July 17, 1984

July 17, 1984, was a Tuesday. It was 39 years, 11 months, and 26 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Cancer.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on July 17, 1984:

  • The legal drinking age in the United States is increased from 18 to 21.
Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on July 17, 1984:

  • United States: "When Doves Cry" by Prince
  • United Kingdom: "Two Tribes" by Frankie goes to Hollywood

The Billboard Hot 100 on July 17, 1984

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • When Doves Cry - Prince
  • Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen
  • Jump (for My Love) - The Pointer Sisters
  • Eyes Without A Face - Billy Idol
  • The Reflex - Duran Duran
Play the top singles from 1984
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1984. Take a trip back to the days of Tina Turner, George Michael, Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper and Prince.
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Top movie

The movie "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" was at the top of the box office on this day.


This date occurred 14,605 days ago. Approximately 487 months have passed. It was the 199th day of 1984, in week 29. The decade was the eighties. People who were born on July 17, 1984, are now 39 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. 1984 was a leap year, which means that it had an extra day in February. We have gone through approximately 162 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to July 17, 1984

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is July 17, 1984, and it's a Tuesday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Cancer. The summer of 1984 is in full swing. The weather is warm, and the evenings are brighter than usual. Most schools and colleges are now finished until August or September.

In America, the song "When Doves Cry" by Prince is at the top of the singles charts, while "Two Tribes" by Frankie goes to Hollywood is the number-one song in the UK. Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is at the top of the box office. Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Happy Days", "Hill Street Blues", "Knight Rider", and "'Allo 'Allo!". In fashion, women are 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. 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.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Truman Capote, Kiki Camarena, David Huffman, and Rock Hudson would all still be alive. People are playing video games such as "Space Invaders", "Asteroids", "Missile Command", and "Donkey Kong". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Fraggle Rock", "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero", and "Alvin and the Chipmunks".

Children are playing with toys such as Lite-Brite, Water Ring Toss, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and Fisher-Price Little People (Farm).


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on July 17, 1984.

  • The Night Stalker is terrorizing Los Angeles.

    The Night Stalker is terrorizing Los Angeles

    Between June 1984 and August 1985, a serial killer nicknamed "The Night Stalker" was carrying out a home invasion and murder crime spree in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Richard Ramirez was later arrested and convicted of the crimes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mid 1980s fashion.

    Mid 1980s fashion

    Strappy sandals, Keds, kitten-heeled sandals, and pumps were popular footwear in the mid-80s. Fashion became 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.
  • 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.
  • Who were the best football players?

    Who were the best football players?

    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" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1984.
  • Peter Ueberroth.

    Peter Ueberroth

    Peter Ueberroth was named Time Person of the Year in 1984 due to his role in organizing the 1984 Summer Olympics.
  • 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.
  • The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64

    The Commodore 64 was dominating the home computer market.
  • VCRs are becoming popular.

    VCRs are becoming popular

    VCRs started to become a popular household item during the first half of the 1980s. However, they were still very costly. 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.
  • Computers are replacing typewriters.

    Computers are replacing typewriters

    Desktop computers were beginning to replace typewriters in offices.
  • TV remotes.

    TV remotes

    Although TV remotes existed, many homes didn't have one. Infrared technology was still relatively new.
  • The Walkman.

    The Walkman

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


    Wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

Personality traits

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on July 17, 1984.

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around July 17, 1984.

  • June 18, 1984:
    • Talk show host Alan Berg is murdered by a white nationalist group called The Order outside of his home in Denver.
    • Battle of Orgreave: Large-scale violence breaks out between police and pickets at the UK miners' strike in South Yorkshire, England.
  • June 19, 1984: 1984 NBA draft: The Chicago Bulls select Michael Jordan.
  • June 22, 1984: The Karate Kid (1984) is released.
  • June 25, 1984: The album "Purple Rain" is released by Prince.
  • June 27, 1984: France defeat Spain 2-0 to win the 1984 UEFA European Football Championship.
  • June 28, 1984: Richard Ramirez begins his Night Stalker crimes by murdering 79-year-old Jennie Vincow at her apartment in Glassell Park, Los Angeles.
  • June 30, 1984: John Turner is appointed as the new Prime Minister of Canada.
  • July 1, 1984: The PG-13 rating for films is introduced.
  • July 5, 1984: Soccer: Diego Maradona joins Italian side Napoli.
  • July 8, 1984: Bob Dylan headlines at Slane.
  • July 12, 1984: Democratic Party nominee Walter Mondale selects Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate for the 1984 US presidential election.
  • This date: July 17, 1984
  • July 18, 1984: James Oliver Huberty shoots up a McDonalds restaurant in San Diego, killing 21 people.
  • July 20, 1984:
    • The fantasy film "The NeverEnding Story" is released in movie theaters.
    • Miss America Vanessa Williams is asked to resign after Penthouse magazine publishes unauthorized nude photographs of her.
  • July 23, 1984: Vanessa L. Williams resigns as Miss America after nude photos of her appear in Penthouse magazine.
  • July 24, 1984: Wham! release the single "Careless Whisper".
  • July 26, 1984: Serial Killer Ed Gein dies from lung cancer at the Mendota Mental Health Institute.
  • July 28, 1984: The 1984 Summer Olympics begin in Los Angeles.
  • August 1, 1984: Stevie Wonder releases his single "I Just Called to Say I Love You".
  • August 10, 1984: The film Red Dawn (1984) is released.
  • August 11, 1984: US President Ronald Reagan makes his controversial "we begin bombing in five minutes" joke while preparing for a scheduled radio address.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 17, 1984, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1984 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: July 17, 1984 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

Mid-1980s fashion

Photographs of mid-1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Mid-1980s fashion

Television shows

TV series on July 17, 1984

People in July 1984 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from July 1984.

Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
Kate & Allie
Kate & Allie
Night Court
Night Court
Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Scarecrow and Mrs. King
The A-Team
The A-Team
'Allo 'Allo!
'Allo 'Allo!
Knight Rider
Knight Rider
Family Ties
Family Ties
Cagney & Lacey
Cagney & Lacey
Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses
Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues

Cars in 1984

1984 saw the introduction of cars such as the Citroën Axel, the Mercedes-Benz W124, the Toyota Carina II, the Chevrolet Corvette (C4), the Pontiac Fiero, and the Volkswagen Citi Golf.

Cars in 1984.

Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in July 1984

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Mister T
Mister T
The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons

Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alvin and the Chipmunks
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
The Littles
The Littles
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Fraggle Rock
Fraggle Rock
Inspector Gadget
Inspector Gadget
Danger Mouse
Danger Mouse
Postman Pat
Postman Pat

Toys in 1984

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

Turnin' Turbo Dashboard
Turnin' Turbo Dashboard
My Little Pony (figures)
My Little Pony (figures)
The Commodore 64
The Commodore 64
Masters of the Universe (figures)
Masters of the Universe (figures)
The Lego train set
The Lego train set
Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
Space Lego
Space Lego
Fischer Price cassette player
Fischer Price cassette player
Monchhichi / Chicaboo
Monchhichi / Chicaboo
Strawberry Shortcake dolls
Strawberry Shortcake dolls
The Big Wheel (tricycle)
The Big Wheel (tricycle)
The Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
The Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in July 1984.

Tetris 1984
Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt
Mario Bros. 1983
Mario Bros.
Donkey Kong 1981
Donkey Kong
Missile Command 1980
Missile Command
Pac-Man 1980
Galaxian 1980
Asteroids 1979
Lunar Lander 1979
Lunar Lander
Space Invaders 1978
Space Invaders

Were you born on July 17, 1984?

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 of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out July 17, 1990, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on July 17.

David Hasselhoff

David Hasselhoff

Born on July 17, 1952
He turned 32 on this day in 1984.

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

German Chancellor
Born on July 17, 1954
She turned 30 on this day in 1984.

John Ventimiglia

John Ventimiglia

Born on July 17, 1963
He turned 21 on this day in 1984.

Natasha Hamilton

Natasha Hamilton

Atomic Kitten
Born on July 17, 1982
She turned 2 on this day in 1984.


US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on July 17, 1984.


UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on July 17, 1984 was most likely conceived around October 25, 1983.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 17, 1984 is close to April 9, 1985.

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Stats for July 17, 1984


Here are some interesting statistics about July 17, 1984:

  • 14,605 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,086 weeks have passed.
  • 1,261,872,000 seconds have passed since July 17, 1984.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,472,184,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 651,125,952,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 210,312,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 108,520,992 steps. That's roughly 48,232 miles.
  • 15,142,464 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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