- April 1, 1983
Kirk Hammett joined Metallica.
Singer Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father during an argument. His funeral was held a few days later and was attended by former Motown colleagues Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder. Marvin Gay Senior received probation after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
Singer David Lee Roth left Van Halen to pursue a solo career.
George Plimpton played an April Fool�s joke on readers of Sports Illustrated this day. Plimpton introduced the entire nation to Sidd Finch, a 28-year-old aspiring monk, who could throw a 168 MPH fastball! Whoa! Finch was said to be a free-agent pitcher in the New York Mets� spring training camp; that he had learned the art of the pitch while playing the French horn in his spare time. Plimpton later admitted that Finch was the figment of a most active imagination.
Unranked Villanova defeated top-rated Georgetown 66-64 to win the NCAA basketball championship, ending the Hoya�s hopes for back-to-back wins.
The long-awaited album, We Are the World, was finally released. Eight rock stars donated previously unreleased material for the LP. Three-million copies of the award-winning single of the same name had already been sold. The song, We Are the World, was number five, and moving up, on the Billboard magazine pop single�s chart this day.
Steve Newman became the first man to walk solo around the world. No foolin�! The 15,000-mile trek took him four years and untold pairs of shoes to complete.
80's Cartoon Chaos!
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