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|British Regnal year||32 Eliz. 2 – 33 Eliz. 2|
|Chinese calendar||癸亥年 (Water Pig)
4680 or 4620
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4681 or 4621
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1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (dominical letter AG), the 1984th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 984th year of the 2nd millennium, the 84th year of the 20th century, and the 5th year of the 1980s decade.
- January 1
- January 3 – President of the United States Ronald Reagan meets with Navy Lieutenant Robert Goodman and the Reverend Jesse Jackson at the White House, following Lieutenant Goodman's release from Syrian captivity.
- January 5 - President Ronald Reagan nominates Elizabeth Dole as U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
- January 7 – Brunei becomes the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
- January 10
- January 18 – The Mitsui Miike coal mine explosion at Ōmuta, Fukuoka, Japan, kills 83.
- January 21 – Jackie Wilson passes away after a lengthy coma, aged 49.
- January 24 – Apple Computer places the Macintosh personal computer on sale in the United States.
- February 1 – Medicare comes into effect in Australia.
- February 3
- February 7 – Astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart make the first untethered space walk.
- February 8–19 – The 1984 Winter Olympics are held in Sarajevo, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
- February 13 – Konstantin Chernenko succeeds the late Yuri Andropov as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
- February 26 – The United States Marine Corps pulls out of Beirut, Lebanon.
- February 29 – Canadian prime minister, Pierre Trudeau, announces his retirement.
- March 5 – Iran accuses Iraq of using chemical weapons; the United Nations condemns their use on March 30.
- March 6 – A year-long strike action begins in the British coal industry (see UK miners' strike (1984–85)).
- March 14 – Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams and three others are seriously injured in a gun attack by the Ulster Volunteer Force.
- 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.
- March 22 – Teachers at the McMartin Preschool in Manhattan Beach, California are charged with Satanic ritual abuse of the school children; the charges are later dropped as completely unfounded.
- March 23 – General Rahimuddin Khan becomes the first man in Pakistan's history to rule over two of its provinces, after becoming interim Governor of Sindh.
- March 25
- April 1 – Marvin Gaye is shot to death by his father, one day before his 45th birthday.
- April 2 – Indian Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma is launched into space, aboard the Soyuz T-11.
- April 4 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan calls for an international ban on chemical weapons.
- April 9 – The 56th Academy Awards, hosted by Johnny Carson, are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Terms of Endearment wins Best Picture and 4 other Academy Awards.
- April 12 – Palestinian gunmen take Israeli Bus Number 300 hostage. Israeli special forces storm the bus, freeing the hostages (one hostage, two hijackers killed).
- April 13 – India launches Operation Meghdoot, bringing most of the disputed Siachen Glacier region of Kashmir under Indian control and triggering the Siachen conflict with Pakistan.
- April 15
- April 16 - More than one million people, led by Tancredo Neves, occupy the streets of São Paulo to demand direct presidential elections during the Brazilian military government of João Figueiredo. It is the largest protest during the Diretas Já civil unrest, as well as the largest public demonstration in the history of Brazil. The elections are granted in 1989.
- April 17 – WPC Yvonne Fletcher is shot and killed by a secluded gunman, leading to a police siege of the Libyan Embassy in London.
- April 19 – "Advance Australia Fair" is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem, and green and gold as the national colours.
- April 23 - United States researchers announce their discovery of the AIDS virus.
- April 25 – The term of Sultan Ahmad Shah as the seventh Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia ends.
- April 26 – Sultan Iskandar, Sultan of Johor, becomes the eighth Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
- May 2 – The International Garden Festival opens in Liverpool.
- May 5 – The Herreys win the Eurovision Song Contest 1984 for Sweden, with the song "Diggi-Loo, Diggi-Ley".
- May 8
- The Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
- Denis Lortie kills three government employees in the National Assembly of Quebec building.
- The Chicago White Sox defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 in the longest game in Major League Baseball history: 25 innings totalling eight hours, six minutes.
- May 11 – A transit of Earth from Mars takes place.
- 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.
- May 14 – The one dollar coin is introduced in Australia.
- May 17 – Michael Silka kills nine people near Manley Hot Springs, Alaska.
- May 23 – A methane gas explosion at Abbeystead water treatment works in Lancashire, England, kills 16 people.
- May 27 – An overnight flash flood rages through neighborhoods in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Nearly 15 inches of rain falls in some areas over a four-hour period; 14 people are killed.
- May 31 – Six inmates, including James and Linwood Briley, escape from a death row facility at Mecklenburg Correctional Center, the only occasion this has ever happened in the United States.
- June 1 – William M. Gibbons is released as receiver and trustee of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railroad, after all of its debts and creditors are paid off by order of a federal bankruptcy court.
- June 3 – Ronald Reagan visits his ancestral home in Ballyporeen, the Republic of Ireland.
- June 5 – The Indian government begins Operation Blue Star, the planned attack on the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
- June 8 – A deadly F5 tornado nearly destroys the town of Barneveld, Wisconsin, killing nine people, injuring nearly 200, and causing over $25,000,000 in damage.
- June 12 - In one of the greatest NBA Finals ever, The Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers in 7 games to captured their 15th NBA Championship.
- June 20 – The biggest exam shake-up in the British education system in over 10 years is announced, with O-level and CSE exams to be replaced by a new exam, the GCSE.
- June 22
- June 27 – France beats Spain 2–0 to win Euro 84.
- June 28 – Richard Ramírez (the "Night Stalker") murders his first confirmed victim.
- June 30 – John Turner becomes Canada's 17th prime minister.
- June 30 - Elton John plays the famous Night and Day Concert at Wembley Stadium.
- July 1 — Liechtenstein becomes the last country in Europe to grant women the right to vote.
- July 13 – Terry Wallis, a 19-year old living in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, falls into a deep coma after a severe automobile accident (he will eventually awaken 19 years later on June 13, 2003).
- July 14 – New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon calls a snap election and is heavily defeated by opposition Labour leader David Lange.
- July 18
- July 23 – Vanessa L. Williams becomes the first Miss America to resign when she surrenders her crown, after nude photos of her appear in Penthouse magazine.
- July 25 – Salyut 7: cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to perform a space walk.
- July 28–August 12 – The 1984 Summer Olympics are held in Los Angeles, California.
- August 1 – Australian banks are deregulated.
- August 4 – The African republic Upper Volta changes its name to Burkina Faso.
- August 4 – Soviet submarine K-278 Komsomolets reaches a record submergence depth of 1,020 meters.
- August 11
- United States President Ronald Reagan, during a voice check for a radio broadcast remarks, "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes".
- Barefoot South African runner Zola Budd, controversially granted British citizenship earlier in the year, collides with Mary Decker of the U.S. in the Olympic 3000 meters final, neither finishing as medallists.
- August 16 – John DeLorean is acquitted of all eight charges of possessing and distributing cocaine.
- August 17 – Peru recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
- August 21 – Half a million people in Manila demonstrate against the regime of Ferdinand Marcos.
- September 2 – Seven people are shot and killed and 12 wounded in the Milperra massacre, a shootout between the rival motorcycle gangs Bandidos and Comancheros in Sydney, Australia.
- September 4
- September 5
- September 14 – P. W. Botha is inaugurated as the first executive State President of South Africa.
- September 16 – Edgar Reitz's film series Heimat begins release in Germany.
- September 17 – Brian Mulroney is sworn in as Prime Minister of Canada.
- September 18 – Joe Kittinger becomes the first person to cross the Atlantic, solo, in a hot air balloon.
- September 20 – Hezbollah car-bombs the U.S. Embassy annex in Beirut, killing 24 people.
- September 23 – The television drama Threads, a documentary of nuclear war, broadcasts on BBC Two.
- September 26 – The United Kingdom and the People's Republic of China sign the initial agreement to return Hong Kong to China in 1997.
- October 4 – Tim Macartney-Snape and Greg Mortimer become the first Australians to summit Mount Everest.
- October 5 – STS-41-G: Marc Garneau becomes the first Canadian in space, aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.
- October 11 – Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American woman to perform a space walk.
- October 12 – The Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) attempts to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the British Cabinet in the Brighton hotel bombing.
- October 19 – Polish secret police kidnap Jerzy Popiełuszko, a Catholic priest who supports the Solidarity movement. His dead body is found in a reservoir 11 days later on October 30.
- October 23 – The world learns from moving BBC News television reports presented by Michael Buerk of the famine in Ethiopia, where thousands of people have already died of starvation due to a famine, and as many as 10,000,000 more lives are at risk.
- October 25 – The European Economic Community makes £1.8 million available to help combat the famine in Ethiopia.
- October 31 – Assassination of Indira Gandhi: Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi is assassinated by her two Sikh security guards in New Delhi. Anti-Sikh riots break out, leaving 10,000 to 20,000 Sikhs dead in Delhi and surrounding areas with majority populations of Hindus. Rajiv Gandhi becomes Prime Minister of India.
- 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 victory in 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 9 – Cesar Chavez delivers his speech, "What The Future Holds For Farm Workers And Hispanics", at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.
- 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 14 – Zamboanga City mayor Cesar Climaco, a prominent critic of the government of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, is assassinated in his home city.
- November 19 – A series of explosions at the Pemex Petroleum Storage Facility at San Juan Ixhuatepec, in Mexico City, ignites a major fire and kills about 500 people.
- November 25
- An East Rail train derails between Sheung Shui and Fanling stations, Hong Kong.
- 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.
- Uruguayan presidential election, 1984: Julio María Sanguinetti is democratically elected President of Uruguay after 12 years of military dictatorship.
- November 28 – Over 250 years after their deaths, William Penn and his wife Hannah Callowhill Penn are made Honorary Citizens of the United States.
- November 30 – The Tamil Tigers begin the purge of the Sinhalese people from North and East Sri Lanka; 127 are killed.
- December – A peace agreement between Kenya and Somalia is signed in the Egyptian capital Cairo. With this agreement, in which Somalia officially renounces its historical territorial claims, relations between the two countries began to improve.
- December 1 – Controlled Impact Demonstration: NASA and the FAA crashes a remote controlled Boeing 720.
- December 2 – Bob Hawke's government is re-elected in Australia with a reduced majority.
- December 3
- Bhopal disaster: A methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, kills more than 8,000 people outright and injures over half a million (with more later dying from their injuries the death toll reaches 23,000+) in the worst industrial disaster in history.
- British Telecom is privatised.
- December 4
- December 10 – Cisco Systems is founded.
- December 14 – Nigeria recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
- December 19 – The People's Republic of China and United Kingdom sign the Sino-British Joint Declaration on the future of Hong Kong.
- December 22
- Four African-American youths (Barry Allen, Troy Canty, James Ramseur, and Darrell Cabey) board an express train in the Bronx borough of New York City. They attempt to rob Bernhard Goetz, who shoots them. The event starts a national debate about urban crime in the United States.
- In Malta, Prime Minister Dom Mintoff resigns.
- December 28 – A Soviet cruise missile plunges into Inarinjärvi lake in Finnish Lapland. Finnish authorities announce the fact in public on January 3, 1985.
- 1983–85 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.
- January 1 – Michael Witt, Australian rugby league player
- January 2 - Kristen Hager, Canadian film and television actress
- January 8
- January 10 – Marouane Chamakh, Moroccan football player
- January 12 – Scott Olsen, American baseball player
- January 13
- January 15
- January 16 – Craig Beattie, Scottish footballer
- January 17
- January 18
- January 19
- January 20
- January 21 – Richard Gutierrez, Filipino actor
- January 22 – Raica Oliveira, Brazilian supermodel
- January 23 – Arjen Robben, Dutch footballer
- January 24 – Witold Kiełtyka, Polish musician (d. 2007)
- January 25
- January 26 – Luo Xuejuan, Chinese swimmer
- January 27 - Davetta Sherwood, American actress and musician
- January 28 – Andre Iguodala, American basketball player
- January 29
- January 30
- February 1
- February 3 – Kim Joon, South Korean rapper, actor, and model
- February 4 – Mauricio Pinilla, Chilean footballer
- February 5
- February 6 – Darren Bent, English footballer
- February 9
- February 10 – Kim Hyo-jin, Korean actress
- February 11 - Aubrey O'Day, American singer and actress
- February 12
- February 14 - Robbie Jones, American television and film actor
- February 15 – Dorota Rabczewska, Polish singer and model
- February 16 – Oussama Mellouli, Tunisian swimmer
- February 17 – AB de Villiers, South African cricketer
- February 18 – Genelle Williams, Canadian actress
- February 19 – Marissa Meyer, American novelist
- February 20 – Ben Lovejoy, American hockey player
- February 21
- February 22 - Tommy Bowe, Irish rugby union footballer
- February 25
- February 26
- February 28 – Karolína Kurková, Czech model
- February 29
- March 1
- March 3 – Hayley Marie Norman, American actress and model
- March 4
- March 7
- March 8
- March 9 – Julia Mancuso, U.S. Olympic medalist
- March 10 – Olivia Wilde, American actress
- March 12 - Jaimie Alexander, American actress
- March 16
- March 19 – Bianca Balti, Italian model
- March 20
- March 21
- March 24
- March 25 – Katharine McPhee, American Idol finalist
- March 26
- March 28 – Nikki Sanderson, English actress
- March 30
- April 1 - Murali Vijay, Indian cricketer
- April 2 - Shawn Roberts, Canadian actor
- April 3 – Allana Slater, Australian gymnast
- April 4 – Sean May, American basketball player
- April 5
- April 7 – Alex Smith, American football player
- April 8
- Kirsten Storms, American actress
- April 9
- April 10
- April 11 - Kelli Garner, American actress
- April 12 – Emmy, Armenian singer
- April 13 – Kris Britt, Australian cricketer
- April 14 – Kyle Coetzer, Scottish cricketer
- April 16 - Claire Foy, English actress
- April 17 - Rosanna Davison, Irish model, Miss World 2003
- April 18 – America Ferrera, American actress
- April 19 – Lee Da-hae, South Korean actress
- April 20
- April 22
- April 23 – Alexandra Kosteniuk, Russian chess player
- April 24 – Tyson Ritter, American singer/songwriter (The All-American Rejects)
- April 25 – Melonie Diaz, American actress
- April 26 - Brett Novek, American male fashion model and actor
- April 27 – Patrick Stump, American singer (Fall Out Boy)
- April 29
- Taylor Cole, American actress and model
- Kirby Cote, Canadian Paralympic swimmer
- Firass Dirani, Australian actor
- Paulius Jankūnas, Lihuanian basketball player
- Lina Krasnoroutskaya, Russian tennis player and commentator
- Pham Van Quyen, Vietnamese footballer
- Vassilis Xanthopoulos, Greek basketball player
- May 1
- May 3 – Cheryl Burke, American professional dancer
- May 4 – Little Boots, English pop singer
- May 8 – Martin Compston, Scottish actor and former professional footballer
- May 9
- May 11 – Andrés Iniesta, Spanish footballer
- May 12 – Junie Browning, American MMA fighter
- May 14
- May 15 – Samantha Noble, Australian actress
- May 17
- May 20
- May 21 - Jackson Pearce, American novelist
- May 23 - Adam Wylie, American child actor
- May 24 – Sarah Hagan, American actress
- May 25
- Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir, "Miss Iceland", crowned Miss World in 2005
- Kyle Brodziak, Canadian ice hockey player
- Emma Marrone, Italian pop/rock singer
- Kostas Martakis, Greek singer, model and occasional actor
- Nikolai Pokotylo, Russian singer
- Marion Raven, Norwegian singer-songwriter, former child actress
- May 27 – Darin Brooks, American actor
- May 29
- May 31
- June 1
- June 4
- June 5 – Iris van Herpen, Dutch fashion designer
- June 6 – ByeAlex, Hungarian indie-pop singer and writer
- June 7 – Ari Koivunen, Finnish singer
- June 8
- June 9 – Wesley Sneijder, Dutch footballer
- June 11 – Vágner Love, Brazilian footballer
- June 13 – Bérengère Schuh, French archer
- June 14 - Yury Prilukov, Russian swimmer
- June 15 – Tim Lincecum, American baseball player
- June 16
- June 17 – John Gallagher Jr., American actor, singer and dancer
- June 19 - Paul Dano, American actor and producer
- June 23 – Duffy, Welsh singer
- June 24 – J. J. Redick, American basketball player
- June 25
- June 26
- June 27
- June 29 – Chris Egan, Australian actor
- June 30 – Fantasia Barrino, African-American singer
- July 1 – Donald Thomas, Bahamian high jumper
- July 2 – Vanessa Lee Chester, American television and film actress
- July 3
- July 4 – Jin Akanishi, Japanese singer (KAT-TUN) and actor
- July 5 - Danay García, Cuban film actress
- July 6
- July 7 - Mohammad Ashraful, Bangladeshi cricketer
- July 9
- July 11
- July 12
- July 16 – Katrina Kaif, Indian actress and model
- July 17 – Asami Kimura, Japanese singer
- July 18
- July 19
- July 21
- July 23
- July 24 – Tyler Kyte, Canadian actor/singer
- July 26 – Kyriakos Ioannou, Cypriot high jumper
- July 27
- July 28 - Zach Parise, American hockey player
- July 29 – Todd Bosley, American actor
- July 30
- August 1 – Bastian Schweinsteiger, German football player
- August 2 – Brandon Browner, National Football League player
- August 3
- August 6 – Marco Airosa, Angolan footballer
- August 10
- August 11 - Melky Cabrera, American Major League Baseball outfielder for the Kansas City Royals
- August 12
- August 13 - James Morrison, English singer/songwriter and guitarist
- August 14
- August 15 - Quinton Aaron, American actor
- August 17 – Garrett Wolfe, American pro football player
- August 19
- August 20
- August 21
- August 22 – Lee Camp, English footballer
- August 23 - Glen Johnson, English footballer
- August 24
- August 27 – Josh Duhon, American actor
- August 28
- August 31
- September 2 – Danson Tang, Taiwanese actor, model, and singer
- September 3 – Garrett Hedlund, American actor
- September 6 –
- September 7
- September 10 – Luke Treadaway, English actor
- September 12 – September, Swedish singer and songwriter
- September 14
- September 15 – Prince Harry, British Prince and son of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales
- September 16
- September 18
- September 19 – Kevin Zegers, Canadian actor
- September 20
- September 21 - Dwayne Bowe, American football
- September 22
- September 23
- September 25
- September 26 – Keisha Buchanan, British singer (Sugababes)
- September 27
- September 28
- September 29 - Per Mertesacker, German football player
- October 1
- October 2
- October 3
- October 4
- October 5 – Glenn McMillan, Brazilian-Australian actor
- October 6
- October 7 – Ikuta Toma, Japanese drama actor
- October 10
- October 12 – Emmanuel Kipchirchir Mutai, Kenyan long-distance runner
- October 13 – Kathrin Fricke, German web- and video-artist, known as Coldmirror
- October 14 – Santino Quaranta, American soccer player
- October 15 – Chris Olivero, American actor
- October 16
- October 17
- October 18
- October 19 – Kaio de Almeida, Brazilian swimmer
- October 21 – Marvin Mitchell, American football player
- October 23
- October 24 - Emily Barclay, English-born New Zealand AFI award-winning actress
- October 25
- October 26 – Sasha Cohen, American figure skater
- October 27
- October 28 – Obafemi Martins, Nigerian footballer
- October 29 – Eric Staal, Canadian hockey player
- October 30 – Eva Marcille, American model
- October 31
- November 2 – Julia Stegner, German model
- November 4 – Dustin Brown, American hockey player
- November 7 – Amelia Vega, Miss Universe 2003, from the Dominican Republic
- November 8 – Steven Webb, English actor
- November 9
- November 12
- November 14 – Marija Šerifović, Serbian singer, Eurovision Song Contest 2007 winner
- November 15 – Stephen Scott, Australian Martial Artist
- November 17 – Park Han-byul, South Korean actress
- November 18 – Johnny Christ, American bassist (Avenged Sevenfold)
- November 19 – Lindsay Ellingson, American model
- November 21
- November 22 – Scarlett Johansson, American actress
- November 23 – Jarah Mariano, American model
- November 24
- November 25
- November 27 – Sanna Nielsen, Swedish pop singer
- November 28
- November 29 – Sitti, Filipino bossa nova singer
- November 30 – Alan Hutton, Scottish professional footballer
- December 4
- December 7 – Robert Kubica, Polish Formula One racing driver
- December 8 – Jennifer Grassman, American recording artist and journalist
- December 11 - Xosha Roquemore, American actress
- December 12 – Daniel Agger, Danish football (soccer) player
- December 13 - Santi Cazorla, Spanish football player
- December 14
- December 15
- December 16 – Laura More (Muncey), British singer
- December 16 – Theo James, English-American actor and singer.
- December 17
- December 18
- December 20 – David Tavaré, Spanish singer
- December 22 – Jonas Altberg, Swedish Eurodance/Techno singer
- December 23 – Alison Sudol, American singer/songwriter and pianist known professionally as A Fine Frenzy
- December 25
- December 26 - Jennifer Sipes, American actress and model
- December 27
- December 28
- December 30 – LeBron James, American basketball player
- Mariko Ebralidze, Georgian Jazz singer
- January 1 – Alexis Korner, British blues musician and broadcaster (b. 1928)
- January 6 – Ernest Laszlo, Hungarian-American cinematographer (b. 1898)
- January 7 – Alfred Kastler, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
- January 11 – Jack La Rue, American actor (b. 1902)
- January 13 - Ray Moore, American comic writer (b. 1905)
- January 14
- January 17 - George Rigaud, Argentinian actor (b. 1905)
- January 20 – Johnny Weissmuller, Austrian-born swimmer and actor (b. 1904)
- January 21 – Jackie Wilson, American singer (b. 1934)
- January 22 – Sir Count Michael Gonzi, Archbishop of Malta and past politician (b. 1885)
- January 29 – Frances Goodrich, American screenwriter (b. 1890)
- January 30 – Luke Kelly, Lead Singer of Irish band The Dubliners (b. 1940)
- February 8 – Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (b. 1903)
- February 9 – Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (b. 1914)
- February 10 – David Von Erich, American professional wrestler (b. 1958)
- February 11 – John Comer, English actor (b. 1924)
- February 12
- February 13 – Naomi Uemura, Japanese adventurer (b. 1941)
- February 15 – Ethel Merman, American singer and actress (b. 1908)
- February 21 – Mikhail Sholokhov, Russian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905)
- February 22
- March 1 – Jackie Coogan, American actor (b. 1914)
- March 5
- March 6 – Henry Wilcoxon, British actor (b. 1905)
- March 10 – June Marlowe, American actress (b. 1903)
- March 12 – Arnold Ridley, English playwright and actor (b. 1896)
- March 16 – John Hoagland, American photographer (b. 1947)
- March 18
- March 20 - Stan Coveleski, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1889)
- March 23 - Shauna Grant, American pornographic actress (b. 1963)
- March 24 – Sam Jaffe, American actor (b. 1891)
- March 26 – Ahmed Sékou Touré, president of Guinea (b. 1922)
- March 31 – Jack Howarth, English actor (b. 1896)
- April 1
- April 5
- April 8 – Pyotr Kapitsa, Russian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1894)
- April 9 – Willem Sandberg, Dutch typographer (b. 1897)
- April 11 – Edgar V. Saks, Estonian statesman and historian (b. 1910)
- April 15
- April 16 – Byron Haskin, American film and television director (b. 1899)
- April 17 – Mark W. Clark, American general (b. 1896)
- April 20
- April 21 – Marcel Janco, Romanian-Israeli artist (b. 1895)
- April 22 – Ansel Adams, American photographer (b. 1902)
- April 23
- April 25 – David Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy (b. 1955)
- April 26
- April 30 – Rodrigo Lara Bonilla, Colombian lawyer and politician (b. 1946)
- May 2 – Jack Barry, American television host and producer (b. 1918)
- May 4 – Diana Dors, English actress (b. 1931)
- May 6 – Mary Cain, Mississippi newspaper editor and politician (b. 1904)
- May 8 – Lila Wallace, American publisher (b. 1889)
- May 16
- May 19 – John Betjeman, English poet (b. 1906)
- May 21
- May 22 – John Marley, American actor (b. 1907)
- May 24 – Vincent J. McMahon, professional wrestling promoter WWF (b. 1914)
- May 28 – Eric Morecambe, British comedian (b. 1926)
- June 6 – Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Sikh theologian, Most powerful Sikh leader of the 20th century (b. 1947)
- June 11 – Enrico Berlinguer, Italian Communist politician (b. 1922)
- June 13 – António Variações, Portuguese singer (b. 1944)
- June 15
- June 17 – Chet Allen, American actor (b. 1939)
- June 18 – Alan Berg, American talk radio host (murdered) (b. 1934)
- June 19 – Lee Krasner, American painter (b. 1908)
- June 20 – Estelle Winwood, English actress (b. 1883)
- June 22 – Joseph Losey, American film director (b. 1909)
- June 24 – William Keighley, American film director (b. 1889)
- June 25 – Michel Foucault, French philosopher (b. 1926)
- June 26 – Carl Foreman, American screenwriter (b. 1914)
- June 28 – Yigael Yadin, Israeli archeologist, politician and Military Chief of Staff (b. 1917)
- June 30
- July 1 – Moshé Feldenkrais, Ukrainian founder of the Feldenkrais Method (b. 1904)
- July 4 – Jimmie Spheeris, American singer-songwriter (b. 1949)
- July 7 – Flora Robson, English actress (b. 1902)
- July 8 – Brassaï, Hungarian-born photographer (b. 1899)
- July 14 – Philippé Wynne, American musician (b. 1941)
- July 17 – Karl Wolff, German Nazi SS Officer (b. 1900)
- July 19 - Harry Stockwell, American actor and singer (b. 1902)
- July 24 – Armando Morales Barillas, Nicaraguan guitarist (b. 1936)
- July 25 – Big Mama Thornton, American singer (b. 1926)
- July 26
- July 27 – James Mason, British actor (b. 1909)
- July 28 – Bess Flowers, American actress (b. 1898)
- July 29 – Fred Waring, American bandleader (b. 1900)
- August 2 – Quirino Cristiani, Argentine animated film director (b. 1896)
- August 4 – Mary Miles Minter, American actress (b. 1902)
- August 5 – Richard Burton, Welsh actor (b. 1925)
- August 8 – Richard Deacon, American actor (b. 1921)
- August 11
- August 12 – Christine Hargreaves, English actress (b. 1939)
- August 13
- August 14 – J. B. Priestley, English novelist and playwright (b. 1894)
- August 25
- August 27 – Bernard Youens, English actor (b. 1914)
- August 29 – Muhammad Naguib, 1st President of Egypt (b. 1901)
- September 3 – Arthur Schwartz, American composer (b. 1900)
- September 5
- September 6 – Ernest Tubb, American singer (b. 1914)
- September 7 - Joe Cronin, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1906)
- September 8 – Frank Lowson English Test Cricketer 1951–1955 (b.1925)
- September 9 – Yılmaz Güney Turkish film director (b.1937)
- September 10 – Ismael Merlo, Spanish actor (b. 1918)
- September 14
- September 17 – Richard Basehart, American actor (b. 1914)
- September 20 – Steve Goodman, American folk musician and songwriter (b. 1948)
- September 24 – Neil Hamilton, American actor (b. 1899)
- September 25 – Walter Pidgeon, Canadian actor (b. 1897)
- September 27 – Toke Townley, English actor (b. 1912)
- October 1 - Walter Alston, American baseball player and manager (Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1911)
- October 5 – Leonard Rossiter, British actor (b. 1926)
- October 12 – Sir Anthony Berry, British politician (bombing) (b. 1925)
- October 13 - George Kelly, American baseball player (New York Giants) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1895)
- October 14 – Martin Ryle, English radio astronomer, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics (b. 1918)
- October 16 – Peggy Ann Garner, American actress (b. 1932)
- October 18 – Jon-Erik Hexum, American actor (b. 1957)
- October 19 – Henri Michaux, Belgian writer and painter (b. 1899)
- October 20
- October 21 – François Truffaut, French film director (b. 1932)
- October 23
- October 24 – Walter Woolf King, American singer and actor (b. 1899)
- October 30 – June Duprez, English actress (b. 1918)
- October 31
- November 6 – Gastón Suárez, Bolivian novelist and dramatist (b. 1929)
- November 14 – Cesar Climaco, Filipino politician (assassinated) (b. 1916)
- November 16
- November 18 – Mary Hamman, American writer and editor, modern living editor LIFE and editor in chief Bride & Home (b. 1907)
- December 1 – Roelof Frankot, Dutch painter (b. 1911)
- December 4 - Jack Mercer, Voice of Popeye the Sailor (b. 1910)
- December 8
- December 11
- December 14 – Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1898)
- December 15 – Jan Peerce, American tenor (b. 1904)
- December 16 – J. Roderick MacArthur, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1920)
- December 20
- December 24 – Peter Lawford, English actor (b. 1923)
- December 28 – Sam Peckinpah, American film director (b. 1925)
- December 29 – Leo Robin, American composer (b. 1900)
- Physics – Carlo Rubbia, Simon van der Meer
- Chemistry – Robert Bruce Merrifield
- Medicine – Niels Kaj Jerne, Georges J. F. Köhler, César Milstein
- Literature – Jaroslav Seifert
- Peace – Bishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu
- Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel – Richard Stone
1984 in fiction
- The novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, published in 1949, is set in this year.
- The video game Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories takes place in 1984.
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain takes place in this year.
- The New Book of Knowledge
- "United States-Vatican Diplomatic Relations: The Past and The Future". The Ambassadors REVIEW. Council of American Ambassadors. Spring 2001. Retrieved November 17, 2011. "On January 10, 1984, when President Reagan announced the establishment of formal diplomatic relations with the Holy See, he appointed William A. Wilson, who had been serving as his personal representative to the Pope, as the first US Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Holy See."
- "1984: Zola Budd in race trip controversy". On This Day (BBC). 1984-08-11. Archived from the original on 23 January 2008. Retrieved 2013-03-03.
- "1984: Extent of Ethiopia famine revealed". BBC News. 1984-10-23. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
- "1984: Europe grants emergency aid for Ethiopia". On This Day. BBC. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
- Band Aid – Do They Know It's Christmas? Retrieved November 17, 2011.