Elvis heads north of the border, 10-year-old Tatum O'Neal strikes Oscar gold, Velcro hits the market, the MLB finds labor peace, and Pope John Paul II dies, all on this day.
1978: Velcro, the hook-and-loop fastener, first goes on the market. The material was developed by Swiss engineer Georges de Mestral, who was inspired when he noticed how thistle burrs clung to his clothing during a hike in the mountains. The trademarked name Velcro comes from "vel" for velvet and "cro" from the French word crochet, which means hook.
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