In the capsule today…
We find teachers at McMartin Preschool in Manhattan Beach, California charged with Satanic ritual abuse of the schoolchildren. The case was part of "day-care abuse hysteria," a moral panic in the 1980s and early 1990s. Anxiety and guilt due to leaving young children with strangers may have created a climate of fear, and readiness to believe false accusations.
We find President Reagan making a controversial, off-the-record joke during a voice check for a radio broadcast.
And we find a song about Martin Luther King, Jr. by U2. Though Bono sings "early morning, April Four," referencing King’s assassination, the shots happened at 6pm. Bono has acknowledged the mistake and sometimes sings the song as, "Early evening, April Four."
What is the year? (answer below).
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