On This Day

What Happened on December 31, 1985

Famous Deaths

  • Mal Matheson, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (2 Tests) and rugby union Test referee (Australia v NZ 1946), dies at 79

Person of interestRicky Nelson

Ricky Nelson [Rick Nelson], American Rock Star (Hello Mary Lou, It's Late, Garden Party) and actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies in a plane crash at 45

Rock Star and Actor Ricky Nelson
Rock Star and Actor
Ricky Nelson
  • Sam Spiegel, American film producer (On the Waterfront, The Bridge on the River Kwai) dies at 84
1985 Highlights

About December 31, 1985

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 34 years, 10 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Capricorn