What Happened on December 31, 1985

Famous Deaths

Ricky NelsonRicky Nelson (1940-1985)

American pop-rock star ("Hello Mary Lou"; "It's Late"; "Garden Party") and actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies in a plane crash at 45

  • Mal Matheson, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (2 Tests) and rugby union Test referee (Australia v NZ 1946), dies at 79
  • Sam Spiegel, American film producer (On the Waterfront, The Bridge on the River Kwai), dies at 84
1985 Highlights

About December 31, 1985

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 37 years, 2 months and 30 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Capricorn

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie
  • UK #1 Song: Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens