August 1985 in History

Events in History

  • 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 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 California Angel Rod Carew gets his 3,000th hit
  • Aug 4 Phil Rizzuto Day, Yanks retire #10
  • Aug 4 Rod Carew is 16th to get 3,000 hits
  • 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 STS 51-I vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 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 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)
  • Aug 11 Challenger flies to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz
  • 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
  • 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 Suisei Launch (Halley's Comet Flyby)
  • Aug 19 Japan launches its 2nd probe of Halley's Comet, Suisei
  • Aug 19 Following the Rubicon speech four days earlier, Archbishop Desmond Tutu snubs P. W. Botha's invitation to attend a meeting to discuss the role and actions of the police and security forces in South Africa
  • Aug 20 Israel ships 96 TOWs to Iran on behalf of US
  • Aug 20 Libya throws out 1000s Tunisian/Egyptian gas workers
  • Aug 20 Met Dwight Gooden strikes out 16 on way to his 13th consecutive win
  • Aug 20 Hanspeter Beck of South Australia, finishes a 3,875 mile, 51 day trip from Western Australia to Melbourne on a unicycle
  • Aug 21 Mary Decker Slaney runs mile in world record 4:16.71
  • Aug 21 NY Lotto pays $41 million to three winner (#s are 14-17-22-23-30-47)
  • Aug 22 Airtours Boeing-737 crashes at Manchester airport, 55 killed
  • Aug 23 Said Aouita of Morocco sets 1.5k record (3:29.46) in Berlin
  • Aug 23 South African attorney/UDF leader "Dulah" Omar arrested
  • Aug 23 West German top counter espionage Hans Tiedge moves to German DR
  • Aug 24 STS 51-I mission scrubbed at T -5m because of bad weather
  • Aug 25 STS 51-I scrubbed at T -9m because of an onboard computer problem

CommunicationThe Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

Aug 26 French government denies knowledge of attack on Rainbow Warrior

  • Aug 27 20th Space Shuttle Mission (51-I)-Discovery 6-launched
  • Aug 29 Atlantis moves to launch pad for 51-J mission
  • Aug 29 NY Yank Don Baylor is hit by a pitch for a record 190th time
  • Aug 31 "Prakas" sets trotting mile record of 1:53.4 at Du Quoin, Ill
  • Aug 31 Night Stalker suspect that terrorized California captured in East Los Angeles

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 11 Grace Adams-Short, British reality television contestant
  • Aug 27 Alexandra Nechita, Romanian/American artist

Weddings in History

  • Aug 15 Anti-apartheid lawyer Bulelani Ngcuka marries in South Africa

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Joseph Walker, cameraman, dies at 92
  • Aug 2 Frank Faylen, vaudevillian, dies of pneumonia at 79
  • Aug 5 Theodore Sturgeon, sci-fi author (Hugo, It, Caviar), dies at 67
  • Aug 20 Harchand Singh Longowai, Sikh leader, shot by Sikh extremists
  • Aug 22 Paul Peter Ewald, German Crystallographer and Physicist who devised the theory of X-ray interference by crystals and pioneered X-ray diffraction methods, dies at 97
  • Aug 26 Pieter Jongeling, Dutch MP/editor (GPV, Netherlands Daily), dies at 76
  • Aug 30 Taylor Caldwell, English-born author (b. 1900)
  • Aug 31 Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Australian biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1899)