Today in History for July 1985

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 55 of 55

2nd - Andrei Gromyko appointed president of USSR
2nd - European Space Agency launches Giotto (Halley's Comet Flyby)
3rd - CBS announces a 21% stock buy-back to thwart Ted Turner's takeover
3rd - "Back to the Future" directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd is released
4th - Tinker Bell's nightly flight begins
5th - Premier Robert Mugabe wins Zimbabwe elections
5th - Nicholas Mark Sanders (England) begins circumnavigation of globe, covering 13,035 road miles in 78 days, 3 hr, 30 min
7th - 92nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert (46 63 62)
7th - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Mazda Hall of Fame Golf Championship
7th - 99th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Boris Becker beats K Curren (63 67 76 64)
8th - Marge Schott becomes CEO of Cincinnati Red
9th - South Africa police arrested Dutch ANC'er Klaas de Jong
10th - Coca-Cola Co announces it will resume selling old formula Coke
The Rainbow Warrior sunk in Auckland harbourThe Rainbow Warrior sunk in Auckland harbour

10th - French agents blow up Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbour, New Zealand
Pop Star MadonnaPop Star Madonna 10th - Playboy (and also Penthouse) publish nude pictures of Madonna
11th - Astros' Nolan Ryan, 1st to strike out 4000 (Mets' Danny Heep)
11th - Refurbished space shuttle Columbia moves overland from Palmdale to Dryden
11th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
12th - "Singin' in the Rain" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 367 perfs
12th - Doctors discover a cancerous growth in President Reagan's colon
12th - STS 51-F launch scrubbed at T -3s because of main engine shutdown
13th - "Live Aid" concert raises over $70 million for African famine relief
13th - NY Yankees retire Roger Maris (9) & Elston Howard (32) uniforms
14th - 40th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Kathy Baker
14th - Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Offutt AFB, Neb
14th - Last USFL game-Baltimore Stars defeats Oakland Invaders, 28-24
American Baseball Player Roger MarisAmerican Baseball Player Roger Maris 15th - Deborah Carthy-Deu, of Puerto Rico, crowned 34th Miss Universe
16th - 56th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-1 at Humphrey Metrodome, Minn
16th - All star MVP: LaMarr Hoyt (SD Padres)
16th - Bill to abolish Greater London Council receives royal assent
16th - F-86 Sabre sets world aircraft speed record of 1152 kph (716 mph)
18th - USSR performs underground nuclear Test
19th - Christa McAuliffe chosen 1st school teacher to fly space shuttle
19th - Dam in Fiemme Valley Italy bursts; 200-300 die
19th - The Val di Stava Dam collapse killing 268 people in Val di Stava, Italy.
20th - Divers find wreck of Spanish galleon Atocha
20th - The government of Aruba passes legislation to secede from the Netherlands Antilles.
21st - "Leader of the Pack" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 120 perfs
21st - 114th British Golf Open: Sandy Lyle shoots a 282 at Royal St George
21st - Amina Fakir (Detroit), 23, crowned 18th Miss Black America
21st - Judy Clark wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
21st - 72nd Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
24th - Gandhi signs peace contract with Sikh leader Harchand Singh Longowai
24th - French DGSE officers Dominique Prieur and Alain Mafart are arrested and charged with murder over the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior
25th - Spokeswoman for Rock Hudson confirmed he had AIDS
25th - Steve Cram runs world record mile (3:46.32)
25th - US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
25th - USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
25th - Uganda suspends constitution following coup
LPGA Golfer Pat BradleyLPGA Golfer Pat Bradley 28th - 13th du Maurier Golf Classic: Pat Bradley
28th - Alan Garcia sworn in as president of Peru
28th - L Brock, Slaughter, A Vaughan, & H Wilhelm inducted into Hall of Fame
29th - 19th Space Shuttle Mission (51-F)-Challenger 8-launched
30th - Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-I mission
30th - Valerie Lowrance, of Texas, 18, crowned America's Junior Miss

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 34 of 34

2nd - Rhett Bomar, American football player
2nd - Chad Henne, American football player
2nd - Ashley Tisdale, American actress and singer
3rd - Minami Keisuke, Japanese singer and actor.
5th - Stephanie McIntosh, Australian pop singer and actress
5th - Nick O'Malley, British musician (Arctic Monkeys)
8th - Jamie Cook, British musician (Arctic Monkeys)
9th - Paweł Korzeniowski, Polish swimmer
9th - Ashley Young, English footballer
10th - Mario Gómez, German footballer
11th - Aki Maeda, Japanese actress
12th - Luiz Ejlli, Albanian singer
12th - Natasha Poly, Russian supermodel
13th - Guillermo Ochoa, Mexican footballer
17th - Neil McGregor, Scottish footballer
17th - Tom Fletcher, British singer (McFly)
18th - Chace Crawford, American actor
20th - John Francis Daley, American actor
21st - Von Wafer, American basketball player
22nd - Takudzwa Ngwenya, Zimbabwean/American rugby player
22nd - Akira Tozawa, Japanese professional wrestler
23rd - Luis Ángel Landín, Mexican footballer
23rd - Matthew Murphy, English musician (The Wombats)
24th - Patrice Bergeron, Canadian hockey player
25th - James Lafferty, American actor
25th - Jasmine Lennard, English model
25th - Nelson Piquet Jr., Brazilian race car driver
26th - Gaël Clichy, French footballer
26th - Audrey De Montigny, Quebec singer
27th - Benedita Pereira, Portuguese actress
27th - Lou Taylor Pucci, American actor
28th - Dustin Milligan, Canadian actor
28th - Tynisha Keli, American singer
30th - Daniel Fredheim Holm, Norwegian footballer

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 2 of 2

NBA Point Guard and Head Coach Isiah ThomasNBA Point Guard and Head Coach Isiah Thomas (19th) 19th - NBA player Isiah Thomas (24) weds Lynn Kendall in Chicago
31st - Bee Gees member Robin Gibb (35) weds author and artist Dwina Murphy

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 30 of 30

2nd - David Purley, British Formula 1 driver (b. 1945)
3rd - Frank Selke, Canadian ice hockey manager (b. 1893)
4th - John de Quay, Dutch premier (1959-63), dies at 83
5th - Gerard Schmook, Flemish literature historian/custodian, dies at 86
5th - Jack Robertson, South African cricket spinner (3 Tests v Aust 1935-36), dies
5th - Marion Byron, actress (Steamboat Bill Jr), dies at 73
7th - Patti McCarty, actress (Gangster of the Frontier), dies at 64
8th - Gardner Cowles Jr, US publisher (Look Magazine), dies at 82
8th - Phil Foster, comedian (Frank De Fazio-Laverne & Shirley), dies at 72
8th - Simon Kuznets, US economist (Nobel 1971), dies at 84
9th - Rafael Campos, actor (Ramon-Rhoda, Sancho-V), dies of cancer at 49
9th - Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (b. 1896)
9th - Jimmy Kinnon, Scottish founder of Narcotics Anonymous (b. 1911)
10th - Fernando Pereira, military activist, murdered
16th - Wayne King, orchestra leader (Wayne King Show), dies at 84
16th - Heinrich Böll, German writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
17th - Czeslaw Josef Marek, composer, dies at 93
17th - Margo, actress (Rumba, Viva Zapata), dies at 68 of a brain tumor
18th - Shahnawaz Bhutto, son of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto
19th - Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish writer (b. 1938)
21st - Mickey Shaughnessy, actor (Chicago Teddy Bears), dies at 65
21st - Vicki Vola, actress (Miss Miller-Mr District Attorney)
23rd - Kay Kyser, bandleader (Kay Kyser's Kollege), dies at 79
23rd - Johnny Wardle, English cricketer (b. 1923)
27th - Joseph "Smoky Joe" Wood, pitcher (Boston Red Sox), dies at 95
28th - Grant Williams, actor (Shrinking Man), dies of toxic poisoning at 54
29th - James F Nolan, actor (Dante), dies of cancer at 69
30th - Julia Hall Bowman Robinson, American mathematician (b. 1919)
31st - Eugene Carson Blake, sec-gen World Council of Churches, dies at 78
31st - Murray Chapple, cricketer (14 Tests for NZ, 497 runs), dies

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