1984 Newspapers

Read first hand accounts of all the biggest 1984 headlines with an authentic newspaper from any date in this year. Historic Newspapers has the largest collection of newspaper originals in the world, from news outlets such as The Daily Mail and The Times.

The 1980s in Britain was characterised by the Thatcher regime, the global AIDS epidemic, and a consumerist obsession, all of which had a profound effect on society’s sense of individual and community identity.

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1984 Newspaper Headlines

Original 1984 newspaper articles allow insight into this fascinating year in history through first hand accounts of the events as they occurred at the time. Memorable 1984 headlines include the year-long strike against the British coal industry, the privatisation of Telecom, and the formation of the iconic music collective Band Aid.

It was an exciting year in history, filled with ups and downs, and a 1984 newspaper allows you to see how these events were perceived at the time.

27th January 1984
Michael Jackson’s scalp is seriously burned by a pyrotechnic accident during filming of a Pepsi television advert.

14th February 1984
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean score twelve perfect 6.0s and win the gold medal for their interpretation of Ravel’s Boléro in the 1984 Winter Olympics. This was the only time that a perfect score was achieved in Ice Dancing with the old judging system.

6th March 1984
A year-long strike action begins in the British coal industry.

14th March 1984
Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams and three others are seriously injured in a gun attack by the Ulster Volunteer Force.

15th April 1984
Comedian Tommy Cooper suffers a large heart attack and dies while performing live on television.

2nd May 1984
The Liverpool International Garden Festival opens in Liverpool.

8th May 1984
The Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.

30th May 1984
Liverpool FC wins the European Cup, beating Roma on penalties in the final.

22nd June 1984
Virgin Atlantic Airways makes its inaugural flight.

27th June 1984
France beats Spain 2-0 to win the 1984 European Football Championships.

28th July 1984
The 1984 Summer Olympics begin in Los Angeles, California.

30th August 1984
The Space Shuttle ‘Discovery’ takes off on its ultimately tragic voyage.

26th September 1984
The United Kingdom and the People’s Republic of China sign the initial agreement to return Hong Kong to China in 1997.

12th October 1984
The Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) attempts to assassinate the British Cabinet in the Brighton hotel bombing.

31st October 1984
Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by her two Sikh security guards. Riots soon break out in New Delhi and 2,700 Sikhs are killed. Rajiv Gandhi becomes the new Prime Minister of India.

25th November 1984
Thirty-six of Britain and Ireland’s top pop stars gather in a Notting Hill studio to form Band Aid. They record the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas” to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.

3rd December 1984
British Telecom is privatised.

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