Historical Events in December 1985

  • Dec 1 Noraly Beyer becomes Neth's 1st black TV newscaster
  • Dec 1 South Africa's Cosatu union centre forms
  • Dec 1 STS 61-C vehicle moves to launch pad

Film & TV History

Dec 1 TV mini series "Anne of Green Gables" based on the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, starring Megan Follows is first shown on CBS in Canada

Sports History

Dec 2 Chicago Bears' head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan almost come to blows at halftime in a 38-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins at the Orange Bowl, Miami; Chicago's only loss of the NFL season

Sports History

Dec 2 NFL quarterback legends Dan Marino and John Elway (Denver Broncos) face each other for the first time, a 30-26 win for Marino's Miami Dolphins (390 yards and 3 TDs)

  • Dec 2 Philipine Chief of Staff General Fabian speaks of Benigno Aquino's murder
  • Dec 2 Rupert Holmes' musical "Mystery of Edwin Drood" premieres in NYC at Imperial Theater NYC (608 performances)
  • Dec 3 23rd Shuttle Mission (61-B)-Atlantis 2-lands at Edwards AFB

Film & TV History

Dec 3 7th ACE Cable Awards: Shelley Duvall wins the Golden CableACE for "Faerie Tale Theatre"

  • Dec 4 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, London

Historic Event

Dec 4 French President François Mitterrand receives Polish leader Wojciech Jaruzelski

Historic Event

Dec 4 President Reagan appoints Vice Admiral John Poindexter as security adviser

Sports History

Dec 4 Slobodan Živojinović of Yugoslavia upsets No. 2 seed John McEnroe 2-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the Australian Open quarter finals; leaves McEnroe without a major singles title for the first time since 1978

  • Dec 5 Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 1,500 level for 1st time
  • Dec 5 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • Dec 5 Sam Shepard's "Lie of the Mind" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 7 Atlantis (61-B) returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Dec 7 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 for her 3rd and final Australian singles crown

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Dec 8 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg wins 1st career Grand Slam singles title; beats defending champion & fellow Swede Mats Wilander 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

  • Dec 8 Ken O'Brien's 96 yard TD pass (NY Jet record) to Wesley Walker
  • Dec 8 NBC premiere of thriller "Final Jeopardy", starring Richard Thomas and Mary Crosby

Historic Event

Dec 9 Argentinian Junta leaders Jorge Rafael Videla and Emilio Eduardo Massera sentenced to life imprisonment for human rights violations in Buenos Aires

  • Dec 9 Phoenix, Arizona, gets 3" of snow

Sports History

Dec 9 SF 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 274 consecutive games with a reception in a 27-20 loss to LA Rams at Candlestick Park

Film Premiere

Dec 10 "Out of Africa", based on the book by Isak Dinesen, directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1986)

  • Dec 10 Bill to balance the federal budget passed by US Congress
  • Dec 11 Computer store owner in Sacramento California killed by package bomb
  • Dec 11 Dow Jones closes above 1,500 for 1st time (1,511.70)
  • Dec 11 General Electric acquires RCA Corp & its subsidiary, NBC
  • Dec 11 NHL Record 62 points scored, Edmonton (36) beats Chicago (26) 12-9 & ties record of 21 goals
  • Dec 12 248 US soldiers & 8 crew members die in Arrow Air charter crash
  • Dec 12 DC-8 crashes near Gander, Newfoundland; 258 die
  • Dec 12 NASA launches space vehicle S-207

Sports History

Dec 13 Australian cricketer David Boon's 1st Test century, 123 v India at Adelaide

  • Dec 13 Test debut of cricketers Merv Hughes, Geoff Marsh and Bruce Reid (v India)

Historic Event

Dec 14 US Secretary of State George P. Shultz arrives in West Berlin

  • Dec 16 Challenger moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating of STS 51-L mission

Film Premiere

Dec 16 Film "The Color Purple" based on novel by Alice Walker, directed by Stephen Spielberg starring Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover premieres in New York

Historic Event

Dec 16 John Gotti assumes leadership of New York's Gambino crime family after ordering the executions of Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti

  • Dec 18 Jerry Herman's musical revue "Jerry's Girls" opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 139 performances
  • Dec 18 UN Security Council unanimously condemns "acts of hostage-taking"
  • Dec 19 "Wind in the Willows" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Dec 19 Mary Lund is 1st woman to receive a Jarvik VII artificial heart at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis
  • Dec 19 STS 61-C scrubbed at T -13s because of SRB auxiliary power problem

Sports History

Dec 20 Denis Potvin passes Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman scorer (916 points)

  • Dec 20 Position of American Poet Laureate established (Robert Warren is 1st)
  • Dec 20 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC
  • Dec 21 ARCO Anchorage runs aground near Port Angeles, WA
  • Dec 21 Heart's "Heart" album goes #1
  • Dec 22 "Wind in the Willows" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Dec 22 74th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Germany in Munich (3-2)
  • Dec 22 STS 51-L vehicle moves to Launch Pad 39B

Football Awards

Dec 24 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Michel Platini is named Europe's best football player for the 3rd consecutive time; beats Verona striker Preben Elkjær and Barcelona midfielder Bernd Schuster

  • Dec 26 Test Cricket debut of Steve Waugh, v India at the MCG

Historic Event

Dec 27 Terrorists kill 20 and wound 110 attacking El Al at Rome and Vienna airports. President Reagan blames Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

  • Dec 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 28 Warring Lebanese Muslim & Christian leaders sign peace agreement
  • Dec 30 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.2 released
  • Dec 30 Pakistan restores constitution