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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Anglican Archbishop and Activist Desmond Tutu
Anglican Archbishop and Activist
Desmond Tutu
  • 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

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Aug 27 General Ibrahim Babangida overthrows Major General Muhammadu Buhari's regime in Nigeria

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari
  • 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, Illinois
  • 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, American 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 "Piet" Jongeling, Dutch politician and author (GPV, Netherlands Daily), dies at 76
  • Aug 30 Taylor Caldwell [Janet Miriam Holland Taylor Caldwell], Anglo-American novelist (Dynasty of Death, Dear and Glorious Physician), dies at 84
  • Aug 31 Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Australian biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1899)