July 24, 1984, is a Tuesday. President Reagan holds a prime-time news conference in which he calls for a constitutional amendment requiring balanced budgets and responds to Democratic vice-presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro’s statement that because his budget cuts have hurt the poor and disadvantaged, he’s not a good Christian. In American Fork, Utah, a pair of fundamentalist Mormons murder their brother’s wife and infant daughter, claiming they had received orders from God to do so. (In 2004, the book Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer will examine the case.) For the second time in six weeks, workers at the Indian Point nuclear plant in Buchanan, New York, see a UFO. As the object approaches, security systems at the plant mysteriously shut down. A computer-industry publication reports that employee turnover in the industry is at an all-time high, and that ABC has decided not to pick up a TV pilot called Midas Valley, which is described as a Silicon-Valley version of Dallas. Celebrity guests on the CBS game show Body Language this week are Didi Conn and Dick Shawn. Future Green Bay Packers 2007 draft choice Desmond Bishop is born. The Atlanta Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2; Dodger pitcher Orel Hershiser gives up a run for the first time in 33 2/3 innings pitched. In Iowa, the 12th annual RAGBRAI bike ride passes through Adel on its way to Pella, Ottumwa, Mount Pleasant, and Burlington.
In his “Consumer Guide” column in Rolling Stone, critic Robert Christgau reviews Tina Turner’s new album, Private Dancer, along with albums by Thomas Dolby, Duran Duran, Human League, and Lou Reed. At Intergalactic Studios in New York, Bob Dylan works with Al Green and his band on sessions for the album that will become Empire Burlesque, recording “Mountain of Love” and “Honey Wait,” although neither will appear on the album. The Associated Press reports that almost 165,000 tickets for the upcoming New York/New Jersey shows on the Jacksons’ Victory tour were sold in nine hours the previous Sunday, setting a record. The Cars and Wang Chung play Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Aerosmith plays the Five Flags Center in Dubuque. Eric Clapton plays Philadelphia, and OMD plays Washington, D.C. Bon Jovi plays Norman, Oklahoma, and Bruce Springsteen plays Toronto. “When Doves Cry” by Prince tops the Cash Box singles chart; Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” is Number Two. (Born in the USA tops the Billboard album chart.) “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. is the hottest record on the singles chart, having gone from 43 to 21 to 11 to 3 in the past four weeks. The highest-debuting record is “If This Is It” by Huey Lewis and the News at Number 56. The Go-Gos have two records on the chart, “Turn to You,” on its way up at Number 36, and “Head Over Heels,” on its way out at Number 100. Later this fall, the Go-Gos will appear in Macomb, Illinois, where they will drop in at the local drug store and cause a minor stir by being quite rude to the clerks and the owner.
(This blog is now going on hiatus, because I’m going out of blogging range for a while. I’ve scheduled a couple of robo-posts to appear over the next couple of weeks, including the last in our One Day in Your Life summer series, coming Friday, but other than that, the pickings will be pretty slim around here. Go play outside, and I’ll catch you later.)