October 1985 calendar

October 1985

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1985?


  • 01 Oct 1985 Israeli air raid on PLO-headquarter at Tunis, 68 killed
  • 02 Oct 1985 Russian party leader Gorbatsjov visits Paris
  • 03 Oct 1985 21st Shuttle Mission (51J) - Atlantis 1-all-military flight launched
  • 04 Oct 1985 Henry G Perry completes 157-day, 14,021 mile bicycle tour of Australia.
  • 06 Oct 1985 PC Keith Blakelock is murdered as riots erupt in the Broadwater Farm suburb of London.
  • 07 Oct 1985 21st Space Shuttle Mission (51-J) - Atlantis 1 lands at Edwards AFB
  • 08 Oct 1985 Rembrandt & Hitler or Me premieres in Amsterdam
  • 09 Oct 1985 Tango Argentino opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 198 performances
  • 10 Oct 1985 Sudan adopts interim constitution
  • 11 Oct 1985 US intercepts Egyptian Boeing with Achille Lauro terrorists
  • 12 Oct 1985 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 61A mission
  • 13 Oct 1985 Sunday in the Park with George closes at Booth NYC after 604 performances
  • 14 Oct 1985 19th Country Music Association Award: Ricky Skaggs wins
  • 15 Oct 1985 Nobel prize for economics awarded to Franco Modigliani
  • 16 Oct 1985 Challenger vehicle moves to launch pad for STS 61A mission
  • 17 Oct 1985 French Author Claude Simon won the Nobel Prize in literature
  • 18 Oct 1985 Nintendo releases the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in the United States, in New York City. Special displays are set up in department, toy, and electronics stores. The NES comes with the Robotic Operating Buddy and the Zapper light gun. Price is US$125. Seventeen game cartridges are available with the launch of the game system.
  • 19 Oct 1985 The first Blockbuster Video store opens in Dallas, Texas.
  • 22 Oct 1985 Bret Saberhagen gives Kansas City Royals their 1st World Series win
  • 25 Oct 1985 Angels announce that they will not offer Rod Carew a new contract
  • 26 Oct 1985 On a poor call in 6th game, umpire Don Deckinger starts a string of events costing Saint Louis Cardinals the 82nd World Series.
  • 27 Oct 1985 16th NYC Marathon won by Orlando Pizzolato in 2:11:34
  • 28 Oct 1985 Ravi Ratnayeke takes 8-83 for Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan
  • 29 Oct 1985 Major General Samuel K. Doe is announced the winner of the first multi-party election in Liberia.
  • 30 Oct 1985 22nd Space Shuttle Mission (61-A) - Challenger 9-launched

Famous Birthday

Famous Deaths

  • American actor, director, producer and writer who presented his sensational drama, "War Of The Worlds," by radio on 10/31/1938.

  • Rock Hudson

    American actor, a matinee idol whose name stood for the Hollywood Golden Age of wholesome heroics and light hearted romance.

  • Yul Brynner

    Russian-American actor who was dynamic, slightly mysterious and famous for his shaven head and piercing gaze.

  • American homicide, a disgruntled former City of San Francisco employee who shot Mayor Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk on 11/27/1978,...

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Music charts

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

  1. - Money For Nothing
  2. - Oh Sheila
  3. - Take On Me
  4. - Saving All My Love For You
  5. - Part-Time Loveryoutube

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Dancing In The Street
  2. - The Power Of Love
  3. - Holding Out For A Hero
  4. - If I Was
  5. - Part-Time Loveryoutube


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Runaway Train

Runaway Train

Release year: 1985

Directed by: Andrey Konchalovskiy

Starring: Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, Kyle T. Heffner



Release year: 1985

Directed by: Steven C. Miller

Letter to Brezhnev

Letter to Brezhnev

Release year: 1985

Directed by: Chris Bernard

Starring: Peter Firth, Alfred Molina, Tracy Marshak-Nash, Alexandra Pigg

Heart of the High Country

Heart of the High Country

Release year: 1985

That Was Then... This Is Now

That Was Then... This Is Now

Release year: 1985

Directed by: Christopher Cain

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Craig Sheffer, Larry B. Scott, Matthew Dudley


Which were the most popular books released in October 1985?
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Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor

Lake Wobegon Days


"Lake Wobegon Days" is about how our fears, beliefs and desires are dissolved into abstractions. It can also be about how we get re-energized from time to time. . . This book is about Mr.

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.

Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut



"A wild genealogical adventure. . . Vonnegut is a postmodern Mark Twain ."--The New York Times Book ReviewGalapagos transports the reader back one billion years to A.D.

Common Ground by J. Anthony Lukas

Common Ground


This is the story of Boston's busing crisis, which won 3 awards.

The Fourth Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders

The Fourth Deadly Sin


Edward Delaney, a retired police detective chief, is summoned back to the force to pursue a murderer who acts like a fox. It was a cold November night. Dr.