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    Ronald Reagan began his presidency by welcoming the Iranian hostages home; he proceeded to nominate Sandra Day O'Connor as the first female Supreme Court justice and to fire the nation's striking air traffic controllers. MTV launched in August. This entire issue – released in the wake of John Lennon's tragic death in December 1980 – remembers the fallen Beatle, and features a photo taken only hours before his shooting on its cover.