On This Day

What Happened in 1985

Important Events in 1985

  • 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.
  • Sep 19 8.1 earthquake in Mexico City kills an estimated 10,000 and leaves 250,000 homeless
  • Nov 13 Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupts in Colombia, killing 25,000 in the town of Armero
  • Nov 19 US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet for the first time

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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" is 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


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The first Internet domain name, symbolics.com is registered

On March 15, 1985


Famous People in 1985

World Leaders in 1985

Famous Weddings in 1985

Famous Divorces in 1985

  • 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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