On This Day

Historical Events in December 1985

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

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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

  • 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)

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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)

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

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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

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • Dec 3 23rd Shuttle Mission (61-B)-Atlantis 2-lands at Edwards AFB

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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

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Dec 4 French President Mitterrand receives Polish leader Jaruzelski

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand

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

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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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

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • 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 51st Heisman Trophy Award: Bo Jackson, Auburn (RB)
  • Dec 7 Atlantis (61-B) returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Dec 8 Ken O'Brien's 96 yard TD pass (NY Jet record) to Wesley Walker

Sport awardAustralian 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

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
  • Dec 8 NBC premiere of thriller "Final Jeopardy", starring Richard Thomas and Mary Crosby

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Dec 9 Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive games with a reception

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • Dec 9 Phoenix, Arizona, gets 3" of snow
  • Dec 10 Bill to balance the federal budget passed by US Congress
  • Dec 10 Junta leaders Videla & Massera sentenced in Buenos Aires

Film release premierFilm Premier

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)

Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack
Actor Robert Redford
Actor
Robert Redford
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Dec 14 US Foreign Minister George P Shultz arrives in West Berlin
  • Dec 16 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-L mission

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

Gangster John Gotti
Gangster
John Gotti

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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

Actress Whoopi Goldberg
Actress
Whoopi Goldberg
Novelist Alice Walker
Novelist
Alice Walker
Actor and Activist Danny Glover
Actor and Activist
Danny Glover

  • Dec 18 "Jerry's Girls" opens at St James Theater NYC 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

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

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Dec 20 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC
  • Dec 20 Position of American Poet Laureate established (Robert Warren is 1st)
  • 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
  • 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

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

Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 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