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 agents blow up Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbour, New Zealand
  • Jul 13 "Live Aid" concert held both at Wembley Stadium (London) and John F. Kennedy Stadium (Philadelphia) raises over $70 million for African famine relief
  • Sep 19 Mexico City 8.1 earthquake kills 12,000 and injures 40,000
  • 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 Reagan & 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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