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1985
January 3rd
In Finland, the Finnish government announced that a Soviet cruise missile has fallen into Inarinjärvi lake in Finnish Lapland.
January 17th
In Britain, British Telecom (BT) announced it was going to phase out its famous red telephone boxes.
January 21st
U.S. President Ronald Reagan was sworn in for a second term in office as President of the United States.
January 23rd
In Britain, a debate in the British House of Lords was televised for the first time.
February 5th
Australia cancelled its involvement in U.S. led MX missile tests.
February 14th
In Lebanon, the CNN reporter Jeremy Levin was freed from captivity.
February 19th
William Schroeder became the first artificial heart patient to leave hospital.
March 4th
In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration approved a blood test for AIDS, used since then for all screening blood donations in the United States.
March 10th
In Russia, the General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party and leader of the Soviet Union, Konstantin Chernenko died.
March 11th
Mikhail Gorbachev became the new General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party and leader of the Soviet Union.
March 11th
In London, Egyptian businessman Mohammed Al Fayed bought the London-based department store company, Harrods in Knightsbridge.
March 15th
In Brazil, José Sarney took an oath as acting President of Brazil, due to the president-elect Tancredo Neves who became severely ill.
March 15th
In the United States, the first .com domain name, symbolics.com, was registered by the Symbolics corporation.
March 16th
In Lebanon, Associated Press newsman Terry Anderson was taken hostage in Beirut. He would be released on December 4th 1991.
March 17th
In the United States, the serial killer Richard Ramirez (the 'Night Stalker') committed his first two murders in Los Angeles, California.
April 15th
South Africa ended its ban on interracial marriages.
April 21st
In Brazil, the President-elect of Brazil, Tancredo Neves, died after 38 days of illness, one day before he was scheduled to take the oath of office.
May 11th
In the United States, the FBI brought charges against the suspected heads of the five Mafia families in New York City.
May 11th
In Britain, a fire engulfed a wooden stand during a football match at Bradford City's home ground, Valley Parade, in Bradford, during a football match. The fire killed 56 people.
May 15th
In the United States, a 'Unabomber' bomb injured John Hauser at UC Berkeley.
May 20th
Propaganda station, Radio Marti, began broadcasting to Cuba.
May 23rd
In the United States, Thomas Patrick Cavanagh was sentenced to a life sentence in prison. Cavanagh attempted to sell stealth bomber secrets to the Soviet Union.
May 25th
Bangladesh was hit by a tropical cyclone and storm surge which killed approximately 10,000 people.
May 29th
In Belguim, during the European Cup final of Liverpool and Juventus in Brussels, at the Heysel Stadium, 39 football fans were killed and hundreds were injured.
June 6th
In Brazil, the body of the infamous Nazi doctor, Josef Mengele, was located and exhumed.
June 9th
In Lebanon, Thomas Sutherland was kidnapped. He would not be released until 1991.
June 10th
In the United States, Claus von Bulow was acquitted of the charges of trying to kill his wife.
June 13th
In the United States, police defused a 'Unabomber' bomb sent to Boeing, in Auburn, Washington.
June 14th
TWA Flight 847 was hijacked by Hezbollah.
June 23rd
In Ireland, Air India Flight 182, a Boeing 747, blew up at 31,000 feet (9,500 m) above the Atlantic Ocean, south of Ireland. The blast killed all 329 passengers and crew.
July 10th
In New Zealand, the Greenpeace vessel the 'Rainbow Warrior' was bombed and sank in Auckland harbour by French DGSE agents.
July 13th
In Britain, the 'Live Aid' rock concert took place at Wembley Stadium in London and raised over £50 million for famine relief in Ethiopia. The another show was performed in Philadelphia, USA.
July 19th
In the United States, Vice President George H. W. Bush Snr. announced that New Hampshire teacher Christa McAuliffe would become the first schoolteacher to ride on board the Space Shuttle.
August 2nd
In the United States, a Delta Air Lines Flight 191 crashed in Dallas, Texas and killed 137 people.
August 6th
In Hiroshima, Japan, tens of thousands of people marked the 40th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on the city.
August 7th
Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai were chosen to be Japan's first astronauts.
August 12th
In Japan, a Japan Airlines Flight 123, a Boeing 747SR-46 plane from Tokyo to Osaka, crashed northwest of Tokyo. 520 people were killed and 4 survived.
August 22nd
In Britain, 55 people were killed in the Manchester air disaster at Manchester International Airport, when a British Airtours Boeing 737 burst into flames after the pilot aborted the takeoff.
August 31st
In the United States, Richard Ramirez was arrested for the 'Night Stalker' murders.
September 1st
A joint American-French expedition located the wreck of the RMS Titanic. The ship collided with an iceberg off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland with the lost of 1,517 lives, on 15th April 1912.
September 15th
In Lebanon, American hostage Benjamin Weir was released.
September 19th
In central America, Mexico City was struck by a earthquake measuring 8.1. The quake killed 9,000 and injured 30,000 people. Nearly 100,000 people were made homeless.
October 1st
The Israeli air force attacked and bombed the PLO headquarters in Tunis, north Africa.
October 6th
In Britain, policeman PC Keith Blakelock was killed during the Broadwater Farm Riot in Tottenham, north London.
October 10th
American actor, writer and film director Orson Welles died. Welles caused havoc when his Mercury Theater broadcasted the H.G. Wells' classic of 'War of the Worlds' on the radio on October 30th 1938.
November 6th
In Colombia, leftist guerrillas of the M-19 movement seized control of the Palace of Justice in Bogotá. 115 people were killed, which included 11 Supreme Court justices.
November 19th
The Geneva Summit, Switerzerland. The first meeting of President Ronald Reagan and the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The first meeting since Carter and Brezhnev in Vienna 15th - 17th June 1979.
November 21st
United States Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested for spying. Pollard was caught giving classified information on Arab nations to Israel. Pollard was sentenced to life in prison.
November 23rd
EgyptAir Flight 648 from Athens to Cairo was hijacked by gunmen. The plane landed in Malta and was stormed by Egyptian commandos. The raid was considered a failure as 60 people were killed.
December 16th
In the United States, Mafia bosses Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti were shot dead in front of the Sparks Steak House in New York City. The double killing was organised by the leader of the Gambino crime family, John Gotti.
December 23rd
In Russia, Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov returned to Moscow after being in internal exile for 7 years.
December 27th
In Italy and Austria, members of the group Abu Nidal opened fire in the airports of Rome and Vienna. The attacks killed 18 and injured 120.
 
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev announced 'Perestroika' (Russian for "Restructuring"), a policy of economic and political reforms.
 

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