What Happened on May 20, 1985

Historical Events

  • 38th Cannes Film Festival: "When Father Was Away on Business" directed by Emir Kusturica wins the Palme d'Or
  • Dow Jones industrial avg closes above 1,300 for 1st time
  • FBI arrests John A Walker Jr, convicted of spying for USSR
  • Indians-Brewers game at Cleveland Stadium is 1st rain-out of 1985, ends record string of 458 ML games since Opening Day without a rain-out

Boxing Title Fight

Larry Holmes beats Carl Williams in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

  • US began broadcasts to Cuba on Radio Marti
1985 History

Famous Birthdays

Chris FroomeChris Froome (38 years old)

British road cyclist (Tour de France 2013, 15, 16, 17; Giro d'Italia 2018; Vuelta a EspaƱa 2011, 17; Olympic bronze time trial 2012, 16), born in Nairobi, Kenya

Born in 1985

Famous Deaths

  • George Memmoli, actor (Earl-Hello Larry), dies at 46
  • Harm Kamerlingh Onnes, Dutch painter, etcher and ceramist, dies at 92

About May 20, 1985

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 38 years and 14 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Taurus

Holidays: Victoria Day (Canada)

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Everything She Wants - Wham!
  • UK #1 Song: 19 - Paul Hardcastle