Edison shows off his phonograph, atom bomb testing heads underground, a chimpanzee orbits the Earth, the Pong craze begins, and the world loses another Beatle, all on this day.
1984: The single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" is released by Band Aid. The group, consisting of leading British and Irish musicians of the time, was assembled by Bob Geldof to aid in famine relief for Ethiopia. Among the participants were Phil Collins, Bono, George Michael, Sting, David Bowie and Paul McCartney. The song would become the biggest selling single in UK Singles Chart history, selling a million copies in the first week alone and staying at No. 1 for five weeks.
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