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Feb 25, 1984: Explosion Kills Hundreds in Brazil

On this day in 1984, a huge explosion destroys a shantytown in Brazil, killing at least 500 people, mostly young children. An investigation into the disaster later revealed that the true death count was impossible to know because so many

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Feb 7, 1984: First Human Satellite

While in orbit 170 miles above Earth, Navy Captain Bruce McCandless becomes the first human being to fly untethered in space when he exits the U.S. space shuttle Challenger and maneuvers freely, using a bulky white rocket pack of his

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Jan 23, 1984: Hulk Hogan Beats Iron Sheik to Win First WWF Title

On this day in 1984, Hulk Hogan becomes the first wrestler to escape the “camel clutch”–the signature move of reigning World Wrestling Federation (WWF) champion Iron Sheik–as he defeats Sheik to win his first WWF title, at Madison Square Garden

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Jan 17, 1984: U.S. Supreme Court Decides Universal v. Sony, as VCR Usage Takes Off

Eight years after it began, the court battle over the legality of the video cassette recorder (VCR) and its allegedly detrimental effect on the motion-picture industry comes to an end with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling, issued on this day

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Jan 9, 1984: The Hillside Stranglers

Angelo Buono, one of the Hillside Stranglers, is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the rape, torture, and murder of 10 young women in Los Angeles. Buono’s cousin and partner in crime, Kenneth Bianchi, testified against Buono

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Dec 31, 1984: Subway Vigilante Turns Himself In

Bernhard Goetz, the white man dubbed the “Subway Vigilante” after he shot four young black men on a New York City subway train, turns himself in at a police station in Concord, New Hampshire. Goetz claimed that the men, all

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