What Happened on March 16, 1985

Historical Events

  • Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson taken hostage in Beirut

Sports History

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain is convicted of embezzlement and drug trafficking; sentenced to 25 years but conviction later reversed

Famous Birthdays

  • Colin O'Brady, American athlete and adventurer, first to cross Antarctica solo unassisted, born in Olympia, Washington
  • Nicole Trunfio, Australian supermodel, born in Merredin, Australia
Born in 1985

Famous Weddings

Maureen McCormick

Actress Maureen McCormick (28) weds Michael Cummings

Famous Deaths

Eddie ShoreEddie Shore (1902-1985)

Canadian ice hockey player and NHL hall of famer (Boston Bruins), dies of a lung infection at 82

  • Jean Purdy, British embryologist and nurse (pioneer in developing IVF), dies from melanoma at 39
  • Roger Sessions, American Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Concerto for Orchestra; The Black Maskers), musicologist, and educator (Princeton, 1936-45, 53-65; Berkeley, 1945-53), dies at 88

About March 16, 1985

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 38 years, 2 months and 14 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Pisces

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
  • UK #1 Song: You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) - Dead Or Alive