Oprah Winfrey launched the OWN cable TV network.
Oprah Winfrey Network (U.S. TV channel)
Euro coins and notes went into circulation in twelve European nations.
The Euro becomes the official currency in 11 countries. While the Euro was already valid for bank transfers, notes and coins were introduced on January 1, 2002.
History of the euro
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect.
North American Free Trade Agreement
Czechoslovakia is dissolved. The country was peacefully divided into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.
Dissolution of Czechoslovakia
Russia is formed. The formation of the Russian Federation followed the disintegration of the Soviet Union.
History of Russia (1991–present)
David Dinkins was sworn in as New York City's first African-American mayor.
AT&T was divested of its 22 Bell System companies under terms of an antitrust agreement.
1984 Republican National Convention
The United States and China established diplomatic relations.
China–United States relations
John Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman, and John Ehrlichman were convicted of obstruction of justice in the Watergate affair.
List of federal political scandals in the United States
Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries took over Cuba and toppled Fulgencio Batista's regime.
Cuba under Fidel Castro
The European Economic Community is founded. The EEC was a predecessor of today's European Union (EU)
European Economic Community
Country singer Hank Williams Sr., 29, died of a drug and alcohol overdose.
Death of Hank Williams
J.D. Salinger, author of "The Catcher in the Rye," was born in New York City.
J. D. Salinger
The world's first airline, St. Petersburg Tampa Airboat Line, starts operation in St. Petersburg, Florida.
St. Petersburg–Tampa Airboat Line
Republic of China is founded. It was succeeded by the People's Republic of China in 1949.
Republic of China (1912–49)
The ball signifying the New Year was dropped for the first time at Times Square in New York City.
Times Square Ball
The Commonwealth of Australia was proclaimed.
Proclamation Declaring the Establishment of the Commonwealth of ...
New York City was consolidated into five buroughs.
City of Greater New York
German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen announces his discovery of x-rays.
The Ellis Island Immigrant Station in New York opened.
Emancipation Proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln to free slaves in US confederate states.
A law prohibiting the importation of slaves into the United States went into effect.
Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves
The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature establish the "starting point" for standardized species names across the animal kingdom, based on the binomial nomenclature by Carolus Linnaeus 10th edition of Systema Naturae.
The Prophet Muhammad sets out toward Mecca with the army that captures it bloodlessly.
Conquest of Mecca