On This Day

What Happened on January 7, 1985

Historical Events

  • "King & I" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 191 performances
  • Japanese space probe Sakigake launched to Halley's comet
  • KHQ-AM in Spokane WA changes call letters to KLSN (now KAQQ)
  • Lou Brock & Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestLewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton, English auto racer (World Formula 1 Drivers Champion 2008, 14-15, 17-19), born in Stevenage, England

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Actress-singer Janet Jackson (18) divorces fellow R&B singer James DeBarge (21) only 4 months after getting married


Famous Deaths

  • Johnny Guarnieri, jazz pianist (Morey Amsterdam Show), dies at 67
  • Mary Hardy, Australian radio and television presenter (b. 1931)
1985 Highlights

About January 7, 1985

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 35 years, 9 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Capricorn