Looking back at 1985...

  • President: Ronald W. Reagan
  • Vice President: George Bush
  • Population: 237,923,795
  • Life expectancy: 74.7 years
  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 52.1
  • Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 46.5
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U.S. Statistics

Population - 238,746,000 Residents

Life Expectancy
Both Genders - 74.7
Male - 71.2
Female - 78.2

Statistics: Income/GDP
Personal Income - 14,200
Gross Domestic Product (GDP, in billions) - 4,213.0

Unemployment
Rate (percent) - 7.2

Statistics: Marriage
Per 1,000 population - 10.1
Per 1000 unmarried females - 57

Statistics: Divorce
Per 1,000 population - 5
Per 1000 married females - 21.7

World Events for 1985

This is a list of important events the occurred during 1985. Exact dates are listed when known.
  • "We Are The World" is recorded by USA for Africa, America's response to the British "Do They Know It's Christmas"
  • LIVE AID in London and Philadelphia, beamed around the world
  • Crack cocaine starts to appear.
  • Billy Joel marries Christie Brinkley... millions of men suddenly feel like they stand a chance with an attractive woman.
  • VH-1 made its broadcasting debut
  • Earthquake in Mexico / Volcano erupts in Colombia; 1000s killed
  • Gorbachev becomes (the last) president of the Soviet Union
  • Bernhard Goetz is charged with attempted murder
  • Ethiopia blocks the airlift of thousands of Ethiopian Jews.
  • Hole in the ozone layer, first detected in 1977, is now indisputable.
  • In October, the worlds largest atom smasher goes online in Illinois.
  • Nintendo home entertainment system introduced.
  • Extra second added to the calendar year.
  • Leaded gas is officially banned in the US
  • Rock 'n' Roll Hall of fame is opened.
  • Rock Hudson, the first major public figure to die to AIDS, dies on October 2.
  • New coke is introduced in April and quickly replaced with original Coke
  • Titanic wreckage found and filmed by robotic camera in July
Prices in the 1985
  • Postage Stamp - 0.22
  • Bread - 0.74
  • Milk - 1.98
  • Gas - 1.24
  • Car - $6,495.00
  • Income - $12,747.00
  • House - $116,805.00


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Movies from 1985

As the second half of the greatest decade ever began, movie-goers were treated to several 80s staples -- who could forget Marty McFly going "Back to the Future" or John Rambo single-handedly rescuing the POWs in "Rambo - First Blood, Part 2"? Quintessential 80s director John Hughes scored again with the teen-angst classic, "The Breakfast Club." Harrison Ford, after having been in just about every top-grossing film, was finally given an Academy Award nomination for his protrayal of policeman John Book in "Witness" (the Academy gave the award to William Hurt for his performance in "Kiss of the Spider Woman). New-comer Whoopi Goldberg was also recognized by the Academy in the Spielberg drama "The Color Purple."
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The Top 25 Pop Singles of 1985

1. Careless Whisper - Wham! Featuring George Michael
2. Like A Virgin - Madonna
3. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
4. I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
5. I Feel For You - Chaka Khan
6. Out Of Touch - Daryl Hall And John Oates
7. Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears
8. Money For Nothing - Dire Straits
9. Crazy For You - Madonna
10. Take On Me - A-Ha
11. Everytime You Go Away - Paul Young
12. Easy Lover -  Philip Bailey With Phil Collins
13. Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
14. We Built This City - Starship
15. The Power Of Love - Huey Lewis And The News
16. Don't You (Forget About Me) -Simple Minds
17. Cherish - Kool And The Gang
18. St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion) - John Parr
19. The Heat Is On - Glenn Frey
20. We Are The World - USA For Africa
21. Shout - Tears For Fears
22. Part-Time Lover - Stevie Wonder
23. Saving All My Love For You - Whitney Houston
24. Heaven - Bryan Adams
25. Everything She Wants -Wham!
Top Television Programs 1984-1985

1.   Dynasty
2.   Dallas
3.   The Cosby Show
4.   60 Minutes
5.   Family Ties
6.   The A-Team (tie)
6.   Simon & Simon (tie)
8.   Knot's Landing
9.   Murder, She Wrote
10. Falcon Crest (tie)
10. Crazy Like a Fox (tie)


12. Hotel
13. Cheers
14. Riptide (tie)
14. Who's The Boss (tie)
16. Magnum P.I.
17. Hail to the Chief
18. Newhart
19. Kate & Allie
20. The NBC Monday Night Movie
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