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1985 Historical Event(s)
- January 10, 1985 – Sandinista Daniel Ortega becomes president of Nicaragua and vows to continue the transformation to socialism and alliance with the Soviet Union and Cuba; American policy continues to support the Contras in their revolt against the Nicaraguan government.
- February 20, 1985 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Ox in Chinese astrology.
- March 7, 1985 – The song “We Are the World” has its international release.
- May 31, 1985 – 1985 United States-Canadian tornado outbreak: Forty-one tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, leaving 76 dead.
- June 9, 1985 – Thomas Sutherland is kidnapped in Lebanon (he will not be released until 1991).
- June 14, 1985 – TWA Flight 847 is hijacked by Hezbollah shortly after take-off from Athens, Greece.
- June 23, 1985 – A terrorist bomb aboard Air India flight 182 brings the Boeing 747 down off the coast of Ireland killing all 329 aboard.
- August 22, 1985 – Manchester Air Disaster sees 55 people killed when a fire breaks out on a commercial aircraft at Manchester Airport.
- November 6, 1985 – In Colombia, leftist guerrillas of the 19th of April Movement seize control of the Palace of Justice in Bogotá, eventually killing 115 people, 11 of them Supreme Court justices.
- November 19, 1985 – Pennzoil wins a US$10.53 billion judgment against Texaco, in the largest civil verdict in the history of the United States, stemming from Texaco executing a contract to buy Getty Oil after Pennzoil had entered into an unsigned, yet still binding, buyout contract with Getty.
Who Were Born On 1985?
- January 16, 1985 – Jonathan Richter, Danish footballer
- January 18, 1985 – Minissha Lamba, Indian actress and model
- February 14, 1985 – Heart Evangelista, Filipino singer and actress
- May 21, 1985 – Marie McCray, American adult actress
- May 22, 1985 – Graham Harrell, American football player
- June 12, 1985 – Sam Thaiday, Australian professional rugby league player
- June 27, 1985 – Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russian tennis player
- November 7, 1985 – Sebastian Aldén, Swedish motorcycle racer
- December 5, 1985 – Josh Smith, American basketball player
- December 12, 1985 – Giannis Zaradoukas, Greek footballer