December 1985 calendar

December 1985

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 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 December 1985: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1985?


  • 01 Dec 1985 STS 61-C vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 02 Dec 1985 Mystery of Edwin Drood opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 608 performances
  • 03 Dec 1985 23rd Shuttle Mission (61-B) - Atlantis 2 lands at Edwards AFB
  • 04 Dec 1985 Les Miserables opens at Palace Theatre, London
  • 05 Dec 1985 Dow Jones Industrial Average rises above the 1500 level for first time.
  • 06 Dec 1985 United Kingdom joins US Strategic Defence Initiative project.
  • 07 Dec 1985 51st Heisman Trophy Award: Bo Jackson, Auburn (RB).
  • 08 Dec 1985 Laurie Rinker / Larry Rinker wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 09 Dec 1985 Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive game receptions
  • 10 Dec 1985 Bill to balance the US federal budget passed by Congress.
  • 11 Dec 1985 Computer store owner in Sacramento California killed by package bomb
  • 12 Dec 1985 248 US soldiers and 8 crew members die in Arrow Air charter crash
  • 13 Dec 1985 Test debut of Merv Hughes, Geoff Marsh and Bruce Reid (vs. India)
  • 14 Dec 1985 US Foreign Minister George Shultz arrives in West Berlin
  • 15 Dec 1985 Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielson wed
  • 16 Dec 1985 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-L mission
  • 17 Dec 1985 US President Ronald Reagan signs the Gold Bullion Coin Act of 1985 (Public Law 99-185) directing Treasury to issue 0.9167 fine gold bullion coins: $50 (one ounce), $25 (half ounce), $10 (quarter ounce), $5 (tenth ounce). The gold is to be acquired from natural deposits in the US or territory or possession when possible, and when not, from the US reserves. Profits from sales would be used to pay down the national debt.
  • 19 Dec 1985 Wind in the Willows opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 20 Dec 1985 Denis Potvin passes Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman scorer (916 points).
  • 21 Dec 1985 Alice Miller / Don January wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
  • 22 Dec 1985 Wind in the Willows closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 24 Dec 1985 Right wing extremist David Lewis Rice murders civil rights attorney Charles Goldmark as well as Goldmark's wife and two children in Seattle, Washington.
  • 27 Dec 1985 Terrorists kill 20 andwound 110 attacking El Al at Rome andVienna airports, President Reagan blames Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi
  • 28 Dec 1985 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 30 Dec 1985 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.2 released
  • 12 Dec 1985 Arrow Air Flight 1285R, a McDonnell Douglas DC-8, crashes after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland, killing all 256 people on board, including 236 members of the United States Army's 101st Airborne Division.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Separate Lives
  2. - Broken Wingsyoutube
  3. - Say You, Say Meyoutube
  4. - We Built This Cityyoutube
  5. - Party All The Time

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - The Power Of Love
  2. - Saving All My Love For You
  3. - A Good Heart
  4. - Merry Christmas Everyone
  5. - Take On Me


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1985?

Texas by James A. Michener



James A. Michener's epic saga spans four and a quarter centuries and chronicles Texas' epic history, from its Spanish roots during the age of conquistadors, to its current status as one of America’s most affluent and diverse states.

The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

The Accidental Tourist



Lucky by Jackie Collins



Jackie Collins' #1 Bestseller -- and her most memorable heroine! Jackie Collins, the bestselling star has created the amazing story of Lucky Santangelo from Chances to Dangerous Kiss.

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

The Vampire Lestat


Lestat. Anne Rice's captivating novel features a vampire hero who is rich in imagination and darkest of all. Aristocrat once in pre-revolutionary France. Now a rock.

London Match by Len Deighton

London Match


The long-awaited reissue is now available of the last part of the classic spy trilogy, GAME, Set and Match. This was when the Berlin Wall divided not only a city, but the entire world.