October 1985 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Israeli air raid on PLO-headquarter at Tunis, 68 killed
  • Oct 2 Russian party leader Gorbachev visits Paris (his first trip abroad)
  • Oct 2 Tigers Darrell Evans is 1st to hit 40 HR seasons in both leagues
  • Oct 3 21st Shuttle Mission (51J)-Atlantis 1-all-military flight launched
  • Oct 3 Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) adopts constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 Pope John Paul II beatifies Titus Brandsma

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Oct 3 South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands adopts constitution
  • Oct 3 Walter Polovchak becomes a "free man" upon turning 18
  • Oct 4 Shi'ite Muslims claim to have killed hostage William Buckley
  • Oct 4 Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, USA.
  • Oct 5 Grambling's Eddie Robinson wins record 324th football game
  • Oct 6 Marita Koch of E Germany sets 400m woman's record (47.6) in Australia
  • Oct 6 PC Keith Blakelock is murdered as riots erupt in the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham, north London.
  • Oct 7 21st Space Shuttle Mission (51-J)-Atlantis 1 lands at Edwards AFB
  • Oct 7 KHQ-AM in Spokane Wash's final transmission
  • Oct 7 Lynette Woodward chosen as 1st woman in Harlem Globetrotters
  • Oct 7 PLO terrorists sieze Italian cruise liner Achille Lauro
  • Oct 8 "Rembrandt & Hitler or Me" premieres in Amsterdam
  • Oct 8 Little Richard seriously injured in a car accident
  • Oct 9 Central Park's Strawberry Fields, dedicated
  • Oct 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 10 Sudan adopts interim constitution
  • Oct 10 US fighter jets force Egyptian plane carrying hijackers of Italian ship Achille Lauro to land in Italy, gunmen are placed in custody
  • Oct 11 Atlantis (51-J) returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
  • Oct 11 US intercepts Egyptian Boeing with Achille Lauro terrorists
  • Oct 12 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for maintenance of STS 61A mission
  • Oct 12 Intl Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War receives Nobel Prize
  • Oct 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 13 Belgium premier Martens CVP wins parliamentary election
  • Oct 13 During NLCS, Cards rookie Vince Coleman is injured stretching before game as his left leg is caught in Busch Stadium's automated tarpaulin
  • Oct 14 On Mon Night football, Jets retire Joe Namath's #12, beat Miami 23-7
  • Oct 15 Nobel prize for economics awarded to Franco Modigliani
  • Oct 15 Shuttle Columbia carries Spacelab into orbit
  • Oct 15 Shelley Taylor of Australia makes fastest swim ever around Manhattan Island, doing it in 6 hours 12 minutes 29 seconds
  • Oct 16 Challenger vehicle moves to launch pad for STS 61A mission
  • Oct 16 Intel introduces 32-bit 80386 microcomputer chip
  • Oct 16 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Herbert Hauptman & Jerome Karle
  • Oct 17 French author Claude Simon wins the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Oct 21 Qasim Omar (206) & Javed Miandad (203*) make 397 stand v SL
  • Oct 25 Angels announce that they will not offer Rod Carew a new contract
  • Oct 25 Kosmos 1700 communications satellite placed in geostationary orbit
  • Oct 26 Hurricane Juan kills 97 in US
  • Oct 27 15th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:28:34
  • Oct 27 Billy Martin is fired by Yankees for 4th time
  • Oct 27 Hurricane Juan ravages US Gulf states & east coast, 49 die
  • Oct 27 Thieves steal 9 paintings, including 5 Monet's & 2 Renoir's
  • Oct 28 Ravi Ratnayeke takes 8-83 for Sri Lanka v Pakistan
  • Oct 29 Cards' Joaquin Andujar suspended for 10 games for bumping an ump
  • Oct 29 Major General Samuel K. Doe is announced the winner of the first multiparty election in Liberia.
  • Oct 30 22nd Space Shuttle Mission (61-A)-Challenger 9-launched

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 1 Revazi Zintiridis, Greek judoka
  • Oct 8 Eiji Wentz, German-Japanese entertainer
  • Oct 23 James Kotecki, American political blogger
  • Oct 28 Richard Smith, American entrepreneur

Deaths in History


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 1 E. B. White, US author (New Yorker, Charlotte's Web), dies at 86

Writer E. B. White
Writer
E. B. White
  • Oct 8 Leon Klinghoffer, American murdered by hijackers of the Achille Lauro when they threw him off the boat at 69
  • Oct 8 Ricardo Bacchelli, playwright/poet (Il malino del Po), dies at 94
  • Oct 9 Emílio Garrastazu Médici, president of Brazil (b. 1905)
  • Oct 15 Meret Oppenheim, writer, dies at 72
  • Oct 18 Benjamin Moloisi, South African poet/Anc'er, hanged at 30
  • Oct 19 Alfred Rouleau, French Canadian businessman (b. 1915)
  • Oct 24 Maurice Roy, Archbishop of Quebec, (b. 1905)
  • Oct 25 Elsa Moranet, writer, dies at 67
  • Oct 31 Nikos Engonopoulos, Greek painter and poet (b. 1907)