What Happened in 1985 (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 794

  • Jul 3 Tinker Bell's first nightly flight at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 3 "Back to the Future" directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd is released

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jul 5 Robert Mugabe wins Zimbabwean elections

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe
  • Jul 5 Nicholas Mark Sanders (England) begins circumnavigation of globe, covering 13,035 road miles in 78 days, 3 hr, 30 min

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7 92nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert (46 63 62)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7 99th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Boris Becker beats K Curren (63 67 76 64)

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • Jul 8 Marge Schott becomes CEO of Cincinnati Red
  • Jul 9 South Africa police arrested Dutch ANC'er Klaas de Jong
  • Jul 10 Coca-Cola Co announces it will resume selling old formula Coke

CommunicationThe Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

Jul 10 French agents blow up Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbour, New Zealand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 10 Playboy (and also Penthouse) publish nude pictures of Madonna

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 11 Astros' Nolan Ryan, 1st to strike out 4000 (Mets' Danny Heep)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Jul 11 Refurbished space shuttle Columbia moves overland from Palmdale to Dryden
  • Jul 11 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 12 "Singin' in the Rain" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 367 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 12 Doctors discover a cancerous growth in President Reagan's colon

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jul 12 STS 51-F launch scrubbed at T -3s because of main engine shutdown
  • Jul 13 "Live Aid" concert held both at Wembley Stadium (London) and John F. Kennedy Stadium (Philadelphia) raises over $70 million for African famine relief

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 NY Yankees retire Roger Maris (9) & Elston Howard (32) uniforms

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Jul 14 40th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Kathy Baker
  • Jul 14 Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Offutt AFB, Neb
  • Jul 14 Last USFL game-Baltimore Stars defeats Oakland Invaders, 28-24
  • Jul 15 Deborah Carthy-Deu, of Puerto Rico, crowned 34th Miss Universe
  • Jul 16 56th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-1 at Humphrey Metrodome, Minn
  • Jul 16 All star MVP: LaMarr Hoyt (SD Padres)
  • Jul 16 Bill to abolish Greater London Council receives royal assent
  • Jul 18 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • Jul 19 Christa McAuliffe chosen as 1st school teacher to fly aboard the space shuttle
  • Jul 19 Dam in Fiemme Valley Italy bursts; 200-300 die
  • Jul 19 The Val di Stava Dam collapse killing 268 people in Val di Stava, Italy.
  • Jul 20 Divers find wreck of Spanish galleon Atocha
  • Jul 20 The government of Aruba passes legislation to secede from the Netherlands Antilles.
  • Jul 21 "Leader of the Pack" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 120 performances
  • Jul 21 114th British Golf Open: Sandy Lyle shoots a 282 at Royal St George
  • Jul 21 Amina Fakir (Detroit), 23, crowned 18th Miss Black America
  • Jul 21 Judy Clark wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • Jul 21 72nd Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • Jul 24 Gandhi signs peace contract with Sikh leader Harchand Singh Longowai
  • Jul 24 French DGSE officers Dominique Prieur and Alain Mafart are arrested and charged with murder over the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior
  • Jul 25 Spokeswoman for Rock Hudson confirmed he had AIDS
  • Jul 25 Steve Cram runs world record mile (3:46.32)
  • Jul 25 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 25 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 25 Uganda suspends constitution following coup

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 28 13th du Maurier Golf Classic: Pat Bradley

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Jul 28 Alan Garcia sworn in as president of Peru
  • Jul 28 L Brock, Slaughter, A Vaughan, & H Wilhelm inducted into Hall of Fame
  • Jul 29 19th Space Shuttle Mission (51-F)-Challenger 8-launched
  • Jul 30 Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-I mission
  • Jul 30 Valerie Lowrance, of Texas, 18, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Aug 1 15.4 cm rainfall at Cheyenne, Wyoming (state record)
  • Aug 1 Emmy 12th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 6th time
  • Aug 1 Vince Coleman steals 2 bases in 1st inning, for NL rookie record 74
  • Aug 1 18th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego
  • Aug 2 5 die in a train crash in Westminster Colo
  • Aug 2 Delta Lockheed L-1011 crashes at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, 137 die
  • Aug 3 "Nihilator" set harness pacing mile (1:49.6) in East Rutherford, NJ
  • Aug 3 Train crash at Flaujac, France: 35 killed
  • Aug 4 "Dreamgirls" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1522 performances
  • Aug 4 California Angel Rod Carew gets his 3,000th hit
  • Aug 4 Penny Hammel wins LPGA Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic
  • Aug 4 Phil Rizzuto Day, Yanks retire #10
  • Aug 4 Rod Carew is 16th to get 3,000 hits
  • Aug 4 White Sox Tom Seaver is 17th to win #300, beating Yankees
  • Aug 5 Baseball players go on strike for 2 days
  • Aug 5 Establishment of a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is announced
  • Aug 5 Flexible-wing glider altitude record (214,250') set by Larry Tudor
  • Aug 6 19th space shuttle mission (51-F), Challenger 8, lands at Edwards AFB
  • Aug 6 Major League Baseball Players Association go on strike
  • Aug 6 Players' Association stages a midseason baseball strike (lasts 1 day)
  • Aug 6 STS 51-I vehicle moves to launch pad

Music releaseMusic Recording

Aug 7 Barbra Streisand records "Broadway Album"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Aug 7 Baseball players end a 2 day strike
  • Aug 7 Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan's first astronauts.
  • Aug 7 A delegation of the South African Council of Churches meets with SA President P W Botha, following calls by the church for urgent discussions on the causes of unrest, forced removals and the emergency regulations in the country
  • Aug 8 Baseball's new agreement permits 2 new NL teams in 1993
  • Aug 8 Japan launches Planet A, a probe to Halley's comet
  • Aug 10 Oakland A's Dave Kingman is 21st to hit 400 HRs (off Matt Young at Seattle)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 Michael Jackson buys ATV Music (every Beatle song) for $47 million

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Aug 10 Uno Lindstron of Sweden juggles a soccer ball 13.11 miles
  • Aug 11 "Tap Dance Kid" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 669 performances
  • Aug 11 67th PGA Championship: Hubert Green shoots 278 at Cherry Hills Denver
  • Aug 11 Challenger flies to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz
  • Aug 11 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
  • Aug 11 Rudolf Povarnitsin of USSR sets new high jump world record (7'10"12)
  • Aug 12 Balt Orioles W Gross & L Sheets are 6th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Aug 12 Japanese Boeing 747SR crashes, 520 die (worst in-flight toll)
  • Aug 13 South African Defence Force soldiers, travelling in a convoy of more than ten armoured vehicles, surrounded the Thaba-Juluba high school in Soweto and arrest 200 students during a clampdown on school boycotts
  • Aug 14 Political violence by the youth begins after the funeral of assassinated Victoria Mxenge, a civil rights lawyer, who was respected and liked by the Congress of South African Students
  • Aug 15 PW Botha gives the "Rubicon" Speech in Durban, South Africa, dissapointing many by refusing to consider immediate and major reforms in the country's apartheid system
  • Aug 15 First Iraqi air raid on Iran's main oil export terminal, Kharg Island

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 16 CBS' premiere of its TV adaptation of "Death of A Salesman", staring Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich

  • Aug 17 1,400 meatpackers walk off the job at a Geo A Hormel & Co plant
  • Aug 17 Rajiv Gandhi announces Punjab state elections in India
  • Aug 17 Sara Trollinger forms House of Hope in Orlando
  • Aug 18 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Nestle World Championship of Women's Golf
  • Aug 18 Muffin Spencer-Devlin wins MasterCard International Pro-Am Golf Tourn
  • Aug 18 Suisei Launch (Halley's Comet Flyby)
  • Aug 19 Japan launches its 2nd probe of Halley's Comet, Suisei

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 457 of 457

  • Nov 20 Juan Cruz Álvarez, Argentine racing driver
  • Nov 20 Dan Byrd, American actor
  • Nov 21 Jesús Navas, Spanish footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 21 Carly Rae Jepsen, Canadian singer ("Call Me Maybe"), born in Mission, British Columbia

  • Nov 22 Asamoah Gyan, Ghanaian footballer
  • Nov 23 Ahn Hyun-Soo, South Korean short track skater
  • Nov 24 Julia Alexandratou, Greek fashion model and singer
  • Nov 24 Tony Hunt, National Football League player
  • Nov 26 Lil' Fizz, American singer
  • Nov 27 Alison Pill, Canadian actress
  • Nov 27 Klara Ósk Elíasdóttir, Icelandic singer
  • Nov 28 Caitlin McClatchey, Scottish swimmer
  • Nov 29 Taguchi Junnosuke, Japanese idol (KAT-TUN)
  • Nov 29 Shannon Brown, American basketball player
  • Nov 30 Kaley Cuoco, American actress (The Big Bang Theory), born in Camarillo, California
  • Dec 2 Dorell Wright, American basketball player
  • Dec 3 Mike Randolph, American soccer player
  • Dec 3 Amanda Seyfried, American actress
  • Dec 3 László Cseh, Hungarian swimmer
  • Dec 3 Marcus Darrell Williams, American basketball player
  • Dec 4 Andrew Brackman, American baseball player
  • Dec 4 Carlos Gómez, Dominican baseball player
  • Dec 5 Frankie Muniz, American actor
  • Dec 5 Nico Verdonck, Belgian racing driver
  • Dec 5 Josh Smith, American basketball player
  • Dec 6 Dulce María, Mexican actress and singer
  • Dec 6 Rudra Pratap Singh, Indian Cricketer
  • Dec 8 Dwight Howard, American basketball player
  • Dec 10 T. J. Hensick, American ice hockey player
  • Dec 10 Raven-Symoné, American actress and singer
  • Dec 14 Jakub Błaszczykowski, Polish footballer
  • Dec 14 Paul Rabil, professional lacrosse player
  • Dec 14 Julio Pimentel, Dominican baseball player
  • Dec 14 Tom Smith, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • Dec 14 Nonami Takizawa, Japanese actress
  • Dec 14 Ren Yagami, Japanese actor and singer
  • Dec 15 Sheeba Reiter, Fla, illegitimate daughter of Jackie Mason
  • Dec 16 Keita Tachibana, member of Japanese boy band w-inds.
  • Dec 17 Ryuichi Ogata, member of Japanese boy band w-inds.
  • Dec 18 Tara Conner, 2006 Miss USA
  • Dec 18 Hana Soukupová, Czech supermodel
  • Dec 19 Gary Cahill, English footballer
  • Dec 19 Neil Kilkenny, English-born Australian footballer
  • Dec 19 Lady Sovereign, English musician
  • Dec 21 James Stewart Jr., American motorcycle racer
  • Dec 23 Harry Judd, British drummer (McFly)
  • Dec 23 Luke O'Loughlin, Australian actor
  • Dec 24 David Ragan, American race car driver
  • Dec 25 Leon Pisani, Welsh singer
  • Dec 25 Perdita Weeks, British actress
  • Dec 26 Steven Hartman, Westlake CA, actor (Rick Forrester-Bold & Beautiful)
  • Dec 26 Yuu Shirota, Japanese Idol
  • Dec 27 Logan Bailly, Belgian football goalkeeper
  • Dec 27 Paul Stastny, Canadian-American ice hockey player
  • Dec 28 Kamani Hill, American footballer
  • Dec 29 Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of Billy Joel & Christie Brinkley
  • Dec 30 Lars Boom, Dutch cyclist

Famous Weddings

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

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