December 16, 1985 in History

Day of the Week: Monday

Events in History

  • Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-L mission

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Birthdays in History

  • Keita Tachibana, member of Japanese boy band w-inds.

Deaths in History

  • Paul Castellano, Organized-crime chief, shot dead at a NYC restaurant
  • Thomas Bilotti, American mafioso (b. 1940)