On This Day

What Happened in 1985

Historical Events

1985 in Film & TV

  • Mar 3 "Moonlighting" with Cybill Shepard & Bruce Willis premieres on ABC TV in the US
  • Mar 18 Capital Cities Communications Inc acquires ABC for $3.5 billion, first transfer of ownership of a TV network
  • Nov 11 1st AIDS theme TV movie - "An Early Frost" screens in US on NBC

1985 in Music

  • Jan 28 Charity single "We Are the World" recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and other pop stars)
  • Feb 7 "New York, New York" becomes the official anthem of New York City
  • Apr 18 "Wham!" become the first western pop act to release an album in China
  • 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

1985 in Sport

Did You Know?

The first Internet domain name, symbolics.com is registered

On March 15, 1985

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 2 Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood (37) weds British model Jo Karslake(29) in Gerrards Cross, England; divorce in 2009
  • Jan 5 Baseball player Darryl Strawberry (22) weds Lisa Andrews
  • Jan 5 NFL football player Reggie White (23) weds Sara Copeland

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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