What Happened on September 8, 1985

Historical Events

  • "USA Weekend's" 1st issue, appears in 255 newspapers
  • 7 die in a car & train crash in San Jose, California
  • Alayson Gibbons sets 24 hr women swim record of 42.05 mi in 25 m pool
  • Shuttle Discovery flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB

US Men's Tennis Open

US Open Men's Tennis: Czech star Ivan Lendl wins his first US title; beats NYC home town favourite John McEnroe 7-6, 6-3, 6-4

Famous Birthdays

  • Yendi Phillips, Jamaican beauty pageant contestant (Miss Jamaica Universe 2010), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Famous Deaths

  • John Franklin Enders, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1887)
  • Manuel Ivo Cruz, Portuguese composer and founder of Philharmonic Orchestra of Lisbon, dies at 84
1985 Highlights

About September 8, 1985

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 37 years, 4 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Virgo

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion) - John Parr
  • UK #1 Song: Dancing in the Streets - David Bowie & Mick Jagger