Ronald Reagan began his second term as US President.
The single We are the World was released.
EastEnders debuted on British television.
Mikhail Gorbachev assumed power in the Soviet Union.
The WWF held the first ever Wrestlemania In the main event, Hulk Hogan and Mr. T defeated Rowdy Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff.
The NCAA Men’s college basketball tournament featured 64 teams for the first time.
South Africa ended its ban on interracial marriages.
New Coke debuted and after a disastrous couple of months, was removed from US stores.
The mayor of Philadelphia ordered police to bomb the headquarters of the radical group MOVE.
U.S. Route 66 was decommissioned.
The first Live Aid concert was held simultaneously in Wembley Stadium in London and JFK stadium in Philadelphia.
The US announced Christa McAuliffe would be the first teacher in space.
Aspen, Colorado became the first US city to ban smoking in restaurants.
The wreckage of the Titanic was discovered in the North Atlantic.
Pete Rose became the MLB all-time leader in career hits.
Super Mario Bros. was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Steve Jobs resigned from Apple to found NeXT.
Gary Kasparov became the youngest winner of the World Chess Championship.
Calvin and Hobbes and the Tommy Hilfiger clothing line debuted.
Kiera Knightley, Derek Hough, Chris Paul, Carey Mulligan, Colbie Caillat, Lana Del Rey, Michael Phelps, Emile Hirsch, John Francis Daley, Calvin Johnson, Bruno Mars, Jack Osbourne, Carly Rae Jespen, Kaley Cuoco, Frankie Muniz, and Dwight Howard were born.
Henry Cabot Lodge, Marc Chagall, Edmond O’Brien, Karen Ann Quinlan, Gale Sondergaard, Ruth Gordon, Simone Signoret, Yul Brynner, Orson Welles, Phil Silvers, and Roger Maris died.
VH1 and Nick at Nite launched.
David Letterman performed his first Top Ten List.
Elmo made his first appearance on Sesame Street.
Larry King Live debuted on CNN, The Golden Girls and Punk Brewster debuted on NBC, and GI Joe: Real American Hero and Thundercats premiered in syndication.
The Dukes of Hazzard, The Jeffersons, Alice, and Super Friends ended their respective runs on American television.
These are my ten favorite films released in 1985: