On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1985

Historical Events

  • 14th Fiesta Bowl: #14 UCLA beats #13 Miami, 39-37
  • 51st Orange Bowl: #4 Washington beats #2 Oklahoma, 28-17
  • 51st Sugar Bowl: #5 Nebraska beats #11 LSU, 28-10
  • 71st Rose Bowl: #18 Southern California beats #6 Ohio State, 20-17
  • International Youth Year begins
  • The first British mobile phone call is made by Ernie Wise to Vodafone.
  • The Internet's Domain Name System is created.
  • US's 1st mandatory seat belt law goes into effect (NY)
  • VH-1 made its broadcasting debut

Famous Birthdays

  • Jeff Carter, Canadian ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 2012, 14; NHL All-Star 2009, 17; Philadelphia Flyers, LA Kings), born in London, Ontario
  • Steven Davis, Northern Irish soccer midfielder (117 caps [2019]; Rangers, Southampton), born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland
  • Tiago Splitter, Brazilian basketball forward and coach (NBA C'ship 2014, San Antonio Spurs; All-EuroLeague Team selection 2008-10), born in Blumenau, Brazil

Famous Deaths

  • Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese actor (Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo), dies at 85
1985 Highlights

About January 1, 1985

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 35 years, 10 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Capricorn