AUGUST 27, 1984

By EW Staff
Updated August 24, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

AT THE MOVIES, Ghostbusters, starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, emerges as the summer’s box office champ. IN MUSIC, Prince and the Revolution’s Purple Rain (right) goes crazy in its fourth straight week atop the Billboard LP chart. IN BOOKSTORES, Wired, Bob Woodward’s gritty John Belushi bio, is a New York Times best-seller. AND IN THE NEWS, President Reagan announces that a schoolteacher will be the first private citizen in space. Seventeen months later, Christa McAuliffe perishes along with six others when the shuttle Challenger explodes on liftoff.