On This Day

What Happened on August 15, 1985

Historical Events

  • First Iraqi air raid on Iran's main oil export terminal, Kharg Island

Historic Event

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

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha

Famous Birthdays

  • Nipsey Hussle [Ermias Asghedom], American rapper and activist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)

Famous Weddings

  • Anti-apartheid lawyer Bulelani Ngcuka marries in South Africa

Famous Deaths

  • Richard Yardumian, American composer (Creator Spirit), dies at 68
1985 Highlights

About August 15, 1985

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 36 years, 2 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Independence Day (India)

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Leo