What Happened on May 17, 1985

Historical Events

  • Les Anderson, catches record 97 lb 4 oz Chinook salmon, while fishing off coast of Alaska

Famous Birthdays

  • Derek Hough, American dancer (Dancing with the Stars), actor, and singer, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Matt Ryan, American football player
Born in 1985

Famous Deaths

  • Abe Burrows [Borowitz], American Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning songwriter, composer and writer (Guys and Dolls), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 74
  • Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) killed off on television soap opera "Dallas"
  • Hugh Burden, actor (Night of Laughing Dead), dies at 72
1985 Highlights

About May 17, 1985

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 38 years and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Taurus

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
  • UK #1 Song: 19 - Paul Hardcastle