What Happened in May 1985

Historical Events

  • May 1 "Communist" bomb attack kills 2 firemen in Brussels

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 US President Reagan ends embargo against Nicaragua

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • May 1 William Hoffman's "As Is" premieres in NYC
  • May 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 3 Date of $5 million check in "A View To A Kill"
  • May 4 111th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr on Spend A Buck wins 2:00.2
  • May 4 30th Eurovision Song Contest: Bobbysocks! for Norway wins singing "La det swinge" in Gothenburg
  • May 5 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Moss Creek Women's Golf Invitational
  • May 6 17th Space Shuttle Mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 lands at Edwards AFB
  • May 8 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win
  • May 8 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 10 Challenger transports back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
  • May 11 56 die and at least 265 are injured at Bradford City football ground in the worst fire in English football history
  • May 11 Booby trap bomb kills 86 people in India

Music release#1 in the Charts

May 11 Madonna's "Crazy For You" single goes #1

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • May 11 Pope John Paul II arrives in Netherlands, which is marred by violent protest

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Dave Concepcion becomes 4th Cincinnati Red teammate to get 2,000 hits, others include Pete Rose, Tony Perez & Cesar Cedeno

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • May 12 Amy Eilberg is ordained in NY as 1st woman Conservative rabbi
  • May 12 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • May 13 Carlton Fisk becomes 5th catcher to steal 100 bases
  • May 13 Laura Elena Martinez-Herring, 21, (Texas), crowned 34th Miss USA
  • May 13 Philadelphia police attack a house held by group "Move", 11 killed
  • May 15 Everton of England wins 25th European Cup Winner's Cup against Rapid Wien of Austria 3-1 in Rotterdam

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of Year

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • May 16 Pope John Paul II arrives in Belgium
  • May 16 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat Quebec Nordiques, 4 games to 2
  • May 16 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 2
  • May 17 Les Anderson, catches record 97 lb 4 oz Chinook Salmon, off Alaska
  • May 18 "One Night In Bangkok" by Murray Head hits #3
  • May 18 110th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tank's Prospect wins in 1:53.4
  • May 18 1st remote location for "Nightline" (South Africa)
  • May 19 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
  • May 20 Dow Jones industrial avg closes above 1300 for 1st time
  • May 20 FBI arrests John A Walker Jr, convicted of spying for USSR
  • May 20 Indians-Brewers game at Cleve Stadium is 1st rain-out of 1985, ends record string of 458 ML games since Opening Day without a rain-out

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 20 Larry Holmes beats Carl Williams in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • May 20 US began broadcasts to Cuba on Radio Marti
  • May 20 38th Cannes Film Festival: "When Father Was Away on Business" directed by Emir Kusturica wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 21 Israel exchanges 1,150 prisoners with the PFLP-GC in return for 3 Israeli soldiers
  • May 22 Pete Rose 2,108th run passes Hank Aaron as NL run scoring leader
  • May 22 US sailor Michael L Walker arrested for spying for USSR

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 22 "A View to a Kill", 14th James Bond film, last to star Roger Moore, also starring Grace Jones and Christopher Walken, premieres in San Francisco

  • May 24 -25) cyclone hits Bangladesh; about 10,000 die
  • May 25 Allan Border scores 4th successive 1st class 100 (v Derbyshire)
  • May 25 Cyclone ravages Bangladesh; 11,000 killed
  • May 26 Indianapolis 500: Danny Sullivan wins by 24 seconds following a spin
  • May 26 Explosions destroys 2 tankers off of Gibraltar, 30 die
  • May 26 Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 27 Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997
  • May 27 Inaugural bands parade for President Reagan
  • May 28 David Jacobsen taken hostage in Beirut Lebanon
  • May 28 Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-G
  • May 29 Amputee Steve Fonyo completes cross-Canada marathon at Victoria, British Columbia, after 14 months.
  • May 29 29th European Cup: Juventus beats Liverpool 1-0 at Brussels
  • May 30 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 1
  • May 31 Guatemala adopts constitution
  • May 31 New Orleans Saints are sold for $70,204,000
  • May 31 Tornadoes in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York State & Canada kill 88 & injured more than 1,000
  • May 31 Tornado outbreak in United States and Canada sees 41 tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario, leaving 44 dead
  • May 31 Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) became a Schedule I drug in the United States.

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Drew Sidora, American actress
  • May 2 Kyle Busch, American race car driver

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 2 Lily Allen, English singer-songwriter (It's Not Me, It's You) and TV presenter (Lily Allen and Friends), born in London

Recording Artist & Fashion Designer Lily Allen
Recording Artist & Fashion Designer
Lily Allen
  • May 2 Sarah Hughes, American figure skater
  • May 2 David Nugent, English footballer
  • May 2 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, American baseball player
  • May 3 Greg Raposo, American pop/rock singer
  • May 4 Anthony Fedorov, American singer
  • May 4 Ravinder Bopara, English cricketer
  • May 5 Shoko Nakagawa, Japanese actress, illustrator and singer
  • May 5 Terrence Wheatley, American Football player
  • May 5 P. J. Tucker, American basketball player
  • May 6 Chris Paul, American basketball player (Houston Rockets), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • May 7 Drew Neitzel, American college basketball player
  • May 8 Mashio Miyazaki, Japanese actress
  • May 9 Jake Long, American football player
  • May 10 Ryan Getzlaf, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 11 Sifow (Shiho Fujita), Japanese pop star and business woman
  • May 12 Tally Hall, American soccer player
  • May 12 Jeroen Simaeys, Belgian footballer
  • May 13 Travis Zajac, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 14 Sally Martin, American actress
  • May 15 Cristiane, Brazilian footballer
  • May 16 Anja Mittag, German footballer
  • May 16 Stanislav Ianevski, Bulgarian actor
  • May 16 Corey Perry, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 17 Matt Ryan, American football player
  • May 17 Derek Hough, American dancer and singer
  • May 21 Frustaci Septuplets, California, Patricia Frustaci gives birth to 7
  • May 21 Andrew Miller, Major League Baseball player
  • May 21 Kano [Robinson], English rapper and actor, born in London
  • May 21 Mutya Buena, English singer (ex-Sugababes)
  • May 21 Marco Carta, Italian singer
  • May 22 Tranquillo Barnetta, Swiss footballer
  • May 22 Caridee English, American Model
  • May 22 Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 23 Ross Wallace, Scottish footballer
  • May 24 Tim Bridgman, British racing driver
  • May 25 Luciana Abreu, Portuguese singer and actress
  • May 27 Chien-Ming Chiang, Taiwanese baseball player
  • May 28 Colbie Caillat, American folk singer-songwriter
  • May 31 Ian Vouyoukas, Greek basketball player

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 George Pravda, Czech actor, dies at 68
  • May 2 Hal LeRoy, dancer/actor (Harold Teen), dies at 71 after surgery
  • May 2 Milton S Eisenhower, US diplomat, dies at 85
  • May 2 Attilio Bettega, Italian rallydriver (b.1951)
  • May 2 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1909)
  • May 2 Bridget D'Oyly Carte, British theater & hotel director, dies of lung cancer at 77
  • May 4 Clarence Wiseman, the 10th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1907)
  • May 5 Sir Donald Bailey, British civil engineer (b. 1901)
  • May 6 Julie Vega, Filipino child actress and singer (b. 1968)
  • May 7 Dawn Addams, actress (Alan Young Show, Star Maidens), dies at 54
  • May 8 Dolph Sweet, actor (Gil McGowan-Another World), dies at 74
  • May 8 Edmond O'Brien, actor (Sam Benedict), dies of Alzheimer's at 69
  • May 8 Karl Marx, German composer/conductor, dies at 87
  • May 9 Edmond O'Brien, actor (Moon Pilot, Wild Bunch), dies at 69
  • May 9 Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, dies at 80
  • May 11 Chester Gould, cartoonist (Dick Tracy), dies at 84
  • May 11 Garmt Stuiveling, Dutch writer and poet (Ego & Echo), dies at 77
  • May 11 Jorja Curtright, actor (Whistle Stop), dies of a heart attack
  • May 11 Samuel Frith, English co-founder of soccer team (Bradford City), dies
  • May 12 Jean Debuffet, French painter and sculptor (Landscape with 2 Personages), dies at 83
  • May 13 Leatrice Joy, silent screen star, dies in Riverdale (Bronx) NYC at 91
  • May 13 Selma Diamond, comedienne (Selma-Night Court), dies of cancer at 64
  • May 14 Mohammed Munir, Indonesian worker's union leader, executed
  • May 15 Jackie Curtis, actor (Underground USA), dies of a drug overdose at 38

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May 16 Margaret Hamilton, American actress (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 82

  • May 17 Bobby Ewing, (Patrick Duffy) killed off on Dallas
  • May 17 Hugh Burden, actor (Night of Laughing Dead), dies at 72
  • May 17 Abe Burrows, songwriter, composer, and writer (b. 1910)
  • May 18 Tex Terry, actor (Apache Rose, Timberjack), dies at 82
  • May 20 George Memmoli, actor (Earl-Hello Larry), dies at 46
  • May 21 Julie Vega, Philippine Actress (b. 1968)
  • May 25 Harold Hecht, choreographer, dies at 77 of cancer
  • May 25 Robert Nathan, US writer/poet (Portrait of Jennie), dies at 91
  • May 27 Kay Campbell, actress (All My Children), dies at 80
  • May 29 39, die at Heysel Stadium in Liverpool in a riot prior to soccer match
  • May 29 Madge West, American actress (McLean Stevenson Show), dies at 93