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May 8th, 1984.

May 8th, 1984, was a Tuesday. It was day 129 of 1984. The decade was the 1980s.

37 years, 1 months and 4 days have passed since May 8th, 1984.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On this day.

What happened on May 8th, 1984?

  • Former Canadian Forces corporal Denis Lortie kills three government employees in the National Assembly of Quebec building.
  • The Soviet Union announces that it is boycotting the 1984 Summer Olympics in the United States.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 8th, 1984.

  • United States: Hello - Lionel Richie
  • United Kingdom: The Reflex - Duran Duran
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Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Breakin'" was at the top of the box office on May 8th, 1984.

Take me back to May 8th, 1984!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 8th, 1984 and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. The summer of 1984 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual.

In America, the song Hello by Lionel Richie is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, The Reflex by Duran Duran is the number one hit song. Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and the movie Breakin' is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher is the current Prime Minister. Because it's 1984, the radio stations are being dominated by artists such as George Michael, Stevie Wonder, Wham!, Cyndi Lauper and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. In fashion, women are currently wearing long sweaters, fishnet stockings, fingerless gloves, jumpsuits, over-sized scarves, miniskirts, stirrup pants and spandex cycling shorts. Meanwhile, men are wearing Hawaiian shirts, flannel, shell suits and wool sport coats.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Last of the Summer Wine", "Cagney & Lacey", "Family Ties" and "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Space Invaders", "Lunar Lander", "Galaxian" and "Mario Bros.". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Happy Days" and "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Lite-Brite, Water Ring Toss, Cabbage Patch Kids and My Little Pony (figures).

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on May 8th, 1984.

  • Mid 1980s fashion.

    Mid 1980s fashion.

    Strappy sandals, Keds, kitten-heeled sandals and pumps were popular footwear in the mid 80s. Fashion become more colorful during this period. Popular clothing included long wool coats, long and bulky sweaters, jumpsuits, large scarves, beanies, leather gloves, long flared skirts, slim miniskirts, slightly tapered pants and stirrup pants.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1984?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1984?

    The best NBA players in 1984 were Larry Bird, Bernard King, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas.

  • Who were the best football players in 1984?

    Who were the best football players in 1984?

    In 1984, the best soccer players were Michel Platini, Diego Maradona, Jean Tigana, Preben Elkjær-Larsen, Ian Rush, Fernando Chalana, Graeme Souness, Harald Schumacher, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Alain Giresse and Bryan Robson.

  • Amadeus.

    Amadeus.

    "Amadeus" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1984.

  • Tina Turner - "What's Love Got to Do with It"

    Tina Turner - "What's Love Got to Do with It"

    "What's Love Got to Do with It" by Tina Turner won a Grammy for 1984's Song of the Year.

  • 1984 in movies.

    1984 in movies.

    Movies released in 1984 included Beverly Hills Cop, Ghostbusters, The Terminator, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Gremlins, The Karate Kid, Police Academy, Footloose, Romancing the Stone, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Red Dawn, Splash and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

  • Peter Ueberroth.

    Peter Ueberroth.

    Peter Ueberroth was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1984. Ueberroth received this acknowledgment for his role in organizing the 1984 Summer Olympics.

  • 1984 in music.

    1984 in music.

    Popular music artists in 1984 included Prince, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Kenny Loggins, Phil Collins, Van Halen, Lionel Richie, Yes, Culture Club and John Waite.

  • The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64 dominated the home computer market during this period.

  • VCRs are becoming popular.

    VCRs are becoming popular.

    During the first half of the 1980s, VCRs started to become a popular household item. This device gave people the ability to play VCR tapes and record TV programs and movies.

  • Iran-Iraq War.

    Iran-Iraq War.

    Between September, 1980 and August, 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.

  • The Walkman.

    The Walkman.

    In the late 1970s and 1980s, portable cassette players such as the "Sony Walkman" were becoming more and more common.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 37 years, 1 months and 4 days have passed since May 8th, 1984.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 19 of 1984.
  • Leap Year: 1984 was a leap year, which means that it contained 366 days instead of 365 (with an extra day in February).
  • Age: Anyone born on May 8th, 1984, will be 37 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1984 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 452818800.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 8th, 1984.

  • April 15th, 1984: English comedian Tommy Cooper suffers a massive heart attack and dies while live on TV.
  • April 23rd, 1984: United States researchers announce their discovery of the AIDS virus.
  • April 25th, 1984: Robert F. Kennedy's son David F. Kennedy dies from an overdose of cocaine at a hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.
  • This date: May 8th, 1984
  • May 10th, 1984: Soccer: Ray Wilkins agrees to join Italian side AC Milan from Manchester United.
  • May 12th, 1984: Soccer: Liverpool win the First Division title after a 0-0 draw with Notts County.
  • May 14th, 1984: British pop duo Wham! release their single "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go".
  • May 16th, 1984: Prince releases his single "When Doves Cry".
  • May 16th, 1984: American comedian Andy Kaufman dies from cancer at the age of 35.
  • May 17th, 1984: Michael Silka kills nine people during a spree shooting in Manley Hot Springs, Alaska.
  • May 19th, 1984: Everton win the FA Cup final after a 2-0 victory over Watford.
  • May 21st, 1984: The "Atari 7800" video game console is announced.
  • May 23rd, 1984: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) is released.
  • May 30th, 1984: Football: Liverpool win the European Cup after defeating Roma on penalties.
  • May 31st, 1984: The song "Ghostbusters" is released by Parker, Jr.
  • May 31st, 1984: Six inmates on death row escape the Mecklenburg Correctional Center in Virginia.
  • June 1st, 1984: The film Once Upon a Time in America (1984) is released.
  • June 1st, 1984: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) is released in cinemas.
  • June 3rd, 1984: US President Ronald Reagan visits the Republic of Ireland.
  • June 4th, 1984: The song "Two Tribes" is released by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
  • June 4th, 1984: Bruce Springsteen releases his album "Born in the USA".
  • June 6th, 1984: The game "Tetris" is released.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 8th, 1984, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Aries.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1984 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 8th, 1984 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Photos of mid-1980s fashion.

Photographs of mid-1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of mid-1980s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Sherlock Holmes - Starring Jeremy Brett.
  • Kate & Allie - Comedy TV series.
  • Scarecrow and Mrs. King - Starring Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner.
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - Animated series.
  • The A-Team - Action TV series with characters such as "Mr. T" and John "Hannibal" Smith.
  • 'Allo 'Allo! - BBC sitcom starring Gorden Kaye.
  • Cheers - Sitcom starring Ted Danson.
  • Knight Rider - Starring David Hasselhoff.
  • Family Ties - Sitcom starring Michael J. Fox.
  • Cagney & Lacey - Police drama starring Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly.
  • The Smurfs - Animated fantasy-comedy television series.
  • Only Fools and Horses - British television comedy.

Kid's TV shows on May 8th, 1984.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1984.

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
  • Fraggle Rock
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Danger Mouse
  • The Smurfs
  • Cockleshell Bay
  • Diff'rent Strokes
  • Happy Days
  • Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • The Bugs Bunny Show
  • Captain Kangaroo

Popular toys and games in 1984.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1984.

  • My Little Pony (figures)
  • The Commodore 64
  • Masters of the Universe (figures)
  • Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
  • Monchhichi / Chicaboo
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • Lite-Brite
  • The Easy-Bake Oven

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • Duck Hunt - Light gun shooter game.
  • Mario Bros. - Arcade game developed by Nintendo.
  • Donkey Kong - Arcade game released by Nintendo.
  • Missile Command - Arcade game developed by Atari.
  • Pac-Man - Maze arcade game.
  • Galaxian - Fixed shooter arcade game.
  • Asteroids - Space-themed shooter arcade game.
  • Lunar Lander - In which the player controls a lunar landing module.
  • Space Invaders - Shooter arcade game.

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1984.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out May 8th, 1990 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 8th of May.

  • May 8th, 1884: Harry S. Truman (US President) (Deceased)
  • May 8th, 1926: David Attenborough (British broadcaster) turned 58 on this day in 1984.
  • May 8th, 1932: Sonny Liston (Boxer) (Deceased)
  • May 8th, 1975: Enrique Iglesias (Singer) turned 9 on this day in 1984.
  • May 8th, 1996: 6ix9ine (Rapper) was born exactly 12 years after this date.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 8th of May.

  • Victory in Europe Day (France)

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on May 8th, 1984.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 8th, 1984.

Irish Taoiseach.

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 8th, 1984.

  • A total of 13,549 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,935 weeks have passed.
  • 1,170,633,600 seconds have passed since the May 8th, 1984.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,365,739,200 times.
  • Since May 8th, 1984, the earth has travelled approximately 604,046,937,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 195,105,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 100,674,490 steps. That's about 44,744 miles!
  • Since this date, 14,047,603 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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