Musings of a Museum Fanatic: 30 Things That Happened In 1985

4.17.2015

30 Things That Happened In 1985

1985 was 30 years ago. It's crazy how much that feels like just yesterday. In honor of my big celebration this weekend I wanted to take a look at what happened 30 years ago!

- A joint American-French expedition locates the wreck of the RMS Titanic.

- St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) by John Parr is released.



- 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 3 months.)

- Route 66 is officially decommissioned.

- The first movie in the Back to the Future trilogy is released, Back to the Future, and everyone falls in love with Marty McFly and his puffy vest.


- The Nintendo Entertainment System is released in the US.

- Microsoft Corporation releases the first version of Windows, Windows 1.0.

- ThunderCats starts it's four year run. A show about a team of humanoid cats fighting evil in their adopted home world.



- WrestleMania debuts at Madison Square Garden.

- The "hole" in the ozone layer is discovered.

- One of the best computer games ever is released ... Where In The World Is Carmen Sandeigo

- November 18, 1985 Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson debuts for the first time.

- The cult classic Gooniesis released. Thirty years later the world still loves Chunk and his truffle shuffle.

- The cost of a gallon of gas was $1.09.

- Nelson Mandela rejects an offer of freedom from the South African government.

- Michael Jordan wins Rookie of the Year during his first season with the Chicago Bulls

- The plastic table thingy that saves pizza from the top of the box was invented by Carmela Vitale.

- Ronald Reagan is sworn in for his second term as the 40th President of the United States of America.

- Disney releases it's 25th full length feature The Black Cauldron. A pretty scary and definitely under appreciated Disney film it follows Taran, an Assistant Pigkeeper, on his adventures to become a great warrior.

- This week in 1985 "We Are The World" tops the charts.



- VH1 rocked in the new year for 1985 with it's first video of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Marvin Gaye.

- The always creepy Teddy Ruxpin starts to make lonely kids everywhere feel like they have a friend, albeit a creepy one.

- Pictionary enters the picture.

- The 1985 Chicago Bears closed their season 15-1, Super Bowl XX Champions and with a smash hit in the "Super Bowl Shuffle"



- An explosive device sent by the Unabomber injures John Hauser at University of California, Berkeley.

- Rock Hudson becomes the first major American celebrity to die of complications from AIDS.

- Compact discs are introduced to American consumers.

- The Discovery Channel is launched in the United States.

- One of the most iconic 80's movies and brat pack classic, Breakfast Club was released in February of 1985



- On April 19 I was born!!




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