- What was happening in 1985

I am always looking for 1985 - 1990 Facts and Memorabilia. If you have something from 1985 that should be in this section, please email to Jeff

Do you remember where you were in 1985? Who you were with? What you were wearing? What you were watching on TV? 

For me, I was in the 10th grade, wearing Jams shorts, riding my skateboard to high school in Northern New Jersey and watching MTV (when they used to play videos). I owned my first car, a 1967 Mercury Cougar, shhhh, dont tell anyone I owned a Ford. I bought it for $50 and sold it for $50 and never drove it once. haha.

This section is to let you all reminisce back to those great years of the IROC-Z and relive a little of what went on back then. The 80's were a fantastic time for me. The best decade I ever lived through. I am still lost in the 80's.

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1985 Tidbits 1985 US Statistics
1985 Economic Information 1985 Sports History
1985 Top TV Shows Movies & Books 1985 Entertainment
1985 Pulitzer Awards 1985 Oscar Awards
1985 Emmy Awards 1985 Tony Awards
1985 Grammy Awards  

1985 TIDBITS...

~ Chevrolet introduced the IROC-Z Camaro

~ Ronald Reagan,  73 -  takes oath for second term as 40th President (Jan. 20).

~ Coca Cola introduced us to a new Coke, which subsequently flopped

~  PLO Terrorists hijack Achille Lauro, Italian cruise ship, with 80 passengers, plus crew (Oct. 7); American, Leon Klinghoffer, killed (Oct. 8); Italian Government toppled by political crisis over hijacking (Oct. 16).

~ Rock Hudson dies of AIDS at age 59. He's the first major star to fall victim to the disease

~ Madonna launches her first road show, the Virgin Tour.

~ Dozens of top-name musicians and bands perform at the Live Aid concerts in Philadelphia and London. The shows benefit African famine victims.

~ With the availability of relatively inexpensive laser printers and computers, tools for desktop publishing begin to be commonly used.

1985 US Statistics

President: Ronald 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

1985 Economic Information

US GDP (1998 dollars):   $4,180.70 billion
Federal spending:   $946.39 billion
Federal debt:   $1817.5 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):  
Consumer Price Index:   107.6
Unemployment:   7.5%

Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.20


In 1985...

MLB Baseball - The Kansas City Royals won the Major League Baseball World Series beating the St. Louis Cardinals 4 games to 3.

NBA Basketball - The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics for the NBA Basketball Championship 4 games to 2.

College Basketball - Villanova beat Georgetown 66-64 for the NCAA Basketball title.

Boxing - Michael Spinks beat Larry Holmes in a 15 round decision.

In Football, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Miami Dolphins 38-16 for the Super Bowl title.

PGA Golf - Bernhard Langer won the Masters Golf Tournament.

NHL Hockey - The Edmonton Oilers won the NHL's Stanley Cup.

Tennis - Boris Becker and Martina Navratilova won Wimbledon.

Kentucky Derby Champion - Spend A Buck

The top 20 TV Shows of 1985 The Top Movies of 1985 The Top Books of 1985
1 The Cosby Show 1 Back to the Future 1 Robert Bly Loving a Woman in Two Worlds
2 Family Ties 2 Rambo-First Blood Part 2 2 Keri Hulme, The Bone People
3 Murder, She Wrote 3 The Breakfast Club 3 Larry McMurty Lonesome Dove
4 60 Minutes 4 Witness 4
5 Cheers 5 Kiss of the Spider Woman 5
6 Dallas 6 The Color Purple 6
7 Dynasty 7 Out of Africa 7
8 The Golden Girls 8 Prizzi's Honor 8
9 Miami Vice
10 Who's the Boss
11 Night Court
12 CBS Sunday Night Movie
13 Highway to Heavan
14 Kate and Allie
15 NFL Monday Night Football
16 Newhart
17 Knots Landing
18 Growing Pains
19 You Again
20 227

1985 Entertainment Awards

Record of the Year: USA for Africa, "We Are the World"
Album of the Year: Phil Collins, No Jacket Required

1985 Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: Foreign Affairs, Alison Lurie
Music: Symphony RiverRun, Stephen Albert
Drama: Sunday in the Park with George, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine


1985 Oscars
Best Picture The Color Purple, Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Quincy Jones, producers (Warner Bros.)
Actor in a Leading Role Harrison Ford, Witness
Actress in a Leading Role Anne Bancroft, Agnes of God
Actor in a Supporting Role Margaret Avery, The Color Purple
Directing Hector Babenco, Kiss of the Spider Woman


1985-86 Emmy Awards
Outstanding Drama Series Cagney and Lacey (CBS)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series William Daniels, St. Elsewhere
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Sharon Gless, Cagney and Lacey
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series John Karlen, Cagney and Lacey
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Bonnie Bartlett, St. Elsewhere
Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series John Lithgow, Amazing Stories: “The Doll”
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series George Stanford Brown, Cagney and Lacy: “Parting Shots”
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Tom Fontana, John Tinker and John Masius, St. Elsewhere: “Time Heals”
Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special Hallmark Hall of Fame: Love Is Never Silent (NBC)
Outstanding Comedy Series The Golden Girls (NBC)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Michael J. Fox, Family Ties
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Betty White, The Golden Girls
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Rhea Perlman, Cheers
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series John Larroquette, Night Court
Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Roscoe Lee Browne, The Cosby Show: “The Card Game”
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Jay Sandrich, The Cosby Show: “Denise's Friend”
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Barry Fanaro and Mort Nathan, The Golden Girls: “A Little Romance”
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (CBS)


1985 Tony Awards
Play Biloxi Blues
Musical Big River
Reproduction—Play or Musical Joe Egg
Actor—Play Derek Jacobi, Much Ado About Nothing
Actress—Play Stockard Channing, Joe Egg
Featured Actor—Play Barry Miller, Biloxi Blues
Featured Actress—Play Judith Ivey, Hurlyburly
Featured Actor—Musical Ron Richardson, Big River
Featured Actress—Musical Leilani Jones, Grind
Director—Play Gene Saks, Biloxi Blues
Director—Musical Des McAnuff, Big River
Book—Musical Big River, William Hauptman
Score Big River, Roger Miller
Scenic Designer Heidi Landesman, Big River
Costume Designer Florence Klotz, Grind
Lighting Designer Richard Riddell, Big River
Special Awards Yul Brynner
Edwin Lester
New York State Council on the Arts
Steppenwolf Theatre


1985 Grammy Awards
Record of the Year “We Are the World,” USA for Africa
Album of the Year No Jacket Required, Phil Collins (Atlantic)
Song of the Year “We Are the World,” Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, songwriters
Best New Artist Sade
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male No Jacket Required, Phil Collins
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female “Saving All My Love for You,” Whitney Houston
Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal “We Are the World,” USA for Africa
Best Pop Instrumental Performance “Miami Vice Theme,” Jan Hammer
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male “The Boys of Summer,” Don Henley
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female “One of the Living,” Tina Turner
Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal “Money for Nothing,” Dire Straits
Best Rock Instrumental Performance “Escape,” Jeff Beck
Best Rhythm and Blues Song “Freeway of Love,” Narada Michael Walden and Jeffrey Cohen, songwriters
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male In Square Circle, Stevie Wonder
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female “Freeway of Love,” Aretha Franklin
Best Rhythm and Blues Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal “Nightshift,” Commodores
Best Rhythm and Blues Instrumental Performance Musician, Ernie Watts