Events of 1984

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Miner's Strike in the U.K. (-1985)
January 27:Michael Jackson's hair catches on fire
During shooting of Pepsi commercial, sparks from a special-effects mishap ignite Jackson's hair.
April 1:Marvin Gaye is killed
The Motown legend is shot by his father in a domestic dispute.
May 7:Soviets boycott Los Angeles Summer Olympics
Citing "undisguised threats" against their athletes, the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, and East Germany do not attend the Summer Games.
July 18:McDonald's massacre
After telling his wife he was going "hunting for humans", James Huberty shoots 40 people at a McDonald's in San Ysidro, California. He kills 21 people before he was shot to death by police.
October 26:Surgeons implant baboon heart into "Baby Fae"
The 12 day old baby, born with a malformed heart, gets a baboon heart. She dies three weeks later.
October 31:Indira Gandhi assassinated
Prime Minister Gandhi is shot to death by two of her Sikh bodyguards, resulting in anti-Sikh riots that killed more than a thousand people.
November 25:Band Aid
Bob Geldof and 35 artists record "Do They Know It's Christmas" to raise money for famine relief.
December 22:Bernhard Goetz opens fire
The "subway vigilante", Goetz, shoots four young men on a New York City subway, after they allegedly threatened him.