Take A Look Back At The Year 1987
January – Most of Britain is affected by heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures.
1 January – Personal equity plans permitting tax-free investments in shares are introduced.
2 January – Golliwogs are banned from Enid Blyton books by their publisher and replaced by politically correct gnomes following complaints that golliwogs were offensive to Black people. 4 January – Economists predict that unemployment will fall below the 3,000,000 mark by the end of this year.
5 January – Harold Macmillan, Lord Stockton, former Prime Minister, is buried in the village of Horsted Keynes, having died on 29 December at the age of 92.
7 January – Telford, the new town created in Shropshire some 20 years ago, is reported to have the highest unemployment rate in the West Midlands region, even eclipsing the unemployment levels seen in the city of Birmingham and nearby towns including Wolverhampton, Brierley Hill, Wednesbury and Bilston, which have lost a large percentage of traditional heavy industry since the late-1970s, although Brierley Hill’s unemployment crisis is beginning to ease with the ongoing development of the Merry Hill Shopping Centre, which already includes two retail parks and a large shopping mall and is set to expand even further by the end of the decade.
13 January – Prince Edward leaves the Royal Marines just three months after joining.
14 January – Heavy snow falls across Britain leaving houses, towns, roads, railways and motor vehicles stranded and blocked.
15 January – Unemployment is reported to have fallen in December 1986 for the fifth month in succession.
Terry Waite, the special envoy of the Archbishop of Canterbury in Lebanon, disappears in Beirut whilst negotiating for the release of hostages. Police arrest 26 suspected football hooligans across Britain after a mass operation.
30 January – The flotation of British Airways begins.
February 11 February
British Airways is privatised and listed on the London Stock Exchange. Cynthia Payne is acquitted of controlling prostitutes in her London home. 12 February – Edwina Currie sparks controversy by stating that "good Christians won’t get AIDS".
24 February – It is alleged that six Nazi war criminals are living in the UK.
Church of England’s General Synod votes to allow the ordination of women. Rosie Barnes wins the Greenwich seat for the SDP from Labour at a by-election.
March 3 March – NHS prescription charges are increased from £2.20 to £2.40.
British ferry MS Herald of Free Enterprise capsizes while leaving the harbour of Zeebrugge, Belgium, killing 193 on board. The value of the pound is at a five-year high.
13 March – 25-year-old Matthew Taylor wins Truro for the Liberals at the by-election caused by the death of David Penhaligon three months ago.
19 March – Winston Silcott, a 28-year-old Black man, is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of PC Keith Blakelock in the Tottenham riots 17 months ago.
23 March – 31 people are injured when a suspected IRA bomb explodes at a British army barracks in Rheindahlen, West Germany. 27 March – Neil Kinnock meets U.S President Ronald Reagan in Washington DC.
29 March – Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visits Moscow.
30 March – Christie’s auction house in London sells one of Vincent van Gogh’s iconic Sunflowers paintings for £24,750,000. April 1 April – MPs vote against the restoration of the death penalty by 342–230.
3 April – The jewellery of the late Duchess of Windsor is sold at auction for £31,000,000 six times the expected value. 5 April – Arsenal win the Football League Cup for the first time in their history with a 2–1 win over Liverpool, earning them their first major trophy since 1979. Charlie Nicholas scores both of Arsenal’s goals.
16 April – Conservative MP Harvey Proctor appears in court charged with gross indecency. 22 April – Former Labour Prime Minister James Callaghan is appointed to the Order of the Garter. He will be retiring from Parliament at this year’s general election.
29 April – Chancellor Nigel Lawson promises that the UK will soon have an income tax rate of 25p in the pound.
30 April – The House of Lords approve the sterilisation of a "mentally subnormal" 17-year-old female.
May 4 May – Everton win the Football League First Division title for the ninth time in their history.
8 May – Loughgall ambush: Soldiers of the SAS kill eight members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army at Loughgall, County Antrim. 10 May – The church of St Mary-at-Hill in the City of London is damaged in a fire. 11 May
Margaret Thatcher calls a general election for Thursday, 11 June; with most of the opinion polls pointing towards her securing a third successive election victory for the Conservatives, with the Labour opposition expected to increase its share of votes and seat tally at its first general election under the leadership of Neil Kinnock.
British Rail renames Second class as Standard class.
14 May – Unemployment has fallen to 3,107,128.
15 May – Family Law Reform Act removes remaining legal distinctions between children born to married and unmarried parents. 16 May – Coventry City F.C. win the FA Cup for the first time in their history with a 3–2 win in the final over Tottenham Hotspur, who had won all of their previous seven FA Cup finals. 25 May – Aldershot F.C. become the first team to win promotion through the new Football League playoffs, winning promotion from the Fourth Division with a 3–0 aggregate win over their illustrious opponents Wolverhampton Wanderers (who have a total of eight major trophies to their name, the most recent just seven years ago). The Hampshire club have already condemned another illustrious side, Bolton Wanderers (four times FA Cup winners) to relegation to the Fourth Division for the first time in their history.
June 3 June – The last MORI poll before the general election shows the Conservatives 11 points ahead of Labour with 43% of the vote, while the Liberal/SDP Alliance’s support stands at 24% and their hopes of building on their result at the last general election look exceedingly slim. 7 June – Chessington Zoo is renamed Chessington World of Adventures and is even made into a theme park by Madame Tussaud’s.
11 June – The 1987 general election sees Margaret Thatcher secure her third term in office. However, her parliamentary majority is reduced to 102 compared to the 144-seat majority gained at the election four years earlier. High-profile casualties of the election include: the former SDP leader Roy Jenkins (once a Labour Home Secretary) and the Ulster Unionist Party’s 75-year-old Enoch Powell (a former Conservative MP). Four ethnic minority candidates are successful: Diane Abbott, Paul Boateng, Bernie Grant and Keith Vaz. Among the MPs retiring from parliament is 75-year-old James Callaghan, the former Prime Minister.
18 June – Unemployment has fallen below the 3,000,000 mark for the first time since 1981, after the biggest monthly fall in unemployment since records began in 1948; seeing more than 100,000 of the unemployed find work in May.
19 June – Howard Kendall, managers of Football League champions Everton, resigns to take over of Athletic Club Bilbao in Spain. His successor at Everton is the club’s assistant manager Colin Harvey.
22 June – Race riots break out in the Chapeltown area of Leeds. 25 June – A MORI poll shows support for the Conservative Party stands at almost 50% – the highest during Margaret Thatcher’s time as leader. 27 June – 25 years after the first James Bond film was released, the fifteenth Bond film premieres in London – with the spy now being played by Timothy Dalton.
30 June – Peter Beardsley, the 26-year-old England striker, becomes the most expensive player transferred between British clubs when he completes a £1,900,000 move from Newcastle United to Liverpool. July 12 July – £60,000,000 is stolen during the Knightsbridge Security Deposit robbery. 16 July
British Airways and British Caledonian agree a £237,000,000 merger. Unemployment is reported to be down to just over 2,900,000.
22 July – Palestinian cartoonist Naji al-Ali is shot in London; his condition is described as "critical". 24 July – Novelist and former Conservative MP Jeffrey Archer wins a libel case against Daily Star over allegations that he was involved in a vice ring. 27 July – Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up is released, the first of eight singles to reach the Top 10 in the UK. 29 July – The Channel Tunnel is given the go-ahead after Margaret Thatcher and François Mitterrand ratify the Treaty of Canterbury. It is expected to be open within six years. 30 July – The Queen opens the Docklands Light Railway in London, the first driverless railway in Great Britain. Passenger service would begin a month later. 31 July
The Attorney General institutes legal proceedings against The Daily Telegraph to prevent it publishing details from the book Spycatcher. August 4 August – Just months after confessing to a further two murders, the Moors Murderer Ian Brady claims that he committed a further five murders.
6 August – Dr. David Owen resigns as Leader of the Social Democratic Party after its members vote to merge with the Liberal Party. 10 August – One person a day in Britain is now reported to be dying of AIDS.
First building of post-war design to be Listed: Bracken House in the City of London, designed by Sir Albert Richardson as the Financial Times headquarters (1955–9). Unemployment continues to fall, with the twelfth successive monthly fall bringing the national total to less than 2,900,000.
Michael Ryan shoots dead fourteen people in the Berkshire town of Hungerford, before taking his own life with a rifle. 16 people are injured, some of them seriously.
The Order of the Garter is opened to women. 21 August – The Hungerford massacre death toll rises to 16 with the deaths of two more victims in hospital from their injuries. 27 August – Robert Maclennan replaces David Owen as Leader of the Social Democratic Party. 29 August – Naji al-Ali dies in hospital more than five weeks after being shot.  30 August – David Owen forms a breakaway faction of the SDP.
September 7 September – Ford completes its takeover of the luxury sports car company, Aston Martin.
9 September – 25 Liverpool football fans are extradited to Belgium to face charges of manslaughter in connection with the Heysel Stadium disaster more than two years ago. 11 September – The Government unveils plans to abolish the Inner London Education Authority.
22 September – The Government bans automatic weapons of the type used by Hungerford killer Michael Ryan.
23 September – An Australian court lifts the ban on the publication of Spycatcher. October October – Construction work begins on the extension to the M40 motorway between Oxford and Birmingham. It is hoped that the motorway, providing an alternative route to the M6 and M1 from the Midlands to London as well as improving road links with the Midlands and the South Coast ports, will be fully operational by 1990. 1 October – Swedish home product retailer IKEA opens its first British store at Warrington in Cheshire. 9 October – Margaret Thatcher tells the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool that she wants to continue as Prime Minister until 1994 and the age of 69, which would make her Britain’s oldest Prime Minister since Harold Macmillan in 1963. She is already three months away from becoming Britain’s longest-serving Prime Minister this century, exceeding the previous record set by H. H. Asquith of the Liberal Party more than 70 years ago.
11 October – £1,000,000 Operation Deepscan in Loch Ness fails to locate the legendary Loch Ness Monster. 15–16 October – Great storm: hurricane force winds batter much of south-east England, killing 23 people and causing extensive damage to property. 18 October – Two days after the end of the storm in south-east England, some 250,000 homes in the region are still without electricity.
Black Monday: Wall Street crash leads to £50,000,000,000 being wiped of the value of shares on the London stock exchange. Glanrhyd Bridge collapse: train falls off bridge into River Towy in Wales that had collapsed due to flooding, killing four people.
23 October – Retired English jockey Lester Piggott is jailed for three years after being convicted of tax evasion. 25 October – Peugeot begins production of its second car – the 405 four-door saloon – at the Ryton plant near Coventry. The first customers are set to take delivery of their cars after Christmas. A French-built estate version will be launched next year.
November November – The first acid house raves are reported in the United Kingdom, many of them being in derelict buildings.
1 November – British Rail establishes a world speed record for diesel traction, 148.4 mph (238.9 km/h) with a test InterCity 125 formation between Darlington and York. 2 November – Peter Brooke succeeds Norman Tebbit as Chairman of the Conservative Party.
3 November – It is announced that unemployment in Britain fell quicker during October than in any other European country.
5 November – London City Airport opens. 8 November – Enniskillen bombing: Eleven people are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb at a Remembrance Day service at Enniskillen. 11 November – Customs officers in Southampton seize more than £50,000,000 worth of cocaine – the most expensive haul of the drug ever found in the UK.
12 November – Unemployment has fallen to 2,700,000 (just under 10% of the workforce), the lowest level of unemployment recorded in Britain for over six years.
17 November – The Government announces that the Poll tax (community charge) will be introduced in April 1990.
18 November – A fire at Kings Cross on the London Underground kills 31 people. 19 November – Conservative support has reached 50% in a MORI poll for the first time. 24 November – The Government announces that free eye tests are to be abolished.
December December – The British-built Peugeot 405 wins the European Car of the Year award, and is the first Peugeot to be given the title for nearly 20 years. British sales begin in the new year, several months after it was launched in France.
9 December – The England cricket team’s tour of Pakistan is nearly brought to a premature end when captain Mike Gatting and umpire Shakoor Rana row during a Test Match. 15 December – Channel Tunnel construction is initiated, and it is expected to open in 1993 or early-1994. 17 December – A year that has seen an excellent performance for the British economy ends with unemployment reported to have fallen below the 2,700,000 mark; having started the year in excess of 3,000,000.
25 December – ITV enjoys a record breaking audience when more than 26,000,000 viewers tune in for the Christmas Day episode of Coronation Street, in which Hilda Ogden (Jean Alexander) makes her final appearance on the show after 23 years.
29 December – PWL release the Kylie Minogue single I Should Be So Lucky. Australian Minogue, 19, has already hugely popular with British audiences for her role in the TV soap Neighbours, which debuted on the BBC fourteen months ago.
31 December – 31 British and Belgian people are recognised in the New Year Honours for heroism shown in the rescue operation at the Zebrugge tragedy earlier in the year. Undated Inflation remains low for the sixth year running, standing at 4.2% for 1987. Largest ever deficit to date on UK balance of payments.
With overall unemployment falling below 3,000,000, youth unemployment is now below the 1,000,000 mark. Overall economy growth for the year reaches 5.5% – the highest since 1963. Publications London Daily News, short-lived newspaper (24 February – 23 July)
Iain M. Banks’ novel Consider Phlebas.
Iain Banks’ novel Espedair Street.
William Golding’s novel Close Quarters, second of the To the Ends of the Earth trilogy.
Paul Kennedy’s historical study The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers.
Penelope Lively’s novel Moon Tiger.
Ian McEwan’s novel The Child in Time.
Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels Equal Rites and Mort.
Births 9 January – Paolo Nutini, singer
23 January – Michael Christie, Scottish field hockey defender
30 January – Phil Lester, Youtuber, radio presenter
31 January – Marcus Mumford, musician (Mumford & Sons)
7 February – Joe Cardle, English footballer
22 February – Shaun Batt, footballer
27 March – Zaraah Abrahams, actress
2 April – Marc Pugh, footballer
11 April – Joss Stone, musician
1 May – Matt Di Angelo, actor
15 May – Andrew Murray, Scottish tennis player
28 May – Liam Shotton, footballer
4 June – Mollie King, singer
5 June – Charlie Clements, actor
6 July – Kate Nash, singer
7 July – Carly Telford, English footballer
10 July – Amy Oliver, archer 11 August – Adam Thomas, philanthropist
14 August – Steven R. Cosgrove, actor
14 August – Nikki Kidd, Scottish field hockey forward
15 August – Sean McAllister, English footballer
24 August – Ollie Hancock, racing driver
3 September – Chris Fountain, actor
4 September – Mike O’Shea, cricketer
11 September – Elizabeth Henstridge, actress
22 September – Tom Felton, actor
27 September – Luke Campbell, boxer
28 November – Chloe Madeley, journalist and model
30 November – Dougie Poynter, bassist (McFly)
21 December – Rachel Shenton, actress
25 December – Jorgie Porter, actress
Deaths 22 January – Ann Parker Bowles, socialite (born 1918)
Alistair MacLean, writer (heart attack) (born 1922)
Ken Reid, comic artist and writer (born 1919)
4 February – Wynford Vaughan-Thomas, writer and broadcaster (born 1908)
Joan Greenwood, actress (born 1921)
Tom Stephenson, rambler (born 1893)
Stephen Tennant, aristocrat (born 1906)
7 March – Evelyn Dove, singer (born 1902)
28 March – Patrick Troughton, actor (born 1920)
2 April – Trevor Hockey, footballer (born 1943)
4 April – Richard Aaron, philosopher (born 1901)
8 April – Terry Allen, boxer (born 1924)
26 April – John Silkin, politician (born 1923)
22 May – Keidrych Rhys, poet and editor (born 1915)
6 June – Fulton Mackay, actor (born 1922)
22 June – John Hewitt, poet (born 1907)
29 August – Naji al-Ali, Palestinian cartoonist, assassinated in London (born 1938)
4 September – Bill Bowes, cricketer (born 1908)
11 September – Hugh David, television director (born 1925)
17 September – Harry Locke, actor (born 1913)
25 September – Emlyn Williams, dramatist and actor (born 1905)
19 October – Jacqueline du Pré, cellist (born 1945)
22 December – Henry Cotton, golfer (born 1907)
26 December – Melford Stevenson, judge (born 1902)
The start of the year saw an important milestone in electronic dance music, when Steve "Silk" Hurley’s song "Jack Your Body" became the first house music track to reach number 1 in the UK charts. This was despite Hurley refusing to promote the song, and the 12-inch single technically breaking chart rules as it was longer than the allowed 25-minute play time. House music had been steadily growing in popularity since it started underground in the early 1980s, and another number 1 would follow in September, the huge selling "Pump Up The Volume" by British act M|A|R|R|S which was one of the top ten biggest selling songs of the year.
For most of the 1980s, the main musical format in the charts was the gramophone record, with songs being released on both 7-inch and 12-inch vinyl singles. However, in 1987 two new formats started to appear. The first was the digital CD single, where songs are put on a Compact Disc. These were first made eligible for the UK Singles Chart this year, and the first number 1 to be released as a CD single was Whitney Houston’s "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" released in May. The second was the cassette single where the song is released on an audio tape – the BPI began recording their sales this year, but they would not become eligible until 1989. Both formats would dominate the chart throughout the 1990s.
Synthpop bands Pet Shop Boys and Erasure continued their success from their breakthrough year in 1986, with the Pet Shop Boys achieving their second number 1 single ("It’s a Sin") in the summer, and two more top ten singles with "What Have I Done to Deserve This?", a collaboration with Dusty Springfield, which peaked at number 2, and "Rent", which peaked at number 8. Their album "Actually" also sold well and peaked at number 2. Erasure’s album The Circus was their first charting album and peaked at number 6, and had two top 10 hits this year with the eponymous title track and "Victim of Love", as well as the number 12 charting "It Doesn’t Have to Be" and their big hit from the previous year, "Sometimes". Both bands would continue to have huge success into the early 1990s.
The sound of producers Stock Aitken Waterman continued to grow in popularity, as they moved from their previous Hi-NRG sound to one more pop-based. It gave them big hits with girl group Bananarama, with their song "Love in the First Degree" becoming their biggest hit ever when it peaked at number 3, and American singer Sinitta with "Toy Boy", the successful No.4 followup to the big selling song "So Macho" from 1986. They also achieved two number one’s, one being girl duo Mel and Kim’s "Respectable", and created a huge star with the baritone-voiced singer Rick Astley. In 1987 he had a number one album with "Whenever You Need Somebody", and several high charting singles including the title track and the biggest selling single of the year, his number 1 breakthrough song "Never Gonna Give You Up".
Madonna continued her long run of Top Ten hits throughout the year, scoring two number one’s, "La Isla Bonita" in April and "Who’s That Girl" in July; the former was her third number one single from the multi-million selling album True Blue and the latter was taken from the film of the same name in which Madonna herself starred. Although the film was critically panned, the soundtrack album hit a respectable No.4 and generated two more Top 10 hits for Madonna; "Causing a Commotion" (No.4, September) and "The Look of Love" (No.9, December).
Soul singer Ben E. King got a surprise number 1 with a re-release of 1961’s "Stand by Me", which was used in an advert for Levi Jeans. Long running band The Bee Gees also got their first number 1 of the decade with "You Win Again", their fifth overall in a 20-year career, and Michael Jackson released the multi-million selling "Bad" which as of 2008 is one of the top ten highest selling albums in UK chart history. It spawned the number 1 single "I Just Can’t Stop Loving You" (a duet with Siedah Garrett), the number 3 title track and the number 3 "The Way You Make Me Feel". The year also saw George Michael launch his solo career post-Wham! with the album "Faith" and its title track, which reached number 2.
The race for the Christmas number one single had many contenders this year. Rick Astley released a cover of "When I Fall In Love", and the 1956 Nat King Cole version was re-released at the same time, while ‘Mel & Kim’ released a cover of "Rocking Around The Christmas Tree" – however, this referred to comedian Mel Smith and singer Kim Wilde rather than the girl group of the same name, proceeds went to the charity Comic Relief. A very popular Christmas song released this year was a collaboration with Irish band The Pogues and singer Kirsty MacColl, with the song "Fairytale of New York". With its bitter tale about the breakup of two lovers, it was very different from other Christmas songs around.
In the end, it was the Pet Shop Boys who had the Christmas number one of 1987, with their cover of Elvis Presley’s "Always on My Mind". The Pogues peaked at number 2 and has been re-issued several times since, reaching the top 10 in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
In the world of classical music, Nicholas Maw’s new work Odyssey made an impact, and veteran composer Malcolm Arnold produced his Salute to Thomas Merritt, Op. 98, whilst Michael Nyman and Judith Weir both brought new operas to the stage. The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition was won by Italian soprano Valeria Esposito, and the Lieder prize was introduced into the competition for the first time.
1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1984th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 984th year of the 2nd millennium, the 84th year of the 20th century, and the 5th year of the 1980s decade.
Brunei becomes a completely independent state.
The Bell System in the United States is broken up.
January 3 – President of the United States Ronald Reagan meets with Navy Lieutenant Robert Goodman and the Reverend Jesse Jackson at the White House, following Lieutenant Goodman’s release from Syrian captivity.
January 7 – Brunei becomes the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The United States and the Vatican (Holy See) restore full diplomatic relations. The Victoria Agreement is signed–institutionalising the Indian Ocean Commission.
January 18 – The Mitsui Miike coal mine explosion at Ōmuta, Fukuoka, Japan, kills 83.
January 22 – The Los Angeles Raiders defeat the Washington Redskins, 38-9, to win Super Bowl XVIII in Tampa, Florida.
The game’s broadcaster, CBS, runs Apple Computer’s iconic 1984 advertisement for the Macintosh personal computer. Apple places the Macintosh on sale in the United States two days later.
February February 1 – Medicare comes into effect in Australia.
Dr. John Buster and the research team at Harbor–UCLA Medical Center announce history’s first embryo transfer from one woman to another, resulting in a live birth.
STS-41-B: Space Shuttle Challenger is launched on the 10th Space Shuttle mission.
February 7 – Astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart make the first untethered space walk.
February 8–19 – The 1984 Winter Olympics are held in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
February 13 – Konstantin Chernenko succeeds the late Yuri Andropov as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
February 22 – President of Bangladesh, H M Ershad upgraded South Sylhet’s sub-division status to a district and renamed it back to Moulvibazar. February 23 – TED (conference) founded.
February 26 – The United States Marine Corps pulls out of Beirut, Lebanon.
February 29 – Canadian prime minister, Pierre Trudeau, announces his retirement.
March March 5 – Iran accuses Iraq of using chemical weapons; the United Nations condemns their use on March 30.
March 6 – A year-long strike action begins in the British coal industry (see UK miners’ strike (1984–85)).
March 14 – Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams and three others are seriously injured in a gun attack by the Ulster Volunteer Force.
The United States Central Intelligence Agency station chief in Beirut, William Francis Buckley, is kidnapped by the Islamic Jihad Organization and later dies in captivity.
Gary Plauche fatally shoots his son Jody’s sexual abuser, Jeff Doucet, at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport in Louisiana.
March 22 – Teachers at the McMartin Preschool in Manhattan Beach, California are charged with Satanic ritual abuse of the school children; the charges are later dropped as completely unfounded.
March 23 – General Rahimuddin Khan becomes the first man in Pakistan’s history to rule over two of its provinces, after becoming interim Governor of Sindh.
Pope John Paul II consecrates the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in Fátima, Portugal.
The Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) is founded under Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela.
April April 1 – Death of Marvin Gaye: Marvin Gaye is shot to death by his father, a day before his 45th birthday.
April 2 – Indian Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma is launched into space, aboard the Soyuz T-11.
April 4 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan calls for an international ban on chemical weapons.
April 9 – The 56th Academy Awards, hosted by Johnny Carson, are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Terms of Endearment wins Best Picture and four other Academy Awards.
April 12 – Palestinian gunmen take Israeli bus number 300 hostage. Israeli special forces storm the bus, freeing the hostages (one hostage, two hijackers killed).
April 13 – India launches Operation Meghdoot, bringing most of the disputed Siachen Glacier region of Kashmir under Indian control and triggering the Siachen conflict with Pakistan.
Welsh comedian Tommy Cooper suffers a massive heart attack and dies while live on TV.
The first World Youth Day gathering is held in Rome, Italy.
April 16 – More than one million people, led by Tancredo Neves, occupy the streets of São Paulo to demand direct presidential elections during the Brazilian military government of João Figueiredo. It is the largest protest during the Diretas Já civil unrest, as well as the largest public demonstration in the history of Brazil. The elections are granted in 1989.
Diretas Já demonstration held in São Paulo.
April 17 – WPC Yvonne Fletcher is shot and killed by a secluded gunman, leading to a police siege of the Libyan Embassy in London.
April 19 – Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia’s national anthem, and green and gold as the national colours.
April 23 – United States researchers announce their discovery of the AIDS virus.
April 24 – An X-class solar flare erupts on the Sun. April 25 – The term of Sultan Ahmad Shah as the seventh Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia ends.
April 26 – Sultan Iskandar of Johor, becomes the eighth Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
May May 2
The International Garden Festival opens in Liverpool.
South Africa, Mozambique and Portugal sign an agreement on electricity supply from the Cahora Bassa dam.
The Herreys’ song Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden in Luxembourg.
The Itaipu Dam is inaugurated on the border of Brazil and Paraguay after nine years of construction, making it the largest hydroelectric dam in the world at the time.
The Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
Denis Lortie kills three government employees in the National Assembly of Quebec building.
The Chicago White Sox defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 in the longest game in Major League Baseball history: 25 innings totalling eight hours, six minutes.
May 11 – A transit of Earth from Mars takes place.
May 12 – The Louisiana World Exposition, also known as the 1984 World’s Fair, opens.
May 13 – Severomorsk Disaster: an explosion at the Soviets’ Severomorsk Naval Base destroys two-thirds of all the missiles stockpiled for the Soviets’ Northern Fleet. The blast also destroys workshops needed to maintain the missiles as well as hundreds of technicians. Western military experts called it the worst naval disaster the Soviet Navy has suffered since WWII.
May 14 – The one dollar coin is introduced in Australia.
May 17 – Michael Silka kills nine people near Manley Hot Springs, Alaska.[clarification needed] May 19 – The Edmonton Oilers win The Stanley Cup, beating the defending champion New York Islanders by 4 games to 1.
May 23 – A methane gas explosion at Abbeystead water treatment works in Lancashire, England, kills 16 people.
May 27 – An overnight flash flood rages through neighborhoods in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Nearly 15 inches (38 cm) of rain falls in some areas over a four-hour period; 14 people are killed.
May 31 – Six inmates, including James and Linwood Briley, escape from a death row facility at Mecklenburg Correctional Center, the only occasion this has ever happened in the United States.
June June 1 – William M. Gibbons is released as receiver and trustee of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railroad, after all of its debts and creditors are paid off by order of a federal bankruptcy court.
June 3 – Ronald Reagan visits his ancestral home in Ballyporeen, the Republic of Ireland.
June 4 – Bruce Springsteen releases his 7th album Born in the U.S.A.
June 5 – The Indian government begins Operation Blue Star, the planned attack on the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
June 6 – Tetris is officially released in the Soviet Union on the Electronika 60.
A deadly F5 tornado nearly destroys the town of Barneveld, Wisconsin, killing nine people, injuring nearly 200, and causing over $25,000,000 in damage.
Ghostbusters and Gremlins are released.
June 12 – In the NBA Finals, The Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers in 7 games to capture their 15th NBA Championship.
June 16 – The world-renowned, critically acclaimed Canadian entertainment company, Cirque du Soleil is founded.
June 18 – Colorado radio host Alan Berg is shot dead outside his home in Denver by members of The Order.
June 20 – The biggest exam shake-up in the British education system in over 10 years is announced, with O-level and CSE exams to be replaced by a new exam, the GCSE.
The official name of the Turkish city of Urfa is changed into Şanlıurfa.
Virgin Atlantic Airways makes its inaugural flight.
June 27 – France beats Spain 2–0 to win Euro 84.
June 28 – Richard Ramírez (the "Night Stalker") murders his first confirmed victim.
June 30 – John Turner becomes Canada’s 17th prime minister.
June 30 – Elton John plays the famous Night and Day Concert at Wembley Stadium.
July July 1
Liechtenstein becomes the last country in Europe to grant women the right to vote.
Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona is sold by FC Barcelona (Spain) to S.S.C. Napoli (Italy) for a world record fee at this date of $10.48M (£6.9M). July 13 – Terry Wallis, a 19-year-old living in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, falls into a deep coma after a severe automobile accident; he will eventually awaken 19 years later on June 13, 2003.
July 14 – New Zealand Prime Minister Rob Muldoon calls a snap election and is defeated by opposition Labour leader David Lange.
Beverly Burns becomes the first female Boeing 747 captain in the world.
In San Ysidro, San Diego, 41-year-old James Oliver Huberty sprays a McDonald’s restaurant with gunfire, killing 21 people before being shot and killed himself.
Newspaper vending machine featuring news of the 1984 Summer Olympics, which opened on July 28.
July 19 – 1984 Llŷn Peninsula earthquake. The largest instrumentally recorded inland earthquake ever to take place in the British Isles is felt in Ireland and each of the four British nations.
July 23 – Vanessa L. Williams becomes the first Miss America to resign when she surrenders her crown, after nude photos of her appear in Penthouse magazine.
July 25 – Salyut 7: cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to perform a space walk.
July 27 – Metallica releases their second studio album Ride the Lightning.
July 28–August 12 – The 1984 Summer Olympics are held in Los Angeles, California.
August August 1 – Australian banks are deregulated.
The African republic Upper Volta changes its name to Burkina Faso.
Soviet submarine K-278 Komsomolets reaches a record submergence depth of 1,020 meters.
United States President Ronald Reagan, during a voice check for a radio broadcast remarks, "My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes".
Barefoot South African runner Zola Budd, controversially granted British citizenship earlier in the year, and Mary Decker of the U.S. collide in the Olympic 3,000 meters final, neither finishing as medallists. August 16 – John DeLorean is acquitted of all eight charges of possessing and distributing cocaine.
August 21 – Half a million people in Manila demonstrate against the regime of Ferdinand Marcos.
The launch of shuttle, Discovery, on STS-41-D, its first mission.
August 30 – STS-41-D: the Space Shuttle Discovery takes off on its maiden voyage.
September September 2 – Seven people are shot and killed and 12 wounded in the Milperra massacre, a shootout between the rival motorcycle gangs Bandidos and Comancheros in Sydney, Australia.
The Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, led by Brian Mulroney, wins 211 seats in the House of Commons of Canada, forming the largest majority government in Canadian history.
STS-41-D: the Space Shuttle Discovery lands after its maiden voyage at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Western Australia becomes the last Australian state to abolish capital punishment.
September 7 – An explosion on board a Maltese patrol boat disposing illegal fireworks at sea off Gozo kills seven soldiers and policemen.
September 10 – Jeopardy! begins its syndicated version, with present-day host Alex Trebek.
September 14 – P. W. Botha is inaugurated as the first executive State President of South Africa.
September 14 – Joe Kittinger becomes the first person to fly a gas balloon alone across the Atlantic Ocean.
September 16 – Edgar Reitz’s film series Heimat begins release in Germany.
September 17 – Brian Mulroney is sworn in as Prime Minister of Canada.
September 18 – Joe Kittinger becomes the first person to cross the Atlantic, solo, in a hot air balloon.
September 20 – Hezbollah car-bombs the U.S. Embassy annex in Beirut, killing 24 people.
September 23 – Threads airs on BBC Two.
September 24 – The 1970s-1980s TV family sitcom Happy Days is cancelled from broadcast.
September 26 – The United Kingdom and the People’s Republic of China sign the initial agreement to return Hong Kong to China in 1997.
September 27 – Alex Deforce, a Belgian multidisciplinary artist is born in Kortrijk.
October October 4 – Tim Macartney-Snape and Greg Mortimer become the first Australians to summit Mount Everest.
October 5 – STS-41-G: Marc Garneau becomes the first Canadian in space, aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.
October 11 – Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American woman to perform a space walk.
October 12 – The Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) attempts to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the British Cabinet in the Brighton hotel bombing.
October 19 – Polish secret police kidnap Jerzy Popiełuszko, a Catholic priest who supports the Solidarity movement. His dead body is found in a reservoir 11 days later on October 30.
October 20 – Monterey Bay Aquarium is opened to the public after seven years of development and construction.
October 23 – The world learns from moving BBC News television reports presented by Michael Buerk of the famine in Ethiopia, where thousands of people have already died of starvation due to a famine, and as many as 10,000,000 more lives are at risk. October 25 – The European Economic Community makes £1.8 million available to help combat the famine in Ethiopia. October 26 –The Terminator is released.
October 31 – Assassination of Indira Gandhi: Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi is assassinated by her two Sikh security guards in New Delhi. Anti-Sikh riots break out, leaving 10,000 to 20,000 Sikhs dead in Delhi and surrounding areas with majority populations of Hindus. Rajiv Gandhi becomes Prime Minister of India.
October 31 – Galileo forgiven by Vatican for work on the Earth orbit 368 years after being condemned. November November 4 – The Sandinista Front wins the Nicaraguan general elections.
1984 United States presidential election: Republican President Ronald Reagan defeats Democratic former Vice President Walter F. Mondale with 59% of the popular vote, the highest since Richard Nixon’s 61% popular vote victory in 1972. Reagan carries 49 states in the electoral college; Mondale wins only his home state of Minnesota by a mere 3,761 vote margin and the District of Columbia.
Former U.S. Secretary of State and eventual 2004 presidential nominee John Kerry gets elected as the Democratic U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, and was in office until 2013, when he resigned to become the Secretary of State, succeeding Hillary Clinton.
Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Reagan/Bush (49), Blue denotes those won by Mondale/Ferraro (1+D.C.).
November 9 – Cesar Chavez delivers his speech, "What The Future Holds For Farm Workers And Hispanics", at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.
November 9-11 – The first Hackers Conference is held.
November 11 – The Louisiana World Exposition, also known as The 1984 World’s Fair, and also the New Orleans World’s Fair, and, to the locals, simply as "The Fair" or "Expo 84", closes.
November 14 – Zamboanga City mayor Cesar Climaco, a prominent critic of the government of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, is assassinated in his home city.
November 19 – A series of explosions at the Pemex Petroleum Storage Facility at San Juan Ixhuatepec, in Mexico City, ignites a major fire and kills about 500 people.
An East Rail train derails between Sheung Shui and Fanling stations, Hong Kong.
Band Aid (assembled by Bob Geldof) records the charity single Do They Know It’s Christmas? in London to raise money to combat the famine in Ethiopia. It is released on December 3. 1984 Uruguayan presidential election: Julio María Sanguinetti is democratically elected President of Uruguay after 12 years of military dictatorship.
November 28 – Over 250 years after their deaths, William Penn and his wife Hannah Callowhill Penn are made Honorary Citizens of the United States.
November 30 – Kent and Dollar Farm massacres: the Tamil Tigers begin the purge of the Sinhalese people from North and East Sri Lanka; 127 are killed.
Controlled Impact Demonstration
December – A peace agreement between Kenya and Somalia is signed in the Egyptian capital Cairo. With this agreement, in which Somalia officially renounces its historical territorial claims, relations between the two countries began to improve.
December 1 – Controlled Impact Demonstration: NASA and the FAA crash a remote controlled Boeing 720.
December 2 – 1984 Australian federal election: Bob Hawke’s Labor Government is re-elected with a reduced majority, defeating the Liberal/National Coalition led by Andrew Peacock.
Bhopal disaster: A methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, kills more than 8,000 people outright and injures over half a million (with more later dying from their injuries the death toll reaches 23,000+) in the worst industrial disaster in history.
British Telecom is privatised.
Sri Lankan Civil War: Sri Lankan Army soldiers kill 107–150 civilians in Mannar.
Hezbollah militants hijack a Kuwait Airlines plane and kill 4 passengers.
December 8 – White supremacist and Order leader Robert Jay Mathews is killed in a gun battle and fire during an FBI siege on Whidbey Island.
December 10 – Cisco Systems is founded.
December 19 – The People’s Republic of China and United Kingdom sign the Sino-British Joint Declaration on the future of Hong Kong.
Four African-American youths (Barry Allen, Troy Canty, James Ramseur, and Darrell Cabey) board an express train in the Bronx borough of New York City. They attempt to rob Bernhard Goetz, who shoots them. The event starts a national debate about urban crime in the United States.
In Malta, Prime Minister Dom Mintoff resigns.
December 28 – A Soviet cruise missile plunges into Inarinjärvi lake in Finnish Lapland. Finnish authorities announce the fact in public on January 3, 1985.
Date unknown 1983–85 famine in Ethiopia intensifies with renewed drought by mid-year, killing a million people by the end of this year.
Crack cocaine, a smokeable form of the drug, is first introduced into Los Angeles and soon spreads across the United States in what becomes known as the crack epidemic.
The Chrysler Corporation introduces the first vehicles to be officially labeled as "minivans". They are branded as the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan, and Plymouth Voyager.
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Michael Witt, Australian rugby league player
Paolo Guerrero, Peruvian footballer
January 2 – Kristen Hager, Canadian film and television actress
January 3 – Shelby Starner, American singer-songwriter and musician (d. 2003)
January 4 – Robin Sydney, American actress
Diego Gómez, Argentine-French footballer
Clinton James Rocksted, Humanitarian
Eric Trump, American businessman and philanthropist
Priit Loog, Estonian actor
Kate McKinnon, American actress and comedian
January 7 – Max Riemelt, German actor
Jeff Francoeur, American baseball player
Steven Kanumba, Tanzanian actor and director (d. 2012)
Kim Jong-un, North Korean Supreme Leader
January 10 – Kalki Koechlin, French-Indian film actress
January 11 – Mark Forster, German singer-songwriter
January 12 – Scott Olsen, American baseball player
Eleni Ioannou, Greek martial artist (d. 2004)
Nathaniel Motte, American songwriter, performer, singer, music producer, film composer, instrumentalist, and playwright
Keiran Lee, British pornographic actor, director and producer
Megan Quann, American swimmer
Victor Rasuk, American actor
Ben Shapiro, American political commentator and writer
January 16 – Craig Beattie, Scottish footballer
Cassie Hager, American basketball player
Calvin Harris, British dance musician
Seung-Hui Cho, Korean-born American Virginia Tech massacre gunman (d. 2007)
Makoto Hasebe, Japanese footballer
Trent Cutler, Australian rugby league player
Zakia Mrisho Mohamed, Tanzanian long distance runner
Aliona Savchenko, Ukrainian-born German pair skater
Thomas Vanek, Austrian hockey player
Trever O’Brien, American actor
Karen Schwarz, Peruvian actress and TV host
Richard Gutierrez, Filipino actor
January 22 – Raica Oliveira, Brazilian supermodel
January 23 – Arjen Robben, Dutch footballer
Yotam Halperin, Israeli basketball player
Witold Kiełtyka, Polish musician (d. 2007)
Ashley C. Williams, American actress
Justin Baldoni, American actor, director and filmmaker
Robinho, Brazilian footballer
Stefan Kießling, German football player
Kaiji Tang, American voice actor
January 26 – Luo Xuejuan, Chinese swimmer
January 27 – Davetta Sherwood, American actress and musician
January 28 – Andre Iguodala, American basketball player
Nuno Morais, Portuguese footballer
Natalie du Toit, South African swimmer
Safee Sali, Malaysian footballer
January 31 – Michael Aloni, Israeli actor
Lee Thompson Young, American actor (d. 2013)
Darren Fletcher, Scottish football player
Abbi Jacobson, American comedian, writer and actress
David Pakman, American political pundit
Elizabeth Holmes, American fraudster who founded Theranos
Kim Joon, South Korean rapper, actor, and model
Matthew Moy, American actor
February 4 – Mauricio Pinilla, Chilean footballer
Nate Salley, American football player
Carlos Tevez, Argentinian football player
February 6 – Darren Bent, English footballer
February 8 – Cecily Strong, American actress
Han Geng, Chinese singer in Korea (Super Junior)
Logan Bartholomew, American actor
Kim Hyo-jin, Korean actress
Mai Demizu, Japanese announcer
Aubrey O’Day, American singer and actress
Brad Keselowski, American stock car driver
Jennie McAlpine, British actress and comedian
Peter Vanderkaay, American Olympic swimmer
February 13 – Brina Palencia, American voice actress
February 14 – Stephanie Leonidas, English actress
Doda, Polish singer and model
Matt and Ross Duffer, American screenwriters and directors
Oussama Mellouli, Tunisian Olympic swimmer
Fábio Lucindo, Brazilian actor, voice actor and presenter
February 17 – AB de Villiers, South African cricketer
Genelle Williams, Canadian actress
Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy, Belgian Countess, Currently Princess of Luxembourg being Wife of The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, married since 2012.
February 19 – Marissa Meyer, American novelist
Ben Lovejoy, American hockey player
Trevor Noah, South African comedian, actor, and television personality
Karina, Japanese model and actress
Damien Molony, Irish television actor
February 22 – Tommy Bowe, Irish rugby union footballer
February 24 – Wilson Bethel, American actor
Filip Šebo, Slovak footballer
Xing Huina, Chinese athlete
Beren Saat, Turkish actress
Emmanuel Adebayor, Togolese footballer
February 28 – Karolína Kurková, Czech model
Alicia Hollowell, American softball pitcher
Cullen Jones, American Olympic swimmer
Cam Ward, Canadian hockey player
Mark Foster, American singer and composer
Christy Carlson Romano
Claudio Bieler, Argentinian football player
Brandon Stanton, American photographer and blogger
Ian Sinclair, American voice actor
Trent Garrett, American actor and model
Tamir Cohen, Israeli footballer
Ai Iwamura, Japanese actress
Zak Whitbread, American soccer player
Whitney Port, American television personality, clothing designer, and author
March 6 – Chris Tomson, American musician (Vampire Weekend)
Brandon T. Jackson, American stand-up comedian, actor and rapper
Mathieu Flamini, French football player
Ross Taylor, New Zealand cricketer
Nora-Jane Noone, Irish actress
March 9 – Julia Mancuso, U.S. Olympic medalist
March 10 – Olivia Wilde, American actress
Jaimie Alexander, American actress
Shreya Ghoshal, Indian playback singer
March 13 – Noel Fisher, Canadian actor
Michael Ennis, Australian rugby league player
Hosea Gear, New Zealand Rugby Union player
March 17 – Ryan Rottman, American actor
March 18 – Michael Schmid, Swiss Olympic freestyle skier
March 19 – Bianca Balti, Italian model
Fernando Torres, Spanish football player
Nomura Yuka, Japanese actress
Christy Carlson Romano, American actress, comedian, voice actress and singer
Justine Ezarik, Internet celebrity and actress
March 21 – Sopho Gelovani, Georgian singer
March 22 – Didit Hediprasetyo, Indonesian fashion designer and socialite
Chris Bosh, American basketball player
Park Bom, South Korean singer
March 25 – Katharine McPhee, American Idol finalist
Stéphanie Lapointe, Canadian singer
Sara Jean Underwood, American model
March 27 – Jon Paul Steuer, American actor and musician (d. 2018)
Bill Switzer, Canadian-American voice actor
Nikki Sanderson, English actress
Anna Nalick, American singer
Helena Mattsson, Swedish actress
Samantha Stosur, Australian tennis player
Justin Moore, American country music singer
March 31 – Sofía Reca, Argentine actress and television presenter
April 1 – Murali Vijay, Indian cricketer
Shawn Roberts, Canadian actor
Ashley Peldon, American actress
Allana Slater, Australian gymnast
Chrissie Fit, American actress and singer
Haitham Ahmed Zaki, Egyptian actor (d. 2019)
Sean May, American basketball player
Saba Qamar, Pakistani actress and model
Marshall Allman, American actor
Aram Mp3, Armenian singer-songwriter, comedian and showman
Phil Wickham, American musician
Kirsten Storms, American actress and voice actress
Taran Noah Smith, American actor
Ezra Koenig, American musician
Adam Loewen, Canadian pitcher
Linda Chung, Canadian TVB actress and singer
Mandy Moore, American singer and actress
Natasha Melnick, American television and film actress
Colin Clark, American soccer player (d. 2019)
Kelli Garner, American actress
Nikola Karabatić, French handball player
April 12 – Luisel Ramos, Uruguayan model (d. 2006)
Kris Britt, Australian cricketer
Hiro Mizushima, Japanese actor and writer
Nemanja Vuković, Montenegrin footballer
Kyle Coetzer, Scottish cricketer
Adán Sánchez, American singer (d. 2004)
April 15 – Zizan Razak, Malaysian comedian
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, American author
Claire Foy, English actress
April 17 – Rosanna Davison, Irish model, Miss World 2003
Red Bryant, American football player
America Ferrera, American actress
Lee Da-hae, South Korean actress
Dmitry Trunenkov, Russian Olympic bobsledder
John Jairo Castillo, Colombian football player
Tyson Griffin, American MMA fighter
Nelson Évora, Portuguese athlete
Shayna Fox, American voice actress
Bhavna Limbachia, English actress
Michelle Ryan, English actress
Amelle Berrabah, British singer
April 23 – Alexandra Kosteniuk, Russian chess player
April 24 – Tyson Ritter, American singer-songwriter
April 25 – Melonie Diaz, American actress
Ryan O’Donohue, American voice actor
Emily Wickersham, American actress
April 27 – Fabien Gilot, French Olympic swimmer
Taylor Cole, American actress and model
Kirby Cote, Canadian Paralympic swimmer
Firass Dirani, Australian actor
Paulius Jankūnas, Lithuanian basketball player
Lina Krasnoroutskaya, Russian tennis player and commentator
Phạm Văn Quyến, Vietnamese footballer
Vassilis Xanthopoulos, Greek basketball player
Alexander Farnerud, Swedish footballer
Henry Zebrowski, American actor and comedian
Kerry Bishé, American actress
Cheryl Burke, American professional dancer
Morgan Kibby, American actress and singer-songwriter
Little Boots, British pop singer
Sarah Meier, Swiss figure skater
Kevin Owens, Canadian professional wrestler
Alex Smith, American football player
Julia Whelan, American actress
Martin Compston, Scottish actor and former professional footballer
Prince Fielder, American baseball player
Chase Headley, American baseball player
Ezra Klein, American journalist, blogger and columnist
May 10 – Pe’er Tasi, Israeli singer
May 11 – Andrés Iniesta, Spanish footballer
May 12 – Junie Browning, American MMA fighter
May 13 – Hannah New, English actress and model
Michael Rensing, German footballer
Mark Zuckerberg, American founder and CEO of Facebook
Gary Ablett Jr., Australian rules footballer
May 15 – Samantha Noble, Australian actress
Andreas Kofler, Austrian ski jumper
Passenger, English singer and songwriter
Christine Robinson, Canadian water polo player
Jayson Blair, American actor
Dilara Kazimova, Azerbaijani singer and actress
Naturi Naughton, American singer and actress
Jackson Pearce, American novelist
Gary Woodland, American golfer
Sam Milby, Filipino actor and rock musician
Adam Wylie, American actor
Monica Bergamelli, Italian artistic gymnast
Sarah Hagan, American actress
Kyle Brodziak, Canadian ice hockey player
Emma Marrone, Italian pop/rock singer
Kostas Martakis, Greek singer, model and occasional actor
Nikolai Pokotylo, Russian singer
Marion Raven, Norwegian singer and songwriter
Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir, Miss Iceland, crowned Miss World 2005
May 27 – Darin Brooks, American actor
Carmelo Anthony, African-American basketball player
Aleksei Tishchenko, Russian Olympic boxer
Nia Jax, Australian-born American professional wrestler
Kaycee Stroh, American actress, singer and dancer
Alysson Paradis, French actress
Steffan Lewis, Welsh politician (d. 2019)
DeWanda Wise, American actress
Jason Smith, Australian actor
Milorad Čavić, Serbian swimmer
Yael Grobglas, Israeli actress
John Gallagher Jr.
Olivier Tielemans, Dutch race-car driver
Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar, Mongolian judoka
June 2 – Stevie Ryan, American YouTube personality, actress and comedian (d. 2017)
Jillian Murray, American actress
Rainie Yang, Taiwanese singer
June 5 – Iris van Herpen, Dutch fashion designer
Todd Boeckman, American football player
Andrea Casiraghi, Prince of Monaco
Javier Mascherano, Argentinian footballer
Torrey DeVitto, American actress and former fashion model
Caroline D’Amore, American DJ, model and actress
Wesley Sneijder, Dutch footballer
June 10 – Betsy Sodaro, American actress and voice actress
June 11 – Vágner Love, Brazilian footballer
Phillip Van Dyke, American actor
Bérengère Schuh, French archer
Jay Lyon, Australian actor, musician and model
Yury Prilukov, Russian swimmer
June 15 – Tim Lincecum, American baseball player
Rick Nash, Canadian hockey player
Emiri Miyasaka, Japanese model
June 17 – John Gallagher Jr., American actor, singer and dancer
June 18 – Ian Jones-Quartey, American animator and voice actor
June 19 – Paul Dano, American actor and producer
Erick Silva, Brazilian mixed martial artist
Zabit Samedov, Azerbaijani kickboxer
Shiv Panditt, Indian actor and television host
Kim Ho-jun, South Korean football player
June 22 – Janko Tipsarević, Serbian tennis player
Takeshi Matsuda, Japanese swimmer
Duffy, Welsh singer
JJ Redick, American basketball player
Lucien Dodge, American voice actor
Javier Ambrossi, Spanish actor, stage director and film director
Lauren Bush, American model and producer
Killian Donnelly, Irish musical theatre performer
Wen Zhang, Chinese actor
Assan Jatta, Gambian football striker
Raymond Felton, American basketball player
Deron Williams, American basketball player
Aubrey Plaza, American actress
Son Ho-jun, South Korean singer and actor
Khloé Kardashian, American television personality
Emma Lahana, New Zealand actress
June 28 – Eric Friedman, American musician and songwriter
Ambesager Yosief, Eritrean footballer
Éder Lima, Brazilian-Russian futsal player
Fantasia Barrino, American singer
Nikos Oikonomopoulos, Greek singer
Norismaidham Ismail, Malaysian footballer
Scott Dawson, American professional wrestler
July – James Holzhauer, American game show champion
Jason Reeves, American singer-songwriter and musician
Jared Keeso, Canadian actor
Donald Thomas, Bahamian high jumper
Cyron Melville, Danish actor and musician
Heo Jae-won, South Korean football player
Vanessa Lee Chester, American television and film actress
Vinny Magalhães, Brazilian mixed martial artist
Corey Sevier, Canadian actor
Syed Rasel, Bangladeshi cricketer
Manny Lawson, American football player
Miguel Soares, Timorese football player
Jin Akanishi, Japanese singer and actor
Lee Je-hoon, South Korean actor
Carlos Ferro, Mexican actor and music video director
Yu Yamada, Japanese model, actress and singer
Danay García, Cuban actress and model
Henrique Barbosa, Brazilian swimmer
July 6 – Lauren Harris, British rock musician
Oleksiy Honcharuk, Ukrainian politician
AG Coco, Malaysian musician
Ross Malinger, American actor
Adam Paul Harvey, English actor
Mohammad Ashraful, Bangladeshi cricketer
July 8 – Alexis Dziena, American actress
LA Tenorio, Filipino professional basketball player
Hanna R. Hall, American actress
Aviva Baumann, American actress
Laurent Recouderc, French tennis player
Mark González, South African-Chilean footballer
Óscar Escandón, Colombian boxer
María Julia Mantilla, Peruvian actress, dancer, model, teacher and beauty queen
Tiffiny Hall, Australian author, journalist and television personality
Tanith Belbin White, Canadian-American figure skater
Joe Pavelski, American hockey player
Ekaterina Vilkova, Russian actress
Serinda Swan, Canadian actress
Rachael Taylor, Australian actress
Gareth Gates, English singer
Amanda Hocking, American fantasy novelist
Florence Hoath, British actress
Natalie Martinez, American actress and model
Michael McGovern, Northern Irish footballer
Sami Zayn, Syrian Canadian professional wrestler
Matt Cook, American actor
Pio Marmaï, French actor
Gareth Williams, New Zealand actor
Britta Soll, Estonian actress
Alex Ross Perry, American film director, screenwriter and actor
Vincent Wan, Hong Kong actor
Rustam Totrov, Russian Greco-Roman wrestler
Lars Øvrebø, Norwegian football player
Miguel Pires, Portuguese swimmer
Sašo Bertoncelj, Slovenian male artistic gymnast
Mohamed Bouchaïb, Libya-Algerian actor
Asami Kimura, Japanese pop musician
Mohd Shaffik Abdul Rahman, Malaysian footballer
Sam Sexton, British professional boxer
Lee Barnard, English footballer
Liv Boeree, English poker player and TV presenter
Josh Harding, Canadian hockey player
Lasse Gjertsen, Norwegian videographer
Alessandra De Rossi, Filipina actress
Kaitlin Doubleday, American actress
Andrea Libman, Canadian actress
Diana Mocanu, Romanian swimmer
Zhu Zhu, Chinese actress and singer
James Mackay, Australian actor
Jacky Heung, Hong Kong actor
Huang Yi-hua, Taiwanese table tennis player
Sarah Greene, Irish actress and singer
Paul Davis, American basketball player
Iris Strubegger, Austrian model
Brandon Roy, American basketball player
Celeste Thorson, American actress and model
July 24 – Tyler Kyte, Canadian actor and singer
Grace Byers, American actress
Kyriakos Ioannou, Cypriot high jumper
Antoine Bethea, American football player
Taylor Schilling, American actress
Ali Krieger, American soccer player
Zach Parise, American hockey player
July 29 – J. Madison Wright Morris, American actress (d. 2006)
Anna Bessonova, Ukrainian rhythmic gymnast
Gina Rodriguez, American actress
Gabrielle Christian, American actress
August 1 – Bastian Schweinsteiger, German football player
Brandon Browner, American NFL player
Giampaolo Pazzini, Italian footballer
Jon Foster, American actor and musician
Carah Faye Charnow, American singer (Shiny Toy Guns)
Ryan Lochte, American swimmer
August 5 – Helene Fischer, German singer and entertainer
August 6 – Marco Airosa, Angolan footballer
August 7 – Hsu Wei-ning, Taiwanese actress and model
Ryan Eggold, American film and television actor
Mariel Rodriguez, Filipina actress and model
Ja’Tovia Gary, American artist and filmmaker
August 11 – Melky Cabrera, American baseball player
Marian Rivera, Filipino actress
Sherone Simpson, Jamaican athlete
August 13 – James Morrison, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
Clay Buchholz, American Major League Baseball pitcher
Robin Söderling, Swedish tennis player
August 17 – Garrett Wolfe, American NFL player
Simon Bird, English actor and comedian
Micah Alberti, American model and actor
Mirai Moriyama, Japanese actor
Tsokye Karchung, Bhutanese beauty queen, Miss Bhutan 2008
Alizée Jacotey, French singer
Melissa Schuman, American singer and actress
August 22 – Lee Camp, English footballer
August 23 – Glen Johnson, English footballer
Cameron Goodman, American actress
Charlie Villanueva, American basketball player
Yesung, South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, radio personality and MC
August 25 – Kenan Sofuoğlu, Turkish professional motorcycle racer
August 27 – Amanda Fuller, American actress
Him Law, Hong Kong actor
Michael Galeota, American actor (
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