Milestones: Oct. 8, 1984

RECOVERING. Charles Manson, 49, mass murderer serving a life sentence for the killings of Actress Sharon Tate and seven others; from second- and third-degree burns of his hands, scalp and face, after he was splashed with paint thinner and set ablaze by a fellow inmate and murderer, Jan Holmstrom, a Hare Krishna devotee who said that Manson complained about his continual chanting; in the California Medical Facility infirmary; in Vacaville, Calif.

DIED. Carl Proffer, 46, scholar, translator and publisher with his wife Ellendea of an indispensable Soviet literature press; of cancer; in Ann Arbor,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!