From The New York Times, 38 years ago today:
Doctors in New York and California have diagnosed among homosexual men 41 cases of a rare and often rapidly fatal form of cancer. Eight of the victims died less than 24 months after the diagnosis was made.
The cause of the outbreak is unknown, and there is as yet no evidence of contagion.
Still chilling to read the whole thing.
Side note: Lawrence K. Altman, one of the few M.D.s to work for a newspaper, is not only still alive, but has worked on staff at The New York Times for 50 years.