What Happened in June 1985

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1st "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" by David Lee Roth hits #12

Van Halen Rocker David Lee Roth
Van Halen Rocker
David Lee Roth
  • 1st Viv Richards scores 300 in a day on the way to 322 v Warwicks cricket

Music releaseAlbum Release

1st Weird Al Yankovic released his Dare To Be Stupid LP

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic

Sport awardGolf Major

2nd 31st LPGA Championship won by Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 2nd 39th Tony Awards: Biloxi Blues & Big River win
  • 2nd Andreas Papandreou's PASOK-party wins election in Greece
  • 2nd RJ Reynolds Company proposed a merger with Nabisco
  • 3rd Brewers draft B J Surhoff #1
  • 3rd Massive anti-ETA demonstration in Basques
  • 4th STS 51-G vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 4th Supreme Court strikes down Alabama "moment of silence" law
  • 6th 58th National Spelling Bee: Balu Natarajan wins spelling milieu
  • 6th Body of Nazi concentration camp doctor Dr Josef Mengele located & exhumed
  • 6th Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts "status" of Aruba
  • 6th Soyuz T-13 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 7 space station
  • 8th 117th Belmont: Eddie Maple aboard Creme Fraiche wins in 2:27
  • 9th 39th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 4 games to 2
  • 9th Alice Miller wins LPGA McDonald's Golf Championship
  • 9th American Thomas Sutherland is kidnapped & held hostage in Lebanon
  • 9th USSR's Vega 1 deposits lander on surface of Venus

Sport awardTennis Open

9th 84th Men's French Open: Mats Wilander beats Ivan Lendl (3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Sport awardTennis Open

9th 84th Women's French Open: Chris Evert beats Martina Navratilova (6-3, 6-7, 7-5)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 10th 19th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers, B Mandrell
  • 10th Claus von Bulow acquitted on charges he tried to murder his wife
  • 10th Coca Cola announces they'd bring back their 99-year-old formula
  • 11th Russian space probe Vega 1 lands on Venus
  • 11th Von Hayes becomes 21st to hit 2 HRs in an inning (Phils-26, Mets-7)
  • 11th WJW-AM/TV in Cleveland Ohio change call letters to WRMR

Film release premierFilm Release

13th "Prizzi's Honor", starring Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, and Anjelica Huston, is released

  • 14th "Michael Nesmith In Television Parts" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 14th Earl Weaver comes out of retirement to manage Balt Orioles
  • 14th Lebanese Shiite Muslim extremists hijacked TWA Flight 847
  • 15th "Pryor's Place" children's show last airs on CBS-TV
  • 15th En route to Halley's Comet, USSR's Vega 2 drops lander on Venus

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

15th Pinklon Thomas KOs Mike Weaver in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • 15th Russian space probe Vega 2 lands on Venus
  • 15th Rembrandt's painting Danaë is attacked by a man later judged insane; he threw sulfuric acid on the canvas and cut it twice with his knife.
  • 16th 85th US Golf Open: Andy North shoots a 279 at Oakland Hills CC Mich
  • 16th Pat Bradley wins LPGA Rochester Golf International
  • 16th T C Chen, ahead by 4 strokes in final round of US Open
  • 16th Willie Banks of USA sets triple jump record (58 feet 11 inches) in Indianapolis
  • 17th 18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G)-Discovery 5 launched
  • 18th Boston Red Sox Fred Lynn gets 10 RBIs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

19th Reggie Jackson hits his 513th HR to move into 10th place

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 21st American, Brazilian & West German forensic pathologists confirm skeletal remains exhumed in Brazil were Nazi Dr Josef Mengele
  • 22nd "Grind" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 79 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

22nd "Smuggler's Blues" by Glenn Frey peaks at #12

Rock Vocalist Glenn Frey
Rock Vocalist
Glenn Frey
  • 23rd Alice Miller wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • 23rd Bomb destroys Air India Boeing 747 in air near Ireland, 329 die
  • 23rd Laffit Pincay Jr becomes 2nd jockey to win $100 million
  • 24th 18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G)-Discovery 5 returns to Earth
  • 24th Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-F
  • 25th Fireworks factory near Hallett, OK, explodes (21 die)
  • 25th Thurman v City of Torrington decides in favour of Tracey Thurman. Ist woman to sue a police dept for violating her civil rights (not protecting against abusive husband).
  • 27th First hotel strike in New York City
  • 27th Route 66 (Chicago to Santa Monica), is decertified
  • 28th Discovery ferried back to Kennedy Space Center via Bergstrom AFB, Tx
  • 29th NASA launches Intelsat VA F-11
  • 29th STS 51-F vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 30th "The King & I" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 191 performances
  • 30th 39 remaining hostages from Flight 847 are freed in Beirut
  • 30th Juli Inkster wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • 30th LA Dodger Pedro Gonzalez sets NL record of 15 HRs in June

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Mário Hipólito, Angolan footballer
  • 1st Nick Young, American basketball player
  • 2nd Ana Cristina, Cuban American singer, composer, and actress
  • 4th Lukas Podolski, Polish-born footballer
  • 4th Bar Refaeli, Israeli model
  • 4th Evan Lysacek, American figure skater
  • 4th Ana Carolina Reston, Brazilian fashion model (d. 2006)
  • 5th Kenny De Ketele, Belgian cyclist
  • 6th Drew Galloway, Scottish professional wrestler
  • 7th Charlie Simpson, British pop singer
  • 8th Alexandre Despatie, French-Canadian diver
  • 9th Sonam Kapoor, Indian actress
  • 9th Sebastian Telfair, American basketball player
  • 10th Kristina Lundberg, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 10th Vasilis Torosidis, Greek footballer
  • 11th Anja Rubik, Polish supermodel
  • 11th Chris Trousdale, American pop singer and dancer
  • 11th Josh Ramsay, Canada, singer-songwriter (Marianas Trench)
  • 12th Blake Ross, American software developer
  • 12th Tasha-Ray Evin, Canadian musician (Lillix)
  • 12th Kendra Wilkinson, American Playboy bunny/Playmate/Television Personality
  • 12th Sam Thaiday, Australian professional rugby league player
  • 12th Chris Young, American musician
  • 13th Raz-B, American singer (B2K)
  • 13th Danny Syvret, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 13th Filipe Albuquerque, Portuguese racing driver
  • 14th Andrew Bonner, Scottish football player
  • 14th Andy Soucek, Spanish racing driver
  • 15th Nadine Coyle, Northern Irish singer (Girls Aloud)
  • 17th Marcos Baghdatis, Cypriot professional tennis player
  • 17th Rafael Sóbis, Brazilian footballer
  • 20th Souleymane Mamam, Togolese footballer
  • 20th Darko Miličić, Serbian basketball player
  • 21st Anthony Morelli, American football player
  • 21st Byron Schammer, AFL footballer
  • 22nd Rosa Kato, Italian-Japanese model and actress
  • 22nd Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Greek-Cameroonian basketball player
  • 24th Kyle Searles, American actor
  • 24th Yukina Shirakawa, Japanese gravure idol
  • 26th Urgyen Trinley Dorje, Tibetan spiritual leader
  • 27th Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russian tennis player
  • 27th Coby Linder, American Pop Punk Drummer (Say Anything)
  • 27th Nico Rosberg, German race car driver
  • 27th James Hook, Welsh rugby player
  • 28th Phil Bardsley, English football player
  • 29th Quintin Demps, American football player
  • 30th Rafal Blechacz, Polish classical pianist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

30th Michael Phelps, American swimmer (world record 28 Olympic medals), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 30th Fabiana Vallejos, Argentine footballer
  • 30th Cody Runnels, American wrestler

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1st Country singer Merle Haggard (48) weds fourth wife Debbie Parret

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard

HeartWedding of Interest

21st Chemist Carl Djerassi (61) weds biographer and teacher Diane Middlebrook (46) at his ranch

Chemist Carl Djerassi
Carl Djerassi
  • 22nd "Dallas" actress Victoria Principal (35) weds plastic surgeon Harry Glassman (43) in Dallas

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Richard Greene, actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 67
  • 6th Siem Devout, Dutch actor, dies at 54
  • 10th Bob Prince, sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), dies at 68
  • 10th George Chandler, actor (Lassie), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 87
  • 11th Karen Ann Quinlan, comatose patient, dies in Morris Plains NJ at 31
  • 11th Sapfo Notara, Greek actress (b. 1907)
  • 12th Edmund Perry, 17 and newly graduated from N.H. prep. high school, shot and killed in Manhattan by NYPD undercover officer Lee Vanhouten, who claimed Perry tried to rob him
  • 15th Len Hopwood, cricketer (took 0-155 in two Tests Eng v Aust 1934), dies
  • 15th Percy Fender, cricketer (13 Tests for England, 380 runs 29 wkts), dies
  • 15th Andy Stanfield, American athlete (b. 1927)
  • 15th Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (b. 1961)
  • 17th Piet De Somer, Belgian rector of University of Louvain, dies at 67
  • 18th Paul Colin, French poster designer (b. 1892)
  • 21st Tage Erlander, Prime Minister of Sweden (b. 1901)
  • 25th Morris Mason, American murderer (b. 1954)
  • 28th James Craig, actor (Human Comedy, Kismet), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • 28th Lambros Konstantaras, Greek actor, dies at 72
  • 30th James Dewar, inventor (Twinkie), dies