What Happened in 1985

Significant Events

  • Jan 3 Israel government confirms resettlement of 10,000 Ethiopian Jews
  • Jan 31 South African President PW Botha offers to free Nelson Mandela if he denounces violence
  • Mar 11 Mikhail Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader
  • Jul 10 French foreign intelligence agents blow up the Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbor, New Zealand to prevent it interfering with French nuclear tests in the South Pacific. Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira is killed.
  • Jul 13 "Live Aid" concerts held at both Wembley Stadium (London) and John F. Kennedy Stadium (Philadelphia) raises over $70 million for African famine relief
  • Sep 19 8.1 earthquake in Mexico City kills an estimated 10,000 and leaves 250,000 homeless
  • Nov 9 Gary Kasparov becomes the youngest ever world chess champion aged 22
  • Nov 13 Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupts in Colombia, killing 25,000
  • Nov 19 US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet for first time
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Did You Know?

The first Internet domain name, symbolics.com is registered

On March 15, 1985


World Leaders in 1985

Famous People in 1985

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • Jan 7 Actress-singer Janet Jackson (18) divorces fellow R&B singer James DeBarge (21) only 4 months after getting married
  • Feb 4 Professional boxer George Foreman (35) divorces Andrea Skeete after almost 3 years of marriage
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