What Happened in January 1985

Historical Events

  • 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 3 Leontyne Price makes her final operatic appearance in a televised performance of "Aida" at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price

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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, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 45-28
  • Jan 6 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: 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 are 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

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Jan 10 Daniel Ortega inaugurated as President of Nicaragua for the first time

President of Nicaragua and Revolutionary Leader Daniel Ortega
President of Nicaragua and Revolutionary Leader
Daniel Ortega

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Jan 10 Lenny Wilkens becomes first to coach in 1,000 NBA games when his Seattle SuperSonics defeat the Golden State Warriors, 89-86

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens
  • 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

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Jan 13 John McEnroe repeats previous year's result with a 7–5, 6–0, 6–4 win over Ivan Lendl to claim back-to-back season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

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Jan 13 Playing in his 436th career game, Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky scores his 400th career NHL goal and adds 2 assists in a 5-4 Oilers' win over the Sabres in Buffalo

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 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 Mike Gatting & Graeme Fowler both scores 200 v India
  • Jan 15 Tancredo Neves becomes 1st elected President of Brazil in 21 years, bur dies before taking office
  • 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 15 Mike Gatting (207) and Graeme Fowler (201) become first pair of England batsmen to complete double centuries in the same innings during 9-wicket 4th cricket Test win against India at Madras
  • 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

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Jan 19 "Born in the USA", single by Bruce Springsteen, peaks at #9

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen
  • 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)

Sport awardSuper Bowl

Jan 20 Super Bowl XIX, Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA: San Francisco 49ers beat Miami Dolphins, 38-16; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, 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

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Jan 21 Jessye Norman sings "Simple Gifts" at the second inauguration of US President Ronald Reagan in Washington

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 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)

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

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 performances
  • Jan 27 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 returns to Earth
  • Jan 27 Mark Mckoy cycles world record 50m hurdles indoor (5.25)
  • Jan 27 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 22-14; MVP: Mark Gastineau, NY Jets, DE

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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

  • Jan 28 Houston's Bill Fitch becomes the 6th coach in NBA history to post 600 wins as the Rockets beat the New Jersey Nets, 97-93

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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 P. W. Botha offers to free Nelson Mandela if he denounces violence

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Steven Davis, Northern Irish footballer
  • Jan 2 Heather O'Reilly, American soccer player
  • Jan 3 John David Booty, American football player
  • Jan 4 Fernando Rees, Brazilian race car driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jan 4 Al Jefferson, American basketball player, born in Monticello, Mississippi
  • Jan 5 Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor, born in Burnaby, Canada (d. 2001)
  • Jan 5 Yoon So-yi, South Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Jan 6 R. P. Singh, Indian cricketer, born in Raebareli District, India

Person of interestLewis Hamilton

Jan 7 Lewis Hamilton, English racing driver (World F1 Champion 2008, 14-15, 17-18), born in Stevenage, England

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton
  • Jan 8 Rachael Lampa, American singer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jan 11 Rie fu [Rie Funakoshi], Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 11 Kazuki Nakajima, Japanese racing driver, born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Jan 11 Newton Faulkner, English singer-songwriter, born in Surrey, England
  • Jan 12 Yohana Cobo, Spanish actress, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jan 12 Artem Milevskiy, Ukrainian footballer, born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Jan 12 Issa Rae, American actress, writer and producer (Insecure), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 15 Kenneth Emil Petersen, Danish footballer, born in Solrød Strand, Denmark
  • Jan 16 Jonathan Richter, Danish professional football midfielder
  • Jan 17 Simone Simons, Dutch singer (Epica)
  • Jan 17 Riyu Kosaka, Japanese singer (BeForU), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Jan 17 Kang-In, South Korean singer/dancer/actor/MC/DJ(Super Junior)
  • Jan 18 Dale Begg-Smith, Australian-Canadian freestyle skier, born in Vancouver, Canada
  • Jan 18 Riccardo Montolivo, Italian soccer player, born in Milan, Italy
  • Jan 18 Minnisha Lamba, Indian actress & model, born in New Delhi, India
  • Jan 19 Benny Feilhaber, American soccer player, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jan 19 Esteban Guerrieri, Argentine racing driver, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jan 19 Rika Ishikawa, Japanese singer (Morning Musume), born in Yokosuka, Japan
  • Jan 21 Alex Pérez, Spanish footballer
  • Jan 21 Sasha Pivovarova, Russian Model
  • Jan 21 Matt Unicomb, Australian basketball player
  • Jan 21 Adrian Lewis, English darts player (PDC world champion 2011-12), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • Jan 22 Mohamed Sissoko, Malian footballer, born in Mont-Saint-Aignan, France
  • Jan 23 Dong Fangzhuo, Chinese football player, born in Dalian, China
  • Jan 23 Doutzen Kroes, Dutch supermodel, born in Eastermar, Netherlands
  • Jan 25 Tina Karol, Ukrainian singer, born in Orotukan, Russia
  • Jan 25 Acie Law IV, American basketball player, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 28 Athina Onassis, daughter of Christina
  • Jan 28 Arnold Mvuemba, French footballer
  • Jan 29 Isabel Lucas, Australian actress
  • Jan 29 Marc Gasol, Spanish basketball player
  • Jan 30 Aaadietya Pandey, Indian astrologer
  • Jan 30 Trae Williams, American football player, born in South Brisbane, Australia
  • Jan 31 Adam Federici, Australian football player, born in Nowra, Australia
  • Jan 31 Mario Williams, American football defensive end, born in Richlands, North Carolina

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 5 Baseball player Darryl Strawberry (22) weds Lisa Andrews

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 5 NFL football player Reggie White (23) weds Sara Copeland

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • Jan 22 Zak Starkey (Ringo's son) marries Sarah Menikides

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 30 NFL Quarterback Dan Marino (23) weds Claire Veazey at St. Regis Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 7 Actress-singer Janet Jackson (18) divorces fellow R&B singer James DeBarge (21) only 4 months after getting married


Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese actor (Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo), dies at 85
  • Jan 2 Moses Josiah Madiba, South African author and first African chancellor of the University of the North, dies at 76
  • Jan 3 Lucien Cailliet, French-American composer, conductor and teacher (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1919-1937), dies at 93
  • Jan 4 Brian Gwynne Horrocks, English lt-general (A Full Life), dies at 89
  • Jan 4 Lovro von Matačić, Croatian conductor and composer (Bruckner Medal), dies at 86
  • Jan 5 Robert L. Surtees, American Oscar-winning cinematographer (Ben-Hur) (b. 1906
  • Jan 6 Robert H W Welch Jr, US founder/leader John Birch Society, dies at 85
  • Jan 7 Johnny Guarnieri, jazz pianist (Morey Amsterdam Show), dies at 67
  • Jan 7 Mary Hardy, Australian radio and television presenter (b. 1931)
  • Jan 9 Don Brennan, cricket wicketkeeper (England in 2 Tests 1951), dies
  • Jan 9 Robert Mayer, German-born businessman and philanthropist, dies at 105
  • Jan 10 Anton Karas, Austrian zither player and composer (b. 1906)
  • Jan 11 Sir William McKell, Premier of New South Wales, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1891)
  • Jan 13 Carol Wayne, Johnny Carson's teatime movie hostess, dies at 42
  • Jan 14 Jetta Goudal, French actress (White Gold), dies at 86
  • Jan 16 Robert Fitzgerald, American poet and translator, dies at 74
  • Jan 18 Mahmoud Taha, Sudanese Muslim leader, hanged at 76
  • Jan 18 Wilfrid Brambell, Irish actor (Hard Day's Night, Steptoe and Son), dies from cancer at 72
  • Jan 20 Jo Juda, Dutch musician (1st concertmaster of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra), dies at 75
  • Jan 21 James Beard, American chef and author (b. 1903)
  • Jan 21 Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler and promoter (b. 1930)
  • Jan 22 Sir Arthur Bryant, British historian (b. 1899)
  • Jan 26 James Cameron, journalist, dies
  • Jan 30 Ken Mayers, American actor (Little Big Man, Dick Tracey, Space Patrol), dies at 66
  • Jan 31 Barbara Cowsill, singer and mother in The Cowsills band, dies of emphysema at 56