Events in History in 1985

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  • 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 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 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
  • 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 WA changes call letters to KLSN (now KAQQ)
  • Jan 8 Japan launches Sakigake space probe to Halley's Comet
  • Jan 10 Daniel Ortega Saavedra inaugurated as president of Nicaragua
  • 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 Cerberal Palsy telethon raises $17,100,000
  • 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 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 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 "Born in the USA", single by Bruce Springsteen, peaks at #9
  • 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 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)
  • Jan 27 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 returns to Earth

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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

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Jan 31 South African President PW Botha offers to free Nelson Mandela if he denounces violence

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Feb 1 -61°F (-52°C), Maybell, Colorado (state record)
  • Feb 1 -69°F (-56°C), Peter's Sink, Utah (state record)
  • Feb 1 Cards trade D Green, Jose Uribe, Dave LaPoint to Giants for Jack Clark
  • Feb 1 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tiffany Chin
  • Feb 2 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • Feb 4 20 countries (but not US) sign UN treaty outlawing torture
  • Feb 4 Naval exercises canceled when US refuses to tell NZ if nuclear weapons aboard USS Buchanan
  • Feb 7 "New York, New York" becomes the official anthem of New York City

  • Feb 7 Marshall U's Bruce Morris scores a basket from 92'5"
  • Feb 8 Opposition leader Kim Dae Jung returns to South-Korea
  • Feb 10 Andrea Schöne skates ladies world record 5 km (7:32.82)
  • Feb 10 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-E mission
  • Feb 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 11 King Hussein of Jordan & PLO leader Arafat sign accord
  • Feb 13 Dow Jones closes at 1297.92 (record high) after topping 1300 earlier
  • Feb 13 Polish police arrests 7 Solidarity leaders
  • Feb 15 STS 51-E vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Feb 15 World chess championship match abandoned-Karpov 25, Kasparov 23
  • Feb 15 35th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Woman and the Stranger" and "Wetherby" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 16 The founding of Hezbollah.
  • Feb 17 1st class postage rises from 20 cents to 22 cents
  • Feb 17 1st day/night game at the MCG, Australia v England
  • Feb 17 3rd person to receive an artificial heart (Murray Haydon)
  • Feb 17 Laffit Pincay Jr is third to ride 6,000th winners at Santa Anita
  • Feb 17 27th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott wins (172.265 MPH)
  • Feb 19 150 killed when a Spanish jetliner crashes approaching Bilbao, Spain
  • Feb 19 ADM of Amsterdam declares bankruptcy
  • Feb 19 Canned & bottled Cherry Coke introduced by Coca-Cola
  • Feb 19 Mickey Mouse welcomed in China
  • Feb 19 William Schroeder is 1st artificial heart patient to leave hospital He spends 15 minutes outside Humana Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Feb 21 Evert van Benthem wins 13th Friese 11 city skateing race
  • Feb 23 US Senate confirms Edwin Meese III as Attorney General
  • Feb 24 Birendra, Bir Bikram Shah Dev crowned King of Nepal
  • Feb 24 Jim Kelly (Houston USFL) passes for pro football record 574 yds
  • Feb 27 Farmers converge in Washington to demand economic relief
  • Feb 27 Mauritania's new constitutional charter published
  • Feb 27 US dollar is worth Ÿ3.9355 (Netherlands)
  • Mar 1 Pentagon accepts theory that atomic war would cause a nuclear winter
  • Mar 2 FDA in the US approves an ELISA screening test for AIDS antibody for all blood banks
  • Mar 3 National Union of Mine Workers in Britain ends a 51 week strike
  • Mar 4 STS 51-E vehicle rolls back to Vandenberg AFB; mission cancelled
  • Mar 4 Virtual ban on leaded gas ordered by EPA
  • Mar 4 WWII veterans returned to the "Bridge over the River Kwai"
  • Mar 5 Mexican authorities find the body of US drug agent Enrique "Kike" Camarena Salaazar
  • Mar 6 Atlantis (OV-104) rollout at Palmdale
  • Mar 7 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.1 (update) released
  • Mar 9 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Katarina Witt (East Germany)
  • Mar 10 French socialists lose election (National Front 9%)
  • Mar 10 Ice Pairs Championship at Tokyo won by Elena Valova and Oleg Vasiliev (Soviet Union)
  • Mar 10 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Alexandr Fadeev (URS)

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Mar 11 Mikhail Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko

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Mar 13 Funeral services held for Konstantin Chernenko in Moscow

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko
  • Mar 13 Michael Secrest (US) begins 24-hr ride of 516 miles, 427 yards
  • Mar 14 Michael Secrest (US) completes 24-hr ride of 516 miles, 427 yards
  • Mar 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 15 The first Internet domain name, symbolics.com is registered
  • Mar 16 Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson taken hostage in Beirut
  • Mar 19 "Spin Magazine" begins publishing
  • Mar 19 US Senate votes 55-45 to authorize production of the MX "Peacekeeper" intercontinental ballistic missile
  • Mar 20 Libby Riddles is 1st woman to win Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race
  • Mar 21 Bloodbath at Langa (Uitenhage) South-Africa, 19 killed
  • Mar 22 NASA launches Intelsat VA F-10
  • Mar 23 Space Shuttle Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-D mission
  • Mar 23 Julian Lennon's 1st concert (San Antonio Texas)
  • Mar 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 24 5th Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards: Bolero wins
  • Mar 25 Edwin Meese III takes office as US Attorney General

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Mar 26 Pope John Paul II proclaims first ever World Youth Day

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Mar 28 International Cometary Explorer measures solar wind ahead of Halley
  • Mar 28 STS 51-D vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Mar 29 Christos Sartzetakis elected President of Greece
  • Mar 31 15th Easter Seal Telethon raises $27,400,000
  • Mar 31 El Salvador's President José Napoleón Duarte' Christian Democratic Party wins election
  • Mar 31 Wrestlemania I at Madison Square Garden, New York, Hogan & Mr T beat Piper & Orndorf
  • Apr 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 3 French government adopts equal electoral system
  • Apr 3 Players' Association agrees to expand LCS from 5 to 7 games
  • Apr 3 Vic Elliot pockets 15,780 pool balls in 24 hours in London
  • Apr 6 Bombay beat Delhi by 90 runs to win the Ranji Trophy final
  • Apr 6 Sudan suspends constitution after coup under general Swarreddahab
  • Apr 6 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 7 1st live telecast of Easter Parade
  • Apr 7 NJ General Hershel Walker runs for USFL record 233 yards
  • Apr 8 Amdahl releases UTS/V, 1st mainframe Unix
  • Apr 8 India files suit against Union Carbide over Bhopal disaster
  • Apr 10 At 80 Leo Sites becomes oldest bowler to score a 300 game
  • Apr 10 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-B mission
  • Apr 12 16th Shuttle Mission (51D)-Discovery 4 launched-with Senator Jake Garn
  • Apr 13 Space Shuttle Atlantis ferried to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas
  • Apr 13 Ramiz Alia succeeds Enver Hoxha as party leader of Albania
  • Apr 14 "Take Me Along!" opens/closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Apr 14 Alan Garcia wins elections in Peru
  • Apr 14 Bob Carpenter is unsuccessful on Wash Caps 1st playoff penalty shot
  • Apr 14 Jack C Burcham is 5th to receive "Jarvik 7" permanent artificial heart
  • Apr 15 Challenger moves to launch pad for 51-B missing
  • Apr 19 16th Space Shuttle Mission (51-D)-Discovery 4 returns to Earth
  • Apr 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 19 Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem, and green and gold as the national colours.
  • Apr 20 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Mark Williams
  • Apr 20 Karyn Marshall of NYC lifted 303 lbs in a clean & jerk lift
  • Apr 20 ATF raid on The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord compound in northern Arkansas.
  • Apr 21 Bomb attacks in NATO/AEG-Telefunken building in Brussels
  • Apr 23 New Coke debuts; Coca-Cola announced it is changing its secret flavor formula
  • Apr 24 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carolyn Lizer for "Yin"
  • Apr 25 West German Parliament ruled it illegal to deny the holocaust
  • Apr 28 Fernando Valenzuela sets record of 41 scoreless inn to start season
  • Apr 29 17th space shuttle mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 launched
  • Apr 29 Ranger Larry Parrish is 5th to hit 3 HRs in a game in both leagues
  • Apr 30 Dale Murphy drives in record tying 28th & 29th runs of April
  • Apr 30 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Apr 30 Last edition of Brink Daily Mail/Sunday Express in South Africa
  • May 1 "Communist" bomb attack kills 2 firemen in Brussels
  • May 1 William Hoffman's "As Is" premieres in NYC
  • May 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 3 Date of $5 million check in "A View To A Kill"
  • May 6 17th Space Shuttle Mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 lands at Edwards AFB
  • May 8 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 10 Challenger transports back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
  • May 11 Booby trap bomb kills 86 people in India
  • May 11 Pope John Paul II arrives in Netherlands, which is marred by violent protest
  • May 12 Amy Eilberg is ordained in NY as 1st woman Conservative rabbi
  • May 13 Philadelphia police attack a house held by group "Move", 11 killed
  • May 16 Pope John Paul II arrives in Belgium
  • May 17 Les Anderson, catches record 97 lb 4 oz Chinook Salmon, off Alaska
  • May 18 1st remote location for "Nightline" (South Africa)
  • May 20 Dow Jones industrial avg closes above 1300 for 1st time
  • May 20 FBI arrests John A Walker Jr, convicted of spying for USSR
  • May 20 US began broadcasts to Cuba on Radio Marti
  • May 21 Israel exchanges 1,150 prisoners with the PFLP-GC in return for 3 Israeli soldiers
  • May 22 US sailor Michael L Walker arrested for spying for USSR
  • May 24 -25) cyclone hits Bangladesh; about 10,000 die
  • May 25 Cyclone ravages Bangladesh; 11,000 killed
  • May 26 Explosions destroys 2 tankers off of Gibraltar, 30 die
  • May 27 Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997
  • May 28 David Jacobsen taken hostage in Beirut Lebanon
  • May 28 Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-G
  • May 31 Guatemala adopts constitution
  • May 31 Tornadoes in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York State & Canada kill 88 & injured more than 1,000
  • May 31 Tornado outbreak in United States and Canada sees 41 tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario, leaving 44 dead
  • May 31 Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) became a Schedule I drug in the United States.
  • Jun 2 Andreas Papandreou's PASOK-party wins election in Greece
  • Jun 2 RJ Reynolds Company proposed a merger with Nabisco
  • Jun 3 Massive anti-ETA demonstration in Basques
  • Jun 4 STS 51-G vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Jun 4 Supreme Court strikes down Alabama "moment of silence" law
  • Jun 6 58th National Spelling Bee: Balu Natarajan wins spelling milieu
  • Jun 6 Body of Nazi concentration camp doctor Dr Josef Mengele located & exhumed
  • Jun 6 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts "status" of Aruba
  • Jun 6 Soyuz T-13 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 7 space station
  • Jun 9 American Thomas Sutherland is kidnapped & held hostage in Lebanon
  • Jun 9 USSR's Vega 1 deposits lander on surface of Venus
  • Jun 10 Claus von Bulow acquitted on charges he tried to murder his wife
  • Jun 10 Coca Cola announces they'd bring back their 99-year-old formula
  • Jun 11 Russian space probe Vega 1 lands on Venus
  • Jun 11 Von Hayes becomes 21st to hit 2 HRs in an inning (Phils-26, Mets-7)
  • Jun 11 WJW-AM/TV in Cleveland Ohio change call letters to WRMR
  • Jun 14 Lebanese Shiite Muslim extremists hijacked TWA Flight 847