What Happened in August 1985

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 15.4 cm rainfall at Cheyenne, Wyoming (state record)
  • Aug 1 Emmy 12th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 6th time
  • Aug 1 Vince Coleman steals 2 bases in 1st inning, for NL rookie record 74
  • Aug 1 18th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego
  • Aug 2 5 die in a train crash in Westminster Colo
  • Aug 2 Delta Lockheed L-1011 crashes at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, 137 die
  • Aug 3 "Nihilator" set harness pacing mile (1:49.6) in East Rutherford, NJ
  • Aug 3 Train crash at Flaujac, France: 35 killed
  • Aug 4 "Dreamgirls" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1522 performances
  • Aug 4 California Angel Rod Carew gets his 3,000th hit
  • Aug 4 Penny Hammel wins LPGA Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic
  • Aug 4 Phil Rizzuto Day, Yanks retire #10
  • Aug 4 Rod Carew is 16th to get 3,000 hits
  • Aug 4 White Sox Tom Seaver is 17th to win #300, beating Yankees
  • Aug 5 Baseball players go on strike for 2 days
  • Aug 5 Establishment of a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is announced
  • Aug 5 Flexible-wing glider altitude record (214,250') set by Larry Tudor
  • Aug 6 19th space shuttle mission (51-F), Challenger 8, lands at Edwards AFB
  • Aug 6 Major League Baseball Players Association go on strike
  • Aug 6 Players' Association stages a midseason baseball strike (lasts 1 day)
  • Aug 6 STS 51-I vehicle moves to launch pad

Music releaseMusic Recording

Aug 7 Barbra Streisand records "Broadway Album"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Aug 7 Baseball players end a 2 day strike
  • Aug 7 Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan's first astronauts.
  • Aug 7 A delegation of the South African Council of Churches meets with SA President P W Botha, following calls by the church for urgent discussions on the causes of unrest, forced removals and the emergency regulations in the country
  • Aug 8 Baseball's new agreement permits 2 new NL teams in 1993
  • Aug 8 Japan launches Planet A, a probe to Halley's comet
  • Aug 10 Oakland A's Dave Kingman is 21st to hit 400 HRs (off Matt Young at Seattle)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 Michael Jackson buys ATV Music (every Beatle song) for $47 million

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Aug 10 Uno Lindstron of Sweden juggles a soccer ball 13.11 miles
  • Aug 11 "Tap Dance Kid" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 669 performances
  • Aug 11 67th PGA Championship: Hubert Green shoots 278 at Cherry Hills Denver
  • Aug 11 Challenger flies to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz
  • Aug 11 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
  • Aug 11 Rudolf Povarnitsin of USSR sets new high jump world record (7'10"12)
  • Aug 12 Balt Orioles W Gross & L Sheets are 6th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Aug 12 Japanese Boeing 747SR crashes, 520 die (worst in-flight toll)
  • Aug 13 South African Defence Force soldiers, travelling in a convoy of more than ten armoured vehicles, surrounded the Thaba-Juluba high school in Soweto and arrest 200 students during a clampdown on school boycotts
  • Aug 14 Political violence by the youth begins after the funeral of assassinated Victoria Mxenge, a civil rights lawyer, who was respected and liked by the Congress of South African Students
  • Aug 15 PW Botha gives the "Rubicon" Speech in Durban, South Africa, dissapointing many by refusing to consider immediate and major reforms in the country's apartheid system
  • Aug 15 First Iraqi air raid on Iran's main oil export terminal, Kharg Island

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Aug 16 CBS' premiere of its TV adaptation of "Death of A Salesman", staring Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich

  • Aug 17 1,400 meatpackers walk off the job at a Geo A Hormel & Co plant
  • Aug 17 Rajiv Gandhi announces Punjab state elections in India
  • Aug 17 Sara Trollinger forms House of Hope in Orlando
  • Aug 18 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Nestle World Championship of Women's Golf
  • Aug 18 Muffin Spencer-Devlin wins MasterCard International Pro-Am Golf Tourn
  • Aug 18 Suisei Launch (Halley's Comet Flyby)
  • Aug 19 Japan launches its 2nd probe of Halley's Comet, Suisei
  • Aug 19 Following the Rubicon speech four days earlier, Archbishop Desmond Tutu snubs P. W. Botha's invitation to attend a meeting to discuss the role and actions of the police and security forces in South Africa
  • Aug 20 1st NL pitcher to strike out 200+ in 1st 2 seasons (Dwight Gooden)
  • Aug 20 Israel ships 96 TOWs to Iran on behalf of US
  • Aug 20 Libya throws out 1000s Tunisian/Egyptian gas workers
  • Aug 20 Met Dwight Gooden strikes out 16 on way to his 13th consecutive win
  • Aug 20 Hanspeter Beck of South Australia, finishes a 3,875 mile, 51 day trip from Western Australia to Melbourne on a unicycle
  • Aug 21 Mary Decker Slaney runs mile in world record 4:16.71
  • Aug 21 NY Lotto pays $41 million to three winner (#s are 14-17-22-23-30-47)
  • Aug 22 30th Walker Cup: US wins 13-11
  • Aug 22 Airtours Boeing-737 crashes at Manchester airport, 55 killed
  • Aug 23 Said Aouita of Morocco sets 1.5k record (3:29.46) in Berlin
  • Aug 23 South African attorney/UDF leader "Dulah" Omar arrested
  • Aug 23 West German top counter espionage Hans Tiedge moves to German DR
  • Aug 23 Paul Hornung awarded $1,160,000 by a Louisville court against NCAA who barred him as a college football analyst for betting on games
  • Aug 24 STS 51-I mission scrubbed at T -5m because of bad weather
  • Aug 25 Met Dwight Gooden becomes youngest pitcher to win 20 games (20y 9m 9d)
  • Aug 25 Pat Bradley wins LPGA National Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • Aug 25 STS 51-I scrubbed at T -9m because of an onboard computer problem

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 26 Balt Oriole Eddie Murray knocks in 9 RBIs in a game vs California Angels

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray

CommunicationThe Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

Aug 26 French government denies knowledge of attack on Rainbow Warrior

  • Aug 26 42nd Venice Film Festival: "Sans toit ni loi" directed by Agnes Varda wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 27 20th Space Shuttle Mission (51-I)-Discovery 6-launched
  • Aug 27 Mary Joe Fernandez, 14 years & 8 days old is youngest to win a US Tennis Open match (beats Sara Gomer in 1st round)
  • Aug 29 Atlantis moves to launch pad for 51-J mission
  • Aug 29 NY Yank Don Baylor is hit by a pitch for a record 190th time
  • Aug 31 "Prakas" sets trotting mile record of 1:53.4 at Du Quoin, Ill
  • Aug 31 Angel Cordero becomes 3rd jockey to ride horses earning over $100 M
  • Aug 31 Night Stalker suspect that terrorized California captured in East Los Angeles

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Harry Smith, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Aug 3 Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand rugby league footballer
  • Aug 4 Mark Milligan, Australian footballer
  • Aug 4 Luis Antonio Valencia, Ecuadorean footballer
  • Aug 4 Ha Seung-Jin, Korean basketball player
  • Aug 5 Laurent Ciman, Belgian footballer
  • Aug 5 Salomon Kalou, Ivorian footballer
  • Aug 8 Brayan Ruiz, Costa Rican football player
  • Aug 9 Luca Filippi, Italian racing driver
  • Aug 9 Hayley Peirsol, American swimmer
  • Aug 9 JaMarcus Russell, American football player
  • Aug 10 Roy O'Donovan, Irish footballer
  • Aug 11 Grace Adams-Short, British reality television contestant
  • Aug 14 Christian Gentner, German footballer
  • Aug 16 Agnes Bruckner, American actress
  • Aug 17 YĆ« Aoi, Japanese actress
  • Aug 19 Megan Rochell, American singer
  • Aug 21 Jacob (Jake) Pitts, Idaho, American rock guitarist (Black Veil Brides)
  • Aug 24 Destiny Davis, American model and Playboy Playmate
  • Aug 27 Alexandra Nechita, Romanian/American artist
  • Aug 28 Ralph Woolfolk IV, American actor
  • Aug 29 Jeffrey Licon, American actor
  • Aug 30 Richard Duffy, Welsh footballer
  • Aug 30 Leisel Jones, Australian swimmer
  • Aug 30 Eamon Sullivan, Australian swimmer
  • Aug 30 Steven Smith, Scottish footballer

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 15 Anti-apartheid lawyer Bulelani Ngcuka marries in South Africa

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 16 Singer Madonna weds actor Sean Penn on her 27th birthday

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Joseph Walker, cameraman, dies at 92
  • Aug 2 Frank Faylen, vaudevillian, dies of pneumonia at 79
  • Aug 2 Sandy Bell, South African cricket pace bowler (16 Tests), dies
  • Aug 4 Zbynek Vostrak, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 5 Theodore Sturgeon, sci-fi author (Hugo, It, Caviar), dies at 67
  • Aug 7 Grayson Hall, actor (Dark Shadows), dies of cancer at 58
  • Aug 8 Louise Brooks, actress (Pandora's Box), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • Aug 9 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1927)
  • Aug 10 Kenny Backer, comedian (Time Bandits), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Aug 12 Marcel Mihalovici, composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 12 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor, dies in JAL 123 crash at 43
  • Aug 12 Manfred Winkelhock, German race car driver (b. 1951)
  • Aug 13 Marion Martin, actress (Dakota Lil, Queen of Burlesque), dies at 67
  • Aug 14 Gale Sondergaard, actress (Letter), dies of cerebral thrombosis at 86
  • Aug 15 Richard Yardumian, US composer (Creator Spirit), dies at 68
  • Aug 20 Harchand Singh Longowai, Sikh leader, shot by Sikh extremists
  • Aug 22 Ginty Lush, cricketer (NSW quickie of 30's), dies
  • Aug 22 Paul Peter Ewald, German Crystallographer and Physicist who devised the theory of X-ray interference by crystals and pioneered X-ray diffraction methods, dies at 97
  • Aug 24 Paul Creston [Giuseppe/Joseph Guttoveggio], US composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 25 Samantha Smith, actress (Elizabeth-Lime Street), dies in plane at 13
  • Aug 26 Pieter Jongeling, Dutch MP/editor (GPV, Netherlands Daily), dies at 76
  • Aug 28 Ruth Gordon, actress (Big Bus), dies of a stroke in her sleep at 88
  • Aug 29 Alexander Abramsky, composer, dies at 87
  • Aug 29 Evelyn Ankers, actress (Black Beauty, Jungle Woman), dies at 67
  • Aug 29 Patrick Barr, actor (Black Orchid, On the Run), dies at 77
  • Aug 30 Taylor Caldwell, English-born author (b. 1900)
  • Aug 31 Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Australian biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1899)