What Happened in October 1985

Historical Events

  • 1st Israeli air raid on PLO-headquarter at Tunis, 68 killed
  • 2nd Russian party leader Gorbachev visits Paris (his first trip abroad)
  • 2nd Tigers Darrell Evans is 1st to hit 40 HR seasons in both leagues
  • 3rd 21st Shuttle Mission (51J)-Atlantis 1-all-military flight launched
  • 3rd Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) adopts constitution

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3rd Pope John Paul II beatifies Titus Brandsma

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 3rd South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands adopts constitution
  • 3rd Walter Polovchak becomes a "free man" upon turning 18
  • 4th Henry G Perry completes 157 day, 14,021 mile bicycle tour of Australia
  • 4th Shite Muslims claim to have killed hostage William Buckley
  • 4th Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, USA.
  • 5th Grambling's Eddie Robinson wins record 324th football game
  • 6th Marita Koch of E Germany sets 400m woman's record (47.6) in Australia
  • 6th Yankee Phil Niekro becomes 18th pitcher to win 300 games & also at 46 becomes oldest to pitch a shut-out beating Toronto 8-0
  • 6th PC Keith Blakelock is murdered as riots erupt in the Broadwater Farm suburb of London.
  • 7th 21st Space Shuttle Mission (51-J)-Atlantis 1 lands at Edwards AFB
  • 7th KHQ-AM in Spokane Wash's final transmission
  • 7th Lynette Woodward, chosen as 1st woman on Harlem Globetrotters
  • 7th PLO terrorists sieze Italian cruise liner Achille Lauro
  • 8th "Rembrandt & Hitler or Me" premieres in Amsterdam
  • 8th Alain Boubil/Herbert Kretzner's "Les Miserables" premieres in London
  • 8th Little Richard seriously injured in a car accident
  • 9th "Tango Argentino" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 198 performances
  • 9th Central Park's Strawberry Fields, dedicated
  • 9th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 10th Sudan adopts interim constitution
  • 10th US fighter jets force Egyptian plane carrying hijackers of Italian ship Achille Lauro to land in Italy, gunmen are placed in custody
  • 11th Atlantis (51-J) returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB

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11th President Reagan bans importation of South African Krugerrands

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 11th US intercepts Egyptian Boeing with Achille Lauro terrorists
  • 12th Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for maintenance of STS 61A mission
  • 12th Intl Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War receives Nobel Prize
  • 12th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 13th "Sunday in the Park with George" closes at Booth NYC after 604 performances
  • 13th Belgium premier Martens CVP wins parliamentary election
  • 13th During NLCS, Cards rookie Vince Coleman is injured stretching before game as his left leg is caught in Busch Stadium's automated tarpaulin
  • 14th 19th Country Music Association Award: Ricky Skaggs wins
  • 14th On Mon Night football, Jets retire Joe Namath's #12, beat Miami 23-7
  • 15th Nobel prize for economics awarded to Franco Modigliani
  • 15th Shuttle Columbia carries Spacelab into orbit
  • 15th Shelley Taylor of Australia makes fastest swim ever around Manhattan Island, doing it in 6 hours 12 minutes 29 seconds
  • 16th Challenger vehicle moves to launch pad for STS 61A mission
  • 16th Intel introduces 32-bit 80386 microcomputer chip
  • 16th KC Royals & St Louis Cardinals win their league championships
  • 16th Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Herbert Hauptman & Jerome Karle
  • 16th MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 2
  • 16th MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 3
  • 17th French author Claude Simon wins the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • 17th Lou Piniella named NY Yankee manager
  • 21st Qasim Omar (206) & Javed Miandad (203*) make 397 stand v SL
  • 22nd Bret Saberhagen gives KC Royals their 1st win leading to their World Series title
  • 25th Angels announce that they will not offer Rod Carew a new contract
  • 25th Kosmos 1700 communications satellite placed in geostationary orbit
  • 26th Hurricane Juan, kills 97 in US
  • 26th On a poor call in 6th game, umpire Don Deckinger starts a string of events costing Cardinals the World Series

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26th Doug Harvey's #2 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Legend Doug Harvey
NHL Legend
Doug Harvey
  • 26th CBS' premiere of fact based TV film "Children of the Night", based on sociology student Lois Lee's expose on female crime and inconsistent enforcement of prostitution laws in Los Angeles
  • 27th 15th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:28:34
  • 27th 16th NYC Marathon won by Orlando Pizzolato in 2:11:34
  • 27th Anthony Carter begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive game receptions
  • 27th Billy Martin is fired by Yankees for 4th time
  • 27th Hurricane Juan ravages US Gulf states & east coast, 49 die
  • 27th KC Royals beat St Louis Cards, 4 games to 3 in 82nd World Series
  • 27th Thieves steal 9 paintings, including 5 Monet's & 2 Renoir's
  • 28th Ravi Ratnayeke takes 8-83 for Sri Lanka v Pakistan
  • 29th Cards' Joaquin Andujar suspended for 10 games for bumping an ump
  • 29th Major General Samuel K. Doe is announced the winner of the first multiparty election in Liberia.
  • 30th 22nd Space Shuttle Mission (61-A)-Challenger 9-launched
  • 31st Last day in Test cricket for Zaheer Abbas

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Ryo Miyamori, Japanese singer
  • 1st Nazimuddin Ahmed, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1st Revazi Zintiridis, Greek judoka
  • 1st Tim Deasy, English footballer
  • 2nd Craig Davis, Wide Receiver for the San Diego Chargers
  • 5th Nicola Roberts, English singer (Girls Aloud)
  • 7th Evan Longoria, American baseball player
  • 8th Eiji Wentz, German-Japanese entertainer

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8th Bruno Mars [Peter Gene Hernandez], American singer ("Just the Way You Are", "Grenade"), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Singer Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
  • 10th Dominique Cornu, Belgian professional cyclist
  • 10th Aaron Himelstein, American actor
  • 11th Michelle Trachtenberg, American actress
  • 12th Mike Green, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 14th Digão, Brazilian footballer
  • 14th Daniel Clark, Canadian actor
  • 14th Sherlyn González, Mexican actress
  • 14th Alexandre Sarnes Negrão, Brazilian racing driver
  • 15th Walter López, Uruguayan footballer
  • 15th Marcos Martinez Ucha, Spanish racing driver
  • 16th Casey Stoner, Australian motorcycle racer and 2007 MotoGP World Champion
  • 20th Jennifer Nicole Freeman, American actress
  • 20th Dominic McGuire, American basketball player
  • 20th James Sutton, British racing driver
  • 22nd Zac Hanson, American pop singer (Hanson-MMMMbop), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 23rd James Kotecki, American political blogger
  • 23rd Miguel [Miguel Pimentel], American singer, born in Los Angeles
  • 24th Wayne Rooney, English footballer
  • 25th Maximillian Roeg, actor (Aria)
  • 25th Ciara Harris, American singer
  • 26th Andrea Bargnani, Italian basketball player
  • 26th Monta Ellis, American basketball player
  • 26th Asin Thottumkal, Indian actress
  • 28th Richard Smith, American entrepreneur
  • 29th Severino Jefferson, Brazilian football player

Famous Weddings

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9th NBA guard George Gervin (33) weds Joyce King in Bexar County, Texas

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin

Famous Deaths

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1st E. B. White, US author (New Yorker, Charlotte's Web), dies at 86

Writer E. B. White
E. B. White
  • 2nd George Savalas, actor (Kojak), dies at 58
  • 2nd Rock Hudson, actor (MacMillian & Wife), dies of AIDS at 59
  • 2nd Sidney Clute, actor (Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey), dies at 69
  • 3rd Charles Collingwood, newscaster (Chronicles), dies at 68
  • 3rd Maurice Copeland, actor (Ralph-Those Young Charmings), dies at 74
  • 6th Nelson Riddle, American bandleader (b. 1921)
  • 8th Leon Klinghoffer, hijackers of Achille Lauro, threw him off boat
  • 8th Ricardo Bacchelli, playwright/poet (Il malino del Po), dies at 94
  • 9th Emílio Garrastazu Médici, president of Brazil (b. 1905)

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10th Orson Welles, American actor/director (Citizen Kane, War of the Worlds), dies of a heart attack at 70

  • 10th Yul Brynner, [Taidje Khan], actor (King & I), dies of cancer at 65
  • 11th Tex Williams, country-western singer, dies at 68 of cancer
  • 12th Johnny Olsen, TV announcer (Price is Right), dies at 75
  • 12th Ricky Wilson, rock guitarist (B-52's), dies of AIDS at 32
  • 13th Jack Wilson, cricketer (Test for Australia, 0-39 & 1-25, DNB), dies
  • 14th Emil Gilels, Ukrainian pianist (b. 1916)
  • 15th Meret Oppenheim, writer, dies at 72
  • 16th Claude Stroud, actor (Hobart-Ted Knight Show, Duke), dies at 78
  • 18th Benjamin Moloisi, South African poet/Anc'er, hanged at 30
  • 19th Alfred Rouleau, French Canadian businessman (b. 1915)
  • 22nd Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (b. 1894)
  • 24th Richie Evans, American NASCAR driver (b. 1941)
  • 24th Maurice Roy, Archbishop of Quebec, (b. 1905)
  • 25th Elsa Moranet, writer, dies at 67
  • 25th Morton Downey, singer (Star of the Family), dies at 83
  • 29th John Lodge, actor (Sensation, In Like Flint)/(gov-R-CT), dies at 82
  • 30th Kirby Grant, actor/singer (Sky King), dies in an auto accident at 74
  • 31st Poul Reichhardt, Danish actor (b. 1913)
  • 31st Nikos Engonopoulos, Greek painter and poet (b. 1907)
  • 31st Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (b. 1918)