The UK miners’ strike is in full swing. There are riots, picket lines and clashes with police.
So are these cinematic classics: Gremlins, The Terminator, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Karate Kid and Footloose.
A TV show will follow later in the year.
James L Brooks picks up best picture, director and adapted screenplay gongs. Shirley MacLaine wins best actress, while Jack Nicholson grabs best supporting actor.
… including album of the year. It also enters the Guinness Book of World Records in February as the world’s best-selling album of all time.
But she is later controversially de-throned after nude photographs of her are printed in a magazine without her permission.
Love is also in the air for Janet Jackson and James DeBarge, Olivia Newton-John and Matt Lattanzi, Richard Carpenter and his cousin Mary Rudolph, Dawn French and Lenny Henry, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sarah Brightman, and David Hasselhoff and Catherine Hickland. Of those couples, only Richard and Mary Carpenter are still together.
American Bruce McCandless II, using Nasa’s Manned Maneuvering Unit in February 1984.
This is also the year Lionel Richie releases Hello, Madonna sings Like A Virgin and everyone gets Wham!’s Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go stuck in their heads.
It tops the UK singles chart despite the BBC banning it because of its suggestive lyrics – and spends a total of 42 weeks in the top 40.
Britain fast-tracks citizenship for 3,000m runner Zola Budd, whose birth nation South Africa is banned from competing. But she is then blamed when home favourite Mary Decker trips over her heels and crashes out.