On This Day

1985 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 420

  • Jan 1 International Youth Year begins
  • Jan 1 US's 1st mandatory seat belt law goes into effect (NY)
  • Jan 1 VH-1 made its broadcasting debut
  • Jan 1 The Internet's Domain Name System is created.
  • Jan 1 The first British mobile phone call is made by Ernie Wise to Vodafone
  • 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

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Jan 2 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak reappoints Coptic pope Shenuda III

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • Jan 3 Israel government confirms resettlement of 10,000 Ethiopian Jews

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Jan 3 Mitch McConnell becomes Senator of Kentucky

US Senator Mitch McConnell
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
  • 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 7 Japanese space probe Sakigake launched to Halley's comet
  • Jan 7 KHQ-AM in Spokane WA changes call letters to KLSN (now KAQQ)
  • Jan 8 Japan launches Sakigake space probe to Halley's Comet

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

President of Nicaragua and Revolutionary Leader Daniel Ortega
President of Nicaragua and Revolutionary Leader
Daniel Ortega
  • 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 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $17.1 million
  • Jan 13 Express train derails in Ethiopia, killing at least 428
  • Jan 14 16 indicted by US for granting sanctuary to Central American refugees
  • Jan 14 British pound sinks to record low $US1.11
  • Jan 15 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Ashbery & Fred Chapell
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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

<b>President Inaugurated</b>President Inaugurated

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

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 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 24 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 is launched
  • Jan 25 "Black & Blue" premieres in Paris
  • Jan 25 Test debut of Wasim Akram, v New Zealand at Auckland (2-105)

  • Jan 27 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 returns to Earth

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

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher

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Jan 31 South African President P. W. Botha offers to free Nelson Mandela if he denounces violence

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Feb 1 -61°F (-52°C), Maybell, Colorado (state record)
  • Feb 1 -69°F (-56°C), Peter's Sink, Utah (state record)
  • 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 Marshall U's Bruce Morris scores a basket from 92'5"
  • Feb 8 Opposition leader Kim Dae Jung returns to South-Korea
  • 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 King Hussein of Jordan & PLO leader Arafat sign accord
  • Feb 13 Dow Jones closes at 1297.92 (record high) after topping 1300 earlier
  • Feb 13 Polish police arrests 7 Solidarity leaders
  • Feb 15 STS 51-E vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 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
  • Feb 17 3rd person to receive an artificial heart (Murray Haydon)

  • Feb 19 150 killed when a Spanish jetliner crashes approaching Bilbao, Spain
  • Feb 19 ADM of Amsterdam declares bankruptcy
  • 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 21 Evert van Benthem wins his 13th Elfstedentocht, a long distance 11 city skating race
  • Feb 23 US Senate confirms Edwin Meese III as 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 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)
  • 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
  • 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 EPA
  • Mar 4 WWII veterans returned to the "Bridge over the River Kwai"
  • Mar 5 Mexican authorities find the body of US drug agent Enrique "Kike" Camarena Salaazar
  • Mar 6 Atlantis (OV-104) rollout at Palmdale

  • Mar 7 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.1 (update) released
  • 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 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Alexandr Fadeev (URS)

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Mar 11 Mikhail Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko

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Mar 13 Funeral services held for Konstantin Chernenko in Moscow

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko
  • 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
  • Mar 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 15 The first Internet domain name, symbolics.com is registered
  • Mar 16 Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson taken hostage in Beirut
  • Mar 19 "Spin Magazine" begins publishing
  • 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
  • Mar 21 Bloodbath at Langa (Uitenhage) South-Africa, 19 killed
  • Mar 22 NASA launches Intelsat VA F-10
  • 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 25 Edwin Meese III takes office as US Attorney General

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

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Mar 28 International Cometary Explorer measures solar wind ahead of Halley

Music releaseTheater Premiere

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

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Mar 28 STS 51-D vehicle moves to launch pad

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 16 Jonathan Richter, Danish professional football midfielder, born in Denmark
  • Jan 18 Dale Begg-Smith, Australian-Canadian freestyle skier, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 28 Athina Onassis, daughter of Christina
  • Feb 1 Rachael Scdoris, American dog musher, born in Bend, Oregon
  • Feb 14 Natsume Sano, Japanese gravure idol, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Feb 18 Lee Boyd Malvo, American serial killer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Feb 21 Bob Burton, American speedcuber, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Feb 22 Sean Garballey, American politician, born in Arlington, Massachusetts
  • Feb 28 Michael Fennelly [Micheál Ó Fionnalaigh], Irish hurler, born in Ballyhale, County Kilkenny
  • Mar 5 Whitney Port, Cast member of The Hills TV series
  • Mar 6 Alaska Thunderf**k [Justin Andrew Honard], American drag queen and TV performer (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 10 Kim Leclerc, Canadian politician
  • Mar 15 F.V.A. Morriello, Canadian author
  • Apr 11 Will Minson, Australian rules footballer (Western Bulldogs), born in South Australia
  • Apr 16 Mark Baker, Welsh author and historian
  • May 21 Frustaci Septuplets, four boys and three girls (daughter Christina stillborn, three more die later) born to Patricia Frustaci, first known septuplets born in the US
  • Jun 12 Blake Ross, American software developer (co-creator of the Mozilla Firefox internet browser), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 24 Yukina Shirakawa, Japanese gravure idol
  • Jun 26 Urgyen Trinley Dorje, Tibetan spiritual leader, born in Chamdo County, Tibet Autonomous Region, China
  • Aug 11 Grace Adams-Short, British reality television contestant
  • Aug 27 Alexandra Nechita, Romanian-American artist

Person of interestMohammed bin Salman

Aug 31 Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia (2017-) and Saudi Defense Minister (2015-), born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman
  • Sep 5 Tatia Jayne Starkey, Ringo Starr's 1st grandchild, born in London, England
  • Sep 18 Pete Cashmore, Scottish blogger (Mashable), born in Banchory, Scotland
  • Sep 21 Joe Wicks, British fitness coach, presenter and author (The Body Coach), born in Epsom, England
  • Sep 23 Jared High, American victim of bullying (d. 1998)
  • Oct 8 Eiji Wentz, Japanese American entertainer (WaT), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Oct 10 Dominique Cornu, Belgian professional cyclist, born in Beveren, Belgium
  • Oct 23 James Kotecki, American political blogger
  • Oct 28 Richard Smith, American entrepreneur
  • Nov 15 Jeffree Star [Jeffrey Steininger Jr.], American Internet personality (Jeffree Star Cosmetics), born in Orange County, California
  • Nov 16 Sanna Marin, Finnish politician, youngest-ever Prime Minister of Finland (2019-), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Nov 18 Christian Siriano, American fashion designer and Project Runway winner (season 4), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Nov 24 Tony Hunt, National Football League player
  • Nov 29 Taguchi Junnosuke, Japanese idol (KAT-TUN), born in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 14 Paul Rabil, Lebanese-American professional lacrosse player, born in Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Dec 16 Keita Tachibana, member of Japanese boy band w-inds.
  • Dec 17 Ryuichi Ogata, member of Japanese boy band w-inds.
  • Dec 28 Kamani Hill, American footballer, born in Berkeley, California
  • Dec 30 Lars Boom, Dutch cyclist

Weddings in History

  • Jan 22 Zak Starkey (Ringo's son) marries Sarah Menikides

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 27 Police violence victim Rodney King (20) weds Dennetta Lyles

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 8 US Vice President Mike Pence (25) weds Karen Batten (26) at Indianapolis, Indiana

48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
Mike Pence

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 21 Chemist Carl Djerassi (61) weds biographer and teacher Diane Middlebrook (46) at his ranch

Chemist Carl Djerassi
Carl Djerassi
  • Aug 15 Anti-apartheid lawyer Bulelani Ngcuka marries in South Africa

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 8 Author Ken Follett (36) weds politician Barbara Hubbard (42)

Author Ken Follett
Ken Follett

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 17 Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong (33) weds Temasek Holdings CEO Ho Ching

Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong
Prime Minister of Singapore
Lee Hsien Loong

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 Moses Josiah Madiba, South African author & first African chancellor of the University of the North, dies at 76
  • Jan 4 Brian Gwynne Horrocks, English Army Lt-General, author (A Full Life; Corps Commander), and film consultant (A Bridge Too Far), dies at 89
  • Jan 6 Robert W. Welch Jr., American businessman who founded the conservative John Birch Society, dies at 85
  • Jan 9 Robert Mayer, German-born businessman and philanthropist, dies at 105
  • Jan 11 Sir William McKell, Premier of New South Wales, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1891)
  • Jan 13 Carol Wayne, Johnny Carson's teatime movie hostess, dies at 42
  • Jan 16 Robert Fitzgerald, American poet and translator, dies at 74
  • Jan 18 Mahmoud Taha, Sudanese Muslim leader, hanged at 76
  • Jan 21 James Beard, American culinary expert and author (Delights & Prejudices), dies at 81
  • Jan 22 Sir Arthur Bryant, British historian (b. 1899)
  • Jan 26 James Cameron, journalist, dies
  • Feb 3 Frank Oppenheimer, American physicist (b. 1912)
  • Feb 5 Georges-Émile Lapalme, Quebec politician (b. 1907)
  • Feb 6 James Hadley Chase, English writer (b. 1906)
  • Feb 7 Albert Dondeyne, Belgian philosopher/theologist, dies at 83

Person of interestWilliam Lyons

Feb 8 William Lyons, British automobile manufacturer, dies at 84

Mr Jaguar William Lyons
Mr Jaguar
William Lyons
  • Feb 11 Ben Abruzzo, American businessman and balloonist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 19 Elizabeth Julesberg, author (Dick & Jane), dies
  • Feb 20 Clarence Nash, American voice actor (Donald Duck), dies of leukaemia at 80
  • Feb 21 Eric Herfst, Dutch cabaret performer (Floris), dies at 47
  • Feb 22 Salvador Espriu, Spanish poet (b. 1913)
  • Feb 27 Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., American politician (Sen-R) and ambassador (West Germany, Vietnam & UN), dies at 82
  • Mar 3 Sarah Blanding, 1st US fem college head (Vassar 1946-64), dies at 86
  • Mar 6 Eric Sloane, American artist, dies at 80
  • Mar 7 Robert W. Woodruff, American CEO (Coca-Cola) and philanthropist, dies at 95
  • Mar 7 Victor W. Farris, American inventor (paper milk carton), dies at 75
  • Mar 8 Thomas Creighton, US heart patient (3 implants in 46 hrs), dies at 33

Person of interestKonstantin Chernenko

Mar 10 Konstantin Chernenko, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1984-85), dies of Emphysema at 73

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko
  • Mar 15 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (b. 1921)
  • Mar 16 Jean Purdy, British embryologist and nurse (pioneer in developing IVF), dies from melanoma at 39
  • Mar 23 Anton Constandse, Dutch anarchist and writer, dies at 85
  • Mar 23 Patricia Roberts Harris, (Rep-D), 1st African American woman cabinet member, dies of cancer at 60
  • Mar 23 Richard Beeching, chairman of British Railways (b. 1913)
  • Mar 23 Peter Charanis, Greek-American scholar and professor (b. 1908)
  • Mar 28 Marc Chagall, French painter, dies at 97
  • Mar 29 Luther Terry, 9th Surgeon General of the United States, dies at 73
  • Apr 1 Douglass Wallop, American novelist and playwright (b. 1920)
  • Apr 4 Kate Roberts, Welsh nationalist and writer (b. 1891)

Person of interestEnver Hoxha

Apr 11 Enver Hoxha, Albanian post-war communist leader and dictator of Albania (1944-85), dies at 76

Dictator of Albania Enver Hoxha
Dictator of Albania
Enver Hoxha
  • Apr 15 Ben Stroman, Dutch writer (Jomtof & Blue Beard), dies at 82
  • Apr 17 Ilona Bodden, writer, dies
  • Apr 21 Rudi Gernreich, US designer (miniskirt), dies at 62
  • Apr 21 Tancredo Neves, president-elect of Brazil, dies at 75
  • Apr 21 Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio broadcaster (Hockey Night in Canada), dies at 82
  • Apr 22 Paul H. Emmett, American chemical engineer, dies at 84
  • Apr 23 Sam Ervin, American politician (U.S. Senator from North Carolina) and Watergate committee chairman, dies at 88
  • Apr 24 Sergei Yutkevich, Russian director, (Otello, Banya), dies at 80
  • May 2 Milton S Eisenhower, US diplomat, dies at 85
  • May 2 Bridget D'Oyly Carte, British theater & hotel director, dies of lung cancer at 77
  • May 4 Clarence Wiseman, the 10th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1907)
  • May 5 Sir Donald Bailey, British civil engineer (b. 1901)
  • May 11 Chester Gould, American cartoonist (Dick Tracy), dies at 84
  • May 11 Garmt Stuiveling, Dutch writer & poet (Ego & Echo), dies at 77
  • May 12 Jean Dubuffet, French painter and sculptor (Landscape with 2 Personages), dies at 83
  • May 13 Leatrice Joy, silent screen star, dies in Riverdale (Bronx) NYC at 91
  • May 13 Selma Diamond, Canadian born American comedienne (Selma-Night Court), dies of cancer at 64
  • May 13 Revaz Dogonadze, Georgian scientist (one of the founders of Quantum electrochemistry), dies at 53
  • May 14 Mohammed Munir, Indonesian worker's union leader, executed
  • May 17 Bobby Ewing, (Patrick Duffy) killed off on Dallas
  • May 18 Stojan Daskalov, Bulgarian writer (A Farm), dies at 75
  • May 25 Harold Hecht, choreographer, dies at 77 of cancer
  • May 25 Robert Nathan, American writer/poet (Portrait of Jennie), dies at 91
  • Jun 4 John Ringling North, American circus director (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 1937-43), dies at 81
  • Jun 11 Karen Ann Quinlan, comatose patient, dies in Morris Plains NJ at 31
  • Jun 12 Edmund Perry, 17 and newly graduated from N.H. prep. high school, shot and killed in Manhattan by NYPD undercover officer Lee Vanhouten, who claimed Perry tried to rob him
  • Jun 15 Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (b. 1961)
  • Jun 17 Piet De Somer, Belgian rector of University of Louvain, dies at 67
  • Jun 18 Paul Colin, French poster designer, dies at 92
  • Jun 21 Tage Erlander, Swedish politician (25th Prime Minister of Sweden 1946-69), dies at 84
  • Jun 25 Morris Mason, American convicted rapist and murderer, dies at 31
  • Jun 30 James Dewar, inventor (Twinkie), dies
  • Jul 1 Pauli Murray, African American poet and civil rights activist, dies at 74
  • Jul 4 John de Quay, Dutch premier (1959-63), dies at 83
  • Jul 5 Gerard Schmook, Flemish literature historian/custodian, dies at 86
  • Jul 8 Gardner Cowles Jr, US publisher (Look Magazine), dies at 82
  • Jul 8 Simon Kuznets, American economist (Nobel 1971), dies at 84
  • Jul 9 Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (b. 1896)
  • Jul 9 Jimmy Kinnon, Scottish founder of Narcotics Anonymous (b. 1911)
  • Jul 10 Fernando Pereira, military activist, murdered
  • Jul 16 Heinrich Böll, German writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • Jul 18 Shahnawaz Bhutto, son of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto
  • Jul 19 Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish sci-fi author (The Whole Truth about Planet Xi), dies at 47
  • Jul 20 Bruno de Finetti, Italian probabilist statistician and actuary, dies at 79
  • Jul 30 Julia Hall Bowman Robinson, American mathematician (b. 1919)
  • Jul 31 Eugene Carson Blake, US Secretary-General of World Council of Churches (1966-72), dies at 78
  • Aug 1 Joseph Walker, cameraman, dies at 92
  • Aug 5 Theodore Sturgeon, American sci-fi author (Hugo, It, Caviar), dies at 67
  • Aug 13 J. Willard Marriott, American entrepreneur and hotelier (founder of Marriott Corporation), dies at 84
  • Aug 20 Harchand Singh Longowai [Sant Ji], Indian Sikh leader and President of the Akali Dal during the Punjab insurgency of the 1980s, assassinated by Sikh extremists less than a month after he signed a peace accord with the government [1]
  • Aug 22 Paul Peter Ewald, German Crystallographer and Physicist who devised the theory of X-ray interference by crystals and pioneered X-ray diffraction methods, dies at 97
  • Aug 22 Willy-August Linnemann, Danish writer and journalist, dies at 71
  • Aug 26 Pieter "Piet" Jongeling, Dutch politician and author (GPV, Netherlands Daily), dies at 76
  • Aug 30 Taylor Caldwell [Janet Miriam Holland Taylor Caldwell], Anglo-American novelist (Dynasty of Death, Dear and Glorious Physician), dies at 84
  • Aug 31 Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Australian virologist (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for tissue grafting), dies at 85
  • Sep 1 James Pitman, British educator and spelling reformer (Alphabets and Reading: The Initial Teaching Alphabet), dies at 84
  • Sep 8 John Franklin Enders, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1887)
  • Sep 9 Paul Flory, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
  • Sep 10 Ernest Julius Öpik, Estonian astronomer and astrophysicist known for his studies of meteors and the structure and evolution of the cosmos, dies at 91
  • Sep 11 Andrew C. Thornton II, American drug smuggler (b. 1945)
  • Sep 17 Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer, businesswoman and co-founder of Laura Ashley, dies by falling down the stairs of her daughter's home at 60