1985 in History – What happened in year 1985

✅ Published on April 10th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

In history, year 1985 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1985.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1985 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
10 januarySir Clive Sinclair launched the Sinclair C5 personal electric vehicle, 'one of the great marketing bombs of post war British industry',which later became a cult collector's item.
01 februaryAeroflot Flight 7841 crashed shortly after takeoff from Minsk National Airport, killing fifty-eight people on board.
05 februaryThe mayors of Rome and Carthage signed a peace treaty to ceremonially end the Third Punic War, 2,131 years after the conflict has ended.
16 februaryThe Hizballah Program was released, describing the ideologyand goals of the Shia Islamic political and paramilitary organizationHizballah.
28 februaryThe Troubles-The Provisional Irish Republican Army launched amortar attack on a Royal Ulster Constabulary station in Corry Square,Newry, Northern Ireland, killing nine.
07 marchThe charity single 'We Are the World' by the supergroup USA for Africa was released, and would go on to sell over 20 million copies.
17 marchAmerican serial killer Richard Ramirez, known as'the Night Stalker', began a home invasion burglary and killing spreethat resulted in 13 deaths and 11 sexual assaults over the followingfive months.
18 marchThe first episode of the Australian soap opera Neighbours wasfirst broadcast on the Seven Network, eventually becoming the longestrunning drama in Australian television history.
14 april49th Golf Masters Championship: Bernhard Langer wins, shooting a 282.
23 aprilThe Coca-Cola Company introduced 'New Coke' to replace itsflagship soft drink Coca-Cola, which generated so much negative responsethat the company put the previous formula back on the market less than three months later.
01 mayLabor groups in the Philippines established the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, a political coalition and communist front, in order to challenge the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.
11 mayDuring an association football match between Bradford City andLincoln City in Bradford, England, a flash fire consumed one side of theValley Parade stadium, killing 56 attendees.
13 mayEleven members of the American black liberation group MOVE werekilled when a Philadelphia police helicopter dropped a bomb on theirhouse during a raid.
29 mayA wall at Brussels' Heysel Stadium collapsed under the pressureof football fans escaping a riot before the European Cup Final betweenLiverpool and Juventus, killing 39 people and injuring over 600 others.
06 juneThe remains of Josef Mengele, a Nazi physician notorious forhuman experiments done on Auschwitz inmates, were discovered in Embu dasArtes, Brazil.
11 juneRussian space probe Vega 1 landed on Venus. The module, a 1500 kg, 240 cm diameter sphere, contained a surface Lander and a balloon explorer. The flyby probe performed a gravitational assist maneuver using Venus, and continued its mission to intercept the comet.
14 juneThe Schengen Agreement, a treaty to abolish systematic bordercontrols between participating European countries, was signed betweenfive of the ten member states of the European Economic Community.
17 juneSTS-51-G Space Shuttle Discovery launched carrying Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the first Arab and first Muslim in space, as a Payload Specialist. STS-51-G was the eighteenth flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program, and the fifth flight of Space Shuttle Discovery. The seven-day mission launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 17, 1985, and landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on June 24.
17 juneOn board Space Shuttle Discovery, Sultan bin Salman Al Saud became the first Arab, the first Muslim, and the first astronaut of royal blood to fly in outer space.
23 juneA bomb attributed to the Sikh separatist group Babbar Khalsadestroyed Air India Flight 182 above the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 329on board.
29 juneThe European Economic Community adopted the Flag of Europe, aflag previously adopted by the Council of Europe in 1955.
07 julyBoris Becker became the youngest Wimbledon winner. He won the Wimbledon championships at the age of 17. He was a German tennis player and had won many tennis championships. He was also ranked as world no.1 during his span. Presently he is coaching world no. 1 Novak Djokovic.
07 augustIn Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Essex, England, a local magistrate andhis family were murdered in what The Times described as 'a classicwhodunit'.
11 augustUniversity tuition fees for American students have risen by 7% annually, which is higher than the inflation rate. The average tuition fees are 9,659 USD; however, Bennington College in Vermont is as costly as $17,210.
12 augustJapan Airlines Flight 123 crashed into the ridge of MountTakamagahara in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, killing 520 of 524 on board inthe world's worst single-aircraft aviation disaster.
13 septemberSuper Mario Bros., one of the best-selling and most influentialvideo games of all time, was first released for the NES in Japan.
19 septemberNew York State joins many other states who will bar Insurance companies requiring people to undergo blood tests for Aids whilst applying for health or life insurance.
19 septemberAn 8.1 ML earthquake struck Mexico City, killing at least 9,000people and leaving up to 100,000 homeless.
03 octoberThe space shuttle Atlantis was launched on its first expedition, carrying two military communications satellites in an operation committed to the US Department of Defense.
06 octoberPolice constable Keith Blakelock was killed during rioting inthe Broadwater Farm housing estate in Tottenham, London.

Famous birthdays in the year 1985:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 AugustStuart Holden / Footballer / Scotland
09 February David Gallagher / Actor / United States of America
14 DecemberTom Smith / Rugby Player / United Kingdom
16 February Stacy Lewis / Golfer / United States of America
17 AprilRooney Mara / Actress / United States of America
17 JuneMarcos Baghdatis / Tennis Player / Cyprus
19 SeptemberGio Gonzalez / Baseball Player / United States of America
20 JulyDavid Mundy / Footballer / Australia
20 January Marina Inoue / Actress / Japan
23 January Aselefech Mergia / Runner / Ethiopia
23 SeptemberBrian Brohm / Footballer / United States of America
23 MayWim Stroetinga / Cyclist / Netherlands
24 JuneTom Kennedy / Footballer / United Kingdom
24 March Frederico Gil / Tennis Player / Portugal
24 JulyAries Merritt / Hurdler / United States of America
26 AugustBrandon McDonald / Footballer / United States of America
27 AugustKevan Hurst / Footballer / United Kingdom
28 NovemberÁlvaro Pereira / Footballer / Uruguay
30 JuneFabiana Vallejos / Footballer / Argentina
31 March Jalmar Sjöberg / Wrestler / Sweden

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1985:

YearName / Profession / Country
25 JuneKajal Aggrawal / Actress / India
29 OctoberVijender Singh / Boxer / India
27 NovemberAashka Goradia / Actress / India
29 OctoberVijender Singh / Boxer / India
09 JuneSonam Kapoor / Actress / India
01 JuneDinesh Karthik / Cricketer / India
09 March Parthiv Patel / Cricketer / India
02 NovemberDiana Penty / Actress / India
09 NovemberParignya Pandya Shah / Actor / India
28 NovemberIsha Gupta / Actress / India
15 JulyAmi Trivedi / Actor / India
06 DecemberRudra Pratap Singh / Cricketer / India
30 JanuaryPuja Gupta / Actress / India
18 JanuaryMinissha Lamba / Actress / India
11 AugustJacqueline Fernandez / Actress / India
09 JuneSonam Kapoor / Actress / India
13 MayMegha Gupta / Actress / India
26 JuneArjun Kapoor / Actor / India
21 MayIsa Tara Guha / Cricketer / India
30 MayJennifer Winget / Actress / India
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