What Happened on December 16, 1985

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-L mission

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Keita Tachibana, member of Japanese boy band w-inds.

Famous Deaths

  • Dick Pollard, cricketer (England fast-medium bowler 1946-48), dies
  • Merv Waite, cricketer (2 Tests for Aust 1938, 1 wkt avg 190), dies
  • Paul Castellano, Organized-crime chief, shot dead at a NYC restaurant
  • Thomas Bilotti, American mafioso (b. 1940)