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1985 Historical Event(s)
- January 21, 1985 – The inauguration of President Ronald Reagan to a second term, already postponed a day because January 20 fell on a Sunday, becomes the second inauguration in history moved indoors because of freezing temperatures and high winds. The parade is cancelled altogether.
- February 20, 1985 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Ox in Chinese astrology.
- March 31, 1985 – The first WrestleMania, the biggest wrestling event from the WWE (then the WWF), takes place in Madison Square Garden in New York.
- June 14, 1985 – TWA Flight 847 is hijacked by Hezbollah shortly after take-off from Athens, Greece.
- August 2, 1985 – Delta Air Lines Flight 191, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar crashes at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport killing 137.
- August 7, 1985 – Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan’s first astronauts.
- August 23, 1985 – Hans Tiedge, top counter-spy of West Germany, defects to East Germany.
- 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.
- December 12, 1985 – Arrow Air Flight 1285 crashes after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland, killing 256, including 236 members of the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division.
- December 27, 1985 – Palestinian guerrillas kill eighteen people inside Rome, Italy and Vienna, Austria airports.
Who Were Born On 1985?
- January 13, 1985 – Qi Hui, Chinese swimmer
- January 19, 1985 – Rika Ishikawa, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
- February 7, 1985 – Deborah Ann Woll, American actress
- March 1, 1985 – J Leman, American football player
- March 3, 1985 – Sam Morrow, Northern Irish footballer
- March 10, 1985 – Casey Dienel, American singer-songwriter
- March 14, 1985 – Ariel Rebel, Canadian pornographic actress
- April 15, 1985 – Amy Reid, German pornographic actress
- June 7, 1985 – Shannon Shorr, American poker player
- August 9, 1985 – JaMarcus Russell, American football player