|<< - 1984|
|World Series Champions:
Kansas City Royals
|Superbowl XIX Champions:
San Francisco 49ers
Los Angeles Lakers
|Stanley Cup Champs:
|U.S. Open Golf:
|U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Ivan Lendl/Hana Mandlikova
Boris Becker/Martina Navratilova
|NCAA Football Champions:
|NCAA Basketball Champions:
Spend A Buck
|The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Catherine Bach, Kim Basinger, Jennifer Beals, Joan Collins, Lydia Cornell, E.G. Daily, Elvira, Morgan Fairchild, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Kathy Ireland, Heather Langenkamp, Kelly LeBrock, Heather Locklear, Madonna, Kelli Maroney, Dolly Parton, Tatjana Patitz, Paulina Porizkova, Victoria Principal, Linnea Quigley, Molly Ringwald, Tanya Roberts, Jewel Shepard, Helen Slater, Suzanne Somers, Brinke Stevens, Heather Thomas
| "The Quotes"
- Dan Rather,a new ending for his daily news broadcast.
"Thank you for your support"
"You Look Mah Va Lous"
Yul Brynner died of lung cancer in 1985. After his death, he had a commercial that aired: 'Now that I'm gone, I tell you: 'Don't smoke, whatever you do, just don't smoke.'
|Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Sharlene Wells (Salt Lake City, UT)
Laura Martinez-Herring (Texas)
The Scandals, Odd and Sad News:
Edward Johnson programmed his computer to call Jerry Falwell's toll-free number every 30 seconds and then hang up. In total, he charged over $500,000 in phone bills to Falwell's organization.
Up until 1985, babies were generally operated on without anesthetic, as doctors believed they don't feel pain as adults do.
Airplane Celebrity Death: Ricky Nelson
"Project Kansas" secretly tested a new formula for Coca-Cola that became "New Coke." Old coke was gone, and New Coke sold poorly for three months. ABC's Peter Jennings interrupted General Hospital to announce the return of "Coke Classic." New Coke was acually available until 1992.
American Jonathon Pollard was captured spying on the U.S. for the State of Isreal.
1942-1985 quick fact: Dentists used uranium in dental porcelains, because it helped give a natual color.
1985 Pop Culture News:
In 1901 the town of Sing Sing, NY changed its name to Ossining to avoid association with the prison. In 1970 New York renamed Sing Sing to the Ossining Correctional Facility to associate it to the renamed town. In 1985 the prison name was reverted to back Sing Sing.
The Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore held a youth rap contest and the winner was 14-year-old Tupac Shakur.
Burger King launched a viral ad campaign featuring 'Herb the Nerd', a mysterious man who had never eaten a Whopper in his life. People could get a 99 cent Whopper by saying "I'm Not Herb", or if their name was Herb, "I'm not the Herb you're looking for."
Rome and Carthage officially ended their 2100 year war in 1985 when the mayors of the respective cities signed a peace treaty.
Disney's The Black Cauldron did so poorly at the box office that it was released on VHS until 13 years later and to this day it has yet to make back even half of its $44 million budget. It is available on DVD too.
The plastic thingy that saves hot pizza from the top of the box was invented by Carmela Vitale (patent #4,498,586).
Mr Snuffleupagus was revealed to the adults on Sesame Street in 1985. The writers wanted children to have confidence that adults would believe them, making children less likely to hide sexual assaults.
When Coca-Cola announced the return of Coke's original formula, ABC News interrupted General Hospital to break the story.
Phil Collins first performed at the Live Aid concert at Wembley (UK), 5 hours later he joined the Live Aid concert in Philadelphia (US) at the same local time as in London, thanks to the Concorde.
Two researchers from Oxford published a paper that put the definitive date of Jesus crucifixion at Friday, April 3, 33 AD
After Nintendo won their case against Universal Studios over their game Donkey Kong, they thanked their attorney with a $30,000 sailboat named Donkey Kong and "exclusive worldwide rights to use the name for sailboats".
Tim Burton's directorial debut and Danny Elfman's film-scoring debut happened on the same film: "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure".
Jeff Goddard, a Domino's Pizza franchisee, invented the Spoodle, a combination spoon/ladle that allowed him to win the World's Fastest Pizza Maker competition. They are now in use throughout the food service industry.
Ferris Bueller's actual "day off" was June 5, 1985, pinpointed by the data from the Braves v Cubs game he attended.
Tommy Hilfiger started selling his own menswear cloths line.
Members of the staff (The New Republic) of a "Bestseller" book, placed coupons redeemable for $5 cash inside 70 books that were selling well, and none of them were sent in, proving that they were most likely not read.
Mattel released an action figure of Stinkor, an anthropomorphic skunk supervillain of the He-Man universe, in 1985. Patchouli Oil was added to the molds to recreate the character's unpleasant superpower.
When Ronald Reagan watched Back to the Future for the first time, he loved the joke about who was president in 1985 (Ronald Reagan? The Actor?) so much that he made the theater projectionist stop the film, roll it back, and play the joke again.
The Titanic was found, 370 miles from Newfoundland.
Abraham Lincoln has no confirmed living descendants. His last, a great-grandson, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, died in 1985.
Falco's single "Rock Me Amadeus" made him the only artist whose principal language was German to score a vocal number-one hit in the US.
Vomedian Steven Wright has only two comedy albums...1985 "I have a pony"...then 2007's "I still have a pony".
The largest diamond in the world weighed 755.5 carats before it was cut down to 545.67 carats and it was found in South Africa in 1985.
Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1985: $525,000
Robert Downey Jr was a cast member on Saturday Night Live for one season in 1985/1986.
Koko the gorilla got a pet cat after she specially requested one for her birthday.
Wondering whether David (Bruce Willis) and Maddie (Cybill Shepard) would get together on TV's Moonlighting. They did, in season 3.
Watching one of the most innovative music videos of all time - Take on Me by A-ha!
|1st appearances & 1985's Most Popular Christmas
gifts, toys and presents:
Wearing Swatch Watches. Playing with Super Mario Brothers, She-Ra Princess of Power action figures, Care Bears, Teddy Ruxpin , My Buddy dolls, Pound Puppies, Wheel of Fortune Game
David Letterman's First Top Ten List Appeared...
|The Big Movies:
(according to boxofficemojo)
1. Back To The Future
2. Rambo: First Blood Part II
3. Rocky IV
4. The Color Purple
5. Out Of Africa
7. The Jewel of the Nile
9. The Goonies
10. Spies Like Us
|1985 Most Popular TV shows:
1. The Cosby Show (NBC)
2. Family Ties (NBC)
3. Murder, She Wrote (CBS)
4. 60 Minutes (CBS)
5. Cheers (NBC)
6. Dallas (CBS)
7. Dynasty (ABC)
8. The Golden Girls (NBC)
9. Miami Vice (NBC)
10. Who's the Boss? (ABC)
The biggest Pop Artists of 1985 include:
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
The Number One Hits Of 1985:
|Popular Music in 1985 - # 1 Hits of 1985|