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1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar.
Environmental and weather change
March 2 - Cain government reelected in Victoria for 2nd consecutive term
March 3 - Women Against Pornography award their "Pig Award" to Kimberly-Clark Corporation's Huggies Diapers, claiming that their television commercials had "crossed the line between eye-catching and porn."
March 4 - The Food and Drug Administration approves a blood test for AIDS, used since then for blood donation.
March 11 - Mikhail Gorbachev becomes the General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party and leader of the de facto Soviet Union.
March 11 - Mohammed Al Fayed buys the London-based department store company, Harrods.
March 11 - The Prague Appeal by Jiří Dienstbier , Czech dissident.
March 14 - Five lionesses at the Singapore Zoo are put on birth control because the lion population had increased from two to 16.
March 15 - José Sarney takes oath as acting president of Brazil, because the president-elect Tancredo Neves becomes severely ill.
March 16 - Associated Press newsman Terry Anderson is taken hostage in Beirut. He would later be released on December 4, 1991.
March 17 - Serial killer Richard Ramirez (the "Night Stalker") commits his first two murders in Los Angeles, California.
March 20 - Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod dog sled race.
April 1 - Villanova University's "perfect upset" of Georgetown University and Patrick Ewing for the NCAA Basketball Championship
April 1 - magazine publishes an article about the non-existent baseball prodigy Sports Illustrated Sidd Finch.
April ? - DC Comics releases the epic series called which changed the complete history of the Crisis on Infinite Earths DC Universe and sacrificed characters like the second Flash and Supergirl.
April 15 - South Africa ends its ban on interracial marriages.
April 21 - Tancredo Neves, president-elect of Brazil, dies after 38 days of illness that prevented him to take oath.
April 26 - High Court judge Justice Lionel Murphy is commited to stand trial on charges of trying to pevert the course of Justice
April 28 - Nuclear Disarmament Party (NDP), Splits.
November 6 - In Colombia, leftist guerrillas of the April 19 Movement seize control of the Palace of Justice in Bogotá. By the next day, 115 people are dead including 11 Supreme Court justices.
November 15 - In separate events, mail bombs kill two people in Salt Lake City, Utah; a third bomb explodes the next day, injuring Mark Hoffman. The ensuing police investigation leads to the arrest of Mark Hoffman for these murders, as well as forgery.
November 16 - When 1800 staff of Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, South Africa go on strike for better pay, they are dismissed and troops called in to help run the hospital.
November 19 - Cold War: In Geneva, US President Ronald Wilson Reagan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet for the first time.
November 19 - Pennzoil wins a US$10.53 billion verdict from Texaco in the largest civil verdict in US history (Texaco established a signed contract to buy Getty Oil after Pennzoil entered into an unsigned, yet still binding, buyout contract with Getty).
November 21 - United States Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard is arrested for spying (he was caught giving Israel classified information on Arab nations and was eventually sentenced to life in prison).
November 23 - Gunmen hijack EgyptAir Flight 648 while en route from Athens to Cairo (when the plane lands in Malta, Egyptian commandos storm the hijacked jetliner but 60 people die in the raid).
November 26 - US President Ronald Wilson Reagan signs over rights to his autobiography to Random House for a record US$3 million.
Year in topic
January 30 - Jonathan M. Vidal , Canadian Author
February 5 - Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese football star
February 18 - Lee Boyd Malvo, convicted Beltway sniper
February 20 - Yulia Volkova, member of t.A.T.u.
February 28 - FeFe Dobson, Canadian pop singer
March 2 - Robert Iler, actor
March 13 - Emile Hirsch, actor
March 26 - Keira Knightley, actress
May 2 - Sarah Hughes, figure skater
May 18 - Ali Haeri , Musician
June 8 - Alexandre Despatie, Canadian diver
June 26 - Urgyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader
June 30 - Michael Phelps, American swimmer
October 11 - Michelle Trachtenberg, actress
October 22 - Zachary Hanson, musician
October 24 - Wayne Rooney, English football star
November 10 - Giovonnie Samuels, television actress
December 2 - Liene Buldure, streaker
December 5 - Frankie Muniz, actor
December 10 - Raven Symone, actress and singer
February 8 - Sir William Lyons, English founder of Jaguar Motors
February 11 - Henry Hathaway American actor and director (b. 1898)
February 11 - Ulysses Simpson Kay , composer
February 11 - Heinz Eric Roemheld , composer
February 20 - Clarence Nash, voice actor (b. 1904)
February 27 - Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., American politician, candidate for Vice President of the United States (b. 1902)
February 27 - Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk, British genealogist (b. 1919)
February 28 - Ray Ellington, British singer (b. 1916)
March 10 - Konstantin Chernenko, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (b. 1911)
March 12 - Eugene Ormandy, Hungarian conductor (b. 1899)
April 11 - Enver Hoxha, dictator of Albania (b. 1908)
May 5 - Sir Donald Bailey, civil engineer (b. 1901)
May 8 - Theodore Sturgeon, science fiction writer
May 9 - Edmond O'Brien, actor
May 10 - Chester Gould, cartoonist
May 12 - Jean Dubuffet, painter
May 16 - Margaret Hamilton, American actress (b. 1902)
May 17 - Abe Burrows , songwriter, composer, and writer
June 15 - Andy Stanfield, American athlete
July 9 - Jimmy Kinnon, founder of Narcotics Anonymous
July 16 - Heinrich Böll, German writer (b. 1917)
July 19 - Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish science fiction writer
August 12 - Manfred Winkelhock, race car driver
August 25 - Samantha Smith, American schoolgirl activist (b. 1972)
September 6 - Isabel Cox-Meighen, First Lady of Canada (b. 1882)
September 6 - Little Brother Montgomery, jazz musician
September 11 - William Alwyn, English composer (b. 1905)
October 2 - Rock Hudson, American actor
October 6 - Keith Blakelock , police constable (murdered)
October 6 - Nelson Riddle, American bandleader (b. 1921)
October 11 - Orson Welles, American film director
October 12 - Johnny Olson, game show announcer
October 22 - Thomas Townsend Brown, scientist
November 5 - Spencer W. Kimball, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1895)
November 24 - Big Joe Turner, blues singer (b. 1911)
December 23 - Ferhat Abbas, Algerian nationalist (b. 1899)
December 27 - Dian Fossey, American biologist (b. 1932)
December 31 - Ricky Nelson, American singer and actor (b. 1940)
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