What Happened in December 1985

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Noraly Beyer becomes Neth's 1st black TV newscaster
  • Dec 1 STS 61-C vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Dec 1 South Africa's Cosatu union centre forms

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Dec 1 TV mini series "Anne of Green Gables" based on the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, starring Megan Follows is first shown on CBS in Canada

  • Dec 2 Philipine Chief of Staff General Fabian speaks of Benigno Aquino's murder
  • Dec 2 Rupert Holmes' musical "Mystery of Edwin Drood" premieres in NYC at Imperial Theater NYC (608 performances)

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Dec 2 NFL quarterback legends Dan Marino and John Elway (Denver Broncos) face each other for the first time, a 30-26 win for Marino's Miami Dolphins (390 yards and 3 TDs)

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

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Dec 2 Chicago Bears' head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan almost come to blows at halftime in a 38-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins at the Orange Bowl, Miami; Chicago's only loss of the NFL season

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • Dec 3 23rd Shuttle Mission (61-B)-Atlantis 2-lands at Edwards AFB

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Dec 3 7th ACE Cable Awards: Shelley Duvall wins the Golden CableACE for "Faerie Tale Theatre"

  • Dec 4 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, London

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Dec 4 French President Mitterrand receives Polish leader Jaruzelski

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand

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Dec 4 President Reagan appoints Vice Admiral John Poindexter as security adviser

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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Dec 4 Slobodan Živojinović of Yugoslavia upsets No. 2 seed John McEnroe 2-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the Australian Open quarter finals; leaves McEnroe without a major singles title for the first time since 1978

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • Dec 5 Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 1,500 level for 1st time
  • Dec 5 Great Britain performs nuclear test

  • Dec 5 Sam Shepard's "Lie of the Mind" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 7 51st Heisman Trophy Award: Bo Jackson, Auburn (RB)
  • Dec 7 Atlantis (61-B) returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB

Sport awardTennis Open

Dec 7 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 for her 3rd and final Australian singles crown

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Dec 8 Ken O'Brien's 96 yard TD pass (NY Jet record) to Wesley Walker
  • Dec 8 Laurie Rinker/Larry Rinker wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 8 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg wins 1st career Grand Slam singles title; beats defending champion & fellow Swede Mats Wilander 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
  • Dec 8 NBC premiere of thriller "Final Jeopardy", starring Richard Thomas and Mary Crosby

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Dec 9 Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive games with a reception

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • Dec 9 Phoenix, Arizona, gets 3" of snow
  • Dec 10 Bill to balance the federal budget passed by US Congress
  • Dec 10 Junta leaders Videla & Massera sentenced in Buenos Aires

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 10 "Out of Africa", based on the book by Isak Dinesen, directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1986)

Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack
Actor Robert Redford
Actor
Robert Redford
  • Dec 11 Computer store owner in Sacramento California killed by package bomb
  • Dec 11 Dow Jones closes above 1,500 for 1st time (1,511.70)
  • Dec 11 General Electric acquires RCA Corp & its subsidiary, NBC
  • Dec 11 NHL Record 62 points scored, Edmonton (36) beats Chicago (26) 12-9 & ties record of 21 goals
  • Dec 12 248 US soldiers & 8 crew members die in Arrow Air charter crash
  • Dec 12 DC-8 crashes near Gander, Newfoundland; 258 die
  • Dec 12 NASA launches space vehicle S-207
  • Dec 13 Australian cricketer David Boon's 1st Test century, 123 v India at Adelaide
  • Dec 13 Test debut of cricketers Merv Hughes, Geoff Marsh and Bruce Reid (v India)
  • Dec 14 US Foreign Minister George P Shultz arrives in West Berlin
  • Dec 16 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-L mission

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Dec 16 John Gotti assumes leadership of New York's Gambino crime family after ordering the executions of Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti

Gangster John Gotti
Gangster
John Gotti

  • Dec 18 "Jerry's Girls" opens at St James Theater NYC for 139 performances
  • Dec 18 UN Security Council unanimously condemns "acts of hostage-taking"
  • Dec 19 "Wind in the Willows" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Dec 19 Mary Lund is 1st woman to receive a Jarvik VII artificial heart at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis
  • Dec 19 STS 61-C scrubbed at T -13s because of SRB auxiliary power problem

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Dec 20 Denis Potvin passes Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman scorer (916 points)

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Dec 20 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC
  • Dec 20 Position of American Poet Laureate established (Robert Warren is 1st)
  • Dec 21 ARCO Anchorage runs aground near Port Angeles, WA
  • Dec 21 Alice Miller/Don January wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
  • Dec 21 Heart's "Heart" album goes #1
  • Dec 22 "Wind in the Willows" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Dec 22 74th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Germany in Munich (3-2)
  • Dec 22 STS 51-L vehicle moves to Launch Pad 39B
  • Dec 24 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Michel Platini is named Europe's best football player for the 3rd consecutive time; beats Verona striker Preben Elkjær and Barcelona midfielder Bernd Schuster
  • Dec 26 Test Cricket debut of Steve Waugh, v India at the MCG

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Dec 27 Terrorists kill 20 and wound 110 attacking El Al at Rome and Vienna airports. President Reagan blames Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Dec 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 28 Warring Lebanese Muslim & Christian leaders sign peace agreement
  • Dec 30 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.2 released
  • Dec 30 Pakistan restores constitution

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Janelle Monáe, American singer-songwriter and actress, born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Dec 2 Dorell Wright, American basketball player
  • Dec 3 Mike Randolph, American soccer player
  • Dec 3 Amanda Seyfried, American actress (Mamma Mia), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 3 László Cseh, Hungarian swimmer
  • Dec 3 Marcus Darrell Williams, American basketball player
  • Dec 4 Andrew Brackman, American baseball player, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dec 4 Carlos Gómez, Dominican baseball player, born in Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Dec 4 Ibtihaj Muhammad, American fencer, first American Muslim to wear hijab at Olympics, born in Maplewood, New Jersey
  • Dec 5 Frankie Muniz, American actor
  • Dec 5 Nico Verdonck, Belgian racing driver
  • Dec 5 Josh Smith, American basketball player
  • Dec 6 Dulce María, Mexican actress and singer
  • Dec 6 Rudra Pratap Singh, Indian Cricketer
  • Dec 8 Dwight Howard, American basketball player (Charlotte Hornets), born in Atlanta, Georigia
  • Dec 10 T. J. Hensick, American ice hockey player
  • Dec 10 Raven-Symoné [Pearman], American actress and singer (The Cosby Show; That's So Raven), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 14 Jakub Błaszczykowski, Polish footballer, born in Truskolasy, Silesian Voivodeship, Poland
  • Dec 14 Paul Rabil, Lebanese-American professional lacrosse player, born in Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Dec 14 Julio Pimentel, Dominican baseball player, born in La Romana, Dominican Republic
  • Dec 14 Tom Smith, Welsh rugby union footballer, born in Bristol, Somerset
  • Dec 14 Nonami Takizawa, Japanese gravure idol and actress, born in Saitama prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 14 Ren Yagami, Japanese actor and singer, born in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 15 Sheeba Reiter, Fla, illegitimate daughter of Jackie Mason
  • Dec 16 Keita Tachibana, member of Japanese boy band w-inds.
  • Dec 17 Ryuichi Ogata, member of Japanese boy band w-inds.
  • Dec 18 Tara Conner, 2006 Miss USA
  • Dec 18 Hana Soukupová, Czech supermodel
  • Dec 19 Gary Cahill, English footballer
  • Dec 19 Neil Kilkenny, English-born Australian footballer
  • Dec 19 Lady Sovereign [Louise Amanda Harman], British rapper (9 to 5, Love Me or Hate Me), born in London, England
  • Dec 21 James Stewart Jr., American motorcycle racer, born in Bartow, Florida
  • Dec 23 Harry Judd, British drummer (McFly), born in Chelmsford, United Kingdom
  • Dec 23 Luke O'Loughlin, Australian actor, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Dec 24 David Ragan, American race car driver, born in Unadilla, Georgia
  • Dec 25 Perdita Weeks, British actress, born in Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Dec 26 Steven Hartman, American actor (Rick Forrester in Bold & Beautiful), born in Westlake, California
  • Dec 26 Yuu Shirota, Japanese-Spanish actor & singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Dec 27 Logan Bailly, Belgian football goalkeeper
  • Dec 27 Paul Stastny, Canadian-American ice hockey player
  • Dec 28 Kamani Hill, American footballer, born in Berkeley, California
  • Dec 29 Alexa Ray Joel, American singer-songwriter and daughter of Billy Joel & Christie Brinkley, born in Manhattan, New York City
  • Dec 30 Lars Boom, Dutch cyclist

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 14 "The Cosby Show" actress Phylicia Rashad (37) weds former NFL wide receiver and sportscaster Ahmad Rashad (36)

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 15 Actor Sylvester Stallone (39) weds "Rocky IV" actress Brigitte Nielsen (22) in Beverly Hills, California

Actor/Director Sylvester Stallone
Actor/Director
Sylvester Stallone

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 17 Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong (33) weds Temasek Holdings CEO Ho Ching

Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong
Prime Minister of Singapore
Lee Hsien Loong

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Alex Courtney, actor (Sword of Justice), dies
  • Dec 2 Philip Larkin, [hermit of Hull], English poet, dies at 63
  • Dec 2 Aniello Dellacroce, American gangster (b. 1914)
  • Dec 3 Sam Gillman, actor (Sam-Shane), dies at 70
  • Dec 4 Marcel Boereboom, Belgian musicologist, dies at 83
  • Dec 6 Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player, dies at 92
  • Dec 6 Burr Tillstrom, American puppeteer (Kukla Fran & Ollie), dies at 68
  • Dec 7 Potter Stewart, 94th Supreme Court Justice (1958-81), dies in NH at 70
  • Dec 7 Robert Graves, English writer and poet (King Jesus), dies at 90
  • Dec 12 Anne Baxter, American actress, and singer (The Razor's Edge, All About Eve), dies of a stroke at 62
  • Dec 12 Ian Stewart, Scottish keyboardist, road manager, and co-founder of the Rolling Stones, dies of a heart attack at 47

Person of interestRoger Maris

Dec 14 Roger Maris, American baseball right fielder (7-time MLB All Star, 61 HRs 1961), dies of cancer at 51

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Dec 14 Stanley G[rauman] Weinbaum, American sci-fi author (Red Peri), dies at 85
  • Dec 14 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist, dies at 89
  • Dec 16 Dick Pollard, cricketer (England fast-medium bowler 1946-48), dies
  • Dec 16 Merv Waite, cricketer (2 Tests for Aust 1938, 1 wkt avg 190), dies
  • Dec 16 Paul Castellano, American organized-crime chief, shot dead at a NYC restaurant at 70
  • Dec 16 Thomas Bilotti, American mafioso (b. 1940)
  • Dec 17 Otto Gotsche, writer, dies
  • Dec 18 Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet (b. 1916)
  • Dec 22 D. Boon, American singer and guitarist (The Minutemen) (b. 1958)
  • Dec 23 James Vance (20) and Raymond Belknap (18) attempt suicide (Belknap dies). Their families later sue rock group Judas Priest for subliminal messages in song "Better By You, Better Than Me".
  • Dec 24 Ferhat Abbas, Algerian politician and President of the National Constituent Assembly of Algeria (1962-63), dies at 86
  • Dec 25 George Rhodes, orchestra leader (Sammy Davis Jr Show), dies at 66
  • Dec 26 Dian Fossey, American zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), murdered in Rwanda at 53
  • Dec 26 Harold P. Warren, American movie director (d. 1928)
  • Dec 26 Jackie Ormes, African-American cartoonist (Torchy Brown), dies at 74
  • Dec 27 Harry Hopman, Australian tennis player, coach (Davis Cup captain 1939-67, won 16), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Dec 31 Alexander Matheson, cricketer (2 wickets/2 Tests for NZ 1930-31), dies
  • Dec 31 Rick Nelson, singer/actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies at 45
  • Dec 31 Sam Spiegel, Academy Award winning producer (Betrayal), dies at 84