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Big News Headlines in 1985

Live Aid, a 17-hour rock concert broadcast worldwide from London and Philadelphia, raises $70 million for the starving peoples of Africa. 

8.1 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico City and results in an estimated 25,000 deaths. 

4 hijackers seize an Italian cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, with more than 400 passengers aboard and kill an American, Leon Klinghoffer. 

Volcano "Nevada del Ruiz" erupts near Bogota, Columbia causing mud slides that bury two towns killing 25,000. 

American Jew Jonathan Pollard is arrested for giving military secrets to Israel.

  • Sports Champions
  • MLB - Kansas City Royals

    NFL - San Francisco 49ers

    NBA - Los Angeles Lakers

    NHL - Edmonton Oilers

  • Grammy Award Winners
  • Record of the Year - "We Are the World" by USA for Africa

    Album of the Year - "No Jacket Required" by Phil Collins

    Song of the Year - "We Are the World" by M.Jackson & L.Richie

  • Academy Award Winners
  • Best Picture - Out of Africa

    Best Director - Sidney Pollack for “Out of Africa”

    Best Actress - Geraldine Page in “The Trip to Bountiful”

    Best Actor - William Hurt in “Kiss of the Spider Woman”

  • Top Grossing Movies
  • #1 Back to the Future

    #2 Rambo: First Blood, Part II

    #3 Rocky IV

    #4 The Color Purple

    #5 Out of Africa

    #1 Hits of 1985 (US Pop Charts)



    Take on Me

    The Power of Love

    One More Night


    Separate Lives

    Money for Nothing

    Miami Vice Theme

    I Want to Know What Love Is

    Oh Sheila

    Crazy For You

    St. Elmo's Fire (man in motion)


    We Built This City

    Can't Fight This Feeling

    Say You, Say Me

    Broken Wings

    Don't You (Forget About Me)

    Part Time Lover

    Everytime You Go Away

    Saving All My Love For You

    Careless Whisper

    Everything She Wants

    Everybody Wants to Rule the World


    We Are the World


    Bryan Adams


    Huey Lewis & The News

    Phil Collins

    Phil Collins

    Marilyn Martin w/Phil Collins

    Dire Straits

    Jan Hammer


    Ready for the World


    John Parr

    Michael Jackson


    REO Speedwagon

    Lionel Richie

    Mr. Mister

    Simple Minds

    Stevie Wonder

    Paul Young

    Whitney Houston



    Tears for Fears

    Tears for Fears

    USA for Africa

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