May 1985 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 "Communist" bomb attack kills 2 firemen in Brussels
  • May 1 William Hoffman's "As Is" premieres in NYC
  • May 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 3 Date of $5 million check in "A View To A Kill"
  • May 6 17th Space Shuttle Mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 lands at Edwards AFB
  • May 8 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • May 10 Challenger transports back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
  • May 11 Booby trap bomb kills 86 people in India
  • May 11 Pope John Paul II arrives in Netherlands, which is marred by violent protest
  • May 12 Amy Eilberg is ordained in NY as 1st woman Conservative rabbi
  • May 13 Philadelphia police attack a house held by group "Move", 11 killed
  • May 16 Pope John Paul II arrives in Belgium
  • May 17 Les Anderson, catches record 97 lb 4 oz Chinook Salmon, off Alaska
  • May 18 1st remote location for "Nightline" (South Africa)
  • May 20 1150 Lebanese/Palestinian prisoners exchanged for 3 Israelis
  • May 20 Dow Jones industrial avg closes above 1300 for 1st time
  • May 20 FBI arrests John A Walker Jr, convicted of spying for USSR
  • May 20 Israel exchanges 1,100+ Arab prisoners for 3 Israeli soldiers
  • May 20 US began broadcasts to Cuba on Radio Marti
  • May 22 US sailor Michael L Walker arrested for spying for USSR
  • May 24 -25) cyclone hits Bangladesh; about 10,000 die
  • May 25 Cyclone ravages Bangladesh; 11,000 killed
  • May 26 Explosions destroys 2 tankers off of Gibraltar, 30 die
  • May 27 Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997
  • May 28 David Jacobsen taken hostage in Beirut Lebanon
  • May 28 Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-G
  • May 31 41 tornadoes hit Northeast US, killing 88
  • May 31 Guatemala adopts constitution
  • May 31 Tornadoes in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York State & Canada kill 88 & injured more than 1,000
  • May 31 Tornado outbreak in United States and Canada sees 41 tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario, leaving 76 dead
  • May 31 Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) became a Schedule I drug in the United States.

Birthdays in History

  • May 21 Frustaci Septuplets, California, Patricia Frustaci gives birth to 7

Deaths in History

  • May 2 Milton S Eisenhower, US diplomat, dies at 85
  • May 4 Clarence Wiseman, the 10th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1907)
  • May 5 Sir Donald Bailey, British civil engineer (b. 1901)
  • May 11 Chester Gould, cartoonist (Dick Tracy), dies at 84
  • May 11 Garmt Stuiveling, Dutch writer and poet (Ego & Echo), dies at 77
  • May 12 Jean Debuffet, French painter/sculptor, dies
  • May 13 Leatrice Joy, silent screen star, dies in Riverdale (Bronx) NYC at 91
  • May 13 Selma Diamond, comedienne (Selma-Night Court), dies of cancer at 64
  • May 14 Mohammed Munir, Indonesian worker's union leader, executed
  • May 17 Bobby Ewing, (Patrick Duffy) killed off on Dallas
  • May 25 Harold Hecht, choreographer, dies at 77 of cancer
  • May 25 Robert Nathan, US writer/poet (Portrait of Jennie), dies at 91