What Happened on January 2, 1985

Historical Events

Event of Interest

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak reappoints Coptic pope Shenuda III

  • Leg-spin bowler Bob "Dutchy" Holland takes 4/90 for match figures of 10/144 as Australia beats the West Indies by innings in 5th Test in Sydney; Windies take series, 3-1
  • Nevada Las Vegas basketball gives coach Jerry Tarkanian his 600th career victory with a 142-140 win over Utah State in triple overtime; total of 282 points breaks NCAA men's record of 275 set in 1976
1985 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Heather O'Reilly, American soccer midfielder (231 caps; FIFA Women's World Cup 2015; Olympic gold 2004, 08, 12), born in East Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Ivan Dodig, Croatian tennis player (6 x Grand Slam doubles titles; Davis Cup 2018), born in MeÄ‘ugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Born in 1985

Famous Weddings

  • Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood (37) weds British model Jo Karslake(29) in Gerrards Cross, England; divorce in 2009

Famous Deaths

  • Moses Josiah Madiba, South African author & first African chancellor of the University of the North, dies at 76

About January 2, 1985

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 38 years, 2 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Day after New Year's Day (New Zealand), New Year Holiday (United Kingdom)

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Capricorn

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Like A Virgin - Madonna
  • UK #1 Song: Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid