December 1985 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 STS 61-C vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Dec 1 South Africa's Cosatu union centre forms
  • Dec 2 Philipine Chief of Staff General Fabian speaks of Benigno Aquino's murder
  • Dec 3 23rd Shuttle Mission (61-B)-Atlantis 2-lands at Edwards AFB

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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
  • 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
  • Dec 8 Ken O'Brien's 96 yard TD pass (NY Jet record) to Wesley Walker
  • 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
  • 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 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 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
John Gotti
  • Dec 18 UN Security Council unanimously condemns "acts of hostage-taking"
  • 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
  • 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 STS 51-L vehicle moves to Launch Pad 39B
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • 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

HeartWedding 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

  • Dec 2 Philip Larkin, [hermit of Hull], English poet, dies at 63
  • Dec 2 Aniello Dellacroce, American gangster (b. 1914)
  • Dec 6 Burr Tillstrom, American puppeteer (Kukla Fran & Ollie), dies at 68
  • Dec 7 Potter Stewart, 94th Supreme Court Justice (1958-81), dies in NH at 70
  • Dec 7 Robert Graves, English writer/poet (King Jesus), dies at 90
  • Dec 14 Stanley G[rauman] Weinbaum, American sci-fi author (Red Peri), dies at 85
  • Dec 14 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist, dies at 89
  • Dec 16 Paul Castellano, American organized-crime chief, shot dead at a NYC restaurant at 70
  • Dec 16 Thomas Bilotti, American mafioso (b. 1940)
  • Dec 17 Otto Gotsche, writer, dies
  • Dec 18 Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet (b. 1916)
  • Dec 27 Dian Fossey, American zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), murdered in Rwanda
  • Dec 31 Sam Spiegel, Academy Award winning producer (Betrayal), dies at 84