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 in those months?
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Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Country: United States of America



Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû

Country: United States of America

Come and See

Come and See

Directed by: Elem Klimov

Starring: Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Laucevicius, Vladas Bagdonas

Country: United States of America



Directed by: Terry Gilliam

Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Country: United States of America

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

Directed by: John Hughes

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

Country: United States of America


Which were the most popular books released in 1985 ?
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The Hunt For Red October by Tom Clancy

The Hunt For Red October


Here is the runaway bestseller that launched Tom Clancy’s phenomenal career. A military thriller so gripping in its action and so convincing in its accuracy that the author was rumored to

Skeleton Crew by Stephen King

Skeleton Crew


Who could imagine…?In this brilliant collection of twenty-two stories, Stephen King takes readers down paths that only he could imagine….A supermarket becomes the place where humanity makes its last stand against

If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon

If Tomorrow Comes


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.

A Passion For Excellence by Tom Peters and Nancy Austin

A Passion For Excellence


A Passion For Excellence is the single most existing, inspiring, career-transforming book ever published for people who want to get ahead.

Loving Each Other by Leo Buscaglia

Loving Each Other


In this exploration of loving and living, bestselling author Leo Buscaglia addresses the intricacies and challenges of love relationships. He asks such important questions, as: How do we best interweave our

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 1985

Peace Prize

  • International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War


  • Claude Simon


  • Klaus von Klitzing

Economic Sciences

  • Franco Modigliani


  • Herbert A. Hauptman
  • Jerome Karle

Physiology or Medicine

  • Michael Stuart Brown
  • Joseph L. Goldstein

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1985 in the USA ?

world population

World Population

Demographic statistics of the year 1985

Population statistics

  • Total population: 4.9 billion (4,870,921,740 to be precise!)
  • Urban population: 2.0 billion, that is 41.0% of the total population of 1985 lives in cities
  • Yearly change: +87.1 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.82%
  • Average density: 33.0 persons per km2

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1985?


  • 01 Jan International Youth Year begins
  • 02 Jan Australia beats West Indies by innings at Sydney Cricket Ground, Bob Holland 10 match wickets.
  • 03 Jan Azharuddin scores 110 in first Test innings.
  • 05 Jan Discovery moves to launch pad for STS 51-C mission
  • 07 Jan King & I opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 191 performances
  • 10 Jan Daniel Ortega Saavedra inaugurated as President of Nicaragua.
  • 13 Jan Cerebral Palsy telethon raises US$17,100,000.
  • 14 Jan Sixteen indicted by US for granting sanctuary to Central American refugees.
  • 15 Jan Civil rights activist Tancredo Neves elected President
  • 16 Jan Playboy announces end of stapling centerfolds
  • 17 Jan Azharuddin scores second Test century in second Test (versus England).
  • 18 Jan US renounces jurisdiction of World Court despite previous promise.
  • 19 Jan Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen peaked at #9
  • 20 Jan Cold front strikes US, at least 40 die (-27 degrees F (-33 degrees C) in Chicago, Illinois).
  • 21 Jan -34 degrees F (-37 degrees C), Mount Mitchell, North Carolina (state record).
  • 22 Jan Cold wave damages 90 percent of Florida's citrus crop.
  • 24 Jan 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 is launched.
  • 25 Jan Black & Blue, premieres in Paris
  • 26 Jan 42th Golden Globes: Amadeus wins.
  • 27 Jan Doug Henning & His World... closes at Lunt-Fontanne New York after 60 performances
  • 28 Jan 12th American Music Award
  • 29 Jan Pop stars in LA record We Are The World
  • 31 Jan South African President PW Botha offers to free Nelson Mandela if he denounces violence.
  • 01 Feb -61 degrees F (-52 degrees C), Maybell, Colorado (state record).
  • 02 Feb US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano.
  • 03 Feb Joanne Carner win LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic.
  • 04 Feb Naval exercises canceled when US refuses to tell New Zealand of nuclear weapons.
  • 05 Feb Australia cancels its involvement in U.S.-led MX missile tests.
  • 07 Feb "New York, New York" becomes the official anthem of New York City, New York.
  • 08 Feb Opposition leader Kim Dae Jung returns to South-Korea.
  • 09 Feb U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena is kidnapped and murdered in Mexico (his body is discovered March 5).
  • 10 Feb Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-E mission
  • 11 Feb Jordan King Hussein and PLO leader Arafat sign accord
  • 12 Feb 37th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-4 at Calgary.
  • 13 Feb Dow Jones closes at 1297.92 (record high) after topping 1300 earlier
  • 14 Feb Hostage CNN reporter Jeremy Levin is released in Beirut, Lebanon.
  • 15 Feb STS 51-E vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 16 Feb New Jersey Devils score their fastest hat trick in 42 seconds
  • 17 Feb 1st class postage rises from 20 cents to 22 cents
  • 19 Feb 150 killed when a Spanish jetliner crashed approaching Bilbao, Spain
  • 20 Feb Minolta releases the Maxxum 7000, world's first autofocus single-lens reflex camera.
  • 21 Feb Largest NBA crowd to date: 44,970 (Atlanta Hawks at Detroit Pistons).
  • 23 Feb US Senate confirms Edwin Meese III as Attorney General.
  • 24 Feb Yul Brynner reprised his role in The King & I
  • 26 Feb 27th Grammy Awards: "What's Love Got to Do With It", Cyndi Lauper win.
  • 27 Feb Farmers converge in Washington to demand economic relief.
  • 28 Feb The Provisional Irish Republican Army carries out a mortar attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary police station at Newry, killing nine officers in the highest loss of life for the RUC on a single day.
  • 01 Mar Liza Minnelli enters Betty Ford Drug Center
  • 02 Mar US approves screening test for AIDS.
  • 03 Mar Moonlighting with Cybill Shepard and Bruce Willis, premieres
  • 04 Mar STS 51-E vehicle rolls back to Vandenberg AFB; mission cancelled
  • 05 Mar New York Islanders' Mike Bossy is first to score 50 goals in eight straight seasons.
  • 06 Mar Yul Brynner appears in his 4,500th performance of The King and I.
  • 07 Mar IBM-PC DOS Version 3.1 (update) released
  • 08 Mar Ice Dance Championship at Tokyo won by Bestemianova and Bukin (URS)
  • 09 Mar Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • 10 Mar Dallas Mavericks' coach Dick Motta is fourth NBA coach to win 700 games.
  • 11 Mar Mikhail S Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.
  • 12 Mar Larry Bird scores Boston Celtics' record 60 points.
  • 13 Mar Funeral services held for Konstantin Chernenko (Moscow)
  • 14 Mar Michael Secrest (US) completes 24-hr ride of 516 miles, 427 yards
  • 15 Mar Larry Holmes TKOs David Bey in ten rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 16 Mar Denny McLain, pitcher, convicted of racketeering, sentenced to 25 years.
  • 17 Mar Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the ''Night Stalker'', commits the first two murders in his Los Angeles, California murder spree.
  • 18 Mar Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle
  • 19 Mar Spin Magazine begins publishing
  • 20 Mar Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
  • 21 Mar Bloodbath at Langa (Uitenhage) South Africa, 19 killed.
  • 22 Mar NASA launches Intelsat VA.
  • 23 Mar Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-D mission
  • 24 Mar 5th Golden Raspberry Awards: Bolero wins
  • 25 Mar 57th Academy Awards - Amadeus, F Murray Abraham and Sally Field win
  • 27 Mar Billy Dee Williams receives a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 28 Mar STS 51-D vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 29 Mar Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 126th assist.
  • 31 Mar 15th Easter Seal Telethon raises US$27,400,000.
  • 02 Apr US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 03 Apr French government adopts equal electoral system.
  • 04 Apr Tulane University cancels its basketball season amidst scandal.
  • 06 Apr Atlantis (OV-104) rollout at Palmdale
  • 07 Apr New Jersey Generals' Hershel Walker runs for USFL record 233 yards.
  • 08 Apr Leader of the Pack opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 120 performances
  • 10 Apr Caps 4-Isles 3 (OT) - Patrick Division Semifinals - Caps hold 1-0 lead
  • 11 Apr Caps 2-Isles 1 (OT) - Patrick Division Semifinals - Caps hold 2-0 lead
  • 12 Apr 16th Shuttle Mission (51D) - Discovery 4 launched with Senator Jake Garn
  • 13 Apr TASS denounced US boycott of Moscow Olympics
  • 14 Apr Take Me Along! opens / closes at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
  • 15 Apr Challenger moves to launch pad for 51-B missing
  • 16 Apr Grind opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 79 performances
  • 18 Apr Flyers 3-Isles 0 - Patrick Division Finals - Flyers hold 1-0 lead
  • 19 Apr 16th Space Shuttle Mission (51-D) - Discovery 4 returns to Earth
  • 20 Apr Karyn Marshall of New York City, New York lifts 303 pounds in a clean-and-jerk lift.
  • 21 Apr Flyers 5-Isles 2 - Patrick Division Finals - Flyers hold 2-0 lead
  • 23 Apr Flyers 5-Isles 3 - Patrick Division Finals - Flyers hold 3-0 lead
  • 24 Apr Pulitzer prize awarded to Carolyn Lizer for Yin
  • 25 Apr Flyers 2-Isles 6 - Patrick Division Finals - Flyers hold 3-1 lead
  • 28 Apr Billy Martin named New York Yankees' manager for fourth time.
  • 29 Apr 17th space shuttle mission (51-B) - Challenger 7 launched
  • 30 Apr Last edition of Brink Daily Mail / Sunday Express in South Africa
  • 01 May US President Ronald Reagan ends embargo against Nicaragua.
  • 02 May US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 03 May Date of $5 million check in View to a Kill
  • 04 May 111th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr on Spend A Buck wins 2:00.2.
  • 05 May 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 17th Space Shuttle Mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 lands at Edwards Air Force Base.
  • 08 May 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama and Judds win.
  • 09 May Edmond O'Brien, American actor (Sam Benedict, Johnny Midnight), dies at age 69 of Alzheimer's disease (born 1915).
  • 10 May Challenger transports back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
  • 11 May 40 die and 150 injured in fire at Bradford City football ground
  • 12 May Amy Eilberg is ordained in New York as 1st woman Conservative rabbi
  • 13 May 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 Everton wins 25th Europe Cup II at Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 16 May Pope John Paul II arrives in Belgium
  • 17 May Les Anderson catches record 97-pound 4-ounce Chinook Salmon, off Alaska.
  • 18 May One Night In Bangkok by Murray Head hits #3
  • 19 May Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic.
  • 20 May 1150 Lebanese / Palestinian prisoners exchanged for 3 Israelis
  • 22 May US sailor Michael L Walker arrested for spying for USSR.
  • 24 May View to a Kill premieres in US
  • 25 May Cyclone ravages Bangladesh; 11,000 killed
  • 26 May Danny Sullivan wins Indianapolis 500 by 24 seconds following a spin.
  • 27 May Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997.
  • 28 May Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-G
  • 29 May Juventus wins 30th Europe Cup 1 in Brussels, 39 die in riot
  • 31 May Tornados in Penn, Ohio, New York and Canada kill 88 and injured more than 1,000
  • 01 Jun Weird Al Yankovic released his Dare To Be Stupid LP
  • 02 Jun 31st LPGA Championship won by Nancy Lopez
  • 03 Jun Brewers draft B J Surhoff #1
  • 04 Jun STS 51-G vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 06 Jun 55th French Womens Tennis: Chris Evert beats Navratilova (63 67 75)
  • 08 Jun 117th Belmont: Eddie Maple aboard Creme Fraiche wins in 2:27
  • 09 Jun 39th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 4 games to 2
  • 10 Jun 19th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers, B Mandrell
  • 11 Jun Russian space probe Vega 1 lands on Venus
  • 13 Jun In Auburn, Washington, police defuse a Unabomber bomb sent to Boeing.
  • 14 Jun Michael Nesmith In Television Parts premieres on NBC-TV
  • 15 Jun Pinklon Thomas KOs Mike Weaver in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 16 Jun 85th US Golf Open: Andy North shoots a 279 at Oakland Hills Country Club - Michigan
  • 17 Jun 18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G) - Discovery 5 launched
  • 18 Jun Boston Red Sox Fred Lynn gets 10 RBIs
  • 19 Jun Reggie Jackson hits his 513th home run to move into 10th place.
  • 21 Jun American, Brazilian and West German forensic pathologists confirm skeletal remains exhumed in Brazil were Nazi Dr Josef Mengele
  • 22 Jun Grind closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 79 performances
  • 23 Jun Alice Miller wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • 24 Jun 18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G) - Discovery 5 - returns to Earth. Payload Specialist Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud completes being the first Arab and first Muslim in space.
  • 25 Jun Fireworks factory near Hallett, Oklahoma explodes (21 die).
  • 26 Jun Walt Disney World Resort Monorail Gold catches fire on the EPCOT beam around 9:00pm due to friction from a flat tire.
  • 27 Jun 1st hotel strike in New York
  • 28 Jun Discovery ferried back to Kennedy Space Center via Bergstrom AFB, Texas
  • 29 Jun STS 51-F vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 30 Jun King & I closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 191 performances
  • 01 Jul The Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons enters into force.
  • 02 Jul Andrei Gromyko is appointed the chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union.
  • 03 Jul CBS announces a 21 percent stock buy-back to thwart Ted Turner's takeover.
  • 05 Jul Premier Mugabe wins Zimbabwe elections
  • 07 Jul 92nd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: M Navratilova beats C Evert (46 63 62)
  • 08 Jul 99th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Boris Becker beats K Curren (63 67 76 64)
  • 09 Jul The Liberty-Ellis Island Commemorative Coin Act and Silver Bullion Coin Act of 1985 become law, authorizing a one-ounce 0.999 fine silver bullion coin.
  • 10 Jul Coca-Cola Co announces it will resume selling old formula Coke
  • 11 Jul Refurbished Columbia moves overland from Palmdale to Dryden
  • 12 Jul STS 51-F launch scrubbed at T -3s because of main engine shutdown
  • 13 Jul Live Aid concert raises over $70 million for African famine relief
  • 14 Jul Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Offutt AFB, Neb
  • 15 Jul Deborah Carthy-Deu, of Puerto Rico, crowned 34th Miss Universe
  • 16 Jul 56th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-1 at Humphrey Metrodome, Minnesota
  • 19 Jul Christa McAuliffe chosen 1st school teacher to fly space shuttle
  • 20 Jul Divers find wreck of Spanish galleon Atocha
  • 21 Jul Leader of the Pack closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 120 performances
  • 23 Jul Commodore International introduces the Amiga 1000 computer. It features a Motorola 68000 processor, custom color graphics and stereo sound processors, a multitasking, windowing operating system, 256 kB RAM, and 880 kB 3.5-inch disk drive. Price is US$1300.
  • 24 Jul Gandhi signs peace contract with Sikh leader Harchand Singh Longowai.
  • 25 Jul Spokeswoman for Rock Hudson confirmed he had AIDS
  • 28 Jul 13th du Maurier Golf Classic: Pat Bradley
  • 29 Jul 19th Space Shuttle Mission (51-F) - Challenger 8-launched
  • 30 Jul Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-I mission
  • 31 Jul Liberia recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • 01 Aug 15.4 cm rainfall at Cheyenne, Wyoming (state record)
  • 02 Aug Delta Lockheed L-1011 crashes at Dallas-Ft Worth Airport, 137 die
  • 03 Aug Train crash at Flaujac, France: 35 killed
  • 04 Aug Dreamgirls closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1522 performances
  • 05 Aug Establishment of a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is announced
  • 06 Aug 19th space shuttle mission (51-F), Challenger 8, lands at Edwards AFB
  • 07 Aug Barbra Streisand records Broadway Album
  • 10 Aug Uno Lindstron of Sweden juggles a soccer ball 13.11 miles.
  • 11 Aug Tap Dance Kid closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 669 performances
  • 12 Aug 7th Emmy Sports Award presentation
  • 15 Aug Anti-apartheid lawyer Bulelani Ngcuka marries in South Africa
  • 16 Aug Madonna weds Sean Penn on her 27th birthday
  • 17 Aug 1,400 meatpackers walk off the job at a Geo A Hormel and Co plant
  • 18 Aug Muffin Spencer-Devlin wins MasterCard International Pro-Am Golf Tourn
  • 20 Aug Libya throws out 1000s Tunisian / Egyptian gas workers
  • 21 Aug New York Lotto pays $41 million to three winner (#s are 14-17-22-23-30-47)
  • 22 Aug 30th Walker Cup: US wins 13-11
  • 23 Aug South African attorney / UDF leader Dulah Omar arrested
  • 24 Aug STS 51-I mission scrubbed at T -5m because of bad weather
  • 25 Aug Met Dwight Goodin becomes youngest pitcher to win 20 games (20y 9m 9d)
  • 26 Aug French government claims no knowledge of assault on Rainbow Warrior
  • 27 Aug 20th Space Shuttle Mission (51-I) - Discovery 6 - launched.
  • 29 Aug Atlantis moves to launch pad for 51-J mission
  • 31 Aug Prakas sets trotting mile record of 1:53.4 at Du Quoin, Illinois
  • 01 Sep Cyclist Joop Zoetemelk becomes world champion
  • 02 Sep Betsy King wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • 03 Sep 20th Space Shuttle Mission (51-I) - Discovery 6-returns to Earth
  • 04 Sep Igor Paklin of the USSR sets a new high jump world record at 2.41 metres.
  • 06 Sep Midwest Express Airlines Flight 105, a Douglas DC-9, crashes just after takeoff from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing 31.
  • 07 Sep 99th US Womens Tennis: Hana Mandlikova beats M Navratilova (76 16 76)
  • 08 Sep 105th US Mens Tennis: Ivan Lendl beats John McEnroe (76 63 64)
  • 09 Sep President Reagan orders sanctions against South Africa
  • 11 Sep Flyby of Comet Giacobini-Zinner
  • 13 Sep 2nd MTV Awards: Bruce Springsteen
  • 14 Sep Susan Akin (Miss), 21, crowned 59th Miss America 1986
  • 15 Sep Joanne Carner wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic
  • 16 Sep Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs resigns as chairman of Apple Computer.
  • 17 Sep Soyuz T-14 carries three cosmonauts to Salyut 7 space station.
  • 18 Sep Song & Dance opens at Royale Theater NYC for 474 performances
  • 19 Sep Allied Chemical (Allied Corp.) changes its company name to Allied-Signal Incorp.
  • 20 Sep Curtis Strong is convicted for selling cocaine to pro baseball players
  • 21 Sep Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 22 Sep 37th Emmy Awards: Cagney and Lacey, Cosby Show and Tyne Daly win
  • 23 Sep Italian crime reporter Giancarlo Siani is killed by Camorra.
  • 24 Sep Apollo Computer Inc lays off 300 employees
  • 25 Sep Palestinian terrorists kill 3 Israeli sailors at Lanaca Cyprus
  • 26 Sep Tunisia drops diplomatic relations with Libya
  • 27 Sep Hurricane Gloria's 130 MPH wind hits the Atlantic coast of the USA.
  • 28 Sep Every Step Of The Way by John Waite peaks at #25
  • 29 Sep Alfred Hitchcock Presents, returns to NBC-TV
  • 30 Sep Howard Stern gets fired from WNBC AM (NY)
  • 01 Oct Israeli air raid on PLO-headquarter at Tunis, 68 killed
  • 02 Oct Russian party leader Gorbatsjov visits Paris
  • 03 Oct 21st Shuttle Mission (51J) - Atlantis 1-all-military flight launched
  • 04 Oct Henry G Perry completes 157-day, 14,021 mile bicycle tour of Australia.
  • 06 Oct PC Keith Blakelock is murdered as riots erupt in the Broadwater Farm suburb of London.
  • 07 Oct 21st Space Shuttle Mission (51-J) - Atlantis 1 lands at Edwards AFB
  • 08 Oct Rembrandt & Hitler or Me premieres in Amsterdam
  • 09 Oct Tango Argentino opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 198 performances
  • 10 Oct Sudan adopts interim constitution
  • 11 Oct US intercepts Egyptian Boeing with Achille Lauro terrorists
  • 12 Oct Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 61A mission
  • 13 Oct Sunday in the Park with George closes at Booth NYC after 604 performances
  • 14 Oct 19th Country Music Association Award: Ricky Skaggs wins
  • 15 Oct Nobel prize for economics awarded to Franco Modigliani
  • 16 Oct Challenger vehicle moves to launch pad for STS 61A mission
  • 17 Oct French Author Claude Simon won the Nobel Prize in literature
  • 18 Oct 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 The first Blockbuster Video store opens in Dallas, Texas.
  • 22 Oct Bret Saberhagen gives Kansas City Royals their 1st World Series win
  • 25 Oct Angels announce that they will not offer Rod Carew a new contract
  • 26 Oct 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 16th NYC Marathon won by Orlando Pizzolato in 2:11:34
  • 28 Oct Ravi Ratnayeke takes 8-83 for Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan
  • 29 Oct Major General Samuel K. Doe is announced the winner of the first multi-party election in Liberia.
  • 30 Oct 22nd Space Shuttle Mission (61-A) - Challenger 9-launched
  • 01 Nov Netherlands decides definative sites for cruise missiles
  • 03 Nov Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Nichirei Cup Team Match Golf Tournament
  • 05 Nov News opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 06 Nov 22nd Space Shuttle Mission (61A) -Challenger 9- lands at Edwards AFB
  • 08 Nov Atlantis moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 61-B mission
  • 09 Nov News closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 10 Nov Jane Blalock wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic
  • 11 Nov 1st AIDS theme TV movie - An Early Frost
  • 12 Nov Secretary in Ann Arbor Michigan wounded by package bomb
  • 13 Nov Dwight Gooden, youngest 20-game winner in Major League Baseball, wins Cy Young award.
  • 14 Nov Brewers release 39-year-old pitcher Rollie Fingers
  • 15 Nov In separate events, mail bombs kill two people in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • 17 Nov Howard Stern begins broadcasting on 92.3 WXRK FM, New York
  • 18 Nov Dwight Gooden (NL) and Bret Saberhagen (AL) win Cy Young
  • 19 Nov President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet for 1st time
  • 20 Nov New York Yankees' Don Mattingly named American League Most Valuable Player.
  • 21 Nov United States Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard is arrested for spying after being caught giving Israel classified information on Arab nations. He is subsequently sentenced to life in prison.
  • 22 Nov Columbia moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 61-C
  • 23 Nov 58 die as Egyptian commandos storm hijack Egyptair jet in Malta
  • 24 Nov 73rd CFL Grey Cup: BC Lions defeats Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 37-24
  • 25 Nov White Sox shortstop Ozzie Guillen, is named AL Rookie of Year
  • 26 Nov 23rd Space Shuttle Mission (61-B) - Atlantis 2 is launched
  • 27 Nov Cards Vince Coleman wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 28 Nov 6th Belgium government of Martens forms
  • 29 Nov Ibero-American States Organization for Education, Science and Culture (Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos para la Educación la Ciencia y la Cultura) (OEI) created.
  • 01 Dec STS 61-C vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 02 Dec Mystery of Edwin Drood opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 608 performances
  • 03 Dec 23rd Shuttle Mission (61-B) - Atlantis 2 lands at Edwards AFB
  • 04 Dec Les Miserables opens at Palace Theatre, London
  • 05 Dec Dow Jones Industrial Average rises above the 1500 level for first time.
  • 06 Dec United Kingdom joins US Strategic Defence Initiative project.
  • 07 Dec 51st Heisman Trophy Award: Bo Jackson, Auburn (RB).
  • 08 Dec Laurie Rinker / Larry Rinker wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 09 Dec Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive game receptions
  • 10 Dec Bill to balance the US federal budget passed by Congress.
  • 11 Dec Computer store owner in Sacramento California killed by package bomb
  • 12 Dec 248 US soldiers and 8 crew members die in Arrow Air charter crash
  • 13 Dec Test debut of Merv Hughes, Geoff Marsh and Bruce Reid (vs. India)
  • 14 Dec US Foreign Minister George Shultz arrives in West Berlin
  • 15 Dec Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielson wed
  • 16 Dec Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-L mission
  • 17 Dec US President Ronald Reagan signs the Gold Bullion Coin Act of 1985 (Public Law 99-185) directing Treasury to issue 0.9167 fine gold bullion coins: $50 (one ounce), $25 (half ounce), $10 (quarter ounce), $5 (tenth ounce). The gold is to be acquired from natural deposits in the US or territory or possession when possible, and when not, from the US reserves. Profits from sales would be used to pay down the national debt.
  • 19 Dec Wind in the Willows opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 20 Dec Denis Potvin passes Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman scorer (916 points).
  • 21 Dec Alice Miller / Don January wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
  • 22 Dec Wind in the Willows closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 24 Dec Right wing extremist David Lewis Rice murders civil rights attorney Charles Goldmark as well as Goldmark's wife and two children in Seattle, Washington.
  • 27 Dec Terrorists kill 20 andwound 110 attacking El Al at Rome andVienna airports, President Reagan blames Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi
  • 28 Dec US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 30 Dec IBM-PC DOS Version 3.2 released