March 1985 calendar

March 1985

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of March 1985?


  • 01 Mar 1985 Liza Minnelli enters Betty Ford Drug Center
  • 02 Mar 1985 US approves screening test for AIDS.
  • 03 Mar 1985 Moonlighting with Cybill Shepard and Bruce Willis, premieres
  • 04 Mar 1985 STS 51-E vehicle rolls back to Vandenberg AFB; mission cancelled
  • 05 Mar 1985 New York Islanders' Mike Bossy is first to score 50 goals in eight straight seasons.
  • 06 Mar 1985 Yul Brynner appears in his 4,500th performance of The King and I.
  • 07 Mar 1985 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.1 (update) released
  • 08 Mar 1985 Ice Dance Championship at Tokyo won by Bestemianova and Bukin (URS)
  • 09 Mar 1985 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • 10 Mar 1985 Dallas Mavericks' coach Dick Motta is fourth NBA coach to win 700 games.
  • 11 Mar 1985 Mikhail S Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.
  • 12 Mar 1985 Larry Bird scores Boston Celtics' record 60 points.
  • 13 Mar 1985 Funeral services held for Konstantin Chernenko (Moscow)
  • 14 Mar 1985 Michael Secrest (US) completes 24-hr ride of 516 miles, 427 yards
  • 15 Mar 1985 Larry Holmes TKOs David Bey in ten rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 16 Mar 1985 Denny McLain, pitcher, convicted of racketeering, sentenced to 25 years.
  • 17 Mar 1985 Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the ''Night Stalker'', commits the first two murders in his Los Angeles, California murder spree.
  • 18 Mar 1985 Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle
  • 19 Mar 1985 Spin Magazine begins publishing
  • 20 Mar 1985 Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
  • 21 Mar 1985 Bloodbath at Langa (Uitenhage) South Africa, 19 killed.
  • 22 Mar 1985 NASA launches Intelsat VA.
  • 23 Mar 1985 Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-D mission
  • 24 Mar 1985 5th Golden Raspberry Awards: Bolero wins
  • 25 Mar 1985 57th Academy Awards - Amadeus, F Murray Abraham and Sally Field win
  • 27 Mar 1985 Billy Dee Williams receives a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 28 Mar 1985 STS 51-D vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 29 Mar 1985 Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 126th assist.
  • 31 Mar 1985 15th Easter Seal Telethon raises US$27,400,000.
  • 11 Mar 1985 Mikhail Gorbachev is elected to the position of General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, making Gorbachev the USSR's de facto, and last, head of state.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Careless Whisper
  2. - Can't Fight This Feelingyoutube
  3. - One More Nightyoutube
  4. - The Heat Is On
  5. - Material Girl

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - I Know Him So Well
  2. - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
  3. - Love And Pride
  4. - Easy Lover
  5. - I Want To Know What Love Is


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in March 1985?

Elvis Is Dead And I Don'T Feel So Good Myself by Lewis Grizzard

Elvis Is Dead And I Don'T Feel So Good Myself


It was easy to grow up in the 1950s. Lewis Grizzard, his friends, and "gallivanting" was simply hanging out at the local grocery, eating Zagnut candy bars and drinking "Big Orange stomachwashers."

See You Later Alligator by William F. Buckley Jr

See You Later Alligator


Hardcover with dustjacket

Breaking With Moscow by Arkady N. Shevchenko

Breaking With Moscow


The most senior Soviet official to defect shares an incredible story about the Kremlin's inner workings, his conflicted life as diplomat and the terrifying world outside.

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.

Proof by Dick Francis



Tony Beach, a wine merchant, has skillfully catered Tony's latest society event. But the fun ends when a group of hit men crashes the party...literally.