1985 was a year of significant developments in technology, entertainment, and politics. Technology took some steps forward to lay the foundation for some things that are with us today. For instance, the Domain Name System for the Internet is created. This was a huge step forward, as the Internet would become popularized only about a decade after this point.
Later in the year, Microsoft released “Windows 1.0” (in November of 1985). Steve Jobs also resigned from Apple in September of 1985, but would return to the company in 1997 after helping get Pixar off the ground from Lucasfilm’s computer graphics division. Jobs would remain CEO of Apple until 2011.
This is also a year that was very important for today’s gamers. In September of 1985, Nintendo released Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The following month, Nintendo released the NES for the US market. Once this release was made, it created a new hobby for an entire generation.
In the entertainment field, Madonna launched her first concert tour, dubbed “The Virgin Tour” in New York City. The immensely popular film Back to the Future made its premier in July, launching a franchise starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. In November of 1985, the famous comic strip Calvin and Hobbes made its debut.
In a notable side development in archaeology, the wreckage of the infamous British passenger liner RMS Titanic was found after sinking in the North Atlantic in 1912.
There was also a major political development revolving around the Cold War. In March of 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev became the head of the Soviet Union. This is significant because Gorbachev was the last leader of the Soviet Union. He acted in his capacity as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union until the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
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Which were the most popular movies released this year ?
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom, Tommy Chong
Country: United States
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery
Directed by: Peter Masterson
Starring: Geraldine Page, John Heard, Carlin Glynn, Richard Bradford
Which were the top hits of 1985 ?
Which were the most popular books released in 1985 ?
By: Richard Bach
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By: Sidney Sheldon
Lovely, idealistic Tracy Whitney is framed into a fifteen year sentence in an escape-proof penitentiary. With dazzling ingenuity she fights back to destroy the untouchable crime lords who put her there.
By: Shel Silverstein
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By: Connell Cowan and Melvyn Kinder
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Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1985 in the USA ?
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