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More Information and Timeline for Indira Gandhi
1. Indira Gandhi was born on November 19, 1917, the daughter of India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
2. Indira Gandhi was first appointed prime minister in 1966 after the death of Lal Bahadur Shastri, becoming India’s first female prime minister.
3. Gandhi was a very popular leader during the beginning of her time as prime minister, partially due to a series of successful reforms.
4. In 1971, she showed support for the separation of east and west Pakistan by offering military support to east Pakistan. This lead to the defeat of Pakistan in 1972 and the creation of Bangladesh. This success also increased her popularity.
5. Gandhi was accused of electoral corruption during the 1972 election and was convicted in 1975. While she had been expected to resign, she did not. Instead, she declared a state of emergency, censoring and suspending the civil liberties of political rivals and dissidents.
6. She called for a general election to take place in 1977 and was hoping her popularity would help her win again after she eased off restrictions. She did not win the election.
7. In 1980, Indira Gandhi ran for her fourth term as prime minister, now a part of a new political party, and won the election.
8. In June of 1984, the holy Golden Temple in Amritsar was taken over by a Sikh separatist movement and Gandhi sent in Indian troops to remove them. As a result, hundreds were killed and the incident inspired a Sikh uprising within the country.
9. On October 31st, 1984, Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two trusted Sikh body guards outside of her house. They were seeking revenge for the events at Amritsar.
10. After her death, there were several incidents of violent retaliation against the Sikh population by ordinary Indian citizens.
- Colonel Joe Kittinger becomes the first person to complete a solo transatlantic flight in a helium balloon
More Information and Timeline for the Transatlantic Balloon Flight
Joe Kittinger, a former Air Force pilot and human flight record breaker, traveled by helium balloon across the Atlantic ocean from September 14 to 18 in 1984.
Jan 29 34th NBA All-Star Game, Denver: East beats West, 154-145 (OT); MVP: Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons, G; first All-Star Saturday; Legends Classic, West wins, 64-63; first Slam-Dunk winner, Larry Nance
Jan 29 President Reagan formally announces he will seek a 2nd term
Under the direction of the American entrepreneur Peter Ueberroth, the 1984 Olympics witnessed the ascension of commercialism as an integral element in the staging of the Games. Corporate sponsors, principally U.S.-based multinationals, were allowed to put Olympic symbols on their products, which were then marketed as the “official” such product of the Olympics. A spot on the torch relay team sold for $3,000 per km. The Olympics turned a profit ($225 million) for the first time since 1932. Despite concerns about growing corporate involvement and the reduced competition caused by the communist boycott, the financial success and high worldwide television ratings raised optimism about the Olympic movement for the first time in a generation.
The U.S. women’s team won 11 of the 14 swimming events. Mary T. Meagher and Tracy Caulkins each earned three gold medals. American Greg Louganis swept the diving events. With the powerful eastern European teams absent, the U.S. men’s and women’s gymnastic teams had their best Olympic showing ever; Mary Lou Retton became the first American woman to capture the individual gold medal in the combined exercises. In boxing, without the challenge of the Cubans, the U.S. team dominated the competition, earning nine gold medals.
In the actual year 1984, the setting for the second season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” things seemed a bit goofier.
- Calling it “a nutritious and wholesome food,” President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.
- The Apple MacIntosh personal computer was introduced with an ad that paid homage to Orwell.
- Fashions included leggings, jean jackets, parachute pants, giant shoulder pads, short skirts and fluffy hair, and Madonna’s head-to-toe lace look.
- The “Where’s the Beef?” catchphrase was introduced in a Wendy’s commercial by a character played by character actress Clara Peller who was 81 at the time.
Clearly, it took a bit longer for Orwell’s predictions about the future to become reality (or close enough). But 1984 was still a banner year in history. Sure, it may have been less dystopian than Orwell’s initial vision—but that doesn’t mean it was any less exciting. And these landmark events that actually happened in 1984 are proof.
Jeopardy! had been kicking around network TV since 1964, but the Alex Trebek iteration proved the most popular and enduring… by far. It was in 1984 that Trebek first moved behind the podium, beginning a record-breaking run as a game show host, which he continues to extend to this day—more than 8,000 episodes and counting!