Major Events of 1985
Gorbachev becomes Soviet leader
Nimeiri ousted in the Sudan
Rainbow Warrior sinks
Achille Lauro seiezed
TWA flight 847 hijacked
US becomes a debtor nation
Reagan tax reform
Colombian terrorists execute 100 people, including 11 judges
NBA: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics Series: 4-2
NCAA Football: Oklahoma Record: 11-1-0
Heisman Trophy: Bo Jackson, auburn, RB points: 1,509
Stanley Cup: Edmunton Oilers vs. Philadelphia Flyers Series: 4-1
Super Bowl XIX: San Francisco 49ers vs. Miami Dolphins Score: 38-16
US Open Golf: Andy North Score: 279 Course: Oakland Hills, CC Location: Birmingham, MI
World Series: Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals Series: 4-3

Popular Songs
1."I Want To Know What Love Is" ... Foreigner
2."Careless Whisper" ... Wham! featuring George Michael
3."Can't Fight This Feeling" ... REO Speedwagon
4."One More Night" ... Phil Collins
5." We Are the World" ... U.S.A. for Africa
6."Crazy for You" ... Madonna
7."Don't You" ... Simple Minds
8."Everything She Wants" ... Wham!
9."Everyone Wants to Rule the World" ... Tears for Fears
10."Heaven" ... Bryan Adams

Top Ten Movies
1. Back to the Future
2. Beverly Hills Cop
3. Cocoon
4. Fletch
5. The Goonies
6. The Jewel of the Nile
7. National Lampoon's European Vacation
8. Pale Rider
9. Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
10. Rambo: First Blood, Part II

Most Popular Books
1. "The Mammoth Hunters" by Jean Auel
2. "Texas" by James Michener
3. "Lake Wobegon Days" by Garrison Keillor
4. "If Tomorrow Comes" by Sidney Sheldon
5. "Skeleton Crew" by Stephen King

1. "Iacocca: An Autobiography" by Lee Iacocca
2. "Yeager: An Autobiography" by Chuck Yeager
3. "Elvis and Me" by Priscilla Presley
4. "Fit for Life" by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond
5. "The Be- Happy Attitudes" by Robert Schuller

Most Popular Television 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)

Academy Awards
Best Picture:"Out of Africa"
Best DirectorSydney Pollack ... "Out of Africa"
Best Actor:William Hurt ... "Kiss of the Spider Woman"
Best Actress:Geraldine Page ... "The Trip to Bountiful"

Grammy Awards
Record of the Year: "We Are the World" ... USA for Africa
Song of the Year: "We Are the World" ... Michael Jackson & Lionel Richie
Best Album: "No Jacket Required" ... P
Male Vocalist: Phil Collins ... "No Jacket Required"
Female Vocalist:Whitney Houston ... "Saving All My Love for You"

Nobel Prizes

The prize was awarded jointly to:

HAUPTMAN, HERBERT A., U.S.A., The Medical Foundation of Buffalo, Buffalo,
NY, b. 1917; and

KARLE, JEROME, U.S.A., US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, b.

"for their outstanding achievements in the development of direct methods for the determination of crystal structures"

SIMON, CLAUDE, France, b. 1913:

"who in his novel combines the poet's and the painter's creativeness with a
deepened awareness of time in the depiction of the human condition"

Boston, MA, U.S.A.
Physiology or Medicine

The prize was awarded jointly to:

BROWN, MICHAEL S., U.S.A., University of Texas Health Science Center at
Dallas, Dallas, TX, b. 1941; and

GOLDSTEIN, JOSEPH L., U.S.A., University of Texas Health Science Center at
Dallas, Dallas, TX, b. 1940:

"for their discoveries concerning the regulation of cholesterol metabolism"

VON KLITZING, KLAUS, Federal Republic of Germany, Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, b. 1943:

"for the discovery of the quantized Hall effect"
Pulitzer Prizes
Drama:Steven Sondheim & James Lapine ... "Sunday In the Park With George"
Fiction:Alison Lurie ... "Foreign Affairs"
International Reporting: Josh Friedman & Dennis Bell ... "Newsday" (Garden City, NY)
National Reporting: Thomas J. Knudson ... "Des Moines Register"
Public Service:"Ft. Worth Star-Telegram"

Tony Awards
Best Play: "Biloxi Blues" ... Neil Simon
Best Musical:"Big River"
"Best Actor in a play:
Derek Jacobi ... "Much Ado About Nothing"
Best Actress in a play:Stockard Channing ... "Joe Egg"

Miami Vice pastel chic was mandatory part of wardrobe.

Frankie Says RELAX!

Madonna Wanna-Be's: boxer shorts, gloves with the fingers cut out, see through tops with black bras, leggings under skimpy skirts, lots and lots of bangles and teased hair.

Swatch Watches create huge fashion buzz...i.e. scented straps and interchangeable faces to match ones outfit.

Top Grossing Movie Of 1985: Back To The Future.

One of the biggest advertising fiascos of the decade happens when Coke changes its formula. Public reaction is so negative it forces them to bring back old Coke and name it "Coke Classic." Cherry Coke is also introduced.

The phenomenon of Acid Rain is discovered.

Actor Rock Hudson dies of AIDS, finally bringing the disease to the forefront of the public’s attention.

Pound Puppies, Teddy Ruxpin, Cabbage Patch Kids and My Buddy were the toys of choice.


Top Songs: Lionel Richie "Say You, Say Me", USA For Africa "We Are The World", Wham! "Careless Whisper" and REO Speedwagon "Can't Fight This Feeling".

Benetton stores with their multi cultural advertising were all the rage.

David Lee Roth leaves Van Halen.

PMRC creates a universal parental warning sticker that will be placed on all albums that contain graphic violence and/or sexual content.

Michael Jackson pays $47,500,000 for entire Beatle catalog.

Madonna Keeps Busy: marries Sean Penn in August of 1985, nude photos of her published in Playboy & Penthouse, Desperately Seeking Susan is a box office hit and she begins her "Like A Virgin" tour with opening act Beastie Boys.

Top TV: Facts Of Life, Golden Girls, MacGyver, Growing Pains, Murder She Wrote, and Cheers.

Billy Joel and his Uptown girl Christie Brinkley get married.

It’s the year of the fruit juice bar. Dole, Sunkist and Minute Maid all have their own versions.

Spin Magazine is launched.

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