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1985 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1985 – The Internet’s Domain Name System is created.
- 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.
- April 7, 1985 – Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev declares a moratorium on the deployment of middle-range missiles in Europe.
- June 30, 1985 – Thirty-nine American hostages from the hijacked TWA Flight 847 are freed in Beirut after being held for 17 days.
- September 19, 1985 – A strong earthquake kills thousands and destroys about 400 buildings in Mexico City.
- October 1, 1985 – The Israeli air force bombs PLO Headquarters in Tunis.
- October 3, 1985 – The Space Shuttle Atlantis makes its maiden flight. (Mission STS-51-J)
- November 13, 1985 – Xavier Suarez is sworn in as Miami, Florida’s first Cuban-born mayor.
- November 21, 1985 – 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.
Who Were Born On 1985?
- February 5, 1985 – Laurence Maroney, American football player
- February 27, 1985 – Braydon Coburn, Canadian hockey player
- March 11, 1985 – Hakuhō Shō, Mongolian sumo wrestler, the 69th Yokozuna
- March 13, 1985 – Emile Hirsch, American actor
- March 22, 1985 – Mayola Biboko, Belgian footballer
- April 15, 1985 – Amy Reid, German pornographic actress
- June 20, 1985 – Darko Miličić, Serbian basketball player
- September 23, 1985 – Joba Chamberlain, American baseball player
- November 24, 1985 – Tony Hunt, American football player