What Happened in December 1985

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Noraly Beyer becomes Neth's 1st black TV newscaster
  • Dec 1 STS 61-C vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Dec 1 South Africa's Cosatu union centre forms
  • Dec 1 TV mini series "Anne of Green Gables", starring Megan Follows is first shown on CBS in Canada
  • Dec 2 Philipine Chief staff Gen Fabian speaks of Benigno Aquino's murder
  • Dec 2 Rupert Holmes' musical "Mystery of Edwin Drood" premieres in NYC at Imperial Theater NYC (608 performances)

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Dec 2 NFL QB legends Dan Marino and John Elway face each other for the first time, a 30-26 victory for the Dolphins (Marino 390 yards and 3 touchdowns)

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

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Dec 2 Chicago Bears' head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan come to blows on the sideline in a loss to the Miami Dolphins, Chicago's only loss of the season

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • Dec 3 23rd Shuttle Mission (61-B)-Atlantis 2-lands at Edwards AFB

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Dec 3 7th ACE Cable Awards: Shelley Duvall wins the Golden CableACE for "Faerie Tale Theatre"

  • Dec 4 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, London

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Dec 4 French President Mitterrand receives Polish leader Jaruzelski

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand

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Dec 4 President Reagan appoints Vice Adm John Poindexter as security adviser

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Dec 5 Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 1,500 level for 1st time
  • Dec 5 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • Dec 5 Sam Shepard's "Lie of the Mind" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 7 51st Heisman Trophy Award: Bo Jackson, Auburn (RB)
  • Dec 7 Atlantis (61-B) returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
  • Dec 8 Ken O'Brien's 96 yard TD pass (NY Jet record) to Wesley Walker
  • Dec 8 Laurie Rinker/Larry Rinker wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

Sport awardTennis Open

Dec 8 74th Men's Australian Open: Stefan Edberg beats Mats Wilander (6-3, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander

Sport awardTennis Open

Dec 8 74th Women's Australian Open: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-2, 4-6, 6-2)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Dec 8 NBC premiere of thriller "Final Jeopardy", starring Richard Thomas and Mary Crosby

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Dec 9 Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive games with a reception

NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice
NFL Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice
  • Dec 9 Phoenix, Arizona, gets 3" of snow
  • Dec 10 Bill to balance the federal budget passed by US Congress
  • Dec 10 Junta leaders Videla & Massera sentenced in Buenos Aires

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 10 "Out of Africa", based on the book by Isak Dinesen, directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1986)

Actress Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack
Actor Robert Redford
Robert Redford
  • Dec 11 Computer store owner in Sacramento California killed by package bomb
  • Dec 11 Dow Jones closes above 1,500 for 1st time (1,511.70)
  • Dec 11 General Electric acquires RCA Corp & its subsidiary, NBC
  • Dec 11 NHL Record 62 points scored, Edmonton (36) beats Chicago (26) 12-9 & ties record of 21 goals
  • Dec 12 248 US soldiers & 8 crew members die in Arrow Air charter crash
  • Dec 12 DC-8 crashes near Gander, Newfoundland; 258 die
  • Dec 12 NASA launches space vehicle S-207
  • Dec 13 David Boon's 1st Test century, 123 v India at Adelaide
  • Dec 13 Test debut of Merv Hughes, Geoff Marsh & Bruce Reid (v India)
  • Dec 14 US Foreign Minister George Shultz arrives in West Berlin
  • Dec 16 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-L mission

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Dec 16 John Gotti assumes leadership of New York's Gambino crime family after ordering the executions of Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti

Gangster John Gotti
John Gotti
  • Dec 18 "Jerry's Girls" opens at St James Theater NYC for 139 performances
  • Dec 18 UN Security Council unanimously condemns "acts of hostage-taking"
  • Dec 19 "Wind in the Willows" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Dec 19 Mary Lund is 1st woman to receive a Jarvik VII artificial heart
  • Dec 19 STS 61-C scrubbed at T -13s because of SRB auxiliary power problem

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Dec 20 Denis Potvin passes Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman scorer (916 points)

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Dec 20 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC
  • Dec 20 Position of American Poet Laureate established (Robert Warren is 1st)
  • Dec 21 ARCO Anchorage runs aground near Port Angeles, WA
  • Dec 21 Alice Miller/Don January wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
  • Dec 21 Heart's "Heart" album goes #1
  • Dec 22 "Wind in the Willows" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Dec 22 74th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Germany in Munich (3-2)
  • Dec 22 STS 51-L vehicle moves to Launch Pad 39B
  • Dec 26 Test Cricket debut of Steve Waugh, v India at the MCG

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Dec 27 Terrorists kill 20 and wound 110 attacking El Al at Rome and Vienna airports. President Reagan blames Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Dec 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 28 Warring Lebanese Muslim & Christian leaders sign peace agreement
  • Dec 30 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.2 released
  • Dec 30 Pakistan restores constitution

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Dorell Wright, American basketball player
  • Dec 3 Mike Randolph, American soccer player
  • Dec 3 Amanda Seyfried, American actress
  • Dec 3 László Cseh, Hungarian swimmer
  • Dec 3 Marcus Darrell Williams, American basketball player
  • Dec 4 Andrew Brackman, American baseball player
  • Dec 4 Carlos Gómez, Dominican baseball player
  • Dec 5 Frankie Muniz, American actor
  • Dec 5 Nico Verdonck, Belgian racing driver
  • Dec 5 Josh Smith, American basketball player
  • Dec 6 Dulce María, Mexican actress and singer
  • Dec 6 Rudra Pratap Singh, Indian Cricketer
  • Dec 8 Dwight Howard, American basketball player
  • Dec 10 T. J. Hensick, American ice hockey player
  • Dec 10 Raven-Symoné, American actress and singer
  • Dec 14 Jakub Błaszczykowski, Polish footballer
  • Dec 14 Paul Rabil, professional lacrosse player
  • Dec 14 Julio Pimentel, Dominican baseball player
  • Dec 14 Tom Smith, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • Dec 14 Nonami Takizawa, Japanese actress
  • Dec 14 Ren Yagami, Japanese actor and singer
  • Dec 15 Sheeba Reiter, Fla, illegitimate daughter of Jackie Mason
  • Dec 16 Keita Tachibana, member of Japanese boy band w-inds.
  • Dec 17 Ryuichi Ogata, member of Japanese boy band w-inds.
  • Dec 18 Tara Conner, 2006 Miss USA
  • Dec 18 Hana Soukupová, Czech supermodel
  • Dec 19 Gary Cahill, English footballer
  • Dec 19 Neil Kilkenny, English-born Australian footballer
  • Dec 19 Lady Sovereign, English musician
  • Dec 21 James Stewart Jr., American motorcycle racer
  • Dec 23 Harry Judd, British drummer (McFly)
  • Dec 23 Luke O'Loughlin, Australian actor
  • Dec 24 David Ragan, American race car driver
  • Dec 25 Leon Pisani, Welsh singer
  • Dec 25 Perdita Weeks, British actress
  • Dec 26 Steven Hartman, Westlake CA, actor (Rick Forrester-Bold & Beautiful)
  • Dec 26 Yuu Shirota, Japanese Idol
  • Dec 27 Logan Bailly, Belgian football goalkeeper
  • Dec 27 Paul Stastny, Canadian-American ice hockey player
  • Dec 28 Kamani Hill, American footballer
  • Dec 29 Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of Billy Joel & Christie Brinkley
  • Dec 30 Lars Boom, Dutch cyclist

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 14 "The Cosby Show" actress Phylicia Rashad (37) weds former NFL wide receiver and sportscaster Ahmad Rashad (36)

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 15 Actor Sylvester Stallone (39) weds "Rocky IV" actress Brigitte Nielsen (22) in Beverly Hills, California

Actor/Director Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Alex Courtney, actor (Sword of Justice), dies
  • Dec 2 Philip Larkin, [hermit of Hull], English poet, dies at 63
  • Dec 2 Aniello Dellacroce, American gangster (b. 1914)
  • Dec 3 Sam Gillman, actor (Sam-Shane), dies at 70
  • Dec 4 Marcel Boereboom, Belgian musicologist, dies at 83
  • Dec 6 Burleigh Grimes, US baseball pitcher, dies at 92
  • Dec 6 Burr Tillstrom, puppeteer (Kukla Fran & Ollie), dies at 68
  • Dec 7 Potter Stewart, 94th Supreme Court Justice (1958-81), dies in NH at 70
  • Dec 7 Robert Graves, English writer/poet (King Jesus), dies at 90
  • Dec 12 Anne Baxter, actress (Myra-Marcus Welby, Victoria-Hotel), dies at 62
  • Dec 12 Ian Stewart, Scottish keyboardist/road mgr (Rolling Stones), dies at 47

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 14 Roger Maris, HR hitter (61 in 61, NY Yankees), dies of cancer at 51

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Dec 14 Stanley G[rauman] Weinbaum, US, sci-fi author (Red Peri), dies at 85
  • Dec 14 Catherine Doherty, social justice activist (b. 1896)
  • Dec 16 Dick Pollard, cricketer (England fast-medium bowler 1946-48), dies
  • Dec 16 Merv Waite, cricketer (2 Tests for Aust 1938, 1 wkt avg 190), dies
  • Dec 16 Paul Castellano, Organized-crime chief, shot dead at a NYC restaurant
  • Dec 16 Thomas Bilotti, American mafioso (b. 1940)
  • Dec 17 Otto Gotsche, writer, dies
  • Dec 18 Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet (b. 1916)
  • Dec 22 D. Boon, American singer and guitarist (The Minutemen) (b. 1958)
  • Dec 23 James Vance (20) & Raymond Belknap (18), attempt suicide (Belknap dies), their families later sue rock group Judas Priest for subliminal messages in song "Better By You, Better Than Me" i
  • Dec 25 George Rhodes, orchestra leader (Sammy Davis Jr Show), dies at 66
  • Dec 26 Harold P. Warren, American movie director (d. 1928)
  • Dec 27 Dian Fossey, American zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), murdered in Rwanda
  • Dec 31 Alexander Matheson, cricketer (2 wickets/2 Tests for NZ 1930-31), dies
  • Dec 31 Rick Nelson, singer/actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies at 45
  • Dec 31 Sam Spiegel, Academy Award winning producer (Betrayal), dies at 84