Find out what all happened February to November 1984

President Ronald Reagan calls for an international ban on chemical weapons. (4. April 1984)

Capital punishment: Velma Barfield becomes the first woman executed in the United States since 1962. (2. November 1984)

Teachers at the McMartin preschool in Manhattan Beach, California are charged with satanic ritual abuse of the children in the school. The charges are later dropped as completely unfounded. (22. March 1984)

Under the Brussels Agreement signed between the governments of the United Kingdom and Spain, the former agreed to enter into discussions with Spain over Gibraltar, including sovereignty. (27. November 1984)

Virgin Atlantic Airways launches with its first flight from London Heathrow Airport. (22. June 1984)

STS-41-D: The Space Shuttle Discovery takes off on its maiden voyage. (30. August 1984)

Space Shuttle program: STS-41-B Mission – Astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart make the first untethered space walk using the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU). (7. February 1984)

India moves into Siachen Glacier thus annexing more territory from the Line of Control. (13. April 1984)

The Thames Barrier is officially opened. (8. May 1984)

The Republic of Upper Volta changes its name to Burkina Faso. (4. August 1984)

Commercial peat-cutters discover the preserved bog body of a man, called Lindow Man, at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, northwest England (1. August 1984)

The first Breeders' Cup takes place at Hollywood Park Racetrack. (10. November 1984)

The Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. (8. May 1984)

103 Korean Martyrs are canonized by Pope John Paul II in Seoul (6. May 1984)

A major clash between about 5,000 police and a similar number of miners takes place at Orgreave, South Yorkshire, during the 1984-1985 UK miners' strike. (18. June 1984)

A suicide bomber in a car attacks the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing twenty-two people. (20. September 1984)

Dwight Gooden sets the baseball record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie with 246, previously set by Herb Score in 1954. Gooden's 276 strikeouts that season, pitched in 218 innings, set the current record. (12. September 1984)

Joe Kittinger completes the first solo balloon crossing of the Atlantic. (18. September 1984)

Thirty-six top musicians gather in a Notting Hill studio and record Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. (25. November 1984)

Konstantin Chernenko succeeds the late Yuri Andropov as general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. (13. February 1984)

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