What Happened on December 16, 1985

Historical Events

  • Challenger moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating of STS 51-L mission

Film Premiere

Film "The Color Purple" based on novel by Alice Walker, directed by Stephen Spielberg starring Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover premieres in New York

Historic Event

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


Famous Birthdays

  • Keita Tachibana, member of Japanese boy band w-inds.

Famous Deaths

  • Dick Pollard, cricketer (England fast-medium bowler 1946-48), dies
  • Merv Waite, cricketer (2 Tests for Aust 1938, 1 wkt avg 190), dies
  • Paul Castellano, American organized-crime chief, shot dead at a NYC restaurant at 70
  • Thomas Bilotti, American mafioso (b. 1940)
1985 Highlights

About December 16, 1985

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 37 years, 1 month and 17 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Sagittarius

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