On This Day

1985 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 420

  • Mar 29 Christos Sartzetakis elected President of Greece
  • Mar 31 15th Easter Seal Telethon raises $27,400,000
  • Mar 31 El Salvador's President José Napoleón Duarte' Christian Democratic Party wins election
  • Apr 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 3 French government adopts equal electoral system
  • Apr 3 Players' Association agrees to expand LCS from 5 to 7 games
  • Apr 3 Vic Elliot pockets 15,780 pool balls in 24 hours in London
  • Apr 6 Bombay beat Delhi by 90 runs to win the Ranji Trophy final
  • Apr 6 Sudan suspends constitution after coup under general Swarreddahab
  • Apr 6 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 7 1st live telecast of Easter Parade in New York
  • Apr 7 New Jersey General Hershel Walker rushes for USFL record 233 yards
  • Apr 8 Amdahl releases UTS/V, 1st mainframe Unix
  • Apr 8 India files suit against Union Carbide over Bhopal disaster
  • Apr 10 At 80 Leo Sites becomes oldest bowler to score a 300 game
  • Apr 10 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-B mission

  • Apr 12 16th Shuttle Mission (51D)-Discovery 4 launched-with Senator Jake Garn
  • Apr 13 Space Shuttle Atlantis ferried to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 13 Ramiz Alia succeeds Enver Hoxha as party leader of Albania

Dictator of Albania Enver Hoxha
Dictator of Albania
Enver Hoxha
  • Apr 14 "Take Me Along!" opens/closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Apr 14 Alan Garcia wins elections in Peru
  • Apr 14 Bob Carpenter is unsuccessful on Wash Caps 1st playoff penalty shot
  • Apr 14 Jack C Burcham is 5th to receive "Jarvik 7" permanent artificial heart
  • Apr 15 Challenger moves to launch pad for 51-B missing
  • Apr 19 16th Space Shuttle Mission (51-D)-Discovery 4 returns to Earth
  • Apr 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 20 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Mark Williams
  • Apr 20 Karyn Marshall of NYC lifted 303 lbs in a clean & jerk lift
  • Apr 20 ATF raid on The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord compound in northern Arkansas
  • Apr 21 Bomb attacks in NATO/AEG-Telefunken building in Brussels
  • Apr 23 New Coke debuts; Coca-Cola announced it is changing its secret flavor formula
  • Apr 24 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carolyn Lizer for "Yin"
  • Apr 25 West German Parliament rules it is illegal to deny the Holocaust
  • Apr 29 17th space shuttle mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 launched
  • Apr 29 Ranger Larry Parrish is 5th to hit 3 HRs in a game in both leagues
  • Apr 30 Dale Murphy drives in record tying 28th & 29th runs of April

  • Apr 30 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Apr 30 Last edition of Brink Daily Mail and Sunday Express in South Africa
  • May 1 "Communist" bomb attack kills 2 firemen in Brussels

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 US President Reagan ends embargo against Nicaragua

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • May 1 William Hoffman's "As Is" premieres in NYC
  • May 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 3 Date of $5 million check in "A View To A Kill"
  • May 6 17th Space Shuttle Mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 lands at Edwards AFB
  • May 8 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 10 Challenger transports back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
  • May 11 Booby trap bomb kills 86 people in India
  • May 11 Pope John Paul II arrival in Netherlands marred by violent protest
  • May 12 Amy Eilberg is ordained in NY as 1st woman Conservative rabbi
  • May 13 Philadelphia police attack a house held by group "Move", 11 killed
  • May 16 Pope John Paul II arrives in Belgium
  • May 17 Les Anderson, catches record 97 lb 4 oz Chinook Salmon, off Alaska
  • May 20 Dow Jones industrial avg closes above 1300 for 1st time
  • May 20 FBI arrests John A Walker Jr, convicted of spying for USSR
  • May 20 US began broadcasts to Cuba on Radio Marti
  • May 21 Israel exchanges 1,150 prisoners with the PFLP-GC in return for 3 Israeli soldiers
  • May 22 US sailor Michael L Walker arrested for spying for USSR
  • May 24 -25) cyclone hits Bangladesh; about 10,000 die
  • May 25 Cyclone ravages Bangladesh; 11,000 killed
  • May 26 Explosions destroys 2 tankers off of Gibraltar, 30 die
  • May 27 Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997
  • May 27 Inaugural bands parade for President Reagan
  • May 28 David Jacobsen taken hostage in Beirut Lebanon
  • May 28 Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-G
  • May 31 Guatemala adopts constitution
  • May 31 Tornado outbreak in the United States and Canada sees 41 tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario, leaving 90 dead
  • May 31 Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) became a Schedule I drug in the United States.
  • 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

Birthdays in History


Weddings in History


Deaths in History

  • 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 18 Gerald Holtom, British artist and graphic designer (Nuclear Disarmament (ND) logo, which later became an international peace symbol), dies at 71
  • Sep 19 Italo Calvino, Italian author (T-Zero, Mr Palomar), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage 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 who discovered threonine (an amino acid), dies at 98
  • Sep 30 Charles F. Richter, American physicist and seismologist (developed the Richter scale for measuring earthquake magnitude), dies at 85
  • Sep 30 Heleb MacInnes, US spy writer (Affiliate in place), dies at 77

Person of interestE. B. White

Oct 1 E. B. White, American author (New Yorker, Charlotte's Web), dies at 86

Writer E. B. White
Writer
E. B. White
  • Oct 8 Leon Klinghoffer, American murdered by hijackers of the Achille Lauro when they threw him off the boat at 69
  • Oct 8 Ricardo Bacchelli, Italian playwright and poet (Il malino del Po), dies at 94
  • Oct 8 Malcolm Ross, American balloonist and atmospheric physicist, dies at 65
  • Oct 9 Emílio Garrastazu Médici, 28th President of Brazil (1969-74), dies at 79
  • Oct 15 Meret Oppenheim, writer, dies at 72
  • Oct 18 Benjamin Moloisi, South African poet/Anc'er, hanged at 30
  • Oct 19 Alfred Rouleau, French Canadian businessman (b. 1915)
  • Oct 24 Maurice Roy, Archbishop of Quebec, (b. 1905)
  • Oct 24 Lásló Jósef Bíró, Hungarian inventor (ballpoint pen), dies at 86
  • Oct 25 Elsa Moranet, writer, dies at 67
  • Oct 31 Nikos Engonopoulos, Greek painter and poet (b. 1907)
  • Nov 5 Arnold Chikobava, Georgian linguist (b. 1898)
  • Nov 9 Helen Rose, costume designer, dies at 81
  • Nov 13 George Robert Vincent, American sound recording pioneer (b. 1898)
  • Nov 15 Spencer W. Kimball, American 12th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1973-1985), dies at 90
  • Nov 16 John Sparkman, American politician (Sen-D-Alabama 1946-79, Rep-D-Alabama 1937-46), dies at 85
  • Nov 16 Stuart Chase, American writer and economist (The Tragedy of Waste), dies at 97
  • Nov 24 Cees Buddingh', Dutch poet/writer/interpreter/translator, dies at 67
  • Nov 25 Franz Hildebrandt, German Theologian(b. 1909)
  • Nov 25 Elsa Morante, Italian writer, dies at 73
  • Nov 28 Fernand Braudel, French historian (Civilization & Capitalism), dies at 83
  • Nov 29 Rik Jacobs, Flemish stage manager, dies at 71
  • Dec 2 Philip Larkin, English poet and writer (North Ship, Jill), 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 and poet (King Jesus), dies at 90
  • Dec 14 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist, dies at 89
  • Dec 15 Forrest C. Shaklee, American chiropractor and founder (Shaklee Products), dies at 91
  • 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 24 Ferhat Abbas, Algerian politician and President of the National Constituent Assembly of Algeria (1962-63), dies at 86
  • Dec 26 Dian Fossey, American zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), murdered in Rwanda at 53