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This Week in the 80’s – March 28-April 3

March 28 – (1979) A coolant leak at the Three Mile Island’s Unit 2 nuclear reactor outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania leads to the core overheating and a partial meltdown.

America’s worst nuclear disaster happened in 1979, when a leak occurred at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


(1981) Happy Birthday to actress Julia Stiles, singer Lady Gaga (1986)


March 29 – (1984) The Baltimore Colts load its possessions onto fifteen Mayflower moving trucks in the early morning hours and transfer its operations to Indianapolis.  Some long time Baltimore fans still have not forgiven team ownership.


March 30, 1984 – Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut welcomes the first truck bringing the Baltimore Colts football team to their new home in Indianapolis.


March 30 – (1981) U.S. President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.; three others are wounded in the same incident.

(1979) Happy Birthday to Norah Jones, American singer-songwriter and pianist; and country singer Thomas Rhett (1990)


April 1 – (1984) In Los Angeles, Marvin Gaye is shot and killed during an argument with his father.

(1985) After months of squabbling, David Lee Roth leaves Van Halen to begin a solo career.   Months later, Sammy Hagar will be named as the new lead singer .


April 2 – (1979) Kate Bush begins her first, and for 35 years, only tour. She becomes the first artist to use a wireless microphone, enabling her to sing and dance at the same time.    (Note, it only allowed her to sing and dance at same time, it did not guarantee that she actually could.)

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