Historical Events in 1985

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  • Jan 1 14th Fiesta Bowl: #14 UCLA beats #13 Miami, 39-37
  • Jan 1 51st Orange Bowl: #4 Washington beats #2 Oklahoma, 28-17
  • Jan 1 51st Sugar Bowl: #5 Nebraska beats #11 LSU, 28-10
  • Jan 1 71st Rose Bowl: #18 Southern California beats #6 Ohio State, 20-17
  • Jan 1 International Youth Year begins
  • Jan 1 The first British mobile phone call is made by Ernie Wise to Vodafone
  • Jan 1 The Internet's Domain Name System is created.
  • Jan 1 US's 1st mandatory seat belt law goes into effect (NY)
  • Jan 1 VH-1 made its broadcasting debut

Historic Event

Jan 2 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak reappoints Coptic pope Shenuda III

  • Jan 2 Leg-spin bowler Bob "Dutchy" Holland takes 4/90 for match figures of 10/144 as Australia beats the West Indies by innings in 5th Test in Sydney; Windies take series, 3-1
  • Jan 2 Nevada Las Vegas basketball gives coach Jerry Tarkanian his 600th career victory with a 142-140 win over Utah State in triple overtime; total of 282 points breaks NCAA men's record of 275 set in 1976
  • Jan 3 Future Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin scores 110 on debut in drawn 3rd Test against England in Kolkata
  • Jan 3 Israel government confirms resettlement of 10,000 Ethiopian Jews

Music History

Jan 3 Leontyne Price makes her final operatic appearance in a televised performance of "Aida" at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Historic Event

Jan 3 Mitch McConnell becomes Senator of Kentucky

Sports History

Jan 5 Bryan Trottier failed on 9th Islander penalty shot

  • Jan 5 Discovery moves to launch pad for STS 51-C mission
  • Jan 5 Thousands of Jewish refugees are airlifted from Sudan to Israel
  • Jan 6 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 45-28
  • Jan 6 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears, 23-0
  • Jan 7 Japanese space probe Sakigake launched to Halley's comet
  • Jan 7 KHQ-AM in Spokane, Washington, changes call letters to KLSN (now KAQQ)
  • Jan 7 Lou Brock & Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

Music Premiere

Jan 7 Revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The King & I", still starring Yul Brynner opens at Broadway Theater, NYC; runs for 191 performances

  • Jan 8 Japan launches Sakigake space probe to Halley's Comet
  • Jan 9 Flames set NHL record 264th regular season game without being shut-out

Historic Event

Jan 10 Daniel Ortega inaugurated as President of Nicaragua for the first time

Sports History

Jan 10 Lenny Wilkens becomes first to coach in 1,000 NBA games when his Seattle SuperSonics defeat the Golden State Warriors, 89-86

  • Jan 11 CDC MMWR publishes guidelines for screening U.S. blood supply for AIDS antibodies with ELISA test that would be available later that year
  • Jan 13 23rd Tennis Fed Cup: Czech beats USA in Nagoya Japan (2-1)
  • Jan 13 99 year old Otto Bucher from Switzerland becomes oldest man to record a hole-in-one at Spanish GC La Manga's 130-yard 12th hole
  • Jan 13 Blackhawk Doug Wilson failed on 12th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Jan 13 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $17.1 million
  • Jan 13 Express train derails in Ethiopia, killing at least 428

Sports History

Jan 13 John McEnroe repeats previous year's result with a 7–5, 6–0, 6–4 win over Ivan Lendl to claim back-to-back season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Sports History

Jan 13 Playing in his 436th career game, Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky scores his 400th career NHL goal and adds 2 assists in a 5-4 Oilers' win over the Sabres in Buffalo

  • Jan 14 16 indicted by US for granting sanctuary to Central American refugees
  • Jan 14 British pound sinks to record low $US1.11

Sports History

Jan 14 Martina Navratilova is 3rd to win 100 tennis tournaments (Connors & Evert)

  • Jan 15 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Ashbery & Fred Chapell
  • Jan 15 CBS' premiere of TV made teen drug abuse drama, "Not My Kid", based on the previous year's book by Beth Polson
  • Jan 15 Mike Gatting (207) and Graeme Fowler (201) become first pair of England batsmen to complete double centuries in the same innings during 9-wicket 4th cricket Test win against India at Madras
  • Jan 15 Tancredo Neves becomes 1st elected President of Brazil in 21 years, but dies before taking office
  • Jan 16 "Playboy" announces end of stapling centerfolds
  • Jan 17 Azharuddin scores second Test century in second Test (v England)
  • Jan 18 US renounces jurisdiction of World Court despite previous promise

Music History

Jan 19 "Born in the USA", single by Bruce Springsteen, peaks at #9

  • Jan 19 4 die in a car & train crash in Buda Ill
  • Jan 20 Cold front strikes US, at least 40 die (-27°F (-33°C) in Chicago)

Super Bowl

Jan 20 Super Bowl XIX, Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA: San Francisco 49ers beat Miami Dolphins, 38-16; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, QB

  • Jan 21 -19°F (-28°C), Caesar's Head, South Carolina (state record)
  • Jan 21 -34°F (-37°C), Mt Mitchell, North Carolina (state record)
  • Jan 21 Bomb attack on Borobudur temple in Java
  • Jan 21 Dennis Potvin ties Bobby Orr's career record of 270 NHL goals

President Inaugurated

Jan 21 Jessye Norman sings "Simple Gifts" at the second inauguration of US President Ronald Reagan in Washington, D. C.

  • Jan 22 -30°F (-34°C), Mountain Lake Bio Station, Virginia (state record)
  • Jan 22 Cold wave damages 90% of Florida's citrus crop
  • Jan 22 Kelly Hu, 16, of Hawaii, crowned 3rd Miss Teen USA
  • Jan 23 Britains House of Lords debate 1st televised
  • Jan 24 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 is launched
  • Jan 25 "Black & Blue" premieres in Paris

Sports History

Jan 25 Test debut of Wasim Akram, v New Zealand at Auckland (2-105)

  • Jan 26 Edmonton Oiler Wayne Gretzky scores 50th goal in 49th game of season
  • Jan 27 "Doug Henning & His World of Magic" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NY after 60 performances
  • Jan 27 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 returns to Earth
  • Jan 27 Mark Mckoy cycles world record 50m hurdles indoor (5.25)
  • Jan 27 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 22-14; MVP: Mark Gastineau, NY Jets, DE

Music Awards

Jan 28 12th American Music Awards: Cyndi Lauper & Lionel Richie win

Music History

Jan 28 Charity single "We Are the World" recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and other pop stars)

  • Jan 28 Houston's Bill Fitch becomes the 6th coach in NBA history to post 600 wins as the Rockets beat the New Jersey Nets, 97-93

Sports History

Jan 29 Jari Kurri of Edmonton Oilers scores 100th pt of season in game 39

Historic Event

Jan 29 Oxford University refuses to award Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher an honorary degree

Music Premiere

Jan 31 Max Showalter and Peter Walker's musical "Harrigan 'n Hart", starring Harry Groening and Mark Hamill, opens at Longacre Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances

  • Feb 1 -61°F (-52°C), Maybell, Colorado (state record)
  • Feb 1 -69°F (-56°C), Peter's Sink, Utah (state record)
  • Feb 1 Patient innings from Dilip Vengsarkar (137) and Mohammad Azharuddin (122) set India up for 5th cricket Test draw vs England in Kanpur; Azharuddin, 3 centuries in 1st 3 Tests

Sports History

Feb 2 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano

  • Feb 3 Max Showalter and Peter Walker's musical "Harrigan 'n Hart", starring Harry Groening and Mark Hamill, closes at Longacre Theater, NYC, after 4 performances
  • Feb 4 20 countries (but not US) sign UN treaty outlawing torture
  • Feb 4 Naval exercises canceled when US refuses to tell NZ if nuclear weapons aboard USS Buchanan
  • Feb 7 "New York, New York" becomes the official anthem of New York City
  • Feb 7 Marshall U's Bruce Morris scores a basket from 92'5"
  • Feb 7 NY Devil Don Lever becomes 57th NHLer to score 300 goals
  • Feb 8 1st-class cricket debut of Jimmy Adams (age 17), Jamaica v Barbados
  • Feb 8 Bruce Morris, Marshall Univ, makes a 92' 5½" basketball shot
  • Feb 8 Michael Gross swims world record 800m freestyle (7:38.75)
  • Feb 8 Opposition leader Kim Dae-jung returns to South-Korea

#1 in the Charts

Feb 9 Madonna's album "Like a Virgin" goes #1 for 3 weeks

  • Feb 10 35th NBA All-Star Game, Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis: West beats East, 140-129; MVP: Ralph Sampson, Houston Rockets, C
  • Feb 10 Andrea Schöne skates ladies world record 5 km (7:32.82)
  • Feb 10 Challenger moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating of STS 51-E mission
  • Feb 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 11 Kent Hrbek signs 5-year $6 million contract with Minnesota Twins
  • Feb 11 King Hussein of Jordan & PLO leader Arafat sign accord
  • Feb 11 Wasim Akram takes 10 wickets in his 2nd Test Cricket, NZ still wins

NHL All-Star Game

Feb 12 37th NHL All-Star Game, Olympic Saddledome, Calgary: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 6-4; MVP: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins, C

  • Feb 12 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup (Australian Tri-Series)
  • Feb 13 Dow Jones closes at 1297.92 (record high) after topping 1300 earlier
  • Feb 13 Polish police arrests 7 Solidarity leaders

Album Release

Feb 14 "Whitney Houston" debut album by Whitney Houston is released (Grammy Award Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female 1986, Billboard Album of Year 1986)

  • Feb 14 Hostage CNN reporter Jeremy Levin is released in Beirut
  • Feb 15 35th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Woman and the Stranger" and "Wetherby" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 15 STS 51-E vehicle moves to launch pad

Sports History

Feb 15 World chess championship match abandoned with Anatoly Karpov 25 leading Gary Kasparov 23

  • Feb 16 Largest NBA crowd to date, 43,816, sees Philadelphia at Detroit
  • Feb 16 Livingston Bramble defeats Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini to win WBA Lightweight championship, in Buffalo, New York
  • Feb 16 NJ Devils score their fastest hat trick in 42 seconds
  • Feb 16 The founding of Hezbollah.
  • Feb 17 1st class postage rises from 20 cents to 22 cents
  • Feb 17 1st day/night game at the MCG, Australia v England

Daytona 500

Feb 17 27th Daytona 500: After taking pole at then-record speed of 205.114 mph Bill Elliott dominates race leading 136 of 200 laps

  • Feb 17 3rd person to receive an artificial heart (Murray Haydon)
  • Feb 17 Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion

Sports History

Feb 17 Panamanian jockey Laffit Pincay Jr.is third to ride 6,000 winners; wins aboard Doria's Delight in the 5th race at Santa Anita Park

  • Feb 19 150 killed when a Spanish jetliner crashes approaching Bilbao, Spain
  • Feb 19 ADM of Amsterdam declares bankruptcy
  • Feb 19 British soap opera "Eastenders" premieres on the BBC
  • Feb 19 Canned & bottled Cherry Coke introduced by Coca-Cola
  • Feb 19 Mickey Mouse welcomed in China
  • Feb 19 William Schroeder is 1st artificial heart patient to leave hospital He spends 15 minutes outside Humana Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Feb 20 After defending his WBC flyweight championship, Sot Chitalada's check for $104,000 is stolen by a ringside pickpocket
  • Feb 21 Evert van Benthem wins his 13th Elfstedentocht, a long distance 11 city skating race
  • Feb 21 Largest NBA crowd to date 44,970 (Atlanta at Detroit)

Sports History

Feb 21 National League baseball player Tim Raines is awarded a $1.2 million salary for 1985 by arbitrator

Sports History

Feb 23 Goaltender Patrick Roy makes his NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens

  • Feb 23 Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game
  • Feb 23 US Senate confirms Edwin Meese as the 75th Attorney General
  • Feb 24 Birendra, Bir Bikram Shah Dev crowned King of Nepal
  • Feb 24 Jim Kelly (Houston USFL) passes for pro football record 574 yds
  • Feb 26 27th Grammy Awards: "What's Love Got to Do With It?", and Cyndi Lauper win
  • Feb 27 Farmers converge in Washington to demand economic relief
  • Feb 27 Mauritania's new constitutional charter published
  • Feb 27 US dollar is worth Ÿ3.9355 (Netherlands)

Music History

Mar 1 Liza Minnelli enters Betty Ford Drug Center

  • Mar 1 Milwaukee businessman Herb Kohl purchases NBA's Milwaukee Bucks for $18 million
  • Mar 1 Pentagon accepts theory that atomic war would cause a nuclear winter
  • Mar 2 FDA in the US approves an ELISA screening test for AIDS antibody for all blood banks

Television Premiere

Mar 3 "Moonlighting" with Cybill Shepard & Bruce Willis premieres on ABC TV in the US

  • Mar 3 "My One & Only" closes at St James Theater NYC after 767 performances

Sports History

Mar 3 Bill Shoemaker becomes 1st jockey to win $100 million

  • Mar 3 National Union of Mine Workers in Britain ends a 51 week strike
  • Mar 4 STS 51-E vehicle rolls back to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida); mission cancelled
  • Mar 4 Virtual ban on leaded gas ordered by US Environment Protection Agency
  • Mar 4 WWII veterans return to the "Bridge over the River Kwai"
  • Mar 5 38th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "The Killing Fields" Best Film, Wim Wenders Best Director
  • Mar 5 Mexican authorities find the body of US drug agent Enrique "Kike" Camarena Salaazar

Sports History

Mar 5 NY Islander Mike Bossy is 1st to score 50 goals in 8 straight seasons

  • Mar 6 Atlantis (OV-104) rollout at Palmdale

Hall of Fame

Mar 6 Enos Slaughter & Arky Vaughan are elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 6 Future undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson KOs Hector Mercedes at 1:47 in round 1 of 4 in Albany, NY in his first professional fight

  • Mar 6 Yul Brynner appears in his 4,500th performance of "The King & I"
  • Mar 7 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.1 (update) released
  • Mar 8 6th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats St. John's, 92-80
  • Mar 8 Ice Dance Championship at Tokyo won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • Mar 9 26th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Auburn beats Alabama, 53-49
  • Mar 9 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Katarina Witt (East Germany)
  • Mar 10 32nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia Tech beats North Carolina, 57-54
  • Mar 10 Dallas Maverick coach Dick Motta is 4th NBA coach to win 700 games
  • Mar 10 French socialists lose election (National Front 9%)
  • Mar 10 Ice Pairs Championship at Tokyo won by Elena Valova and Oleg Vasiliev (Soviet Union)
  • Mar 10 India beat Pakistan to win "World Championship of Cricket"
  • Mar 10 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Alexandr Fadeev (URS)

Film and TV Awards

Mar 12 11th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Joan Collins & Linda Evans win (TV)

Sports History

Mar 12 Larry Bird scores Boston Celtic record 60 points

Historic Event

Mar 13 Funeral services held for Konstantin Chernenko in Moscow

  • Mar 13 Michael Secrest (US) begins 24-hr ride of 516 miles, 427 yards
  • Mar 14 Michael Secrest (US) completes 24-hr ride of 516 miles, 427 yards

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 15 Larry Holmes TKOs David Bey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Mar 15 The first Internet domain name, symbolics.com is registered
  • Mar 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 16 Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson taken hostage in Beirut

Sports History

Mar 16 Two-time Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain is convicted of embezzlement and drug trafficking; sentenced to 25 years but conviction later reversed

  • Mar 17 Matti Nykanen of Finland set a world ski jump record of 623'
  • Mar 18 Capital Cities Communications Inc acquires ABC for $3.5 billion, first transfer of ownership of a TV network
  • Mar 19 "Spin Magazine" begins publishing
  • Mar 19 NSW wins cricket Sheffield Shield by beating Queensland by 1 wicket
  • Mar 19 US Senate votes 55-45 to authorize production of the MX "Peacekeeper" intercontinental ballistic missile
  • Mar 20 Libby Riddles is 1st woman to win Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race

Hall of Fame

Mar 21 Arthur Ashe is nominated for the International Tennis Hall of Fame

  • Mar 21 Bloodbath at Langa (Uitenhage) South-Africa, 19 killed
  • Mar 22 NASA launches Intelsat VA F-10
  • Mar 23 Julian Lennon's 1st concert (San Antonio Texas)
  • Mar 23 Space Shuttle Discovery moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating of STS 51-D mission
  • Mar 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 24 5th Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards: "Bolero" wins
  • Mar 24 Norman Gifford makes cricket ODI debuts at age 44 (v Aust, Sharjah)
  • Mar 24 Third straight WTA Tour Championship for tennis legend Martina Navratilova; beats Helena Suková 6–3, 7–5, 6–4 at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Mar 25 Edwin Meese III takes office as US Attorney General

Historic Event

Mar 26 Pope John Paul II proclaims first ever World Youth Day

Film & TV History

Mar 27 Billy Dee Williams receives a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • Mar 28 International Cometary Explorer measures solar wind ahead of Halley

Theater Premiere

Mar 28 Neil Simon's play "Biloxi Blues" premieres in NYC

  • Mar 28 STS 51-D vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Mar 29 Christos Sartzetakis elected President of Greece