What Happened in February 1985

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 -61°F (-52°C), Maybell, Colorado (state record)
  • Feb 1 -69°F (-56°C), Peter's Sink, Utah (state record)
  • Feb 1 Azharuddin scores 3rd Test century in 3rd Test Cricket (122 v Eng)
  • Feb 1 Cards trade D Green, Jose Uribe, Dave LaPoint to Giants for Jack Clark
  • Feb 1 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tiffany Chin
  • Feb 2 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • Feb 3 "Harrigan 'n Hart" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Feb 4 20 countries (but not US) sign UN treaty outlawing torture
  • Feb 4 Naval exercises canceled when US refuses to tell NZ if nuclear weapons aboard USS Buchanan
  • Feb 7 "New York, New York" becomes the official anthem of New York City
  • Feb 7 Marshall U's Bruce Morris scores a basket from 92'5"
  • Feb 7 NY Devil Don Lever becomes 57th NHLer to score 300 goals
  • Feb 8 1st-class cricket debut of Jimmy Adams (age 17), Jamaica v Barbados
  • Feb 8 Bruce Morris, Marshall Univ, makes a 92' 5½" basketball shot
  • Feb 8 Michael Gross swims world record 800m freestyle (7:38.75)
  • Feb 8 Opposition leader Kim Dae Jung returns to South-Korea

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 9 Madonna's album "Like a Virgin" goes #1 for 3 weeks

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • Feb 10 Andrea Schöne skates ladies world record 5 km (7:32.82)
  • Feb 10 35th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 140-129 at Indiana
  • Feb 10 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-E mission
  • Feb 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 11 King Hussein of Jordan & PLO leader Arafat sign accord
  • Feb 11 Kent Hrbek signs 5-year $6 million contract with Minnesota Twins
  • Feb 11 Wasim Akram takes 10 wickets in his 2nd Test Cricket, NZ still wins
  • Feb 12 37th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-4 at Calgary
  • Feb 12 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup (Australian Tri-Series)
  • Feb 13 Dow Jones closes at 1297.92 (record high) after topping 1300 earlier
  • Feb 13 Polish police arrests 7 Solidarity leaders
  • Feb 14 Hostage CNN reporter Jeremy Levin is released in Beirut

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 14 "Whitney Houston" debut album by Whitney Houston is released (Grammy Award Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female 1986, Billboard Album of Year 1986)

Singer and Actress Whitney Houston
Singer and Actress
Whitney Houston
  • Feb 15 STS 51-E vehicle moves to launch pad

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Feb 15 World chess championship match abandoned-Karpov 25, Kasparov 23

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov
  • Feb 15 35th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Woman and the Stranger" and "Wetherby" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 16 Largest NBA crowd to date, 43,816, sees Philadelphia at Detroit
  • Feb 16 Livingston Bramble defeats Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini to win WBA champ
  • Feb 16 NJ Devils score their fastest hat trick in 42 seconds
  • Feb 16 The founding of Hezbollah.
  • Feb 17 1st class postage rises from 20 cents to 22 cents
  • Feb 17 1st day/night game at the MCG, Australia v England
  • Feb 17 3rd person to receive an artificial heart (Murray Haydon)
  • Feb 17 Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion

  • Feb 17 Laffit Pincay Jr is third to ride 6,000th winners at Santa Anita
  • Feb 17 27th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott wins (172.265 MPH)
  • Feb 19 150 killed when a Spanish jetliner crashes approaching Bilbao, Spain
  • Feb 19 ADM of Amsterdam declares bankruptcy
  • Feb 19 Canned & bottled Cherry Coke introduced by Coca-Cola
  • Feb 19 Mickey Mouse welcomed in China
  • Feb 19 William Schroeder is 1st artificial heart patient to leave hospital He spends 15 minutes outside Humana Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Feb 20 After defending his WBC flyweight championship, Sot Chitalada's check for $104,000 is stolen by a ringside pickpocket
  • Feb 21 Evert van Benthem wins 13th Friese 11 city skateing race
  • Feb 21 Largest NBA crowd to date 44,970 (Atlanta at Detroit)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 21 Tim Raines is awarded a $12 million salary for 1985 by arbitrator

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • Feb 23 Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game
  • Feb 23 US Senate confirms Edwin Meese III as Attorney General

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 23 Goaltender Patrick Roy makes his NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • Feb 24 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Circle K Golf Open Tucson
  • Feb 24 Birendra, Bir Bikram Shah Dev crowned King of Nepal
  • Feb 24 Jim Kelly (Houston USFL) passes for pro football record 574 yds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 24 Yul Brynner reprised his role in "The King & I"

  • Feb 26 27th Grammy Awards: Whats Love Got to Do With It, Cyndi Lauper wins
  • Feb 27 Farmers converge in Washington to demand economic relief
  • Feb 27 Mauritania's new constitutional charter published
  • Feb 27 US dollar is worth Ÿ3.9355 (Netherlands)

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Dean Shiels, Northern Irish footballer
  • Feb 1 Rachael Scdoris, American dog musher
  • Feb 1 Jodi Gordon, Australian actress and model
  • Feb 2 Melody Gardot, American jazz singer, born in New Jersey
  • Feb 4 Bug Hall, American actor

Person of interestCristiano Ronaldo

Feb 5 Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese footballer (Real Madrid), born in Funchal, Portgual

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Feb 5 Laurence Maroney, American football player
  • Feb 5 Crystal Hunt, American actress
  • Feb 5 Lindsey Cardinale, American singer
  • Feb 5 Cristiano Renaldo, Portuguese soccer striker (4th to score in 4 World Cups, Real Madrid), born in Funchal, Portugal
  • Feb 6 Yang Yu, Chinese swimmer
  • Feb 6 Joji Kato, Japanese speed skater
  • Feb 6 Kris Humphries, American basketball player
  • Feb 7 Tina Majorino, actress, (Waterworld, When a Man Loves a Woman)
  • Feb 7 Clara Bryant, American actress
  • Feb 9 David Gallagher, American actor
  • Feb 10 Anette Sagen, Norwegian ski jumper, born in Mosjøen, Norway
  • Feb 11 Mike Richards, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Kenora, Canada
  • Feb 11 William Beckett, American musician (The Academy Is...), born in Hoffman Estates, Illinois
  • Feb 12 Saskia Burmeister Croft, Australian actress, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 13 Alexandros Tziolis, Greek footballer, born in Katerini, Greece
  • Feb 13 Kwak Ji-min, South Korean actress, born in South Korea
  • Feb 13 David Padgett, US basketball player, born in Reno, Nevada
  • Feb 14 Jacob Parker, actor (Evening Shade)
  • Feb 14 Natsume Sano, Japanese gravure idol
  • Feb 14 Philippe Senderos, Swiss footballer
  • Feb 14 Karima Adebibe, Moroccan-English actress and model
  • Feb 14 Tyler Clippard, American baseball player
  • Feb 14 Heart Evangelista, Filipina singer, TV and movie actress
  • Feb 14 Miki Yeung, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • Feb 16 Zoi Dimoschaki, Greek swimmer
  • Feb 17 Anne Curtis, Filipino actress and commercial model
  • Feb 18 Anton Ferdinand, English footballer
  • Feb 18 Lee Boyd Malvo, American serial killer
  • Feb 19 Haylie Duff, American singer/actress
  • Feb 19 Arielle Kebbel, American actress
  • Feb 20 Ryan Sweeney, American baseball player
  • Feb 20 Yulia Volkova, Russian singer (t.A.T.u.)
  • Feb 21 Bob Burton, American speedcuber
  • Feb 21 Georgios Samaras, Greek footballer
  • Feb 22 Hameur Bouazza, Algerian footballer
  • Feb 22 Sean Garballey, American politician
  • Feb 25 Benji Marshall, New Zealand rugby player
  • Feb 25 Joakim Noah, American basketball player
  • Feb 26 Alexandria Hilfiger, American actress, daughter of Tommy Hilfiger
  • Feb 27 Juliana Imai, Brazilian model
  • Feb 27 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Russian Footballer
  • Feb 28 Fefe Dobson, Canadian singer
  • Feb 28 Jelena Janković, Serbian tennis player
  • Feb 28 Michael Fennelly [Micheál Ó Fionnalaigh], Irish hurler, born in Ballyhale, County Kilkenny

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 2 NFL Footballer and felon O.J. Simpson marries 2nd wife Nicole Brown (murdered 1994)

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 8 Director Martin Scorsese (42) weds producer Barbara De Fina (35)

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 24 NFL quarterback Joe Montana (28) weds actress and model Jennifer Wallace

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 4 Professional boxer George Foreman (35) divorces Andrea Skeete after almost 3 years of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 3 Frank Oppenheimer, American physicist (b. 1912)
  • Feb 5 Georges-Émile Lapalme, Quebec politician (b. 1907)
  • Feb 6 Charles Briggs, actor (13 Frightened Girls, Capt Newman), dies at 53
  • Feb 6 Dandy Nichols [Daisy Sander], British actress (Till Death Us Do Part, Confessions of a Window Cleaner), dies at 78
  • Feb 6 James Hadley Chase, English writer (b. 1906)
  • Feb 7 Albert Dondeyne, Belgian philosopher/theologist, dies at 83
  • Feb 7 Uday Merchant, cricket (bro of Vijay, prolific scorer), dies
  • Feb 7 Matt Monro, English singer (b. 1932)
  • Feb 8 Marvin Miller [Mueller], American actor (Space Patrol, Dead Reckoning, Millionaire), dies from a heart attack at 71
  • Feb 8 Tom Greenway, actor (Miami Story), dies of a heart attack at 75

Person of interestWilliam Lyons

Feb 8 William Lyons, British automobile manufacturer, dies at 84

Mr Jaguar William Lyons
Mr Jaguar
William Lyons
  • Feb 10 Johnny Mokan, baseball player (b. 1895)
  • Feb 11 Heinz Eric Roemheld, composer, dies of pneumonia at 83
  • Feb 11 Henry Hathaway, actor and director (Nob Hill), dies of heart attack at 86
  • Feb 11 Ulysses Sipmson Kay, composer, dies at 68
  • Feb 11 Ben Abruzzo, American businessman and balloonist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 12 Nicholas Colasanto, American actor (Cheers, Family Plot, The Counterfeit Killer), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Feb 12 Van Lingle Mungo, American baseball pitcher (Dodgers, Giants), dies at 73
  • Feb 16 Larry Ward, actor (Frank Ragan-Dakotas), dies at 69
  • Feb 17 Wanda Perry, actress (Roberta, Death of a Salesman), dies at 67
  • Feb 18 Willy Alberti [Carel Verbrugge], Dutch singer and actor (Riffin in Amsterdam), dies at 58
  • Feb 19 Elizabeth Julesberg, author (Dick & Jane), dies
  • Feb 19 George Holmes, actor (Man in the Trunk), dies at 66
  • Feb 20 Clarence Nash, American voice actor (Donald Duck), dies of leukaemia at 80
  • Feb 21 Eric Herfst, Dutch cabaret performer (Floris), dies at 47
  • Feb 21 Ina Claire, actress/comedienne (3 Bdwy Girls), dies of stroke at 89
  • Feb 21 Louis Hayward, British-American actor (Lone Wolf, Survivors), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • Feb 22 Alexander Scourby, American actor (Victory at Sea, Ransom), dies at 71
  • Feb 22 Efrem A Zimbalist, Russian/US composer/violinist, dies at 95
  • Feb 22 Salvador Espriu, Spanish poet (b. 1913)
  • Feb 27 David Huffman, actor (FIST, Jane Doe, Firefox, Onion Field), dies
  • Feb 27 Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., American politician (Sen-R) and ambassador (West Germany, Vietnam & UN), dies at 82
  • Feb 27 J Pat O'Malley, Irish-British actor (101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book), dies at 80
  • Feb 28 Charita Bauer, American actress (The Guiding Light, Aldrich Family), dies following long illness at 62
  • Feb 28 David Byron [Garrick], British vocalist and songwriter (Uriah Heep), dies of alcohol-related complications at 38
  • Feb 28 Ray Ellington, English singer (b. 1916)