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What happen in 1985


  • Mikhail Gorbachev suceeds Konstantin Cherichenko as General Secretary of the USSR
  • Severe winter in Europe kills more than 100 people
  • The UK starts screening blood donations for the AIDS virus
  • The Live Aid Rock Concert in London and Philadelphia raises over $600M for African famine relief
  • French sink the Greenpeace flagship 'Rainbow Warrior' in Auckland, New Zealand


  • Rock Me Amadeus by Falco
  • Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
  • Life in a Northern Town by Dream Academy
  • One Night in Bangkok by Murray Head
  • Lay Your Hands on Me by the Thompson Twins
  • Take on Me by A-Ha


TV and at the MOVIES
  • Michael J Fox took us Back to the Future
  • Madonna was Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Jack Nicholson fought for Prizzi's Honor
  • Harrison Ford was Witness protecting
  • Bruce Willis and Cybil Shephard were Moonlighting
  • The Golden Girls made the Florida lifestyle sound bearable
  • Kate & Allie were eighties women
  • MacGyver sold millions of Swiss Army knives


People who died in 1985
  • Orson Welles (b.1915) American film maker
  • Rock Hudson (b.1925) American actor
  • Ricky Nelson (b.1940) American singer and actor

  • Yul Bryner (b.1915) American actor


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