May 1985 calendar

May 1985

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1985?


  • 01 May 1985 US President Ronald Reagan ends embargo against Nicaragua.
  • 02 May 1985 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 03 May 1985 Date of $5 million check in View to a Kill
  • 04 May 1985 111th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr on Spend A Buck wins 2:00.2.
  • 05 May 1985 U.S. President Ronald Reagan joins German Chancellor Helmut Kohl for a controversial funeral service at a cemetery in Bitburg, Germany, which includes the graves of 59 elite S.S. troops from World War II.
  • 06 May 1985 17th Space Shuttle Mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 lands at Edwards Air Force Base.
  • 08 May 1985 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama and Judds win.
  • 09 May 1985 Edmond O'Brien, American actor (Sam Benedict, Johnny Midnight), dies at age 69 of Alzheimer's disease (born 1915).
  • 10 May 1985 Challenger transports back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
  • 11 May 1985 40 die and 150 injured in fire at Bradford City football ground
  • 12 May 1985 Amy Eilberg is ordained in New York as 1st woman Conservative rabbi
  • 13 May 1985 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mayor Wilson Goode orders police to storm the radical group MOVE's headquarters to end a stand-off. The police drop an explosive device into the headquarters, killing 11 MOVE members and destroying the homes of 61 city residents in the resulting fire.
  • 15 May 1985 Everton wins 25th Europe Cup II at Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 16 May 1985 Pope John Paul II arrives in Belgium
  • 17 May 1985 Les Anderson catches record 97-pound 4-ounce Chinook Salmon, off Alaska.
  • 18 May 1985 One Night In Bangkok by Murray Head hits #3
  • 19 May 1985 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic.
  • 20 May 1985 1150 Lebanese / Palestinian prisoners exchanged for 3 Israelis
  • 22 May 1985 US sailor Michael L Walker arrested for spying for USSR.
  • 24 May 1985 View to a Kill premieres in US
  • 25 May 1985 Cyclone ravages Bangladesh; 11,000 killed
  • 26 May 1985 Danny Sullivan wins Indianapolis 500 by 24 seconds following a spin.
  • 27 May 1985 Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997.
  • 28 May 1985 Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-G
  • 29 May 1985 Juventus wins 30th Europe Cup 1 in Brussels, 39 die in riot
  • 31 May 1985 Tornados in Penn, Ohio, New York and Canada kill 88 and injured more than 1,000
  • 05 May 1985 Ronald Reagan visits the military cemetery at Bitburg and the site of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where he makes a speech.
vinyl songs

Music charts

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

  1. - We Are The World
  2. - Crazy For You
  3. - Don't You (Forget About Me)youtube
  4. - Everything She Wants (Remix)
  5. - Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Everybody Wants To Rule The World
  2. - 19
  3. - We Are The World
  4. - Move Closer
  5. - Easy Lover


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1985?

The Hunt For Red October by Tom Clancy

The Hunt For Red October


This is the bestseller that launched Tom Clancy’s remarkable career. This is a military thriller that gripped readers with its action and was so precise, it was even rumored that the author wrote it.

Smart Women, Foolish Choices by Connell Cowan and Melvyn Kinder

Smart Women, Foolish Choices


Smart Women Make Foolish Choices

Thinner by Richard Bachman



Curse of Old Gypsy Man...Billy Halleck is a loving husband and father who is both a beneficiary and a victim of American Good Life. He has a beautiful home, a nice wife, and a wonderful family.

Men And Angels by Mary Gordon

Men And Angels


Anne Foster is married to a foreign art historian. She employs a difficult, but devout, nanny who disrupts her domestic life and her view of motherhood.

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.