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1985 Historical Event(s)
- January 29, 1985 – Final recording session of We Are The World, by the supergroup USA for Africa.
- February 20, 1985 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Ox in Chinese astrology.
- 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.
- May 13, 1985 – Police storm MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia to end a stand-off, killing 11 MOVE members and destroying the homes of 250 city residents.
- 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.
- July 10, 1985 – Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior is bombed and sunk in Auckland, New Zealand harbour by French DGSE agents, killing Fernando Pereira.
- August 12, 1985 – Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes into Osutaka ridge in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, killing 520, to become the worst single-plane air disaster.
- August 23, 1985 – Hans Tiedge, top counter-spy of West Germany, defects to East Germany.
- October 29, 1985 – Major General Samuel K. Doe is announced the winner of the first multi-party election in Liberia.
- December 27, 1985 – Palestinian guerrillas kill eighteen people inside Rome, Italy and Vienna, Austria airports.
Who Were Born On 1985?
- January 31, 1985 – Adam Federici, Australian footballer
- February 1, 1985 – Rachael Scdoris, American dog musher
- February 7, 1985 – Tina Majorino, American actress
- May 27, 1985 – Roberto Soldado, Spanish footballer
- July 10, 1985 – Mario Gómez, German footballer
- September 14, 1985 – Paolo Gregoletto, American bassist (Trivium)
- September 26, 1985 – Lenna Kuurmaa, Estonian singer (Vanilla Ninja)
- October 12, 1985 – Mike Green, Canadian ice hockey player
- December 21, 1985 – James Stewart Jr., American motorcycle racer
- December 26, 1985 – Yuu Shirota, Japanese Idol