As of 2014, 30 years ago was the year 1984, and some historical events that occurred during that year include the assassination of Indira Gandhi, a subway shooting in New York City that left four black youths wounded and the Summer Olympic games held in Los Angeles, California. The "Where's the Beef?" Wendy's commercials also premiered in 1984, and Brunei gained independence from the United Kingdom.
In the year 1984, Ronald Reagan was President of the United States, and Michael Jackson was the reigning King of Pop, winning a total of eight Grammy awards. The country of Tanzania adopted a constitution, and a man went on a murderous rampage at a McDonald's in San Ysidro, California, leaving 20 dead. Over 70 U.S. banks had failed by the time 1984 came to a close, and worldwide famine became more prevalent in the country of Ethiopia. In sports, the Baltimore Colts moved to Indianapolis, and the NFL passed a "no celebrating" rule after scoring plays. Virgin Atlantic had its inaugural flight, and a 12-month long coal miners strike began in the United Kingdom. In Australia, gang warfare left seven dead. A deployed bomb destroyed the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Also in 1984, MTV held its first Video Music Awards.Learn More
According to the History Channel, President Andrew Johnson attempted to fire Secretary of War Edwin Stanton on multiple occasions because Stanton opposed Johnson's more lenient attitude toward the South during Reconstruction. Johnson wanted to readmit states from the Confederacy without any guarantees of civil rights for the freed slaves, and Stanton strongly opposed this policy and favored much harsher treatment of the former rebellious states.Full Answer >
Haiti gained its independence on Jan. 1, 1804. The revolution of Haitian slaves began in 1791 in Saint-Domingue, which was a French colony at the time.Full Answer >
South Africa gained its independence from Great Britain in 1934, though the African National Congress, which was formed 22 years prior to South Africa gaining its independence, did not gain power until 1994.Full Answer >
Apartheid was created as a means of cementing economic and social control over South Africa and its resources. The country was colonized by the English and the Dutch in the 17th century. Yet, when gold was discovered in the 1900s, the British seized control, and war broke out. Eventually, peace negotiations were reached and the two shared power over South Africa until the Reunited National Party won the 1948 election.Full Answer >