On This Day

Historical Events in November 1985

  • Nov 1 Netherlands decides definitive sites for cruise missiles
  • Nov 1 Nostalgia Television begins on cable
  • Nov 2 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Aqueduct Racetrack; winners: Cozzene, Life's Magic, Pebbles, Precisionist, Proud Truth, Tasso, Twilight Ridge
  • Nov 2 LA Kings score 5 goals in a span of 5:37, the fastest in NHL team history; rout Hartford Whalers, 8-1 at Hartford Civic Center
  • Nov 2 Tulsa's Gordon Brown (214) and Steve Gage (206) set NCAA football record for combined rushing yards in one game for 2 teammates who gained more than 200 yards each in 42-26 win at Wichita State
  • Nov 3 President Alfonsín's Radical Burgerunie wins in Argentine legislative elections

Sports History

Nov 3 French McLaren driver Alain Prost wins his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship, finishing 4th in the Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins title by 20 points from Italian Michele Alboreto

Sports History

Nov 3 Bill Elliott wins Atlanta Journal 500 at Atlanta Raceway to become first driver to win 11 super-speedway races in 1 season; also first driver to win $2m in prize money in a single season

  • Nov 4 "Edge of Darkness" first airs on BBC Two, featuring Bob Peck and Joanne Whalley
  • Nov 5 Paul Schierhorn's rock musical "News" opens at Helen Hayes Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances

Television Premiere

Nov 5 CBS premieres "Stone Pillow", a dramatic made-for-TV movie starring Lucille Ball as a homeless woman

  • Nov 6 22nd NASA Space Shuttle Mission (61-A): Challenger 9 lands at Edwards AFB
  • Nov 6 M-19 guerrillas occupy Palace of Justice Bogota Colombia
  • Nov 6 Space shuttle Challenger lands at Edwards Air Force Base, California
  • Nov 6 Exploratory well in Ranger, Texas, blows out, spilling 150,000 bbl (24,000 m3) of crude oil
  • Nov 7 Colombian troops end 27-hr siege of Bogota's Palace of Justice
  • Nov 8 Atlantis moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating of STS 61-B mission
  • Nov 9 "News" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 4 performances

Garry Kasparov Becomes World Chess Champion

Nov 9 Garry Kasparov becomes the youngest ever world chess champion (22), with a 13-11 win over fellow Russian Anatoly Karpov

Sports History

Nov 9 Richard Hadlee takes 9-52 New Zealand v Australia at the Gabba

  • Nov 9 Surprise attack on Belgium supermarket in Aalst, 8 killed
  • Nov 11 1st AIDS theme TV movie - "An Early Frost" screens in US on NBC
  • Nov 11 Challenger flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
  • Nov 11 Yonkers is found guilty of segregating schools & housing
  • Nov 12 Richard Hadlee takes 15-123 for cricket match New Zealand v Australia at Brisbane
  • Nov 12 STS 61-B vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Nov 12 Secretary in Ann Arbor Mich wounded by package bomb

Sports History

Nov 13 Dwight Gooden, youngest 20 game winner, wins Cy Young award

  • Nov 13 Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupts in Colombia, killing 25,000 in the town of Armero
  • Nov 14 Brewers release 39-year-old pitcher Rollie Fingers
  • Nov 14 Holmfriour Karlsdottir of Iceland, 22, crowned 35th Miss World
  • Nov 14 Volcano Nevado del Ruiz Colombia erupts, 1000s killed
  • Nov 15 A research assistant is injured when a package from the Unabomber addressed to a University of Michigan professor explodes

Summit of Interest

Nov 16 President Reagan arrives in Geneva for a summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

  • Nov 17 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on 92.3 WXRK FM New York, N.Y.
  • Nov 17 NY Jets best offensive production beating Tampa Bay 62-28
  • Nov 17 NBC's premiere of controversial TV thriller "Hostage Flight"

Sports History

Nov 17 35th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Darrell Waltrip wins

  • Nov 18 Dwight Gooden (NL) & Bret Saberhagen (AL) win Cy Young
  • Nov 18 Enterprise (OV-101) flies from Kennedy Space Center to Dulles Airport
  • Nov 18 Howard Stern radio show returns to NYC (WXRK 92.3 FM-afternoons)

Music History

Nov 18 Paul McCartney releases "Spies Like Us"

  • Nov 19 Herb Gardner's "I'm Not Rappaport" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 19 US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet for the first time
  • Nov 19 In the largest civil verdict in US history, Pennzoil wins $10.53 billion judgement against Texaco

Sports History

Nov 20 NY Yankee Don Mattingly easily wins AL MVP

  • Nov 20 Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released
  • Nov 22 Columbia moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating of STS 61-C
  • Nov 22 Largest swearing-in ceremony, 38,648 immigrants become US citizens
  • Nov 22 PNP/MAN win Antilian parliamentary election
  • Nov 23 58 die as Egyptian commandos storm hijack Egyptair jet in Malta
  • Nov 23 Retired CIA analyst Larry Wu-tai Chin, arrested of spying for China
  • Nov 24 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: BC Lions defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 37-24; final CFL game played with 25-yard long endzone
  • Nov 24 Egyptian commandos storm captured Boeing in Malta, 60 killed

Television Premiere

Nov 24 NBC miniseries "Mussolini: The Untold Story" starring George C. Scott premieres in the US

  • Nov 25 Chicago White Sox shortstop Ozzie Guillén is named AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 26 23rd NASA Space Shuttle Mission (61-B): Atlantis 2 launches
  • Nov 26 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Historic Event

Nov 26 Random House buys Richard Nixons memoires for $3,000,000

  • Nov 27 Cards Vince Coleman wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 27 Republic of Ireland gains consultative role in Northern Ireland
  • Nov 28 6th Belgium government of Martens forms
  • Nov 30 50th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-23 in Birmingham