Historical Events in May 1985

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

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1st US President Reagan ends embargo against Nicaragua

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

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

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

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

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16th Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of Year

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 16th Pope John Paul II arrives in Belgium
  • 16th NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat Quebec Nordiques, 4 games to 2
  • 16th NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 2
  • 17th Les Anderson, catches record 97 lb 4 oz Chinook Salmon, off Alaska
  • 18th "One Night In Bangkok" by Murray Head hits #3
  • 18th 110th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tank's Prospect wins in 1:53.4
  • 18th 1st remote location for "Nightline" (South Africa)
  • 19th Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
  • 20th 1150 Lebanese/Palestinian prisoners exchanged for 3 Israelis
  • 20th Dow Jones industrial avg closes above 1300 for 1st time
  • 20th FBI arrests John A Walker Jr, convicted of spying for USSR
  • 20th 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
  • 20th Israel exchanges 1,100+ Arab prisoners for 3 Israeli soldiers

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

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 20th US began broadcasts to Cuba on Radio Marti
  • 20th 38th Cannes Film Festival: "When Father Was Away on Business" directed by Emir Kusturica wins the Palme d'Or
  • 22nd Pete Rose 2,108th run passes Hank Aaron as NL run scoring leader
  • 22nd US sailor Michael L Walker arrested for spying for USSR

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22nd "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

  • 24th -25) cyclone hits Bangladesh; about 10,000 die
  • 25th Allan Border scores 4th successive 1st class 100 (v Derbyshire)
  • 25th Cyclone ravages Bangladesh; 11,000 killed
  • 26th Indianapolis 500: Danny Sullivan wins by 24 seconds following a spin
  • 26th Explosions destroys 2 tankers off of Gibraltar, 30 die
  • 26th Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • 27th Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997
  • 27th Inaugural bands parade for President Reagan
  • 28th David Jacobsen taken hostage in Beirut Lebanon
  • 28th Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-G
  • 29th Amputee Steve Fonyo completes cross-Canada marathon at Victoria, British Columbia, after 14 months.
  • 29th 29th European Cup: Juventus beats Liverpool 1-0 at Brussels
  • 30th Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat Phila Flyers, 4 games to 1
  • 31st 41 tornadoes hit Northeast US, killing 88
  • 31st Guatemala adopts constitution
  • 31st New Orleans Saints are sold for $70,204,000
  • 31st Tornadoes in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York State & Canada kill 88 & injured more than 1,000
  • 31st 1985 United States-Canadian tornado outbreak: Forty-one tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, leaving 76 dead.
  • 31st Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) became a Schedule I drug in the United States.