On This Day

June 1985 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 2 39th Tony Awards: Biloxi Blues and Big River win
  • Jun 2 Andreas Papandreou's PASOK-party wins election in Greece
  • Jun 2 RJ Reynolds Company proposed a merger with Nabisco
  • Jun 3 Massive anti-ETA demonstration in Basques
  • Jun 4 STS 51-G vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Jun 4 Supreme Court strikes down Alabama "moment of silence" law
  • Jun 6 58th National Spelling Bee: Balu Natarajan wins spelling milieu
  • Jun 6 Body of Nazi concentration camp doctor Dr Josef Mengele located and exhumed
  • Jun 6 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts "status" of Aruba
  • Jun 6 Soyuz T-13 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 7 space station
  • Jun 9 American Thomas Sutherland is kidnapped & held hostage in Lebanon
  • Jun 9 USSR's Vega 1 deposits lander on surface of Venus
  • Jun 10 Claus von Bulow acquitted on charges he tried to murder his wife
  • Jun 10 Coca-Cola announces they're bringing back their 99-year-old formula
  • Jun 11 Russian space probe Vega 1 lands on Venus
  • Jun 11 Von Hayes becomes 21st to hit 2 HRs in an inning (Phils-26, Mets-7)

  • Jun 11 WJW-AM/TV in Cleveland Ohio change call letters to WRMR
  • Jun 14 Lebanese Shiite Muslim extremists hijacked TWA Flight 847
  • Jun 15 En route to Halley's Comet, USSR's Vega 2 drops lander on Venus
  • Jun 15 Russian space probe Vega 2 lands on Venus
  • Jun 15 Rembrandt's painting Danaë is attacked by man later judged insane; he throws sulfuric acid on the canvas and cuts it twice with his knife
  • Jun 17 18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G)-Discovery 5 launched
  • Jun 21 American, Brazilian & West German forensic pathologists confirm skeletal remains exhumed in Brazil were Nazi Dr Josef Mengele
  • Jun 23 Bomb destroys Air India Boeing 747 in air near Ireland, 329 die
  • Jun 24 18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G)-Discovery 5 returns to Earth
  • Jun 24 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-F
  • Jun 25 Fireworks factory near Hallett, Oklahoma, explodes killing 21
  • Jun 25 Thurman v City of Torrington decides in favor of Tracey Thurman, 1st woman to sue a police department for violating her civil rights (not protecting against abusive husband)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 26 Portugal's Socialist Prime Minister Mário Soares resigns amid predictions that Parliament would be dissolved and elections called

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • Jun 27 First hotel strike in New York City
  • Jun 27 Route 66 (Chicago to Santa Monica), is decertified
  • Jun 28 Discovery ferried back to Kennedy Space Center via Bergstrom AFB, Tx
  • Jun 29 NASA launches Intelsat VA F-11
  • Jun 29 STS 51-F vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Jun 30 39 remaining hostages from Flight 847 are freed in Beirut
  • Jun 30 LA Dodger Pedro Gonzalez sets NL record of 15 HRs in June

Birthdays in History

  • 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

Weddings in History


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
Chemist
Carl Djerassi

Deaths in History

  • 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