|Miner's Strike in the U.K. (-1985)|
|January 27:||Michael Jackson's hair catches on fire |
During shooting of Pepsi commercial, sparks from a special-effects mishap ignite Jackson's hair.
|April 1:||Marvin Gaye is killed |
The Motown legend is shot by his father in a domestic dispute.
|May 7:||Soviets boycott Los Angeles Summer Olympics |
Citing "undisguised threats" against their athletes, the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, and East Germany do not attend the Summer Games.
|July 18:||McDonald's massacre |
After telling his wife he was going "hunting for humans", James Huberty shoots 40 people at a McDonald's in San Ysidro, California. He kills 21 people before he was shot to death by police.
|October 26:||Surgeons implant baboon heart into "Baby Fae" |
The 12 day old baby, born with a malformed heart, gets a baboon heart. She dies three weeks later.
|October 31:||Indira Gandhi assassinated |
Prime Minister Gandhi is shot to death by two of her Sikh bodyguards, resulting in anti-Sikh riots that killed more than a thousand people.
|November 25:||Band Aid |
Bob Geldof and 35 artists record "Do They Know It's Christmas" to raise money for famine relief.
|December 22:||Bernhard Goetz opens fire |
The "subway vigilante", Goetz, shoots four young men on a New York City subway, after they allegedly threatened him.