What Happened on October 6, 1985

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • French McLaren driver Alain Prost clinches his first World Formula 1 Drivers title with a 4th placing in the European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch
  • Marita Koch of E Germany sets 400m woman's record (47.6) in Australia
  • PC Keith Blakelock is murdered as riots erupt in the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham, north London.
  • Yankee Phil Niekro becomes 18th pitcher to win 300 games & also at 46 becomes oldest to pitch a shut-out beating Toronto 8-0

Famous Deaths

  • Nelson Riddle, American Grammy Award winning bandleader, conductor and orchestrator for Capitol Records (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Dean Martin), dies of complications from cirrhosis of the liver at 64