1984 in history
Here are some light-hearted facts about 1984, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 1984.
I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 1984 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 1984 in Britain too.
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Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends is shown on children's TV for the first time. It was narrated by Ringo Starr, the first episode was known as 'Thomas Gets Tricked' - good for audio
'Murder, She Wrote', 'Spitting Image', 'Miami Vice', 'The Cosby Show' and 'Kate and Allie' were shown on TV for the first time.
The first Police Academy was released and Ghostbusters was the year's top grossing film, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver - good for audio
Coverage of the Miners Strike dominated British news throughout the year.
Michael Dell started selling Dell Computers, targeting small businesses and households instead of the high-end consumers that his competitors were after.
A conferencing company called "Technology, Entertainment, Design" was launched. It still works today under the name TED Talks. The first conference featured demonstrations of the compact disc.
Colonel Joe Kittinger becomes the first person to complete a solo transatlantic flight in a helium balloon.
5% of the British adult population bought shares in British Telecom when they went up for sale.
Cirque du Soleil was founded as a Canadian entertainment company.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was launched as comic book characters.
Tetris was released in this year.
Richard Branson suffered a delayed flight - so in this year he launched Virgin Atlantic.
The Olympic Games were held in Los Angeles.
This was the year comedian Tommy Cooper collapsed and died live on stage, having suffered a heart attack. The audience thought it was part of the show: some laughed and others were confused. He was lying on stage for well over a minute before the TV credits rolled
The Dublin telephone system collapsed due to network overload as a result of a phone-in competition on an illegal radio station.
Ronald Reagan visited Ireland. 10,000 people protested against the visit in Dublin.
The DART from Howth to Bray was opened in this year. Many critics said it was going to make a loss and be a white elephant.
While these facts about 1984 have been checked against third-party sources (and have been used on air before!), they are provided in good faith to inspire your research and no guarantee is made about their accuracy or their uniqueness.
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