April 1985 calendar

April 1985

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 1985.
The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 1985: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 1985?


  • 02 Apr 1985 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 03 Apr 1985 French government adopts equal electoral system.
  • 04 Apr 1985 Tulane University cancels its basketball season amidst scandal.
  • 06 Apr 1985 Atlantis (OV-104) rollout at Palmdale
  • 07 Apr 1985 New Jersey Generals' Hershel Walker runs for USFL record 233 yards.
  • 08 Apr 1985 Leader of the Pack opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 120 performances
  • 10 Apr 1985 Caps 4-Isles 3 (OT) - Patrick Division Semifinals - Caps hold 1-0 lead
  • 11 Apr 1985 Caps 2-Isles 1 (OT) - Patrick Division Semifinals - Caps hold 2-0 lead
  • 12 Apr 1985 16th Shuttle Mission (51D) - Discovery 4 launched with Senator Jake Garn
  • 13 Apr 1985 TASS denounced US boycott of Moscow Olympics
  • 14 Apr 1985 Take Me Along! opens / closes at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
  • 15 Apr 1985 Challenger moves to launch pad for 51-B missing
  • 16 Apr 1985 Grind opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 79 performances
  • 18 Apr 1985 Flyers 3-Isles 0 - Patrick Division Finals - Flyers hold 1-0 lead
  • 19 Apr 1985 16th Space Shuttle Mission (51-D) - Discovery 4 returns to Earth
  • 20 Apr 1985 Karyn Marshall of New York City, New York lifts 303 pounds in a clean-and-jerk lift.
  • 21 Apr 1985 Flyers 5-Isles 2 - Patrick Division Finals - Flyers hold 2-0 lead
  • 23 Apr 1985 Flyers 5-Isles 3 - Patrick Division Finals - Flyers hold 3-0 lead
  • 24 Apr 1985 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carolyn Lizer for Yin
  • 25 Apr 1985 Flyers 2-Isles 6 - Patrick Division Finals - Flyers hold 3-1 lead
  • 28 Apr 1985 Billy Martin named New York Yankees' manager for fourth time.
  • 29 Apr 1985 17th space shuttle mission (51-B) - Challenger 7 launched
  • 30 Apr 1985 Last edition of Brink Daily Mail / Sunday Express in South Africa
  • 06 Apr 1985 Sudanese President Gaafar Nimeiry is ousted from power in a coup d'état led by Field Marshal Abdel Rahman Swar al-Dahab.
vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 1985?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - One More Nightyoutube
  2. - We Are The World
  3. - Crazy For You
  4. - Material Girl
  5. - Nightshift

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Easy Lover
  2. - Everybody Wants To Rule The World
  3. - Welcome To The Pleasuredome
  4. - We Are The World
  5. - Pie Jesu


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in April 1985?

Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner

Hotel Du Lac


Anita Brookner discovers a new vocabulary to answer the timeless question, "Why love?" in the book that won her the Booker Prize.

Glitz by Elmore Leonard



"Intense .... A higher quality entertainment ."--New York TimesElmore Lennox's Glitz is a killer...in a best possible way. This riveting noir story of "The King Daddy Of Crime Writers" (Seattle Times), electrifies.

The Lonely Silver Rain by John D. MacDonald

The Lonely Silver Rain


The Lonely Silver Rain, a classic crime novel by a beloved master of fiction, features Travis McGee, a hardboiled detective who lives in a houseboat.

The Sicilian by Mario Puzo

The Sicilian


Mario Puzo's internationally acclaimed novel The Godfather was a huge success. He has been often imitated, but never surpassed. The classic novel by Puzo, The Sicilian is a cornerstone of the author's work. It is a romantic and unforgettable story …

The Abandonment Of The Jews by David S. Wyman

The Abandonment Of The Jews


When it was first published in 1984, The Abandonment Of the Jews attracted a lot of commercial and critical attention. It also remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for five weeks.