Rocky River High School Class of 1985 - 1985 in Review
What was happening in the world
Population: 4.850 billion
population by decade
Nobel Peace Prize:
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
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Soviet leader Chernenko dies at 73 and is replaced by Mikhail Gorbachev, 54 (March 11). Under the slogans of glasnost and Perestroika, Gorbachev initiates a broad program of reform and liberalization. Background: Rulers of Russia since 1533
Two Shi'ite Muslim gunmen capture TWA airliner with 133 aboard, 104 of them Americans (June 14); 39 remaining hostages freed in Beirut (June 30).
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).
Reagan and Gorbachev meet at summit (Nov. 19); agree to step up arms control talks and renew cultural contacts (Nov. 21). Background: nuclear disarmament
Terrorists seize Egyptian Boeing 737 airliner after takeoff from Athens (Nov. 23); 59 dead as Egyptian forces storm plane on Malta (Nov. 24).
What was happening in the US
President: Ronald W. Reagan
Vice President: George Bush
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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Ronald Reagan, 73, takes oath for second term as 40th President (Jan. 20).
General Westmoreland settles libel action against CBS (Feb. 18).
US Supreme Court, 5–4, bars public school teachers from parochial schools (July 1).
Arthur James Walker, 50, retired naval officer, convicted by federal judge of participating in Soviet spy ring operated by his brother, John Walker (Aug. 9).
US budget-balancing bill enacted (Dec. 12).
Sports, Entertainment, Etc.
San Francisco d. Miami (38-16)
Kansas City d. St. Louis Cardinals (4-3)
LA Lakers d. Boston (4-2)
Edmonton d. Philadelphia (4-1)
Women: Martina Navratilova d. C. Evert Lloyd (4-6 6-3 6-2)
Men: Boris Becker d. K. Curren (6-3 6-7 7-6 6-4)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Spend A Buck
NCAA Basketball Championship
Villanova d. Georgetown (66-64)
NCAA Football Champions
Fiction: Foreign Affairs, Alison Lurie
Music: Symphony RiverRun, Stephen Albert
Drama: Sunday in the Park with George, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
Oscars awarded in 1985
Academy Award, Best Picture: Amadeus, Saul Zaentz, producer (Orion)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Claude Simon (France)
1985 Emmy Awards
1985 Tony Awards
Grammys awarded in 1985
Record of the Year: 'What's Love Got to Do With It,' Tina Turner
Album of the Year: Can't Slow Down, Lionel Richie (Motown)
Song of the Year: 'What's Love Got to Do With It,' Graham Lyle and Terry Britten, songwriters
Miss America: Sharlene Wells (UT)
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.
Kiss of the Spider Woman, Out of Africa, Prizzi's Honor, The Color Purple
Robert Bly, Loving a Woman in Two Worlds
Keri Hulme, The Bone People
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
Nobel Prizes in Science
Chemistry: Herbert A. Hauptman and Jerome Karle (both US), for their outstanding achievements in the development of direct methods for the determination of crystal structures
Physics: Klaus von Klitzing (Germany), for developing an exact way of measuring electrical conductivity
Physiology or Medicine: Michael S. Brown and Joseph L. Goldstein (both US), for their work, which has drastically widened our understanding of the cholesterol metabolism and increased our possibilities to prevent and treat atherosclerosis and heart attacks
British scientists report the opening of an enormous hole in the earth's ozone layer over Antarctica. Background: Environment & Nature
Researchers at IBM develop the scanning tunneling microscope, which can visualize images on an atomic scale.
Coca-Cola attempts to change its 99-year-old forumla in an effort to attract younger drinkers. 'New' Coke is poorly received, and the company soon reintroduces the original, 'Classic' beverage. Background: carbonated beverages
1985 Greatest Hits
1. We Built This City - Jefferson Starship
2. All She Wants To Do Is Dance - Don Henley
3. The Boys of Summer - Don Henley
4. Sea Of Love - Honeydrippers
5. California Girls - David Lee Roth
6. Walking On Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
7. Into The Groove - Madonna
8. Smooth Operator - Sade
9. Crazy For You - Madonna
10. Jungle Love - The Time
11. Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
12. And We Danced - Hooters
13. Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen
14. Centerfield - John Fogerty
15. Careless Whisper - Wham!
16. You Spin Me - Dead Or Alive
17. Material Girl - Madonna
18. (Don't You) Forget About Me - Simple Minds
19. Dancing In The Street - Mick Jagger & David Bowie
20. The Heat Is On - Don Henley
21. You're The Inspiration - Chicago
22. Fresh - Kool and the Gang
23. Heaven - Bryan Adams
24. Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
25. Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams
26. Born In The U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
27. Money For Nothing - Dire Straites
28. Suddenly - Billy Ocean
29. Meeting In The Ladies Room - Klymaxx
30. Dress You Up - Madonna
31. Cool It Now - New Edition
32. Roxanne, Roxanne - UTFO
33. I Would Die 4 U - Prince
34. I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreignor
35. Some Like It Hot - Power Station
36. Take On Me - A-Ha
37. In My House - Mary Jane Girls
38. Voices Carry - 'til Tuesday
39. Just A Gigilo - David Lee Roth
40. We Are The World - USA for Africa