January 1985 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 International Youth Year begins
  • Jan 1 The first British mobile phone call is made by Ernie Wise to Vodafone
  • Jan 1 The Internet's Domain Name System is created.
  • Jan 1 US's 1st mandatory seat belt law goes into effect (NY)
  • Jan 1 VH-1 made its broadcasting debut

Event of Interest

Jan 2 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak reappoints Coptic pope Shenuda III

  • Jan 2 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
  • Jan 3 Israel government confirms resettlement of 10,000 Ethiopian Jews

Event of Interest

Jan 3 Mitch McConnell becomes Senator of Kentucky

  • 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 7 Japanese space probe Sakigake launched to Halley's comet
  • Jan 7 KHQ-AM in Spokane, Washington, changes call letters to KLSN (now KAQQ)
  • Jan 8 Japan launches Sakigake space probe to Halley's Comet

Event of Interest

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

  • 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 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $17.1 million
  • Jan 13 Express train derails in Ethiopia, killing at least 428
  • Jan 14 16 indicted by US for granting sanctuary to Central American refugees
  • Jan 14 British pound sinks to record low $US1.11
  • Jan 15 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Ashbery & Fred Chapell
  • Jan 15 Tancredo Neves becomes 1st elected President of Brazil in 21 years, but dies before taking office
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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 22 -30°F (-34°C), Mountain Lake Bio Station, Virginia (state record)
  • Jan 22 Cold wave damages 90% of Florida's citrus crop
  • Jan 24 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 is launched
  • Jan 25 "Black & Blue" premieres in Paris
  • Jan 27 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 returns to Earth

Event of Interest

Jan 29 Oxford University refuses to award Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher an honorary degree

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 16 Jonathan Richter, Danish professional football midfielder, born in Denmark
  • Jan 18 Dale Begg-Smith, Australian-Canadian freestyle skier, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 28 Athina Onassis, daughter of Christina

Weddings in History

  • Jan 22 Zak Starkey (Ringo's son) marries Sarah Menikides

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 Moses Josiah Madiba, South African author & first African chancellor of the University of the North, dies at 76
  • Jan 6 Robert W. Welch Jr., American businessman who founded the conservative John Birch Society, dies at 85
  • Jan 9 Robert Mayer, German-born businessman and philanthropist, dies at 105
  • 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 16 Robert Fitzgerald, American poet and translator, dies at 74
  • Jan 18 Mahmoud Taha, Sudanese Muslim leader, hanged at 76
  • Jan 21 James Beard, American culinary expert and author (Delights & Prejudices), dies at 81
  • Jan 22 Arthur Bryant, English historian (biography of Samuel Pepys), dies at 85
  • Jan 26 James Cameron, journalist, dies