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Pope John Paul II is shot

Near the start of his weekly general audience in Rome's St. Peter's Square, Pope John Paul II is shot and seriously wounded while passing through the square in an open car. The assailant, 23-year-old escaped Turkish murderer Mehmet Ali Agca, fired four shots, one of which hit the pontiff in the abdomen, narrowly missing vital organs, and another that hit the pope's left hand. A third bullet str... Read more >

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Velcro is trademarked

Sticky business

Known as the greatest fastening device that works quite well unless you get any fluff on it, the name Velcro was trademarked on this day in 1958. Of course, as every hideous pedant knows, Velcro is actually the name of the company that manufactures the hook and loop fasteners, which are officially known as ‘hook and loop fasteners’. Which doesn’t qu... Read more >