On This Day

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

Baseball Pitcher Denny McLain
Baseball Pitcher
Denny McLain

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

Famous Weddings

Maureen McCormick

Actress Maureen McCormick (28) weds Michael Cummings

Famous Deaths

  • Jean Purdy, British embryologist and nurse (pioneer in developing IVF), dies from melanoma at 39
  • Roger Huntington Sessions, American composer (Black Masks), dies at 88
1985 Highlights

About March 16, 1985

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 36 years, 7 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Pisces