On This Day

What Happened on March 16, 1985

Historical Events

  • Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson taken hostage in Beirut
  • MLB Pitcher Denny McLain, convicted of racketeering, sentenced to 25 yrs

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


LoveWedding of Interest

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? 35 years, 7 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Pisces