1985 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 456

  • Jan 1 International Youth Year begins
  • Jan 1 US's 1st manadatory 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 90th hat trick in Islander history-Brent Sutter
  • Jan 2 Australia beat WI by innings at SCG, Bob Holland 10 match wkts

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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 Azharuddin scores 110 in 1st Test innings
  • 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
  • Jan 10 Daniel Ortega Saavedra inaugurated as president of Nicaragua
  • 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 Cerberal Palsy telethon raises $17,100,000
  • 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 Mike Gatting & Graeme Fowler both scores 200 v India
  • Jan 15 Tancredo Neves becomes 1st elected President of Brazil in 21 years, bur 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 "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)
  • 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 22 -30°F (-34°C), Mountain Lake Bio Station, Virginia (state record)
  • Jan 22 Cold wave damages 90% of Florida's citrus crop
  • 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
  • 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 PW Botha offers to free Nelson Mandela if he denounces violence

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 1 Cards trade D Green, Jose Uribe, Dave LaPoint to Giants for Jack Clark
  • Feb 1 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tiffany Chin
  • Feb 2 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • 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 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 Vandenberg AFB 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 15 World chess championship match abandoned-Karpov 25, Kasparov 23
  • Feb 15 35th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Woman and the Stranger" and "Wetherby" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • 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 17 Laffit Pincay Jr is third to ride 6,000th winners at Santa Anita
  • Feb 17 27th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott wins (172.265 MPH)
  • 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 13th Friese 11 city skateing 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 Vandenberg AFB; 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 9 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Katarina Witt (East Germany)
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 16 Jonathan Richter, Danish professional football midfielder
  • Jan 18 Dale Begg-Smith, Australian freestyle skier
  • Jan 28 Athina Onassis, daughter of Christina
  • Jan 30 Aaadietya Pandey, Indian astrologer
  • Feb 1 Rachael Scdoris, American dog musher
  • Feb 14 Natsume Sano, Japanese gravure idol
  • Feb 18 Lee Boyd Malvo, American serial killer
  • Feb 21 Bob Burton, American speedcuber
  • Feb 22 Sean Garballey, American politician
  • Mar 5 Whitney Port, Cast member of The Hills TV series
  • Mar 10 Kim Leclerc, Canadian politician
  • Mar 15 F.V.A. Morriello, Canadian author
  • Apr 11 Will Minson, Australian rules footballer
  • Apr 16 Mark Baker, Welsh author and historian
  • May 21 Frustaci Septuplets, California, Patricia Frustaci gives birth to 7
  • Jun 12 Blake Ross, American software developer
  • Jun 24 Yukina Shirakawa, Japanese gravure idol
  • Jun 26 Urgyen Trinley Dorje, Tibetan spiritual leader
  • Aug 11 Grace Adams-Short, British reality television contestant
  • Aug 27 Alexandra Nechita, Romanian/American artist
  • Sep 7 Tatia Jayne Starkey, Ringo's 1st grandchild
  • Sep 13 Keyunta Dawson, National Football League player
  • Sep 23 Jared High, American victim of bullying (d. 1998)
  • Oct 1 Revazi Zintiridis, Greek judoka
  • Oct 8 Eiji Wentz, Japanese American entertainer ( WaT), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Oct 23 James Kotecki, American political blogger
  • Oct 28 Richard Smith, American entrepreneur
  • Nov 5 Tanaka Koki, Japanese idol (member of KAT-TUN)
  • Nov 5 Kate DeAraugo, Australian Idol 2005
  • Nov 10 David Lee Rohr Jr, transplant donor
  • Nov 18 Christian Siriano, American fashion designer
  • Nov 24 Tony Hunt, National Football League player
  • Nov 29 Taguchi Junnosuke, Japanese idol (KAT-TUN)
  • Dec 14 Paul Rabil, professional lacrosse player
  • Dec 15 Sheeba Reiter, Fla, illegitimate daughter of Jackie Mason
  • Dec 16 Keita Tachibana, member of Japanese boy band w-inds.
  • Dec 17 Ryuichi Ogata, member of Japanese boy band w-inds.
  • Dec 26 Yuu Shirota, Japanese Idol
  • Dec 28 Kamani Hill, American footballer
  • Dec 29 Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of Billy Joel & Christie Brinkley

Weddings in History

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

Author Ken Follett
Author
Ken Follett

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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

Deaths 1 - 100 of 133

  • Jan 2 Moses Josiah Madiba, South African author and first African chancellor of the University of the North, dies at 76
  • Jan 4 Brian Gwynne Horrocks, English lt-general (A Full Life), dies at 89
  • Jan 5 Robert L. Surtees, American Oscar-winning cinematographer (Ben-Hur) (b. 1906
  • Jan 6 Robert H W Welch Jr, US founder/leader John Birch Society, dies at 85
  • Jan 9 Robert Mayer, British businessman and philanthropist (b. 1879)
  • 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 chef and author (b. 1903)
  • 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

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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, American politician (Sen-R) and diplomat, dies at 82
  • Mar 3 Sarah Blanding, 1st US fem college head (Vassar 1946-64), dies at 86
  • Mar 6 Eric Sloane, US artist, dies at 80
  • Mar 7 Robert W Woodruff, CEO (Coca-Cola), dies at 95
  • Mar 7 Victor W Farris, inventor of paper milk carton, etc, dies
  • Mar 8 Thomas Creighton, US heart patient (3 implants in 46 hrs), dies at 33

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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 23 Anton Constandse, Dutch anarchist/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 28 Nand Baert, Belgian radio/tv-host, dies at 53
  • 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)
  • Apr 11 Enver Hoxha, party leader/premier of Albania, dies at 76
  • Apr 14 Enver Hoxha, Albanian leader (1944-85), dies
  • 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 pioneer (b. 1902)
  • Apr 22 Paul H. Emmett, American chemical engineer (b. 1900)
  • Apr 23 Sam J Ervin Jr, (Sen-D-NC), 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, cartoonist (Dick Tracy), dies at 84
  • May 11 Garmt Stuiveling, Dutch writer and poet (Ego & Echo), dies at 77
  • May 12 Jean Debuffet, 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, comedienne (Selma-Night Court), dies of cancer at 64
  • May 14 Mohammed Munir, Indonesian worker's union leader, executed
  • May 17 Bobby Ewing, (Patrick Duffy) killed off on Dallas
  • May 25 Harold Hecht, choreographer, dies at 77 of cancer
  • May 25 Robert Nathan, US writer/poet (Portrait of Jennie), dies at 91
  • 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 (b. 1892)
  • Jun 21 Tage Erlander, Prime Minister of Sweden (b. 1901)
  • Jun 25 Morris Mason, American murderer (b. 1954)
  • Jun 30 James Dewar, inventor (Twinkie), dies
  • 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, US 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 30 Julia Hall Bowman Robinson, American mathematician (b. 1919)
  • Jul 31 Eugene Carson Blake, sec-gen World Council of Churches, dies at 78
  • Aug 1 Joseph Walker, cameraman, dies at 92
  • Aug 2 Frank Faylen, American actor (It's a Wonderful Life, Funny Girl), dies of pneumonia at 79
  • Aug 5 Theodore Sturgeon, American sci-fi author (Hugo, It, Caviar), dies at 67
  • Aug 20 Harchand Singh Longowai, Sikh leader, shot by Sikh extremists
  • 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 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 biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1899)
  • 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
  • Sep 19 Italo Calvino, Cuban author (T-Zero, Mr Palomar), dies at 61
  • Sep 21 Gu Long, Taiwanese writer of wuxia novels (b. 1937)
  • Sep 22 Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate (Bild Zeitung), dies at 73
  • Sep 25 William Cumming Rose, American Biochemist, dies at 98
  • Sep 30 Charles F Richter, US seismologist (scale of R), dies at 85
  • Sep 30 Heleb MacInnes, US spy writer (Affiliate in place), dies at 77