What Happened in October 1985

Historical Events

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

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Oct 3 Pope John Paul II beatifies Titus Brandsma

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

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Oct 11 President Reagan bans importation of South African Krugerrands

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

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

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

Singer Bruno Mars
Singer
Bruno Mars
  • Oct 10 Dominique Cornu, Belgian professional cyclist
  • Oct 10 Aaron Himelstein, American actor
  • Oct 11 Michelle Trachtenberg, American actress
  • Oct 12 Mike Green, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Oct 14 Digão, Brazilian footballer
  • Oct 14 Daniel Clark, Canadian actor
  • Oct 14 Sherlyn González, Mexican actress
  • Oct 14 Alexandre Sarnes Negrão, Brazilian racing driver
  • Oct 15 Walter López, Uruguayan footballer
  • Oct 15 Marcos Martinez Ucha, Spanish racing driver
  • Oct 16 Casey Stoner, Australian motorcycle racer and 2007 MotoGP World Champion
  • Oct 18 Yoenis Cespedes, Cuban MLB player, born in Campechuela
  • Oct 20 Jennifer Nicole Freeman, American actress
  • Oct 20 Dominic McGuire, American basketball player, born in San Diego, California
  • Oct 20 James Sutton, British racing driver
  • Oct 22 Zac Hanson, American pop singer (Hanson-MMMMbop), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Oct 23 James Kotecki, American political blogger
  • Oct 23 Miguel [Miguel Pimentel], American singer, born in Los Angeles
  • Oct 24 Wayne Rooney, English footballer
  • Oct 25 Maximillian Roeg, actor (Aria)
  • Oct 25 Ciara Harris, American singer
  • Oct 26 Andrea Bargnani, Italian basketball player
  • Oct 26 Monta Ellis, American basketball player
  • Oct 26 Asin Thottumkal, Indian actress
  • Oct 28 Richard Smith, American entrepreneur
  • Oct 29 Severino Jefferson, Brazilian football player

Famous Weddings


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Oct 9 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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Oct 1 E. B. White, US author (New Yorker, Charlotte's Web), dies at 86

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

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

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