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Way back Wednesday: An AIDS education

NEED TO KNOW
  • Rock Hudson announces he has AIDS on this day in 1985
  • When Magic Johnson makes similar announcement years later, the climate is different

Join us each Wednesday as we hop into our time machine for a look at some of the most intriguing and historic moments in news history.

July 25, 1985: Rock Hudson tells the world he has contracted the AIDS virus. The world, which still knew very little about the disease, is shocked to see Hollywood's leading man as a frail shadow of himself.

Fast forward to 1991. This time, it's basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson announcing he tested positive for HIV.  Watch his historic announcement. 

 

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