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Major Events of 1985
1985 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXXXV) was the 85th year of the 20th century. 1985 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Tuesday
On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1985.
News Events of 1985
Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Soviet leader.
"Live Aid" pop concert held in London and Philadelphia to raise money for the starving in Africa.
French secret agents sink Greenpeace ship, "Rainbow Warrior".
Two Iraqi Exocet missiles strike the USS Stark.
British Telecom announces the retirement of Britain's red telephone boxes.
The Coca-Cola Company introduces New Coke. After marketing problems, Coca-Cola returns to the original formula after less than 3 months.
Britain and Ireland sign the Anglo-Irish agreement, giving the Republic of Ireland, for the first time, a role in Northern Ireland.
39 soccer fans are killed in the Heysel Stadium disaster.
Nintendo releases the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
Microsoft releases Microsoft Windows 1.0.
First Blockbuster Video store opens, in Dallas, Texas.
The comic strip Calvin and Hobbes is published for the first time.
Free Software Foundation founded.
Commodore release their first Amiga computer.
Atari release their first Atari ST computer.
The song "We Are The World" is released.
Tetris computer game released.
Greenland leaves the European Union.
Buckminsterfullerene (a spherical molecule of 60 carbon atoms) discovered.
Air India flight 182, a Boeing 747, is destroyed by a terrorist bomb. All 329 people aboard are killed.
A fire breaks out at the Valley Parade Football ground (home of Bradford City soccer club), killing 56 spectators.
FDA approves a test for AIDS which has since been used for screening all blood donations in the United States.
The cruise ship Achille Lauro is hijacked by the PLO.
Sports in 1985
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