On This Day

What Happened in November 1985

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Netherlands decides definitive sites for cruise missiles
  • Nov 1 Nostalgia Television begins on cable
  • Nov 2 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Aqueduct Racetrack; winners: Cozzene, Life's Magic, Pebbles, Precisionist, Proud Truth, Tasso, Twilight Ridge
  • Nov 2 LA Kings score 5 goals in a span of 5:37, the fastest in NHL team history; rout Hartford Whalers, 8-1 at Hartford Civic Center
  • Nov 2 Tulsa's Gordon Brown (214) and Steve Gage (206) set NCAA football record for combined rushing yards in one game for 2 teammates who gained more than 200 yards each in 42-26 win at Wichita State
  • Nov 3 President Alfonsín's Radical Burgerunie wins in Argentine legislative elections

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 3 French McLaren driver Alain Prost wins his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship, finishing 4th in the Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins title by 20 points from Italian Michele Alboreto

Formula 1 Racing Driver Alain Prost
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Alain Prost
  • Nov 3 Bill Elliott wins Atlanta Journal 500 at Atlanta Raceway to become first driver to win 11 super-speedway races in 1 season; also first driver to win $2m in prize money in a single season
  • Nov 4 "Edge of Darkness" first airs on BBC Two, featuring Bob Peck and Joanne Whalley
  • Nov 5 "News" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 4 performances

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Nov 5 CBS premieres "Stone Pillow", a dramatic made-for-TV movie starring Lucille Ball as a homeless woman

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball
  • Nov 6 22nd Space Shuttle Mission (61A) -Challenger 9- lands at Edwards AFB
  • Nov 6 M-19 guerrillas occupy Palace of Justice Bogota Colombia
  • Nov 6 Space shuttle Challenger lands at Edwards Air Force Base, California
  • Nov 6 Exploratory well in Ranger, Texas, blows out, spilling 150,000 bbl (24,000 m3) of crude oil
  • Nov 7 Colombian troops end 27-hr siege of Bogota's Palace of Justice

  • Nov 8 Atlantis moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 61-B mission
  • Nov 9 "News" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 4 performances

World RecordGarry Kasparov Becomes World Chess Champion

Nov 9 Garry Kasparov becomes the youngest ever world chess champion (22), with a 13-11 win over fellow Russian Anatoly Karpov

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Garry Kasparov vs. Anatoly Karpov in Moscow on November 9, 1985
Garry Kasparov vs. Anatoly Karpov in Moscow on November 9, 1985
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 9 Richard Hadlee takes 9-52 New Zealand v Australia at the Gabba

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • Nov 9 Surprise attack on Belgium supermarket in Aalst, 8 killed
  • Nov 11 1st AIDS theme TV movie - "An Early Frost" screens in US on NBC
  • Nov 11 Challenger flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
  • Nov 11 Yonkers is found guilty of segregating schools & housing
  • Nov 12 Richard Hadlee takes 15-123 for cricket match New Zealand v Australia at Brisbane
  • Nov 12 STS 61-B vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Nov 12 Secretary in Ann Arbor Mich wounded by package bomb

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Nov 13 Dwight Gooden, youngest 20 game winner, wins Cy Young award

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden
  • Nov 13 Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupts in Colombia, killing 25,000 in the town of Armero
  • Nov 14 Brewers release 39-year-old pitcher Rollie Fingers
  • Nov 14 Holmfriour Karlsdottir of Iceland, 22, crowned 35th Miss World
  • Nov 14 Volcano Nevado del Ruiz Colombia erupts, 1000s killed
  • Nov 15 A research assistant is injured when a package from the Unabomber addressed to a University of Michigan professor explodes

Conference meetingSummit of Interest

Nov 16 President Reagan arrives in Geneva for a summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Nov 17 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on 92.3 WXRK FM New York, N.Y.
  • Nov 17 NY Jets best offensive production beating Tampa Bay 62-28

  • Nov 17 NBC's premiere of controversial TV thriller "Hostage Flight"
  • Nov 17 35th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Darrell Waltrip wins
  • Nov 18 Dwight Gooden (NL) & Bret Saberhagen (AL) win Cy Young
  • Nov 18 Enterprise (OV-101) flies from Kennedy Space Center to Dulles Airport
  • Nov 18 Howard Stern radio show returns to NYC (WXRK 92.3 FM-afternoons)

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Nov 18 Paul McCartney releases "Spies Like Us"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Nov 19 Herb Gardner's "I'm Not Rappaport" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 19 US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet for the first time
  • Nov 19 In the largest civil verdict in US history, Pennzoil wins $10.53 billion judgement against Texaco

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Nov 20 NY Yankee Don Mattingly easily wins AL MVP

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly
  • Nov 20 Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released
  • Nov 22 Columbia moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 61-C
  • Nov 22 Largest swearing-in ceremony, 38,648 immigrants become US citizens
  • Nov 22 PNP/MAN win Antilian parliamentary election
  • Nov 23 58 die as Egyptian commandos storm hijack Egyptair jet in Malta
  • Nov 23 Retired CIA analyst Larry Wu-tai Chin, arrested of spying for China
  • Nov 24 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: BC Lions defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 37-24; final CFL game played with 25-yard long endzone
  • Nov 24 Egyptian commandos storm captured Boeing in Malta, 60 killed

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Nov 24 NBC miniseries "Mussolini: The Untold Story" starring George C. Scott premieres in the US

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
Actor George C. Scott
Actor
George C. Scott
  • Nov 25 Chicago White Sox shortstop Ozzie Guillén is named AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 26 23rd Space Shuttle Mission (61-B)-Atlantis 2-is launched
  • Nov 26 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

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Nov 26 Random House buys Richard Nixons memoires for $3,000,000

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Nov 27 Cards Vince Coleman wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 27 Republic of Ireland gains consultative role in Northern Ireland
  • Nov 28 6th Belgium government of Martens forms
  • Nov 30 50th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-23 in Birmingham

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 4 Marcell Jansen, German footballer, born in Mönchengladbach, West Germany
  • Nov 5 Tanaka Koki, Japanese idol and singer (member of KAT-TUN), born in Chiba, Japan
  • Nov 5 Kate DeAraugo, Australian singer (3rd winner of Australian Idol 2005), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Nov 8 Jack Osbourne, English television star, born in St John's Wood, London
  • Nov 10 Giovonnie Samuels, American television actress (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody), born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 10 Ricki-Lee Coulter, Australian singer (Hell No!), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Nov 11 Jessica Sierra, American Idol season 4 finalist
  • Nov 11 Robin Uthappa, Indian cricket player 'The Walking Assassin' , born in Kodagu, India
  • Nov 11 Luton Shelton, Jamaican soccer striker (75 caps; Vålerenga, Karabükspor, Sheffield United), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2021)
  • Nov 13 Asdrúbal Cabrera, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Nov 14 Thomas Vermaelen, Belgian footballer
  • Nov 15 Jeffree Star [Jeffrey Steininger Jr.], American Internet personality (Jeffree Star Cosmetics), born in Orange County, California
  • Nov 16 Sanna Marin, Finnish politician, youngest-ever Prime Minister of Finland (2019-), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Nov 18 Christian Siriano, American fashion designer and Project Runway winner (season 4), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Nov 18 Allyson Felix, American athlete (6-time Olympic gold 200m/400m/relays 2008, 12, 16), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 19 Chris Eagles, English footballer
  • Nov 20 Juan Cruz Álvarez, Argentine racing driver, born in Arrecifes, Argentina
  • Nov 20 Dan Byrd, American actor, born in Marietta, Georgia
  • Nov 21 Jesús Navas, Spanish footballer

Person of interestCarly Rae Jepsen

Nov 21 Carly Rae Jepsen, Canadian singer ("Call Me Maybe"), born in Mission, British Columbia

  • Nov 22 Asamoah Gyan, Ghanaian footballer
  • Nov 23 Ahn Hyun-Soo, South Korean short track skater, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Nov 24 Julia Alexandratou, Greek fashion model and singer
  • Nov 24 Tony Hunt, National Football League player
  • Nov 26 Lil' Fizz [Dreux Pierre Frédéric], American singer (B2K), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Nov 27 Alison Pill, Canadian actress
  • Nov 27 Klara Elias [Klara Ósk Elíasdóttir], Icelandic pop singer (Nylon), born in Sweden
  • Nov 28 Caitlin McClatchey, Scottish swimmer
  • Nov 29 Taguchi Junnosuke, Japanese idol (KAT-TUN), born in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Nov 29 Shannon Brown, American basketball player, born in Maywood, Illinois

Person of interestKaley Cuoco

Nov 30 Kaley Cuoco, American actress (The Big Bang Theory), born in Camarillo, California

Actress Kaley Cuoco
Actress
Kaley Cuoco

Person of interestChrissy Teigen

Nov 30 Chrissy Teigen, American model, born in Delta, Utah

Model and TV Personality Chrissy Teigen
Model and TV Personality
Chrissy Teigen

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 8 Author Ken Follett (36) weds politician Barbara Hubbard (42)

Author Ken Follett
Author
Ken Follett

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPhil Silvers

Nov 1 Phil Silvers, American comedian and actor (Sgt Bilko-Phil Silvers Show), dies in his sleep at 73

Comedian and Actor Phil Silvers
Comedian and Actor
Phil Silvers
  • Nov 1 Arnold Pihlak, Estonian soccer forward (44 caps; FK Austria Wien), dies at 83
  • Nov 2 Fred Enke, American College basketball coach (University of Arizona 1925–1961, record 522–344), dies at 88
  • Nov 5 Arnold Chikobava, Georgian linguist (b. 1898)
  • Nov 6 Joel Crothers, American actor (Edge of Night), dies of a heart attack at 44
  • Nov 6 Sanjeev Kumar [Harihar Jariwala], Indian Bollywood actor (Angoor, Dastak, Koshish), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • Nov 8 Nicolas Frantz, Luxembourgish road cyclist (Tour de France 1927-28), dies at 86
  • Nov 8 Masten Gregory, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1961, 65 [Jochen Rindt]), dies at 53
  • Nov 9 Helen Rose, costume designer, dies at 81
  • Nov 9 Mary MacLaren, actress (Black Swan), dies at 85 of respiratory probs
  • Nov 10 Pelle Lindbergh, goalie (Philadelphia Flyers), dies in drunk driving accident
  • Nov 13 George Robert Vincent, American sound recording pioneer (b. 1898)
  • Nov 15 Spencer W. Kimball, American 12th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1973-1985), dies at 90
  • Nov 16 John Sparkman, American politician (Sen-D-Alabama 1946-79, Rep-D-Alabama 1937-46), dies at 85
  • Nov 16 Stuart Chase, American writer and economist (The Tragedy of Waste), dies at 97
  • Nov 17 Jimmy Ritz, American actor and comedian (Ritz Brothers-Blazing Stewardesses), dies of heart failure at 81
  • Nov 19 Lall Singh, cricketer (Test for India 1932), dies
  • Nov 19 Stepin Fetchit [Lincoln Perry], American actor (Miracle in Harlem) 1st African American film star, dies of pneumonia 83
  • Nov 21 Ramnath Kenny, cricketer (5 Tests for India 1958-60), dies
  • Nov 24 Cees Buddingh', Dutch poet/writer/interpreter/translator, dies at 67
  • Nov 24 Big Joe Turner, American singer (b. 1911)
  • Nov 25 Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Nov 25 Franz Hildebrandt, German Theologian(b. 1909)
  • Nov 25 Elsa Morante, Italian writer, dies at 73
  • Nov 26 Ransom Sherman, comedian (Father of Bride), dies at 87
  • Nov 27 Harry Harvey Sr, American actor (It's a Man's World), dies at 84
  • Nov 28 Fernand Braudel, French historian (Civilization & Capitalism), dies at 83
  • Nov 28 Johnny "Blood" McNally, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (NFL champion 1929-31, 36; Green Bay Packers), dies from a stroke at 82
  • Nov 29 Bill Scott, American voice actor, producer and writer (Mr Peabody, Bullwinkle), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Nov 29 Rik Jacobs, Flemish stage manager, dies at 71
  • Nov 30 Phil Tucker, American film director (Robot Monster), dies at 58