On This Day

What Happened in June 1985

Historical Events

Sports History

Jun 1 "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" by David Lee Roth hits #12

  • Jun 1 West Indian cricket batsman Viv Richards scores 300 in a day on the way to 322 in a tour match against Warwickshire at Taunton; 42 fours and 8 sixes of 258 balls

Album Release

Jun 1 Weird Al Yankovic releases his "Dare To Be Stupid" album

LPGA Championship

Jun 2 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Nancy Lopez wins by 8 shots from fellow American Alice Miller

  • Jun 2 39th Tony Awards: Biloxi Blues and Big River win
  • Jun 2 Andreas Papandreou's PASOK-party wins election in Greece
  • Jun 2 RJ Reynolds Company proposed a merger with Nabisco
  • Jun 3 Brewers draft B J Surhoff #1
  • Jun 3 Massive anti-ETA demonstration in Basques

Television Debut

Jun 3 "Larry King Live" debuts on CNN, airing each weeknight through December, 2010

  • Jun 4 STS 51-G vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Jun 4 Supreme Court strikes down Alabama "moment of silence" law
  • Jun 5 Steve Cauthen wins aboard Slip Anchor at Epsom Downs to become the only jockey to win both the Kentucky Derby (1978) and The Derby
  • Jun 6 58th National Spelling Bee: Balu Natarajan wins spelling milieu
  • Jun 6 Body of Nazi concentration camp doctor Dr Josef Mengele located and exhumed
  • Jun 6 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts "status" of Aruba
  • Jun 6 Soyuz T-13 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 7 space station
  • Jun 8 117th Belmont: Eddie Maple aboard Creme Fraiche wins in 2:27

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 8 French Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats Martina Navratilova 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 for her 17th Grand Slam title and 6th French singles crown

NBA Finals

Jun 9 NBA Championship, Boston Garden: Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 111-100 for a 4 games to 2 series victory; Finals MVP: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  • Jun 9 American Thomas Sutherland is kidnapped & held hostage in Lebanon
  • Jun 9 USSR's Vega 1 deposits lander on surface of Venus

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 9 French Open Men's Tennis: Sweden's Mats Wilander wins 4th career Grand Slam title; beats Czech star Ivan Lendl 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2

Music City News Awards

Jun 10 19th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers, Barbara Mandrell win

  • Jun 10 Claus von Bulow acquitted on charges he tried to murder his wife
  • Jun 10 Coca-Cola announces they're bringing back their 99-year-old formula
  • Jun 11 Russian space probe Vega 1 lands on Venus
  • Jun 11 Von Hayes becomes 21st to hit 2 HRs in an inning (Phils-26, Mets-7)
  • Jun 11 WJW-AM/TV in Cleveland Ohio change call letters to WRMR

Film Release

Jun 13 "Prizzi's Honor", starring Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, and Anjelica Huston, is released

  • Jun 14 "Michael Nesmith In Television Parts" premieres on NBC-TV

Sports History

Jun 14 Earl Weaver comes out of retirement to manage Baltimore Orioles

  • Jun 14 Lebanese Shiite Muslim extremists hijacked TWA Flight 847
  • Jun 15 "Pryor's Place" children's show last airs on CBS-TV
  • Jun 15 En route to Halley's Comet, USSR's Vega 2 drops lander on Venus

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 15 Pinklon Thomas KOs Mike Weaver in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Jun 15 Russian space probe Vega 2 lands on Venus
  • Jun 15 Rembrandt's painting Danaë is attacked by man later judged insane; he throws sulfuric acid on the canvas and cuts it twice with his knife
  • Jun 16 US Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: 1978 champion Andy North wins by 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Dave Barr, T C Chen and Denis Watson
  • Jun 16 Willie Banks of USA sets triple jump record (58 feet 11 inches) in Indianapolis
  • Jun 17 18th NASA Space Shuttle Mission (51-G): Discovery 5 launches

Sports History

Jun 19 Reggie Jackson hits his 513th HR to move into 10th place

  • Jun 21 American, Brazilian & West German forensic pathologists confirm skeletal remains exhumed in Brazil were Nazi Dr Josef Mengele

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 21 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Echo & the Bunnyman, Joe Cocker, and The Boomtown Rats headline; other performers include: The Style Council, Ian Dury and The Blockheads, Nick Lowe, Third World, Gregory Isaacs, Hugh Masekela, Clannad, Midnight Oil, Aswad, and The Pogues

  • Jun 22 "Grind" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 79 performances

Music History

Jun 22 "Smuggler's Blues" by Glenn Frey peaks at #12

Sports History

Jun 23 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: Defending champion Arnold Palmer wins his final major by 11 shots from Miller Barber, Lee Elder, Gene Littler & Charles Owens

  • Jun 24 18th NASA Space Shuttle Mission (51-G): Discovery 5 returns to Earth
  • Jun 24 Challenger moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating of STS 51-F
  • Jun 25 Fireworks factory near Hallett, Oklahoma, explodes killing 21
  • Jun 25 Thurman v City of Torrington decides in favor of Tracey Thurman, 1st woman to sue a police department for violating her civil rights (not protecting against abusive husband)

Historic Event

Jun 26 Portugal's Socialist Prime Minister Mário Soares resigns amid predictions that Parliament would be dissolved and elections called

  • Jun 27 First hotel strike in New York City
  • Jun 27 Route 66 (Chicago to Santa Monica), is decertified
  • Jun 28 Discovery ferried back to Kennedy Space Center via Bergstrom AFB, Tx
  • Jun 29 NASA launches Intelsat VA F-11
  • Jun 29 STS 51-F vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Jun 30 Revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The King & I" closes at Broadway Theater, NYC, after 191 performances
  • Jun 30 39 remaining hostages from hijacked TWA Flight 847 are freed in Beirut
  • Jun 30 LA Dodger Pedro Gonzalez sets NL record of 15 HRs in June
  • Jun 30 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Edgewood Tahore GC: Miller Barber wins by 4 strokes from Roberto De Vincenzo for back-to-back Senior Open titles

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Tirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopian athlete (5,000m WR 14:11.15 2008; Olympic gold 5000m, 10000m 2008; 10000m 2012), born in Bekoji, Arsi Province, Ethiopia
  • Jun 1 Dinesh Karthik, Indian cricket wicket-keeper and batsman (26 Tests, 63 dismissals; 94 ODI; 32 T20I), born in Udangudi, India
  • Jun 2 Ana Cristina, Cuban American singer, composer, and actress
  • Jun 3 Detox Icunt [Matthew Sanderson], American drag queen, recording artist and TV personality (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Jun 3 Łukasz Piszczek, Polish footballer (Borussia Dortmund), born in Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland
  • Jun 4 Lukas Podolski, Polish-born footballer
  • Jun 4 Bar Refaeli, Israeli model
  • Jun 4 Evan Lysacek, American figure skater
  • Jun 4 Ana Carolina Reston, Brazilian fashion model (d. 2006)
  • Jun 5 Kenny De Ketele, Belgian racing cyclist (2012 World Champion), born in Oudenaarde, Belgium
  • Jun 6 Drew Galloway, Scottish professional wrestler
  • Jun 7 Charlie Simpson, British rock singer-songwriter and musician (Busted; Fightstar), born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England
  • Jun 8 Alexandre Despatie, French Canadian diver
  • Jun 9 Sonam Kapoor, Indian actress (Neerja), born in Bombay, India
  • Jun 10 Kristina Lundberg, Swedish ice hockey player
  • Jun 10 Vasilis Torosidis, Greek footballer
  • Jun 11 Anja Rubik, Polish supermodel, born in Rzeszów, Poland
  • Jun 11 Chris Trousdale, American pop singer and dancer, born in New Port Richey, Florida
  • Jun 11 Josh Ramsay, Canadian singer and songwriter (Marianas Trench), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jun 12 Blake Ross, American software developer (co-creator of the Mozilla Firefox internet browser), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 12 Tasha-Ray Evin, Canadian singer and guitarist (Lillix), born in Canada
  • Jun 12 Kendra Wilkinson, American Television Personality and glamour model, born in San Diego, California
  • Jun 12 Sam Thaiday, Australian professional rugby league player (Brisbane Broncos), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jun 12 Chris Young, American country music singer and songwriter, born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Jun 13 Raz-B [De'Mario Thornton], American R&B actor and singer (B2K), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jun 13 Danny Syvret, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 13 Filipe Albuquerque, Portuguese racing driver
  • Jun 14 Andrew Bonner, Scottish football player
  • Jun 14 Andy Soucek, Spanish racing driver
  • Jun 15 Nadine Coyle, Northern Irish pop singer (Girls Aloud - "Sound of the Underground"; "The Promise"), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Jun 17 Marcos Baghdatis, Cypriot professional tennis player
  • Jun 17 Rafael Sóbis, Brazilian footballer, born in Erechim, Brazil
  • Jun 20 Souleymane Mamam, Togolese footballer
  • Jun 20 Darko Miličić, Serbian basketball player (Detroit Pistons), born in Novi Sad, Serbia, Yugoslavia
  • Jun 21 Anthony Morelli, American football player, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 21 Byron Schammer, Australian AFL footballer

Lana Del Rey

Jun 21 Lana Del Rey [Elizabeth Grant], American singer-songwriter (Born to Die, Ultraviolence), and model (H&M), born in NYC, New York

  • Jun 21 Michelle Wolf, American comedian, born in Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 22 Rosa Kato, Italian-Japanese model and actress
  • Jun 22 Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Greek-Cameroonian basketball player
  • Jun 24 Yukina Shirakawa, Japanese gravure idol
  • Jun 24 Candice Patton, American actress (The Flash), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Jun 24 Ethan Klein, American Youtuber (h3h3Productions), born in Ventura, California
  • Jun 26 Urgyen Trinley Dorje, Tibetan spiritual leader, born in Chamdo County, Tibet Autonomous Region, China
  • Jun 27 Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russian tennis player (US Open 2004, French Open 2009), born in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Jun 27 Coby Linder, American pop-punk drummer (Say Anything), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jun 27 Nico Rosberg, German Finnish race car driver (F1 World Champion 2016), born in Wiesbaden, West Germany
  • Jun 27 James Hook, Welsh rugby union utility back (81 caps; Neath RFC, USA Perpignan, Gloucester RFC), born in Port Talbot, Wales
  • Jun 28 Phil Bardsley, English football player (Burnley), born in Salford, England
  • Jun 29 Quintin Demps, American football player (Philadelphia Eagles), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Jun 30 Rafal Blechacz, Polish classical pianist, born in Nakło nad Notecią, Poland

Michael Phelps

Jun 30 Michael Phelps, American swimmer (record 23 Olympic gold medals), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • Jun 30 Fabiana Vallejos, Argentine footballer, born in San Isidro, Argentina
  • Jun 30 Cody Runnels, American wrestler, born in Marietta, Georgia

Famous Weddings

Merle Haggard

Jun 1 Country singer Merle Haggard (48) weds fourth wife Debbie Parret; divorce in 1991

Mike Pence

Jun 8 US Vice President Mike Pence (25) weds Karen Batten (26) at Indianapolis, Indiana

Carl Djerassi

Jun 21 Chemist Carl Djerassi (61) weds biographer and teacher Diane Middlebrook (46) at his ranch

  • Jun 22 "Dallas" actress Victoria Principal (35) weds plastic surgeon Harry Glassman (43) in Dallas

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Richard Greene, English composer and actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 67
  • Jun 4 John Ringling North, American circus director (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 1937-43), dies at 81
  • Jun 6 Siem Devout, Dutch actor, dies at 54
  • Jun 10 George Chandler, American actor (Fury, Lassie, The Fatal Glass of Beer), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • Jun 10 Bob Prince, American sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball, Pittsburgh Pirates), dies of cancer at 68
  • Jun 11 Karen Ann Quinlan, comatose patient, dies in Morris Plains NJ at 31
  • Jun 11 Sapfo Notara, Greek actress (b. 1907)
  • Jun 12 Edmund Perry, 17 and newly graduated from N.H. prep. high school, shot and killed in Manhattan by NYPD undercover officer Lee Vanhouten, who claimed Perry tried to rob him
  • Jun 15 Len Hopwood, cricketer (took 0-155 in two Tests Eng v Aust 1934), dies
  • Jun 15 Percy Fender, English cricket all-rounder (13 Tests, 29 wickets, BB 5/90, HS 60; Sussex CCC, Surrey CCC, MCC), dies at 92
  • Jun 15 Andy Stanfield, American athlete (b. 1927)
  • Jun 15 Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (b. 1961)
  • Jun 17 Piet De Somer, Belgian rector of University of Louvain, dies at 67
  • Jun 18 Paul Colin, French poster designer, dies at 92
  • Jun 21 Tage Erlander, Swedish politician (25th Prime Minister of Sweden 1946-69), dies at 84
  • Jun 25 Morris Mason, American convicted rapist and murderer, executed by electric chair at 31
  • Jun 25 Connie "Pee Wee" Crayton, American R&B and blues guitarist and singer ("Do Unto Others"), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Jun 27 Jane Ross [Breslaw], American actress (Star Trek, Rocket Attack U.S.A., Wild Is My Love), dies at 53
  • Jun 28 James Craig [Meador], American actor (Devil & Daniel Webster, Cyclops), dies of lung cancer at 73
  • Jun 28 Lambros Konstantaras, Greek actor (O blofatzis, Anna of Rhodes), dies at 72
  • Jun 28 Jimmy Thomson, Scottish golfer (US Open 1935, PGA C'ship 1936 runner-up), dies at 76
  • Jun 30 James Dewar, Canadian inventor and baker (Twinkie cake), dies at 88