What Happened in August 1985

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 15.4 cm rainfall at Cheyenne, Wyoming (state record)
  • Aug 1 18th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego

Daytime Emmy Awards

Aug 1 Emmy 12th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 6th time

Historic Event

Aug 1 Russian KGB officer Vitaly Yurchenko defects to the US in Rome, naming Americans Ronald Pelton and Edward Lee Howard as KGB agents

  • Aug 1 St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Vince Coleman steals 2 bases in 1st inning of 9-8 loss v Cubs to set a NL rookie record 74
  • Aug 2 5 die in a train crash in Westminster Colo
  • Aug 2 Delta Lockheed L-1011 crashes at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, 137 die

Sports History

Aug 2 England captain David Gower scores his 5,000th run in Test cricket during the drawn 4th Test v Australia at Old Trafford

  • Aug 3 "Nihilator" set harness pacing mile (1:49.6) in East Rutherford, NJ
  • Aug 3 Train crash at Flaujac, France: 35 killed
  • Aug 4 "Dreamgirls" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1522 performances

Sports History

Aug 4 Future Hall of Fame infielder Rod Carew of the California Angels singles off Minnesota's Frank Viola to collect his MLB 3,000th career hit; Angels win, 6–5

Hall of Fame

Aug 4 New York Yankees retire Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Phil Rizzuto's #10

  • Aug 4 Scott Verplank beats Jim Thorpe in Western Open playoff, first amateur to win a PGA Tour event since Gene Littler 1954

Sports History

Aug 4 Tom Seaver of Chicago White Sox becomes 17th pitcher to win 300 MLB career games, beating New York, 4-1; 54,032 at Yankee Stadium

  • Aug 5 Establishment of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is announced
  • Aug 5 Flexible-wing glider altitude record (214,250') set by Larry Tudor
  • Aug 6 19th NASA Space Shuttle Mission (51-G): Challenger 8 lands at Edwards AFB
  • Aug 6 MLB Players' Association stages a midseason baseball strike (lasts 1 day)
  • Aug 6 STS 51-I vehicle moves to launch pad

Meeting of Interest

Aug 7 A delegation of the South African Council of Churches meets with President P. W. Botha, following calls by the church for urgent discussions on the causes of unrest, forced removals and the emergency regulations in the country

  • Aug 7 Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan's first astronauts
  • Aug 8 Baseball's new agreement permits 2 new NL teams in 1993
  • Aug 8 Japan launches Planet A, a probe to Halley's comet
  • Aug 10 Oakland A's Dave Kingman is 21st to hit 400 HRs (off Matt Young at Seattle)
  • Aug 10 Uno Lindstron of Sweden juggles a soccer ball 13.11 miles
  • Aug 11 "Tap Dance Kid" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 669 performances
  • Aug 11 Challenger flies to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz
  • Aug 11 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Hubert Green wins by 2 strokes from fellow American Lee Trevino
  • Aug 11 Rudolf Povarnitsin of USSR sets new high jump world record (7'10"12)
  • Aug 12 520 people die when Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes in Ueno, Japan, the second-deadliest aviation disaster of all time
  • Aug 12 Baltimore Orioles W Gross & L Sheets are 6th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Aug 13 South African Defence Force soldiers, travelling in a convoy of more than ten armoured vehicles, surrounded the Thaba-Juluba high school in Soweto and arrest 200 students during a clampdown on school boycotts

Music History

Aug 14 Michael Jackson buys ATV Music (including publishing rights to most of the Beatles song catalog) for $47.5M; 10 years later he sells 1/2 of his interest to Sony for $150M

  • Aug 14 Political violence by the youth begins after funeral of assassinated Victoria Mxenge, a civil rights lawyer, who was respected and liked by the Congress of South African Students
  • Aug 15 First Iraqi air raid on Iran's main oil export terminal, Kharg Island
  • Aug 15 P. W. Botha gives the "Rubicon" Speech in Durban, South Africa, disappointing many by refusing to consider immediate and major reforms in the country's apartheid system

Television Premiere

Aug 16 CBS' premiere of its TV adaptation of "Death of A Salesman", starring Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich

  • Aug 17 1,400 meatpackers walk off the job at a Geo A Hormel & Co plant

Election of Interest

Aug 17 Rajiv Gandhi announces Punjab state elections in India

  • Aug 17 Sara Trollinger forms House of Hope in Orlando
  • Aug 18 Suisei Launch (Halley's Comet Flyby)

Historic Event

Aug 19 Following the Rubicon speech four days earlier, Archbishop Desmond Tutu snubs P. W. Botha's invitation to attend a meeting to discuss the role and actions of the police and security forces in South Africa

  • Aug 19 Japan launches its 2nd probe of Halley's Comet, Suisei

Sports History

Aug 20 1st NL pitcher to strike out 200+ in 1st 2 seasons (Dwight Gooden)

  • Aug 20 Hanspeter Beck of South Australia, finishes a 3,875 mile, 51 day trip from Western Australia to Melbourne on a unicycle
  • Aug 20 Israel ships 96 TOWs to Iran on behalf of US
  • Aug 20 Libya throws out 1000s Tunisian/Egyptian gas workers
  • Aug 20 Met Dwight Gooden strikes out 16 on way to his 13th consecutive win
  • Aug 21 Mary Decker Slaney runs mile in world record 4:16.71
  • Aug 21 NY Lotto pays $41 million to three winner (#s are 14-17-22-23-30-47)
  • Aug 22 30th Walker Cup: US wins 13-11
  • Aug 22 Airtours Boeing-737 crashes at Manchester airport, 55 killed
  • Aug 23 Paul Hornung awarded $1,160,000 by a Louisville court against NCAA who barred him as a college football analyst for betting on games
  • Aug 23 Said Aouita of Morocco sets 1.5k record (3:29.46) in Berlin
  • Aug 23 South African attorney/UDF leader "Dulah" Omar arrested
  • Aug 23 West German top counter espionage Hans Tiedge moves to German DR
  • Aug 24 STS 51-I mission scrubbed at T -5m because of bad weather
  • Aug 25 Met Dwight Gooden becomes youngest pitcher to win 20 games (20y 9m 9d)
  • Aug 25 STS 51-I scrubbed at T -9m because of an onboard computer problem
  • Aug 26 42nd Venice Film Festival: "Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond)" directed by Agnes Varda wins the Golden Lion

Sports History

Aug 26 Baltimore Oriole Eddie Murray knocks in 9 RBIs in a game vs California Angels

The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

Aug 26 French government denies knowledge of bombing of the Greenpeace flagship the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland New Zealand

  • Aug 27 20th NASA Space Shuttle Mission (51-I): Discovery 6 launches
  • Aug 27 Mary Joe Fernández at 14 years 8 days old becomes youngest player to win at the US Tennis Open; beats England's Sara Gomer 6-1, 6-4 in a 1st round match
  • Aug 29 Atlantis moves to launch pad for 51-J mission
  • Aug 29 NY Yank Don Baylor is hit by a pitch for a record 190th time
  • Aug 31 "Prakas" sets trotting mile record of 1:53.4 at Du Quoin, Illinois

Sports History

Aug 31 Ángel Cordero Jr. becomes 3rd jockey to ride horses earning over $100m

  • Aug 31 Night Stalker suspect that terrorized California captured in East Los Angeles

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Davey Boy Smith Jr. [Harry Smith], Canadian professional wrestler (multiple tag team champion), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Aug 3 Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand rugby league footballer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Aug 4 Ha Seung-Jin, Korean basketball player
  • Aug 4 Luis Antonio Valencia, Ecuadorean footballer
  • Aug 4 Mark Milligan, Australian footballer
  • Aug 5 Laurent Ciman, Belgian footballer, born in Farciennes, Belgium
  • Aug 5 Salomon Kalou, Ivorian footballer (Chelsea), born in Oumé, Ivory Coast
  • Aug 8 Brayan Ruiz, Costa Rican football player
  • Aug 9 Anna Kendrick, American actress and singer (Pitch Perfect), born in Portland, Maine
  • Aug 9 Hayley Peirsol, American swimmer, born in Orange County, california
  • Aug 9 JaMarcus Russell, American football player, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Aug 9 Luca Filippi, Italian racing driver, born in Savigliano, Italy
  • Aug 11 Grace Adams-Short, British reality television contestant
  • Aug 14 Charlotte Kate Fox, American actress (Asadora; Massan), born in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Aug 14 Christian Gentner, German footballer, born in Nürtingen, Germany
  • Aug 15 Emily Kinney, American actress (The Walking Dead) and singer, born in Wayne, Nebraska
  • Aug 15 Nipsey Hussle [Ermias Asghedom], American rapper and activist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • Aug 16 Agnes Bruckner, American actress, born in Hollywood, Los Angeles
  • Aug 17 Yū Aoi, Japanese actress (Hula Girls), born in Kasuga, Japan
  • Aug 19 Megan Rochell, American R&B singer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 21 Jacob (Jake) Pitts, American heavy metal rock guitarist (Black Veil Brides), born in Pocatello, Idaho
  • Aug 22 Brittany Lang, American golfer (US Open 2016), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Aug 26 Brian Kelley, American country musician (Florida Georgia Line), born in Ormond Beach, Florida
  • Aug 26 David Price, American MLB player (2012 Cy Young Award), born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Aug 27 Alexandra Nechita, Romanian-American artist
  • Aug 28 James Jagger, American actor (Vinyl) and son of Mick Jagger & Jerry Hall, born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 29 Achilles Liarmakopoulos, Greek classical trombonist (Canadian Brass, 2011-present), and educator, born in Athens, Greece
  • Aug 29 Jeffrey Licon, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 30 Eamon Sullivan, Australian swimmer (3 Olympic medals), born in Perth, Australia
  • Aug 30 Leisel Jones, Australian swimmer (2 Olympic golds, 1 silver), born in Katherine, Australia
  • Aug 30 Richard Duffy, Welsh footballer, born in Swansea, Wales
  • Aug 30 Steven Smith, Scottish footballer (Rangers), born in Bellshill, Scotland

Mohammed bin Salman

Aug 31 Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia (2017-) and Saudi Defense Minister (2015-), born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


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Famous Weddings

  • Aug 15 Anti-apartheid lawyer Bulelani Ngcuka marries in South Africa

Wedding of Interest

Aug 16 American pop singer Madonna (27) weds actor Sean Penn (24) at a clifftop mansion in Malibu, California on her, and the day before his, birthday; divorce in 1989


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Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Joseph Walker, cameraman, dies at 92
  • Aug 1 Sam Wooding, American jazz pianist, and bandleader, one of the 1st to tour Europe (Chocolate Kiddies), dies at 90
  • Aug 2 Frank Faylen, American actor (It's a Wonderful Life, Funny Girl), dies of pneumonia at 79
  • Aug 2 Sandy Bell, South African cricket pace bowler (16 Tests), dies at 79
  • Aug 4 Zbynek Vostrak, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 5 Theodore Sturgeon, American sci-fi author (Hugo, It, Caviar), dies at 67
  • Aug 7 Grayson Hall [Shirley Grossman], American actress (The Night of the Iguana, Dark Shadows), dies of cancer at 62
  • Aug 8 Louise Brooks, actress (Pandora's Box), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • Aug 9 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1927)
  • Aug 12 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer (Sukiyaki), and actor, dies in JAL 123 crash at 43
  • Aug 12 Manfred Winkelhock, German race car driver (b. 1951)
  • Aug 12 Marcel Mihalovici, Romanian-French composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 13 J. Willard Marriott, American entrepreneur and hotelier (founder of Marriott Corporation), dies at 84
  • Aug 13 Marion Martin, actress (Dakota Lil, Queen of Burlesque), dies at 67
  • Aug 14 (Edith) "Gale" Sondergaard, American Academy Award-winning stage and screen actress (Anthony Adverse; The Letter), dies of cerebral thrombosis at 86
  • Aug 15 Richard Yardumian, American composer (Creator Spirit), dies at 68
  • Aug 20 Harchand Singh Longowai [Sant Ji], Indian Sikh leader and President of the Akali Dal during the Punjab insurgency of the 1980s, assassinated by Sikh extremists less than a month after he signed a peace accord with the government [1]
  • Aug 22 Ginty Lush, Australian cricketer (NSW quickie of 30's), dies at 71
  • Aug 22 Paul Peter Ewald, German Crystallographer and Physicist who devised the theory of X-ray interference by crystals and pioneered X-ray diffraction methods, dies at 97
  • Aug 22 Willy-August Linnemann, Danish writer and journalist, dies at 71
  • Aug 24 Paul Creston [Giuseppe Guttoveggio], Italian-American composer (Zanoni), educator, and music theorist (Creative Harmony), dies at 78
  • Aug 25 Samantha Smith, American peace activist and actress (invited to the Soviet Union during Cold War), dies in plane at 13
  • Aug 26 Alfredo Carmelo, Filipino aviator, lithographer, and painter, dies at 89
  • Aug 26 Pieter "Piet" Jongeling, Dutch politician and author (GPV, Netherlands Daily), dies at 76
  • Aug 28 Ruth Gordon, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, The Big Bus), dies of a stroke in her sleep at 88
  • Aug 29 Alexander Abramsky, Soviet composer, dies at 87
  • Aug 29 Evelyn Ankers, American actress (Black Beauty, Jungle Woman), dies at 67
  • Aug 29 Patrick Barr, English actor (Black Orchid, On the Run), dies at 77
  • Aug 30 "Philly" Joe Jones, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis Quintet), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Aug 30 Taylor Caldwell [Janet Miriam Holland Taylor Caldwell], Anglo-American novelist (Dynasty of Death, Dear and Glorious Physician), dies at 84
  • Aug 31 Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Australian virologist (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for tissue grafting), dies at 85