What Happened in July 1985

Historical Events

  • Jul 2 Andrei Gromyko appointed president of USSR
  • Jul 2 European Space Agency launches Giotto (Halley's Comet Flyby)

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Jul 3 CBS announces a 21% stock buy-back to thwart Ted Turner's takeover

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • Jul 3 Tinker Bell's first nightly flight at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 3 "Back to the Future" directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd is released

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jul 5 Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party wins re-election in Zimbabwe for a second term

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe
  • Jul 5 Nicholas Mark Sanders (England) begins circumnavigation of globe, covering 13,035 road miles in 78 days, 3 hr, 30 min

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 for her 6th Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jul 6 Mom's Command wins the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont to clinch American thoroughbred racing's Triple Tiara for fillies
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Boris Becker beats South African Kevin Curren 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 to become the youngest man (17) to win a Wimbledon singles title
  • Jul 8 Marge Schott becomes CEO of Cincinnati Red
  • Jul 9 South Africa police arrested Dutch ANC'er Klaas de Jong
  • Jul 10 Coca-Cola Co announces it will resume selling old formula Coke

Sinking ShipThe Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

Jul 10 French foreign intelligence agents blow up the Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbor, New Zealand to prevent it interfering with French nuclear tests in the South Pacific. Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira is killed.
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Jul 10 Playboy (and also Penthouse) publish nude pictures of Madonna

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna

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Jul 11 Astros' Nolan Ryan, 1st to strike out 4000 (Mets' Danny Heep)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

  • Jul 11 Refurbished space shuttle Columbia moves overland from Palmdale to Dryden
  • Jul 11 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 12 "Singin' in the Rain" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 367 performances

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Jul 12 Doctors discover a cancerous growth in President Reagan's colon

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jul 12 STS 51-F launch scrubbed at T -3s because of main engine shutdown
  • Jul 13 "Live Aid" concerts held at both Wembley Stadium (London) and John F. Kennedy Stadium (Philadelphia) raises over $70 million for African famine relief

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Jul 13 NY Yankees retire Roger Maris (9) and Elston Howard (32) uniforms

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Jul 14 40th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Kathy Baker
  • Jul 14 Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Offutt AFB, Neb
  • Jul 14 Last USFL game-Baltimore Stars defeats Oakland Invaders, 28-24
  • Jul 15 Deborah Carthy-Deu, of Puerto Rico, crowned 34th Miss Universe
  • Jul 16 56th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-1 at Humphrey Metrodome, Minn
  • Jul 16 All star MVP: LaMarr Hoyt (San Diego Padres)
  • Jul 16 Bill to abolish Greater London Council receives royal assent
  • Jul 18 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • Jul 19 Christa McAuliffe chosen as 1st school teacher to fly aboard the space shuttle
  • Jul 19 The Val di Stava Dam collapse killing 268 people in Val di Stava, Italy.
  • Jul 20 Divers find wreck of Spanish galleon Atocha
  • Jul 20 The government of Aruba passes legislation to secede from the Netherlands Antilles
  • Jul 21 "Leader of the Pack" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 120 performances

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Jul 21 British Open Golf, Royal St George's GC: Scotsman Sandy Lyle wins his only Open title by 1 stroke from runner-up Payne Stewart; last time event features double cut (after 36 and 54 holes), introduced in 1968

  • Jul 21 Amina Fakir (Detroit), 23, crowned 18th Miss Black America
  • Jul 21 Judy Clark wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • Jul 21 72nd Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • Jul 24 Gandhi signs peace contract with Sikh leader Harchand Singh Longowai
  • Jul 24 French DGSE officers Dominique Prieur and Alain Mafart are arrested and charged with murder over the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior
  • Jul 25 Spokeswoman for Rock Hudson confirms he has AIDS
  • Jul 25 Steve Cram runs world record mile (3:46.32)
  • Jul 25 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 25 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 25 Uganda suspends constitution following coup

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Jul 28 Canadian Open Golf (du Maurier Classic), Beaconsfield GC: Pat Bradley wins by 1 from Jane Geddes

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • Jul 28 Alan Garcia sworn in as president of Peru
  • Jul 28 L Brock, Enos Slaughter, A Vaughan, & H Wilhelm inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jul 29 19th Space Shuttle Mission (51-F)-Challenger 8-launched
  • Jul 30 Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-I mission
  • Jul 30 Valerie Lowrance, of Texas, 18, crowned America's Junior Miss

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Chris Perez, American MLB reliever (All Star 2011-12), born in Bradenton, Florida
  • Jul 1 Lea Seydoux. French actress (Blue Is the Warmest Colour, Spectre), born in Paris, France
  • Jul 2 Rhett Bomar, American football player
  • Jul 2 Chad Henne, American football player

Person of interestAshley Tisdale

Jul 2 Ashley Tisdale, American actress and singer (High School Musical), born in Monmouth County, New Jersey

Actress and Singer Ashley Tisdale
Actress and Singer
Ashley Tisdale
  • Jul 3 Minami Keisuke, Japanese singer and actor.
  • Jul 5 Stephanie McIntosh, Australian pop singer and actress
  • Jul 5 Nick O'Malley, British indie rock musician (Arctic Monkeys), born in Sheffield, England
  • Jul 6 Ranveer Singh, Bollywood actor (Bajirao Mastani), born in Mumbai, India
  • Jul 8 Jamie Cook, British musician (Arctic Monkeys)
  • Jul 9 Paweł Korzeniowski, Polish swimmer
  • Jul 9 Ashley Young, English footballer
  • Jul 10 Mario Gómez, German footballer
  • Jul 11 Aki Maeda, Japanese actress
  • Jul 12 Luiz Ejlli, Albanian singer
  • Jul 12 Natasha Poly, Russian supermodel
  • Jul 13 Guillermo Ochoa, Mexican footballer
  • Jul 14 Phoebe Waller-Bridge, English actress, writer and director (Fleabag), born in London, England
  • Jul 17 Neil McGregor, Scottish footballer
  • Jul 17 Tom Fletcher, British singer (McFly)
  • Jul 18 Chace Crawford, American actor
  • Jul 20 John Francis Daley, American actor
  • Jul 21 Von Wafer, American basketball player
  • Jul 22 Takudzwa Ngwenya, Zimbabwean-American rugby player
  • Jul 22 Akira Tozawa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Jul 23 Luis Ángel Landín, Mexican footballer
  • Jul 23 Matthew Murphy, English musician (The Wombats), born in Liverpool
  • Jul 24 Patrice Bergeron, Canadian hockey player
  • Jul 25 James Lafferty, American actor (One Tree Hill-Nathan Scott), born in Hemet, California
  • Jul 25 Jasmine Lennard, British model and reallity TV star (Big Brother), born in Belgravia, Westminster, England
  • Jul 25 Nelson Piquet Jr., Brazilian auto racer (Formula E champion 2014-15), born in Heidelberg, West Germany
  • Jul 26 Gaël Clichy, French footballer (İstanbul Başakşehir), born in Toulouse, France
  • Jul 26 Audrey De Montigny, Quebec singer, born in Sainte-Julienne, Quebec
  • Jul 27 Benedita Pereira, Portuguese actress, born in Porto, Portugal
  • Jul 27 Lou Taylor Pucci, American actor (Thumbsucker), born in Seaside Heights, New Jersey
  • Jul 28 Dustin Milligan, Canadian actor, born in Yellowknife, Canada
  • Jul 28 Tynisha Keli, American singer, born in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Jul 30 Daniel Fredheim Holm, Norwegian footballer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 19 NBA player Isiah Thomas (24) weds Lynn Kendall in Chicago

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 31 Bee Gees member Robin Gibb (35) weds author and artist Dwina Murphy

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Singer-songwriter
Robin Gibb

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Pauli Murray, African American poet and civil rights activist, dies at 74
  • Jul 2 David Purley, British Formula 1 driver (b. 1945)
  • Jul 3 Frank Selke, Canadian ice hockey manager, dies at 92
  • Jul 4 John de Quay, Dutch premier (1959-63), dies at 83
  • Jul 5 Gerard Schmook, Flemish literature historian/custodian, dies at 86
  • Jul 5 Jack Robertson, South African cricket spinner (3 Tests v Aust 1935-36), dies
  • Jul 5 Marion Byron, actress (Steamboat Bill Jr), dies at 73
  • Jul 7 Patti McCarty, actress (Gangster of the Frontier), dies at 64
  • Jul 8 Gardner Cowles Jr, US publisher (Look Magazine), dies at 82
  • Jul 8 Phil Foster, American comedian (Frank De Fazio-Laverne & Shirley), dies at 72
  • Jul 8 Simon Kuznets, US economist (Nobel 1971), dies at 84
  • Jul 9 Rafael Campos, actor (Ramon-Rhoda, Sancho-V), dies of cancer at 49
  • Jul 9 Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (b. 1896)
  • Jul 9 Jimmy Kinnon, Scottish founder of Narcotics Anonymous (b. 1911)
  • Jul 10 Fernando Pereira, military activist, murdered
  • Jul 16 Wayne King, orchestra leader (Wayne King Show), dies at 84
  • Jul 16 Heinrich Böll, German writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • Jul 17 Czeslaw Josef Marek, composer, dies at 93
  • Jul 17 Margo, actress (Rumba, Viva Zapata), dies at 68 of a brain tumor
  • Jul 18 Shahnawaz Bhutto, son of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto
  • Jul 19 Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish sci-fi author (The Whole Truth about Planet Xi), dies at 47
  • Jul 21 Mickey Shaughnessy, actor (Chicago Teddy Bears), dies at 65
  • Jul 21 Vicki Vola, actress (Miss Miller-Mr District Attorney)
  • Jul 23 Kay Kyser, bandleader (Kay Kyser's Kollege), dies at 79
  • Jul 23 Johnny Wardle, English cricketer (b. 1923)
  • Jul 27 Smoky Joe Wood, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), dies at 95
  • Jul 28 Grant Williams, American actor (Hawaiian Eye, Incredible Shrinking Man), dies of toxic poisoning at 54
  • Jul 29 James F Nolan, actor (Dante), dies of cancer at 69
  • Jul 30 Julia Hall Bowman Robinson, American mathematician (b. 1919)
  • Jul 30 Peter Knight, English musical arranger, conductor, and composer, dies at 68
  • Jul 31 Eugene Carson Blake, US Secretary-General of World Council of Churches (1966-72), dies at 78
  • Jul 31 Murray Chapple, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman through the 1950's), dies at 55