TODAY IN THE YEAR ...
The former British colony of Barbados became independent.
The United States and the Soviet Union opened negotiations in Geneva aimed at reducing nuclear weapons in Europe.
The Michael Jackson album “Thriller” was released by Epic Records.
Paul Walker, 40, the star of the “Fast & Furious” movie series, died with his friend, Roger W. Rodas, who was at the wheel of a Porsche sports car that crashed and burned north of Los Angeles.