January 1985 calendar

January 1985

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1985?


  • 01 Jan 1985 International Youth Year begins
  • 02 Jan 1985 Australia beats West Indies by innings at Sydney Cricket Ground, Bob Holland 10 match wickets.
  • 03 Jan 1985 Azharuddin scores 110 in first Test innings.
  • 05 Jan 1985 Discovery moves to launch pad for STS 51-C mission
  • 07 Jan 1985 King & I opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 191 performances
  • 10 Jan 1985 Daniel Ortega Saavedra inaugurated as President of Nicaragua.
  • 13 Jan 1985 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises US$17,100,000.
  • 14 Jan 1985 Sixteen indicted by US for granting sanctuary to Central American refugees.
  • 15 Jan 1985 Civil rights activist Tancredo Neves elected President
  • 16 Jan 1985 Playboy announces end of stapling centerfolds
  • 17 Jan 1985 Azharuddin scores second Test century in second Test (versus England).
  • 18 Jan 1985 US renounces jurisdiction of World Court despite previous promise.
  • 19 Jan 1985 Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen peaked at #9
  • 20 Jan 1985 Cold front strikes US, at least 40 die (-27 degrees F (-33 degrees C) in Chicago, Illinois).
  • 21 Jan 1985 -34 degrees F (-37 degrees C), Mount Mitchell, North Carolina (state record).
  • 22 Jan 1985 Cold wave damages 90 percent of Florida's citrus crop.
  • 24 Jan 1985 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 is launched.
  • 25 Jan 1985 Black & Blue, premieres in Paris
  • 26 Jan 1985 42th Golden Globes: Amadeus wins.
  • 27 Jan 1985 Doug Henning & His World... closes at Lunt-Fontanne New York after 60 performances
  • 28 Jan 1985 12th American Music Award
  • 29 Jan 1985 Pop stars in LA record We Are The World
  • 31 Jan 1985 South African President PW Botha offers to free Nelson Mandela if he denounces violence.
  • 01 Jan 1985 The first British mobile phone call is made by Michael Harrison to his father Sir Ernest Harrison, chairman of Vodafone.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Like A Virgin
  2. - I Want To Know What Love Is
  3. - Wild Boys
  4. - All I Need
  5. - Easy Lover

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Saving All My Love For You
  2. - Do They Know It's Christmas?
  3. - I Want To Know What Love Is
  4. - Merry Christmas Everyone
  5. - Last Christmas / Everything She Wants


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 1985?

Loving Each Other by Leo Buscaglia

Loving Each Other


Leo Buscaglia, the bestselling author, explores the challenges and intricacies of love relationships. He poses important questions such as: How can we best integrate our lives?

Moses The Kitten by James Herriot

Moses The Kitten


A small, bedraggled cat is found in a corner of a frozen pond. He is then taken to a nearby farm where he is nursed back into health. When he's healthy enough, he can join the rest of the animals.

The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss

The Butter Battle Book


The Butter Battlebook, Dr. Seuss’s classic cautionary tale, teaches readers the importance of respecting differences. Although the Zooks and Yooks both love butter bread, animosity develops between them because they enjoy it differently.

Heritage by Abba Eban



A beautifully illustrated and written history, and the companion volume for the award-winning PBS television series Heritage. It is narrated and viewed more than 50 million times by Abba.