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1985 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1985 – The Internet’s Domain Name System is created.
- February 19, 1985 – Iberia Airlines Boeing 727 crashes into Mount Oiz in Spain, killing 148.
- February 20, 1985 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Ox in Chinese astrology.
- March 3, 1985 – A magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck the Valparaíso Region of Chile, killing 177 and leaving nearly a million people homeless.
- March 20, 1985 – Canadian paraplegic athlete and humanitarian Rick Hansen begins his circumnavigation of the globe in a wheelchair in the name of spinal cord injury medical research.
- June 15, 1985 – Rembrandt’s painting Danaë is attacked by a man (later judged insane) who throws sulfuric acid on the canvas and cuts it twice with a knife.
- August 22, 1985 – Manchester Air Disaster sees 55 people killed when a fire breaks out on a commercial aircraft at Manchester Airport.
- September 14, 1985 – Penang Bridge, the longest bridge in Malaysia, connecting the island of Penang to the mainland, opens to traffic.
- November 15, 1985 – The Anglo-Irish Agreement is signed at Hillsborough Castle by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Irish Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald.
- November 19, 1985 – Cold War: In Geneva, U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet for the first time.
Who Were Born On 1985?
- February 6, 1985 – Kris Humphries, American basketball player
- February 8, 1985 – Thomas Gardner, American basketball player
- February 26, 1985 – Diego Ribas da Cunha, Brazilian footballer
- April 10, 1985 – Dion Phaneuf, Canadian ice hockey player
- May 17, 1985 – Matt Ryan, American football player
- June 20, 1985 – Souleymane Mamam, Togolese footballer
- July 25, 1985 – Nelson Piquet, Jr., Brazilian race car driver
- October 18, 1985 – Derrick Tribbett, American musician (Twisted Method)
- October 20, 1985 – Alphonso Smith, American football player
- December 14, 1985 – Tom Smith, Welsh rugby union footballer