Historical Events in 1985

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  • Jan 1st International Youth Year begins
  • Jan 1st US's 1st manadatory seat belt law goes into effect (NY)
  • Jan 1st VH-1 made its broadcasting debut
  • Jan 1st The Internet's Domain Name System is created.
  • Jan 1st The first British mobile phone call is made by Ernie Wise to Vodafone.
  • Jan 1st 71st Rose Bowl: #18 Southern California beats #6 Ohio State, 20-17
  • Jan 1st 51st Sugar Bowl: #5 Nebraska beats #11 LSU, 28-10
  • Jan 1st 14th Fiesta Bowl: #14 UCLA beats #13 Miami, 39-37
  • Jan 1st 51st Orange Bowl: #4 Washington beats #2 Oklahoma, 28-17
  • Jan 2nd 90th hat trick in Islander history-Brent Sutter
  • Jan 2nd Australia beat WI by innings at SCG, Bob Holland 10 match wkts
  • Jan 2nd Egyptian Pres Mubarak reappoints Coptic pope Shenuda III
  • Jan 2nd Nevada-Las Vegas beats Utah 142-140, highest college basketball score
  • Jan 2nd Undefeated BYU becomes college football champions
  • Jan 3rd Azharuddin scores 110 in 1st Test innings
  • Jan 3rd Israel government confirms resettlement of 10,000 Ethiopian Jews

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Jan 3rd Mitch McConnell becomes Senator of Kentucky

US Senator Mitch McConnell
US Senator
Mitch McConnell

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Jan 5th Bryan Trottier failed on 9th Islander penalty shot

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Jan 5th Discovery moves to launch pad for STS 51-C mission
  • Jan 5th Thousands of Jewish refugees are airlifted from Sudan to Israel
  • Jan 6th AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers 45-28
  • Jan 6th NFC Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears 23-0
  • Jan 7th "King & I" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 191 performances
  • Jan 7th Japanese space probe Sakigake launched to Halley's comet
  • Jan 7th KHQ-AM in Spokane WA changes call letters to KLSN (now KAQQ)
  • Jan 7th Lou Brock & Hoyt Wilhelm, elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Jan 8th Japan launches Sakigake space probe to Halley's Comet
  • Jan 9th Flames set NHL record 264th regular season game without being shut-out
  • Jan 10th Daniel Ortega Saavedra inaugurated as president of Nicaragua
  • Jan 11th CDC MMWR publishes guidelines for screening U.S. blood supply for AIDS antibodies with ELISA test that would be available later that year
  • Jan 13th 23rd Tennis Fed Cup: Czech beats USA in Nagoya Japan (2-1)
  • Jan 13th 99-yr-old Otto Bucher scores a hole-in-one at Spanish golf course
  • Jan 13th Blackhawk Doug Wilson failed on 12th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Jan 13th Cerberal Palsy telethon raises $17,100,000
  • Jan 13th Express train derails in Ethiopia, killing at least 428
  • Jan 14th 16 indicted by US for granting sanctuary to Central American refugees

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Jan 14th Martina Navratilova is 3rd to win 100 tennis tournaments (Connors & Evert)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jan 14th British pound sinks to record low $US1.11
  • Jan 15th Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Ashbery & Fred Chapell
  • Jan 15th Civil rights activist Tancredo Neves elected president
  • Jan 15th Mike Gatting & Graeme Fowler both scores 200 v India
  • Jan 15th Tancredo Neves becomes 1st elected president of Brazil in 21 years
  • Jan 15th CBS' premiere of TV made teen drug abuse drama, "Not My Kid", based on the previous year's book by Beth Polson
  • Jan 16th "Playboy" announces end of stapling centerfolds
  • Jan 17th Azharuddin scores second Test century in second Test (v England)
  • Jan 18th US renounces jurisdiction of World Court despite previous promise
  • Jan 19th "Born In The USA" by Bruce Springsteen peaked at #9
  • Jan 19th 4 die in a car & train crash in Buda Ill
  • Jan 20th Cold front strikes US, at least 40 die (-27°F (-33°C) in Chicago)

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Jan 20th Super Bowl XIX: SF 49ers beat Miami Dolphins, 38-16 in Stanford Super Bowl MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • Jan 21st -19°F (-28°C), Caesar's Head, South Carolina (state record)
  • Jan 21st -34°F (-37°C), Mt Mitchell, North Carolina (state record)
  • Jan 21st Bomb attack on Borobudur temple in Java
  • Jan 21st Dennis Potvin ties Bobby Orr's career record of 270 NHL goals
  • Jan 22nd -30°F (-34°C), Mountain Lake Bio Station, Virginia (state record)
  • Jan 22nd Cold wave damages 90% of Florida's citrus crop
  • Jan 22nd Kelly Hu, 16, of Hawaii, crowned 3rd Miss Teen USA
  • Jan 23rd Britains House of Lords debate 1st televised
  • Jan 24th 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 is launched
  • Jan 25th "Black & Blue" premieres in Paris
  • Jan 25th Test debut of Wasim Akram, v New Zealand at Auckland (2-105)
  • Jan 26th 42nd Golden Globes: Amadeus, F. Murray Abraham, & Sally Field win
  • Jan 26th Edmonton Oiler Wayne Gretzky scores 50th goal in 49th game of season
  • Jan 27th "Doug Henning & His World..." closes at Lunt-Fontanne NY after 60 perf
  • Jan 27th 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 returns to Earth
  • Jan 27th Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic
  • Jan 27th Mark Mckoy cycles world record 50m hurdles indoor (5.25)
  • Jan 27th NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 22-14

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Jan 28th Charity single "We Are the World" is recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and other pop stars)

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 28th 12th American Music Awards: Cyndi Lauper & Lionel Richie win

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Jan 29th Jari Kurri of Edmonton Oilers scores 100th pt of season in game 39

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri

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Jan 29th Oxford University refuses to award Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher an honorary degree

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • Jan 31st "Harrigan 'n Hart" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 5 performances

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Jan 31st South African President PW Botha offers to free Nelson Mandela if he denounces violence

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Feb 1st -61°F (-52°C), Maybell, Colorado (state record)
  • Feb 1st -69°F (-56°C), Peter's Sink, Utah (state record)
  • Feb 1st Azharuddin scores 3rd Test century in 3rd Test Cricket (122 v Eng)
  • Feb 1st Cards trade D Green, Jose Uribe, Dave LaPoint to Giants for Jack Clark
  • Feb 1st US female Figure Skating championship won by Tiffany Chin
  • Feb 2nd US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • Feb 3rd "Harrigan 'n Hart" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Feb 3rd Joanne Carner wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • Feb 4th 20 countries (but not US) sign UN treaty outlawing torture
  • Feb 4th Naval exercises canceled when US refuses to tell NZ of nuclear weapons
  • Feb 7th "New York, New York" became the official anthem of NYC
  • Feb 7th Marshall U's Bruce Morris scores a basket from 92'5"
  • Feb 7th NY Devil Don Lever becomes 57th NHLer to score 300 goals
  • Feb 8th 1st-class cricket debut of Jimmy Adams (age 17), Jamaica v Barbados
  • Feb 8th Bruce Morris, Marshall Univ, makes a 92' 5½" basketball shot
  • Feb 8th Michael Gross swims world record 800m freestyle (7:38.75)
  • Feb 8th Opposition leader Kim Dae Jung returns to South-Korea

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 9th Madonna's album "Like a Virgin" goes #1 for 3 weeks

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • Feb 10th Andrea Schöne skates ladies world record 5 km (7:32.82)
  • Feb 10th 35th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 140-129 at Indiana
  • Feb 10th Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-E mission
  • Feb 10th Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
  • Feb 10th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 11th King Hussein of Jordan & PLO leader Arafat sign accord
  • Feb 11th Kent Hrbek signs 5-year $6 million contract with Minnesota Twins
  • Feb 11th Wasim Akram takes 10 wickets in his 2nd Test Cricket, NZ still wins
  • Feb 12th 37th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-4 at Calgary
  • Feb 12th West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup (Australian Tri-Series)
  • Feb 13th Dow Jones closes at 1297.92 (record high) after topping 1300 earlier
  • Feb 13th Polish police arrests 7 Solidarity leaders
  • Feb 14th Hostage CNN reporter Jeremy Levin is released in Beirut
  • Feb 15th STS 51-E vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Feb 15th World chess championship match abandoned-Karpov 25, Kasparov 23
  • Feb 15th 35th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Woman and the Stranger" and "Wetherby" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 16th Largest NBA crowd to date, 43,816, sees Philadelphia at Detroit
  • Feb 16th Livingston Bramble defeats Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini to win WBA champ
  • Feb 16th NJ Devils score their fastest hat trick in 42 seconds
  • Feb 16th The founding of Hezbollah.
  • Feb 17th 1st class postage rises from 20 cents to 22 cents
  • Feb 17th 1st day/night game at the MCG, Australia v England
  • Feb 17th 3rd person to receive an artificial heart (Murray Haydon)
  • Feb 17th Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion
  • Feb 17th Laffit Pincay Jr is third to ride 6,000th winners at Santa Anita
  • Feb 17th 27th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott wins (172.265 MPH)
  • Feb 19th 150 killed when a Spanish jetliner crashed approaching Bilbao, Spain
  • Feb 19th ADM of Amsterdam declares bankruptcy
  • Feb 19th Canned & bottled Cherry Coke introduced by Coca-Cola
  • Feb 19th Mickey Mouse welcomed in China
  • Feb 19th William Schroeder is 1st artificial heart patient to leave hospital He spent 15 minutes outside Humana Hospital in Louisville, Ky
  • Feb 20th After defending his WBC flyweight championship, Sot Chitalada's check for $104,000 is stolen by a ringside pickpocket
  • Feb 21st Evert van Benthem wins 13th Friese 11 city skateing race
  • Feb 21st Largest NBA crowd to date 44,970 (Atlanta at Detroit)

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Feb 21st Tim Raines is awarded a $12 million salary for 1985 by arbitrator

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • Feb 23rd Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game
  • Feb 23rd US Senate confirms Edwin Meese III as Attorney General

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Feb 23rd Goaltender Patrick Roy makes his NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • Feb 24th Amy Alcott wins LPGA Circle K Golf Open Tucson
  • Feb 24th Birendra, Bir Bikram Shah Dev crowned King of Nepal
  • Feb 24th Jim Kelly (Houston USFL) passes for pro football record 574 yds
  • Feb 24th Yul Brynner reprised his role in "The King & I"
  • Feb 26th 27th Grammy Awards: Whats Love Got to Do With It, Cyndi Lauper wins
  • Feb 27th Farmers converge in Washington to demand economic relief
  • Feb 27th Mauritania's new constitutional charter published
  • Feb 27th US dollar is worth Ÿ3.9355 (Netherlands)

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Mar 1st Liza Minnelli enters Betty Ford Drug Center

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • Mar 1st Milwaukee businessman Herb Kohl purchases the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Mar 1st Pentagon accepts theory that atomic war would cause a nuclear winter
  • Mar 2nd FDA in the US approves an ELISA screening test for AIDS antibody for all blood banks

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Mar 3rd "Moonlighting" with Cybill Shepard & Bruce Willis premieres on ABC TV in the US

  • Mar 3rd "My One & Only" closes at St James Theater NYC after 767 performances
  • Mar 3rd Betsy King wins LPGA Samaritan Turquoise Golf Classic
  • Mar 3rd Bill Shoemaker is 1st jockey to surpass $100 million
  • Mar 3rd National Union of Mine Workers in Britain ends a 51 week strike
  • Mar 3rd Willie Shoemaker becomes 1st jockey to win $100 million
  • Mar 4th STS 51-E vehicle rolls back to Vandenberg AFB; mission cancelled
  • Mar 4th Virtual ban on leaded gas ordered by EPA
  • Mar 4th WWII veterans returned to the "Bridge over the River Kwai"

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Mar 5th NY Islander Mike Bossy is 1st to score 50 goals in 8 straight seasons

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 5th Mexican authorities find the body of US drug agent Enrique "Kike" Camarena Salaazar
  • Mar 5th 38th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Killing Fields" Best Film, Wim Wenders Best Director
  • Mar 6th Enos Slaughter & Arky Vaughan are elected to baseball Hall of Fame

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Mar 6th Mike Tyson KOs Hector Mercedes in 1 round in his 1st pro fight

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Mar 6th Yul Brynner appears in his 4,500th performance of "The King & I"
  • Mar 6th Atlantis (OV-104) rollout at Palmdale
  • Mar 7th IBM-PC DOS Version 3.1 (update) released
  • Mar 8th Ice Dance Championship at Tokyo won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • Mar 8th 6th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats St. John's, 92-80
  • Mar 9th Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • Mar 9th 26th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Auburn beats Alabama, 53-49
  • Mar 10th Bonnie Lauer wins Uniden LPGA Golf Invitational
  • Mar 10th Dallas Maverick coach Dick Motta is 4th NBA coach to win 700 games
  • Mar 10th French socialists lose election (National Front 9%)
  • Mar 10th Ice Pairs Championship at Tokyo won by Elena Valova & O Vasiliev (URS)
  • Mar 10th India beat Pakistan to win "World Championship of Cricket"
  • Mar 10th Men's Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Alexandr Fadeev (URS)
  • Mar 10th 32nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia Tech beats North Carolina, 57-54

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Mar 11th Mikhail Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader

General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev

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Mar 12th Larry Bird scores Boston Celtic record 60 points

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 12th 11th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Joan Collins & Linda Evans win (TV)

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actress Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
Actor Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck
  • Mar 13th Funeral services held for Konstantin Chernenko (Moscow)
  • Mar 13th Michael Secrest (US) begins 24-hr ride of 516 miles, 427 yards
  • Mar 14th Michael Secrest (US) completes 24-hr ride of 516 miles, 427 yards

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 15th Larry Holmes TKOs David Bey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Mar 15th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 15th The first Internet domain name, symbolics.com is registered
  • Mar 16th Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson taken hostage in Beirut
  • Mar 16th Denny McLain, pitcher; convicted of racketeering, sentenced to 25 yrs
  • Mar 17th Jane Blalock wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • Mar 17th Matti Nykanen of Finland set a world ski jump record of 623'
  • Mar 18th Capital Cities Communications Inc acquires ABC

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Mar 18th Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Willie Mays & Mickey Mantle

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Mar 19th "Spin Magazine" begins publishing
  • Mar 19th NSW wins cricket Sheffield Shield by beating Queensland by 1 wicket
  • Mar 19th Senate votes 55-45, to authorize production of the MX missile
  • Mar 20th Libby Riddles is 1st woman to win Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Mar 21st Arthur Ashe is nominated for the Internatinal Tennis Hall of Fame

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Mar 21st Bloodbath at Langa (Uitenhage) South-Africa, 19 killed
  • Mar 22nd NASA launches Intelsat VA F-10
  • Mar 23rd Space Shuttle Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-D mission
  • Mar 23rd Julian Lennon's 1st concert (San Antonio Texas)
  • Mar 23rd US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 24th 5th Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards: Bolero wins
  • Mar 24th Jan Stephenson wins LPGA GNA Golf Classic
  • Mar 24th Norman Gifford makes cricket ODI debuts at age 44 (v Aust, Sharjah)
  • Mar 24th 5th Golden Raspberry Awards: Bolero wins
  • Mar 25th 57th Academy Awards: "Amadeus", F Murray Abraham & Sally Field win