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, California
  • 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 13 Super Mario Bros game first appears, created by Shigeru Miyamoto at Nintendo
  • 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 US 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 8.1 earthquake in Mexico City kills an estimated 10,000 and leaves 250,000 homeless
  • Sep 20 Walt Disney World's 200-millionth guest

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, Cuban 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