with 59% of vote.
  • Toxic gas leaks from Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, killing 2,000 and injuring 150,000.
  • Rioting and school boycotts intensify in South Africa as efforts to end apartheid continue.

Fun Facts

  • The first megabit chip is produced at Bell Labs.
  • The Soviets boycott the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
  • Mary Lou Retton wins two gold, two silver and two bronze medals.
  • Vanessa Williams becomes first black Miss America. A title that is taken away after nude photos of her surface in Penthouse.
  • "Where's The Beef!?
  • Apple Macintosh introduced in February.
  • Winter Olympic Games held in Sarajevo.
  • Summer Olympic Games held in Los Angeles.
  • There are approximately 1,000 hosts on the Internet.
  • The popularity of break dancing inspires the film, "Breakin'."

Fashion

  • Stonewashed jeans are introduced.
  • Guess? Jeans become the jean du jour for anyone under 17.
  • Frankie "RELAX" t-shirts.

Music

  • Michael Jackson's hair catches fire during a Pepsi commercial.
  • Run DMC is the first rap group to have a certified gold album.
  • Bob Geldof, founder of "Band Aid", releases "Do They Know It's Christmas" with all proceeds going to relief effort in Ethiopia.
  • Tipper Gore forms the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center).

Top Grossing Films

  • 238,600,000 Ghost Busters (1984)
  • 234,760,500 Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
  • 179,870,271 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
  • 148,170,000 Gremlins (1984)
  • 90,800,000 The Karate Kid (1984)
  • 81,200,000 Police Academy (1984)
  • 80,000,000 Footloose (1984)
  • 76,400,000 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
  • 74,900,000 Romancing the Stone (1984)
  • 68,392,977 Purple Rain (1984)

Famous Deaths

  • Indira Gandhi (Indian leader)
  • Francois Truffaut (French "new Wave" film director)
  • Truman Capote (writer)
  • Count Basie (composer, bandleader)

 


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