September 1985 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 1 US-French expedition locates wreckage of Titanic off Newfoundland
  • Sep 3 20th Space Shuttle Mission (51-I)-Discovery 6-returns to Earth
  • Sep 6 Midwest Express Airlines Flight 105, a Douglas DC-9 crashes just after takeoff from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing 31.
  • Sep 7 Mary Decker Tabb Slaney runs US 3K female record (8:25.83)
  • Sep 8 "USA Weekend's" 1st issue, appears in 255 newspapers
  • Sep 8 7 die in a car & train crash in San Jose, Calif
  • Sep 8 Alayson Gibbons sets 24 hr women swim record of 42.05 mi in 25 m pool
  • Sep 8 Shuttle Discovery flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
  • Sep 9 Race riot in Birmingham, England
  • Sep 10 U.S. 7th Circuit Court rules Soviet defector Walter Polovchak can't be forcibly returned to parents' country if it's deemed "not in the best interests" of underage defectors
  • Sep 11 Intl Cometary Explorer (ISEE 3) passes Giacobini-Zinner by 7900 km
  • Sep 12 Flight readiness firing of Atlantis' main engines; 20 seconds
  • Sep 13 John Williams introduces new Today Show theme
  • Sep 14 10th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Official Story" directed by Luis Puenzo wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 15 Olof Palme forms Sweden minority government
  • Sep 15 Senate judiciary committee begins Robert Bork confirmation hearings
  • Sep 17 Soyuz T-14 carries 3 cosmonauts to Salyut 7 space station
  • Sep 18 BBC Radio reports prime # 2^216091-1 found in Houston
  • Sep 19 Mexico City 8.1 earthquake kills 12,000 and injures 40,000
  • Sep 20 Walt Disney World's 200-millionth guest
  • Sep 22 Earthquake strikes Mexico, 2,000 killed

CommunicationThe Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

Sep 22 French Prime Minister Laurent Fabius appears on TV to confess "Agents of the DGSE sank this boat [Rainbow Warrior]. They acted on orders.”

  • Sep 22 The Plaza Accord was signed in New York City.
  • Sep 24 Apollo Computer Inc lays off 300 employees
  • Sep 24 Fastest English Channel crossing by a relay team set (15h 30m)
  • Sep 25 Akali Dal wins Punjab State election in India
  • Sep 25 Palestinian terrorists kill 3 Israeli sailors at Lanaca Cyprus
  • Sep 26 Tunisia drops diplomatic relations with Libya
  • Sep 27 8 killed as roof collapses in Brussel's supermarket
  • Sep 27 Hurricane Gloria's 130 MPH wind hits Atlantic coast
  • Sep 28 "Don't Lose My Number" by Phil Collins peaks at #4
  • Sep 28 "Every Step Of The Way" by John Waite peaks at #25
  • Sep 28 "Freedom" by Wham! peaks at #3
  • Sep 28 "Janet" by Commodores peaks at #87
  • Sep 28 NASA launches Intelsat VA F-12
  • Sep 28 Riots in Brixton, London, rompted by police shooting of Dorothy Groce by police
  • Sep 29 1st of 5 cyanide-laced Tylenol victims dies
  • Sep 29 Deron Cherry, Kansas City vs Seattle, has 4 interceptions!

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 7 Tatia Jayne Starkey, Ringo's 1st grandchild
  • Sep 13 Keyunta Dawson, National Football League player
  • Sep 23 Jared High, American victim of bullying (d. 1998)

Deaths in History

  • Sep 8 John Franklin Enders, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1887)
  • Sep 9 Paul Flory, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
  • Sep 10 Ernest Julius Öpik, Estonian astronomer and astrophysicist known for his studies of meteors and the structure and evolution of the cosmos, dies at 91
  • Sep 11 Andrew C. Thornton II, American drug smuggler (b. 1945)
  • Sep 17 Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer, businesswoman and co-founder of Laura Ashley, dies by falling down the stairs of her daughter's home at 60
  • Sep 19 Italo Calvino, sci-fi author (T-Zero, Mr Palomar), dies at 61
  • Sep 21 Gu Long, Taiwanese writer of wuxia novels (b. 1937)
  • Sep 22 Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate (Bild Zeitung), dies at 73
  • Sep 25 William Cumming Rose, American Biochemist, dies at 98
  • Sep 30 Charles F Richter, US seismologist (scale of R), dies at 85
  • Sep 30 Heleb MacInnes, US spy writer (Affiliate in place), dies at 77