BMX mania hit Britain in 1984, and it was the last year that the halfpenny coin and
£1 note were in circulation in England.
It was a successful year for Brits in sport. At the Los Angeles Olympics Tessa Sanderson, Daley Thompson and Seb Coe were among the gold medallists. Torvill and Dean were also victorious, winning gold for ice dancing in the Sarajevo winter Olympics.
The country was shaken by extended nationwide miner's strikes,
protesting against poor pay offers and pit closure programmes. The country was
also shocked by the scenes in famine-striken Ethiopia, provoking
Band Aid and Red Cross appeals.
The Princess of Wales gave birth to her second son on 16th September. He was named Henry but is better known as Prince Harry.