On This Day

What Happened on February 17, 1985

Historical Events

  • 1st class postage rises from 20 cents to 22 cents
  • 1st day/night game at the MCG, Australia v England

Daytona 500

27th Daytona 500: After taking pole at then-record speed of 205.114 mph Bill Elliott dominates race leading 136 of 200 laps

  • 3rd person to receive an artificial heart (Murray Haydon)
  • Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion
  • Panamanian jockey Laffit Pincay Jr.is third to ride 6,000 winners; wins aboard Doria's Delight in the 5th race at Santa Anita Park

Famous Birthdays

  • Anne Curtis, Filipino actress and commercial model

Famous Deaths

  • Wanda Perry, actress (Roberta, Death of a Salesman), dies at 67
1985 Highlights

About February 17, 1985

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 36 years, 9 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aquarius