Historical Events in April 1985

  • Apr 1 47th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Villanova beats Georgetown 84-75
  • Apr 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 3 French government adopts equal electoral system
  • Apr 3 Players' Association agrees to expand LCS from 5 to 7 games
  • Apr 3 Vic Elliot pockets 15,780 pool balls in 24 hours in London
  • Apr 4 Tulane University cancels its basketball season amidst scandal
  • Apr 6 Bombay beat Delhi by 90 runs to win the Ranji Trophy final
  • Apr 6 Sudan suspends constitution after coup under general Swarreddahab
  • Apr 6 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 7 14th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Alice Miller
  • Apr 7 1st live telecast of Easter Parade
  • Apr 7 NJ General Hershel Walker runs for USFL record 233 yards
  • Apr 8 "Leader of the Pack" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 120 performances
  • Apr 8 Amdahl releases UTS/V, 1st mainframe Unix
  • Apr 8 India files suit against Union Carbide over Bhopal disaster
  • Apr 9 White Sox pitcher Tom Seaver starts a record 15th opening day game
  • Apr 10 At 80 Leo Sites becomes oldest bowler to score a 300 game
  • Apr 10 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-B mission
  • Apr 12 16th Shuttle Mission (51D)-Discovery 4 launched-with Senator Jake Garn
  • Apr 13 "TASS" denounced US boycott of Moscow Olympics
  • Apr 13 Space Shuttle Atlantis ferried to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas
  • Apr 13 Katrin Dörre wins 1st female World Cup marathon (2:33:30)
  • Apr 13 Ramiz Alia succeeds Enver Hoxha as party leader of Albania
  • Apr 14 "Take Me Along!" opens/closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 14 49th Masters Golf Tournament: Bernhard Langer wins, shooting a 282

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • Apr 14 Ahmed Salah wins 1st World Cup marathon (2:08:09)
  • Apr 14 Alan Garcia wins elections in Peru
  • Apr 14 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
  • Apr 14 Bob Carpenter is unsuccessful on Wash Caps 1st playoff penalty shot
  • Apr 14 Jack C Burcham is 5th to receive "Jarvik 7" permanent artificial heart
  • Apr 15 89th Boston Marathon: Geoff Smith of Great Britain 1st man in 2:14:05 and Lisa Larsen Weidenbach of United States 1st woman in 2:34:06
  • Apr 15 Challenger moves to launch pad for 51-B missing
  • Apr 16 "Grind" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 79 performances
  • Apr 19 16th Space Shuttle Mission (51-D)-Discovery 4 returns to Earth
  • Apr 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 19 Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem, and green and gold as the national colours.
  • Apr 20 Carlos Lopes runs world record marathon (2:07:12)
  • Apr 20 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Mark Williams
  • Apr 20 Karyn Marshall of NYC lifted 303 lbs in a clean & jerk lift
  • Apr 20 ATF raid on The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord compound in northern Arkansas.
  • Apr 21 Bomb attacks in NATO/AEG-Telefunken building in Brussels
  • Apr 21 Ingrid Kristiansen wins London Marathon in a record 2:21:06
  • Apr 21 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • Apr 23 Brooklyn College soccer team wins Nepal's invitational
  • Apr 23 New Coke debuts; Coca-Cola announced it is changing its secret flavor formula
  • Apr 24 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carolyn Lizer for "Yin"
  • Apr 25 "Big River" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 1005 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 25 For 2nd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 points in a Cup game (3 goals, 4 assists)

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 25 Roger Miller's musical "Big River" premieres in NYC

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • Apr 25 West German Parliament ruled it illegal to deny the holocaust
  • Apr 28 Alice Miller wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • Apr 28 Billy Martin named NY Yankee manager for 4th time
  • Apr 28 Fernando Valenzuela sets record of 41 scoreless inn to start season
  • Apr 29 17th space shuttle mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 launched
  • Apr 29 Ranger Larry Parrish is 5th to hit 3 HRs in a game in both leagues
  • Apr 29 Tony Tubbs TKOs Greg Page in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Apr 30 Dale Murphy drives in record tying 28th & 29th runs of April
  • Apr 30 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Apr 30 Last edition of Brink Daily Mail/Sunday Express in South Africa
  • Apr 30 1985 NFL Draft: Bruce Smith from Virginia Tech first pick by Buffalo Bills