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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 3, 1985 – Arthur Scargill declares that the National Union of Mineworkers national executive voted to end the longest-running industrial dispute in Great Britain without any peace deal over pit closures.
- March 15, 1985 – The first Internet domain name is registered (symbolics.com).
- 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.
- 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.
- April 19, 1985 – U.S.S.R performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalatinsk.
- June 6, 1985 – The grave of “Wolfgang Gerhard” is exhumed in Embu, Brazil; the remains found are later proven to be those of Josef Mengele, Auschwitz’s “Angel of Death”. Mengele is thought to have drowned while swimming in February 1979.
- 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.
- October 4, 1985 – Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, United States.
- October 7, 1985 – The Achille Lauro is hijacked by Palestine Liberation Organization.
Who Were Born On 1985?
- January 11, 1985 – Kevin Rudolf, American singer, songwriter, and producer
- February 21, 1985 – Jamaal Westerman, Canadian football player
- April 9, 1985 – David Robertson, American baseball player
- April 12, 1985 – Ted Ginn, Jr., American football player
- May 5, 1985 – Shoko Nakagawa, Japanese actress, illustrator and singer
- June 5, 1985 – Ekaterina Bychkova, Russian tennis player
- June 6, 1985 – Sebastian Larsson, Swedish footballer
- June 19, 1985 – José Ernesto Sosa, Argentine footballer
- July 10, 1985 – B.J. Crombeen, American ice hockey player
- October 10, 1985 – Dominique Cornu, Belgian professional cyclist