Historical Events in 1985

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  • Jan 1 International Youth Year begins
  • Jan 1 US's 1st manadatory seat belt law goes into effect (NY)
  • Jan 1 VH-1 made its broadcasting debut
  • Jan 1 The Internet's Domain Name System is created.
  • Jan 1 The first British mobile phone call is made by Ernie Wise to Vodafone.
  • Jan 1 71st Rose Bowl: #18 Southern California beats #6 Ohio State, 20-17
  • Jan 1 51st Sugar Bowl: #5 Nebraska beats #11 LSU, 28-10
  • Jan 1 14th Fiesta Bowl: #14 UCLA beats #13 Miami, 39-37
  • Jan 1 51st Orange Bowl: #4 Washington beats #2 Oklahoma, 28-17
  • Jan 2 90th hat trick in Islander history-Brent Sutter
  • Jan 2 Australia beat WI by innings at SCG, Bob Holland 10 match wkts

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Jan 2 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak reappoints Coptic pope Shenuda III

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • Jan 2 Nevada-Las Vegas beats Utah 142-140, highest college basketball score
  • Jan 2 Undefeated BYU becomes college football champions
  • Jan 3 Azharuddin scores 110 in 1st Test innings
  • Jan 3 Israel government confirms resettlement of 10,000 Ethiopian Jews

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Jan 3 Mitch McConnell becomes Senator of Kentucky

US Senator Mitch McConnell
US Senator
Mitch McConnell

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Jan 5 Bryan Trottier failed on 9th Islander penalty shot

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

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

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

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Jan 20 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 21 -19°F (-28°C), Caesar's Head, South Carolina (state record)
  • Jan 21 -34°F (-37°C), Mt Mitchell, North Carolina (state record)
  • Jan 21 Bomb attack on Borobudur temple in Java
  • Jan 21 Dennis Potvin ties Bobby Orr's career record of 270 NHL goals
  • Jan 22 -30°F (-34°C), Mountain Lake Bio Station, Virginia (state record)
  • Jan 22 Cold wave damages 90% of Florida's citrus crop
  • Jan 22 Kelly Hu, 16, of Hawaii, crowned 3rd Miss Teen USA
  • Jan 23 Britains House of Lords debate 1st televised
  • Jan 24 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 is launched
  • Jan 25 "Black & Blue" premieres in Paris
  • Jan 25 Test debut of Wasim Akram, v New Zealand at Auckland (2-105)
  • Jan 26 42nd Golden Globes: Amadeus, F. Murray Abraham, & Sally Field win
  • Jan 26 Edmonton Oiler Wayne Gretzky scores 50th goal in 49th game of season
  • Jan 27 "Doug Henning & His World..." closes at Lunt-Fontanne NY after 60 perf
  • Jan 27 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 returns to Earth
  • Jan 27 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic
  • Jan 27 Mark Mckoy cycles world record 50m hurdles indoor (5.25)
  • Jan 27 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 22-14

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

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

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

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Jan 31 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 1 -61°F (-52°C), Maybell, Colorado (state record)
  • Feb 1 -69°F (-56°C), Peter's Sink, Utah (state record)
  • Feb 1 Azharuddin scores 3rd Test century in 3rd Test Cricket (122 v Eng)
  • Feb 1 Cards trade D Green, Jose Uribe, Dave LaPoint to Giants for Jack Clark
  • Feb 1 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tiffany Chin
  • Feb 2 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • Feb 3 "Harrigan 'n Hart" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Feb 3 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • Feb 4 20 countries (but not US) sign UN treaty outlawing torture
  • Feb 4 Naval exercises canceled when US refuses to tell NZ of nuclear weapons
  • Feb 7 "New York, New York" became the official anthem of NYC
  • Feb 7 Marshall U's Bruce Morris scores a basket from 92'5"
  • Feb 7 NY Devil Don Lever becomes 57th NHLer to score 300 goals
  • Feb 8 1st-class cricket debut of Jimmy Adams (age 17), Jamaica v Barbados
  • Feb 8 Bruce Morris, Marshall Univ, makes a 92' 5½" basketball shot
  • Feb 8 Michael Gross swims world record 800m freestyle (7:38.75)
  • Feb 8 Opposition leader Kim Dae Jung returns to South-Korea

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar 1 Liza Minnelli enters Betty Ford Drug Center

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

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

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

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

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

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Mar 11 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 12 Larry Bird scores Boston Celtic record 60 points

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 12 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 13 Funeral services held for Konstantin Chernenko (Moscow)
  • Mar 13 Michael Secrest (US) begins 24-hr ride of 516 miles, 427 yards
  • Mar 14 Michael Secrest (US) completes 24-hr ride of 516 miles, 427 yards

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

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

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Mar 18 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 19 "Spin Magazine" begins publishing
  • Mar 19 NSW wins cricket Sheffield Shield by beating Queensland by 1 wicket
  • Mar 19 Senate votes 55-45, to authorize production of the MX missile
  • Mar 20 Libby Riddles is 1st woman to win Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race

Hall of fameHall of Fame

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

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