1985 events in history

Jan 1 The Internet's Domain Name System is created
Jan 1 The first British mobile phone call is made by Ernie Wise to Vodafone
Jan 7 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launches Sakigake, Japan's first interplanetary spacecraft and the first deep space probe to be launched by any country other than the United States or the Soviet Union
Jan 10 Sandinista Daniel Ortega becomes president of Nicaragua and vows to continue the transformation to socialism and alliance with the Soviet Union and Cuba; American policy continues to support the Contras in their revolt against the Nicaraguan government
Jan 13 A passenger train plunges into a ravine in Ethiopia, killing 428 in the worst railroad disaster in Africa
Jan 28 Supergroup USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa) records the hit single We Are the World, to help raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief
Feb 5 Ugo Vetere, then the mayor of Rome, and Chedli Klibi, then the mayor of Carthage meet in Tunis to sign a treaty of friendship officially ending the Third Punic War which lasted 2,131 years
Feb 16 Hezbollah is founded
Feb 19 Iberia Airlines Boeing 727 crashes into Mount Oiz in Spain, killing 148
Feb 19 William J. Schroeder becomes the first recipient of an artificial heart to leave hospital
Feb 19 EastEnders BBC's flagship soap opera broadcasts for the first time
Feb 28 The Provisional Irish Republican Army carries out a mortar attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary police station at Newry, killing nine officers in the highest loss of life for the RUC on a single day
Mar 3 A magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck the Valparaíso Region of Chile, killing 177 and leaving nearly a million people homeless
Mar 3 Arthur Scargill declares that the National Union of Mineworkers national executive voted to end the longest-running industrial dispute in Great Britain without any peace deal over pit closures
Mar 4 The Food and Drug Administration approves a blood test for AIDS infection, used since then for screening all blood donations in the United States
Mar 7 The song "We Are the World" receives its international release
Mar 8 A supposed failed assassination attempt on Islamic cleric Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah in Beirut, Lebanon, kills at least 45 and injures 175 others
Mar 13 The Kenilworth Road riot takes place at an association football match at Kenilworth Road in Luton, England with disturbances before, during and after an F.A. Cup 6th Round tie between Luton Town F.C. and Millwall F.C
Mar 15 The first Internet domain name is registered (symbolics.com)
Mar 15 Brazilian military dictatorship ends
Mar 16 Associated Press newsman Terry Anderson is taken hostage in Beirut. He is released on December 4, 1991
Mar 17 Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the "Night Stalker", commits the first two murders in his Los Angeles, California murder spree
Mar 18 First episode of Neighbours broadcast
Mar 20 Canadian paraplegic athlete and humanitarian Rick Hansen begins his circumnavigation of the globe in a wheelchair in the name of spinal cord injury medical research
Mar 20 Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Mar 31 The first WrestleMania, the biggest wrestling event from the WWE (then the WWF), takes place in Madison Square Garden in New York
Apr 7 Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev declares a moratorium on the deployment of middle-range missiles in Europe
Apr 19 FBI siege on the compound of The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord (CSAL) in Arkansas
Apr 19 U.S.S.R performs nuclear tests at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalatinsk
Apr 20 The ATF raids The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord compound in northern Arkansas
Apr 23 Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases New Coke. The response is overwhelmingly negative, and the original formula is back on the market in less than three months
May 11 Bradford City stadium fire: Fifty-six spectators die and more than 200 are injured in a flash fire at Valley Parade football ground during a match against Lincoln City in Bradford, England
May 13 Police release a bomb on MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia to end a stand-off, killing 11 MOVE members and destroying the homes of 250 city residents
May 20 Radio Martí, part of the Voice of America service, begins broadcasting to Cuba
May 25 Bangladesh is hit by a tropical cyclone and storm surge, which kills approximately 10,000 people
May 29 Amputee Steve Fonyo completes cross-Canada marathon at Victoria, British Columbia, after 14 months
May 29 Heysel Stadium disaster: Thirty-nine association football fans die and hundreds are injured when a dilapidated retaining wall collapses
May 31 1985 United States–Canadian tornado outbreak: Forty-one tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, leaving 76 dead
Jun 6 The grave of "Wolfgang Gerhard" is opened in Embu, Brazil; the exhumed remains are later proven to be those of Josef Mengele, Auschwitz's "Angel of Death". Mengele is thought to have drowned while swimming in February 1979
Jun 9 Thomas Sutherland is kidnapped in Lebanon. He will not be released until 1991
Jun 14 TWA Flight 847 is hijacked by Lebanese Islamist organization Hezbollah shortly after take-off from Athens, Greece
Jun 15 Rembrandt's painting Danaë is attacked by a man (later judged insane) who throws sulfuric acid on the canvas and cuts it twice with a knife
Jun 17 STS-51-G Space Shuttle Discovery launches carrying Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the first Arab and first Muslim in space, as a Payload Specialist
Jun 19 Members of the Revolutionary Party of Central American Workers, dressed as Salvadoran soldiers, attack the Zona Rosa area of San Salvador
Jun 23 A terrorist bomb aboard Air India Flight 182 brings the Boeing 747 down off the coast of Ireland killing all 329 aboard
Jun 27 U.S. Route 66 is officially removed from the United States Highway System
Jun 30 Thirty-nine American hostages from the hijacked TWA Flight 847 are freed in Beirut after being held for 17 days
Jul 7 Boris Becker becomes the youngest player ever to win Wimbledon at age 17
Jul 10 The Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior is bombed and sunk in Auckland harbour by French DGSE agents, killing Fernando Pereira
Jul 13 Vice President George Bush becomes the Acting President for the day when President Ronald Reagan undergoes surgery to remove polyps from his colon