What Happened in April 1985

Historical Events

  • 1st 47th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Villanova beats Georgetown 84-75
  • 2nd US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 3rd French government adopts equal electoral system
  • 3rd Players' Association agrees to expand LCS from 5 to 7 games
  • 3rd Vic Elliot pockets 15,780 pool balls in 24 hours in London
  • 4th Tulane University cancels its basketball season amidst scandal
  • 6th Bombay beat Delhi by 90 runs to win the Ranji Trophy final
  • 6th Sudan suspends constitution after coup under general Swarreddahab
  • 6th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 7th 14th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Alice Miller
  • 7th 1st live telecast of Easter Parade
  • 7th NJ General Hershel Walker runs for USFL record 233 yards
  • 8th "Leader of the Pack" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 120 performances
  • 8th Amdahl releases UTS/V, 1st mainframe Unix
  • 8th India files suit against Union Carbide over Bhopal disaster
  • 9th White Sox pitcher Tom Seaver starts a record 15th opening day game
  • 10th At 80 Leo Sites becomes oldest bowler to score a 300 game
  • 10th Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-B mission
  • 12th 16th Shuttle Mission (51D)-Discovery 4 launched-with Senator Jake Garn
  • 13th "TASS" denounced US boycott of Moscow Olympics
  • 13th Space Shuttle Atlantis ferried to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas
  • 13th Katrin Dörre wins 1st female World Cup marathon (2:33:30)
  • 13th Ramiz Alia succeeds Enver Hoxha as party leader of Albania
  • 14th "Take Me Along!" opens/closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC

Sport awardGolf Major

14th 49th Masters Golf Tournament: Bernhard Langer wins, shooting a 282

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • 14th Ahmed Salah wins 1st World Cup marathon (2:08:09)
  • 14th Alan Garcia wins elections in Peru
  • 14th Beth Daniel wins LPGA Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
  • 14th Bob Carpenter is unsuccessful on Wash Caps 1st playoff penalty shot
  • 14th Jack C Burcham is 5th to receive "Jarvik 7" permanent artificial heart
  • 15th 89th Boston Marathon: Geoff Smith of Great Britain 1st man in 2:14:05 and Lisa Larsen Weidenbach of United States 1st woman in 2:34:06
  • 15th Challenger moves to launch pad for 51-B missing
  • 16th "Grind" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 79 performances
  • 19th 16th Space Shuttle Mission (51-D)-Discovery 4 returns to Earth
  • 19th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 19th Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem, and green and gold as the national colours.
  • 20th Carlos Lopes runs world record marathon (2:07:12)
  • 20th Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Mark Williams
  • 20th Karyn Marshall of NYC lifted 303 lbs in a clean & jerk lift
  • 20th ATF raid on The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord compound in northern Arkansas.
  • 21st Bomb attacks in NATO/AEG-Telefunken building in Brussels
  • 21st Ingrid Kristiansen wins London Marathon in a record 2:21:06
  • 21st Patty Sheehan wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • 23rd Brooklyn College soccer team wins Nepal's invitational
  • 23rd New Coke debuts; Coca-Cola announced it is changing its secret flavor formula
  • 24th Pulitzer prize awarded to Carolyn Lizer for "Yin"
  • 25th "Big River" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 1005 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

25th For 2nd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 points in a Cup game (3 goals, 4 assists)

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Music releaseMusic Premiere

25th Roger Miller's musical "Big River" premieres in NYC

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • 25th West German Parliament ruled it illegal to deny the holocaust
  • 28th Alice Miller wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • 28th Billy Martin named NY Yankee manager for 4th time
  • 28th Fernando Valenzuela sets record of 41 scoreless inn to start season
  • 29th 17th space shuttle mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 launched
  • 29th Ranger Larry Parrish is 5th to hit 3 HRs in a game in both leagues
  • 29th Tony Tubbs TKOs Greg Page in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 30th Dale Murphy drives in record tying 28th & 29th runs of April
  • 30th France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 30th Last edition of Brink Daily Mail/Sunday Express in South Africa
  • 30th 1985 NFL Draft: Bruce Smith from Virginia Tech first pick by Buffalo Bills

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Josh Zuckerman, American actor
  • 3rd Leona Lewis, English singer
  • 4th Rudy Fernández, Spanish basketball player
  • 6th Garrett Zablocki, American musician
  • 6th Clarke MacArthur, Canadian-born ice hockey player
  • 9th Yamashita Tomohisa, Japanese singer News
  • 10th Carlos Tevez, Argentine footballer
  • 10th Dion Phaneuf, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 11th Will Minson, Australian rules footballer
  • 12th Hitomi Yoshizawa, Japanese singer
  • 12th Jeisa Chiminazzo, Brazilian supermodel
  • 12th Ted Ginn, American football player
  • 12th Paul Murphy, Irish footballer
  • 12th Olga Seryabkina, Russian singer
  • 15th John Danks, American baseball player
  • 15th Aaron Laffey, American baseball player
  • 16th Mark Baker, Welsh author and historian
  • 16th Luol Deng, British-Sudanese basketball player
  • 16th Benjamín Rojas, Argentine actor and singer
  • 17th Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, French tennis player
  • 18th Łukasz Fabiański, Polish footballer
  • 18th Karl Reindler, Australian racing driver
  • 18th Elena Temnikova, Russian singer (Serebro)
  • 19th Valon Behrami, Swiss Footballer
  • 23rd Angel Locsin, Filipina TV and movie actress
  • 25th Jonathan Halyalkar, Ramsey NJ, actor (Billy-Who's the Boss)
  • 25th Giedo van der Garde, Dutch racing driver
  • 26th John Isner, American Tennis player
  • 26th Nam Gyu-Ri, Korean singer, member of See Ya
  • 30th Ashley Alexandra Dupré, American singer and call girl

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

27th Police violence victim Rodney King (20) weds Dennetta Lyles

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Douglass Wallop, American novelist and playwright (b. 1920)
  • 4th Kate Roberts, Welsh nationalist and writer (b. 1891)
  • 5th Tyrell Johnson, cricketer (WI left-arm quickie, one Test 1939), dies
  • 8th J. Fred Coots, American songwriter (b. 1897)
  • 11th Enver Hoxha, party leader/premier of Albania, dies at 76
  • 11th Bunny Ahearne, British ice hockey promoter (b. 1900)
  • 14th Enver Hoxha, Albanian leader (1944-85), dies
  • 14th Reginald Beane, pianist (Starlit Time, Once Upon a Tune), dies at 63
  • 14th Noele Gordon, British actress (Crossroads) dies at 65
  • 16th Scott Brady, [Gerald Tierney], actor (Shotgun Slade), dies at 60
  • 17th Ilona Bodden, writer, dies
  • 21st Rudi Gernreich, US designer (miniskirt), dies at 62
  • 21st Tancredo Neves, president-elect of Brazil, dies at 75
  • 21st Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio pioneer (b. 1902)
  • 22nd Paul H. Emmett, American chemical engineer (b. 1900)
  • 23rd Kent Smith, actor (Peyton Place, Invaders), dies at 78
  • 23rd Sam J Ervin Jr, (Sen-D-NC), dies at 88
  • 24th Sergei Yutkevich, Russian director, (Otello, Banya), dies at 80
  • 25th Murray Matheson, actor (Felix-Banacek), dies at 72
  • 25th Richard Haydn, British actor (Mutiny on the Bounty), dies at 80