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Movie history events from 1984

Trish's son is born. (Los Angeles, CA) (The 40 Year Old Virgin)

Ray Finkle added to Miami Dolphins roster mid-season; fired after shooting the kick that makes the Dolphins lose the Superbowl. (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective)

David Norris' mother and brother die. (Brooklyn, New York) (The Adjustment Bureau)

Buckaroo Banzai successfully travels through the eighth dimension. (Texas) (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension)

Student Todd Bowden recognises Kurt Dussander, an old man living in his home town, as being a hunted Nazi. (Apt Pupil)

Hotshot young detective, Axel Foley, leaves Detroit to follow the trail of his friend's murderer & busts a major cocaine ring. (Beverly Hills, Ca.) (Beverly Hills Cop)

Billy Elliot skips his boxing lessons for dance class. (England) (Billy Elliot)

Police Office Frank Murphy is chosen to test fly Blue Thunder over the skies of Los Angeles. (Los Angles) (Blue Thunder)

A rash of bizarre murders in New York City seems to point to a group of grotesquely deformed vagrants living in the sewers - the Cannibalistic Human Underground Dwellers. (New York) (C.H.U.D.)

Natasha Romanov is born (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

Emily gives birth to her and Cal's daughter Hannah. (Crazy, Stupid, Love)

Charles Lee Ray's earliest known murder takes place. (Curse of Chucky)

Linus plans a trip to Skywalker Ranch and draws the route on a map. (Marin County, California) (Fanboys)

Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler and Peter Venkman form the Ghostbusters. (Ghostbusters)

Godzilla returns more powerful after 30 years. (japan) (Gojira)

2nd Annual Rally takes place. (Astoria, Oregon) (The Goonies)

Gremlins on the loose. (Gremlins)

Lenny Feder throws one last party during senior year. (New England) (Grown Ups 2)

Barney Matthews starts working as an orderly at Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. (Baltimore, Maryland) (Hannibal)

A picture is taken of Shelley Darlington by herself on a see-saw. (The House Bunny)

Someone is born. (New York City, New York) (Kick-Ass 2)

Benjamin Mills is born. (New York City, New York) (Kick-Ass 2)

Victoria Lynn Riggs dies in a car accident, forced off the road by Pieter Vorstedt, who thought her husband Sgt Martin Riggs was in the car. (Los Angeles, Ca) (Lethal Weapon 2)

Molly gets her job. (New York, New York) (Look Who's Talking Now)

Molly gets her job. (New York, New York) (Look Who's Talking Now)

Andy Kaufman dies. (Man on the Moon)

Staff Sergeant Ben Echmeyer shows soldiers the knife attack method. (Fort Bragg, North Carolina) (The Men Who Stare at Goats)

'Pop' have their first number one hit. (Music and Lyrics)

The name 'Brandon' is popular. (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian)

Freddy Krueger commits his first murder from the dream realm. (Springwood) (A Nightmare on Elm Street)

Jenson vs Eveleth Mines lawsuit is fought, the first major successful sexual harassment case. (North Country)

A wormhole time opens from 1942. (The Philadelphia Experiment)

Frank Moses lives in his first safehouse and has an issue of Penthouse. (Moscow, Russia) (Red 2)

Russians invade the US. (Red Dawn)

A year on a stamp on an FBI report studied by Will Graham. (Red Dragon)

Penelope "Penny" Lockhart is born. (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World)

Evertone forgets Samantha Baker's birthday because her sister is getting married the day after. After giving her panties away, she gets them back from the her "crush" Jake Ryan and also kisses him. (Illinois) (Sixteen Candles)

Joan Berkman has an affair with Otto's father. (New York City) (The Squid and the Whale)

Garfield H.S. had 63 students pass the A.P. Calculus Exam. (East Los Angeles, CA) (Stand and Deliver)

Brennan's parents get a divorce. (Sacramento, CA) (Step Brothers)

Alvin Straight's wife dies. (The Straight Story)

Matt Franklin graduates from Shermer High School and goes to MIT. (Take Me Home Tonight)

Martin Asher kills John Fredericks and takes his identity. (Taking Lives)

In its mission to kill Sarah Connor, the T-800 Terminator kills 17 police officers. (Terminator 2: Judgment Day)

The first T-800 Terminator arrives from the future to kill Sarah Conner; Kyle Reese follows him to help Sarah. (The Terminator)

Donny Berger has sex with his teacher Ms. McGarricle. (That's My Boy)

Vincent kills someone for the last time until years later. (True Romance)

Dale is born. (West Virginia) (Tucker & Dale Vs Evil)

Troy is born. (West Caanan, Texas) (Varsity Blues)

British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 70s rocker Brian Slade. (Velvet Goldmine)

Happy Days is cancelled. (The Wedding Singer)

Young Samuel Lapp witnesses a murder. He goes back to Amish country with Detective John Book, who decides to protect him and his mother Rachel. (Pennsylvania) (Witness)

Randy 'The Ram' Robinson has his bicep torn open in a wrestling match with a piece of 2x4 wood. (The Wrestler)

Popular televangelist minister, Bob Bell, and his organization, “The Human Majority,” champion a strong anti-mutant movement. Among their principles is the belief that disease is God’s curse for mutant integration. (X-Men: Days of Future Past)

Friday 6th January: Dan White is released from prison on parole. (Soledad, California) (Milk)

Sunday 8th January: Mary Mattock is evaluated. (Kings Park Psychiatric Center, Kings Park, NY) (Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet)

Tuesday 10th January: Pee-wee Herman tries to hitchhike his way to Texas. He's picked up by an escaped convict named Mickey. (Pee-wee's Big Adventure)

Wednesday 11th January: In the dead of night, the ghost of Large Marge drops off a hitchhiking Pee-wee Herman at a truck stop diner where he meets the waitress Simone. (Cabazon, California) (Pee-wee's Big Adventure)

Thursday 12th January: After being chased by a waitress's jealous boyfriend from Cabazon, California to San Antonio, Texas, Pee-wee Herman ends up in at the Alamo, where he learns that his trip to Texas to find his stolen bike has been all for naught. (Pee-wee's Big Adventure)

Tuesday 24th January: Rick Masters is seen having lunch. (Los Angeles, California) (To Live and Die in LA)

Thursday 23rd February: Mary Ann Boyd's passport expires. (Argo)

Thursday 23rd February: Timothy Harris' passport expires. (Argo)

Friday 16th March: John Reilly's bloated body is found face up in a tenement building right next to the bottle of boiler gin that killed him. (New York City) (Sleepers)

Saturday 24th March: John Bender, Claire Standish, Allison Reynolds, Brian Johnson and Andrew Clark become friends after a day in detention. (The Breakfast Club)

April: Frank Walker is exiled from Tomorrowland. (Tomorrowland) (Tomorrowland)

Wednesday 4th April: Winston Smith begins keeping a diary, charting his rebellion against Big Brother. (1984)

Tuesday 10th April: Robert Baker's passport expires. (Argo)

May: Johnny Blaze sells his soul to the Devil to stop his father from dying from lung cancer. His father instead dies in a motorcycle crash. (Ghost Rider)

May: Bennett Marco graduates from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. (Charleston, South Carolina) (The Manchurian Candidate)

Wednesday 2nd May: A doctor writes a letter to Barton Blaze saying that cancer has spread in his body. (Ghost Rider)

Saturday 5th May: Mike McEwan's passport expires. (Argo)

Saturday 12th May: Winston Smith writes in his diary: "Freedom is the freedom to say two plus two equals four. If that is granted, all else follows.". (1984)

Saturday 12th May: Kyle Reese holds an officer at gunpoint to find out what year it is. (Los Angeles, California) (The Terminator)

Monday 14th May: Mark Zuckerberg is born. (White Plains, New York) (The Social Network)

Saturday 19th May: Fai Li is born. (China) (Contagion)

Saturday 19th May: Sarah Connor submits her time card at Big Jeff's Burgers. (Los Angeles, California) (The Terminator)

Monday 21st May: Maximilien Dion is born. (Iowa) (Source Code)

Tuesday 22nd May: Dustin Moskovitz is born. (Washington D.C.) (The Social Network)

Saturday 26th May: Jenna Rink turns 10. (13 Going On 30)

June: Danny McGrath graduates from Knibb High School. (Billy Madison)

June: The U.S. Secret Service has a tail on Rick Masters. (Los Angeles, California) (To Live and Die in LA)

Friday 22nd June: Twins Jerry and Ethan Shaw born. (USA) (Eagle Eye)

Tuesday 3rd July: A chemical spill at Uneeda Medical Supply results in the re-animation of corpses into flesh-eating zombies. (The Return of the Living Dead)

Wednesday 4th July: An army missile kills everyone in the city. The rain later brings the dead back to life again. (Louisville, Kentucky) (The Return of the Living Dead)

Thursday 5th July: The passports of Sean Bissett and Rachel Dewart expire. (Argo)

Saturday 7th July: The events of Friday the 13th Part 2 begin. (Friday the 13th Part 2)

Sunday 8th July: The events of Friday the 13th Part 2 begin. (Friday the 13th Part 2)

Sunday 8th July: A barbecue doesn't take place. (Louisville, Kentucky) (The Return of the Living Dead)

Monday 9th July: The events of Friday the 13th Part 3 begin. (Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D)

Wednesday 11th July: The events of Friday the 13th Part 3 finish. (Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D)

Wednesday 11th July: The events of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter begin. (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter)

Friday 13th July: The events of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter finish. (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter)

Sunday 29th July: Chris Cole is featured on the cover of Metalgo Issue No. 21. (Rock Star)

Friday 10th August: Marcy Franklin receives a prescription of Butesin for 2nd degree burns. (New York) (After Hours)

Saturday 25th August: Truman Capote dies of liver disease. (Los Angeles, California) (Capote)

September: Daniel Larusso and his mom move to LA and meet Mr. Miyagi, who teaches Daniel karate. (Reseda, Los Angeles, CA) (The Karate Kid)

Friday 7th September: Joe Cronin dies. (Osterville, Massachusetts) (Fear Strikes Out)

Friday 14th September: John "Jack" McClane is born. (A Good Day to Die Hard)

Saturday 15th September: John "Jack" McClane is born. (A Good Day to Die Hard)

Friday 28th September: Dieter Pirmasens flees from East Germany to West Germany. (The Lives of Others)

October: Joel Goodson, U-Boat commander and dealer of human fulfillment, enters the Princeton School of Business. (Risky Business)

Monday 29th October: Marjolaine Legault is born. (Illinois) (Source Code)

Tuesday 30th October: During Arnie Blondestone's first year out of journalism school, he gets knocked cold for covering Devil's Night for the "Detroit Tribute." (John Dies at the End)

Wednesday 31st October: Mr. Miyagi defends Daniel against bullies. (Reseda, Los Angeles, CA) (The Karate Kid)

November: A prototype, almost silent, Typhoon class Soviet sub and its senior crew defect to the United States. (The Hunt for Red October)

November: Mr. Miyagi makes Daniel work around his house so that he can learn karate moves. (Reseda, Los Angeles, CA) (The Karate Kid)

November: Georg Dreyman's new play premieres. (East Germany) (The Lives of Others)

Tuesday 6th November: Scott Howard discovers that he is a werewolf. (Beacontown, Nebraska) (Teen Wolf)

Wednesday 7th November: Scott tries not to turn into a wolf at school. (Beacontown, Nebraska) (Teen Wolf)

Saturday 10th November: Sarah Connor tapes a message for her unborn son and debates whether to tell him about his father that was sent by him from the future to protect her. (Mexico) (The Terminator)

Saturday 17th November: Marsha Swanson collapses in the snow at Michael McCann's front yard and dies. Her infant daughter wanders over to his front door. (Virginia) (A Simple Twist of Fate)

Saturday 17th November: Victoria Swanson, birth mother of Mathilda McCann, dies. (A Simple Twist of Fate)

Wednesday 21st November: Donald J. Blake is born according to a falsified ID. (Thor)

December: Daniel learns about Mr. Miyagi's past and goes out with Ali Mills. (Reseda, Los Angeles, CA) (The Karate Kid)

Wednesday 12th December: Rick Masters is seen at the Bank of America in Brentwood. (Los Angeles, California) (To Live and Die in LA)

Tuesday 18th December: Rick Masters meets with someone. (Los Angeles, California) (To Live and Die in LA)

Wednesday 19th December: Mr. Miyagi defeats John Kreese. (Reseda, Los Angeles, CA) (The Karate Kid Part II)

Wednesday 19th December: Daniel Larusso beats John Kreese in a karate tournament. (Reseda, Los Angeles, CA) (The Karate Kid)

Thursday 20th December: Secret Service agent Richard Chance thwarts an assassination attempt on President Reagan by an Islamic Radical. (Los Angeles, California) (To Live and Die in LA)

Friday 21st December: Richard Chance gives Jimmy Hart a fishing rod. Rick Masters prints counterfeit money. (Los Angeles, California) (To Live and Die in LA)

Saturday 22nd December: Jimmy Hart finds Rick Masters' counterfeit operation and gets shot to death by one of his men. (Los Angeles, California) (To Live and Die in LA)

Monday 24th December: Richard Chance finds the building that Rick Masters and his men abandoned after counterfeiting. He also discovers Jimmy Hart's body in the dumpster. (Los Angeles, California) (To Live and Die in LA)

Monday 24th December: The day that Jimmy Hart would have retired from the U.S. Secret Service. (Los Angeles, California) (To Live and Die in LA)


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