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December 16, 1985 in History

Day of the Week: Monday

Events in History

  • Challenger moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating of STS 51-L mission

Historic Event

John Gotti assumes leadership of New York's Gambino crime family after ordering the executions of Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti

Birthdays in History

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

Deaths in History

  • Paul Castellano, American organized-crime chief, shot dead at a NYC restaurant at 70
  • Thomas Bilotti, American mafioso (b. 1940)
1985 in History