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1985 Historical Event(s)
- February 20, 1985 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Ox in Chinese astrology.
- March 17, 1985 – Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the “Night Stalker”, commits the first two murders in his Los Angeles, California murder spree.
- April 20, 1985 – The ATF raids The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord compound in northern Arkansas.
- May 11, 1985 – Bradford City stadium fire: Fifty-six spectators die and more than 200 are injured in a flash fire at Valley Parade football ground during a match against Lincoln City in Bradford, England.
- May 20, 1985 – Radio Martí, part of the Voice of America service, begins broadcasting to Cuba.
- May 31, 1985 – 1985 United States-Canadian tornado outbreak: Forty-one tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, leaving 76 dead.
- July 19, 1985 – The Val di Stava dam collapses killing 268 people in Val di Stava, Italy.
- July 20, 1985 – The government of Aruba passes legislation to secede from the Netherlands Antilles.
- August 23, 1985 – Hans Tiedge, top counter-spy of West Germany, defects to East Germany.
- October 3, 1985 – The Space Shuttle Atlantis makes its maiden flight. (Mission STS-51-J)
Who Were Born On 1985?
- February 11, 1985 – Harris Allan, Canadian actor
- June 22, 1985 – Rosa Kato, Italian-Japanese model and actress
- July 10, 1985 – Mario Gómez, German footballer
- July 15, 1985 – Chris Tiu, Filipino professional basketball player, TV host, commercial model, and politician
- July 23, 1985 – Blake Harrison, English actor
- July 24, 1985 – Patrice Bergeron, Canadian hockey player
- July 25, 1985 – Nelson Piquet, Jr., Brazilian race car driver
- September 3, 1985 – Scott Carson, English footballer
- September 7, 1985 – Adam Eckersley, English footballer
- October 17, 1985 – Collins John, Dutch footballer