February 1985 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 -61°F (-52°C), Maybell, Colorado (state record)
  • Feb 1 -69°F (-56°C), Peter's Sink, Utah (state record)
  • Feb 1 Cards trade D Green, Jose Uribe, Dave LaPoint to Giants for Jack Clark
  • Feb 1 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tiffany Chin
  • Feb 2 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • Feb 4 20 countries (but not US) sign UN treaty outlawing torture
  • Feb 4 Naval exercises canceled when US refuses to tell NZ of nuclear weapons
  • Feb 7 "New York, New York" became the official anthem of NYC
  • Feb 7 Marshall U's Bruce Morris scores a basket from 92'5"
  • Feb 8 Opposition leader Kim Dae Jung returns to South-Korea
  • Feb 10 Andrea Schöne skates ladies world record 5 km (7:32.82)
  • Feb 10 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-E mission
  • Feb 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 11 King Hussein of Jordan & PLO leader Arafat sign accord
  • Feb 13 Dow Jones closes at 1297.92 (record high) after topping 1300 earlier
  • Feb 13 Polish police arrests 7 Solidarity leaders
  • Feb 15 STS 51-E vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Feb 15 World chess championship match abandoned-Karpov 25, Kasparov 23
  • Feb 15 35th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Woman and the Stranger" and "Wetherby" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 16 The founding of Hezbollah.
  • Feb 17 1st class postage rises from 20 cents to 22 cents
  • Feb 17 1st day/night game at the MCG, Australia v England
  • Feb 17 3rd person to receive an artificial heart (Murray Haydon)
  • Feb 17 Laffit Pincay Jr is third to ride 6,000th winners at Santa Anita
  • Feb 17 27th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott wins (172.265 MPH)
  • Feb 19 150 killed when a Spanish jetliner crashed approaching Bilbao, Spain
  • Feb 19 ADM of Amsterdam declares bankruptcy
  • Feb 19 Canned & bottled Cherry Coke introduced by Coca-Cola
  • Feb 19 Mickey Mouse welcomed in China
  • Feb 19 William Schroeder is 1st artificial heart patient to leave hospital He spent 15 minutes outside Humana Hospital in Louisville, Ky
  • Feb 21 Evert van Benthem wins 13th Friese 11 city skateing race
  • Feb 23 US Senate confirms Edwin Meese III as Attorney General
  • Feb 24 Birendra, Bir Bikram Shah Dev crowned King of Nepal
  • Feb 24 Jim Kelly (Houston USFL) passes for pro football record 574 yds
  • Feb 24 Yul Brynner reprised his role in "The King & I"
  • Feb 27 Farmers converge in Washington to demand economic relief
  • Feb 27 Mauritania's new constitutional charter published
  • Feb 27 US dollar is worth Ÿ3.9355 (Netherlands)

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Rachael Scdoris, American dog musher
  • Feb 14 Natsume Sano, Japanese gravure idol
  • Feb 18 Lee Boyd Malvo, American serial killer
  • Feb 21 Bob Burton, American speedcuber
  • Feb 22 Sean Garballey, American politician

Deaths in History

  • Feb 3 Frank Oppenheimer, American physicist (b. 1912)
  • Feb 5 Georges-Émile Lapalme, Quebec politician (b. 1907)
  • Feb 6 James Hadley Chase, English writer (b. 1906)
  • Feb 7 Albert Dondeyne, Belgian philosopher/theologist, dies at 83

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 8 William Lyons, British automobile manufacturer, dies at 84

Mr Jaguar William Lyons
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William Lyons
  • Feb 11 Ben Abruzzo, American businessman and balloonist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 19 Elizabeth Julesberg, author (Dick & Jane), dies
  • Feb 20 Clarence Nash, American voice actor (Donald Duck), dies of leukaemia at 80
  • Feb 21 Eric Herfst, Dutch cabaret performer (Floris), dies at 47
  • Feb 22 Salvador Espriu, Spanish poet (b. 1913)
  • Feb 27 Henry Cabot Lodge, (Sen-R)/diplomat, dies at 82