On This Day

What Happened on May 8, 1985

Historical Events

Music Awards

20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win

  • France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Famous Birthdays

  • Mashio Miyazaki, Japanese actress

Famous Deaths

  • Adolphus "Dolph" Sweet, American actor (Gimme a Break, Which Way is Up), dies of cancer at 64
  • Karl Marx, German composer and conductor, dies at 87
  • Redmond "Edmond" O'Brien, American actor (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sam Benedict, Johnny Midnight), dies of Alzheimer's at 69
1985 Highlights

About May 8, 1985

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 36 years, 6 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Taurus