"Pride and Prejudice" is first published, Elvis makes his national TV debut, "We Are the World" is recorded, and the space shuttle Challenger breaks apart after liftoff, all on this day.
1985: The supergroup USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa) records the song "We Are the World" in Los Angeles to help raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief. Most of the stars who came together to sing on the track, including Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Paul Simon, Tina Turner and Bruce Springsteen, were in town for the American Music Awards. The song would be released on March 7, 1985, and instantly become a worldwide commercial success, topping music charts throughout the world, becoming the fastest-selling American pop single in history and earning three Grammys.
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