Memory Lane: 1985

Madonna Live Aid 1985As the spread of AIDS increases, governments around the world start screening blood donations for AIDS.

On the technology front, the first .com is registered and the first version of Windows is released (Ver 1.0).

Terrorists continue to perform acts of terrorism including the hijack of TWA Flight 847 and the Italian Cruise Liner “Achille Lauro.”

Famine in Ethiopia is shown more on TV News in July. Live Aid concerts around the world raise many millions to help the starving in Africa and the pop industry in US joins together to sing “We Are The World.”

In The News

Coca-Cola company introduces New Coke

Heysel Stadium Disaster

First .com domain name registered

Live Aid pop concerts raise money for Ethiopia Famine

Unabomber kills his first victim

First version of Windows released

CD’s are introduced

Wreck of the RMS Titanic is located

Mexico City earthquake kills 9,000

Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior is sunk by French agents

Terrorists hijack planes and ships


Population/Economy

Population:

  • Wake County: 359,163
  • NC: 6,254,000
  • USA: 237,900,000

National Debt:

  • $1,823,103,000,000 (1985)
  • $18,152,809,942,589 (2015)

Value of a Dollar: $1 in 1985 is $2.22 in 2015

Cost Of Living 1985:

  • Yearly Inflation Rate USA: 3.55%
  • Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve: 10.75%
  • Average Cost of New House: $89,330
  • Median Price of an Existing Home: $75,500
  • Average Monthly Rent: $375
  • Average Yearly Wages: $22,100
  • Average Cost of a new car: $9,005
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas: $1.09
  • US Postage Stamp: $.22 cents
  • Bacon per Pound: $1.65
  • Bean Bag Lounger: $39.99
  • Rainbow Brite Color Kids: $9.99
  • Rib Eye Steak per Pound: $3.89
  • McDonald’s Hamburger: $.50
  • Ticket to Disneyland: Adult 1-day ticket – $18, $19.50, $21.50; Adult 3-Day World Passport – $42, $45, $48.50; Adult 4-Day World Passport – $52, $55, $58.50

Ounce of Gold Price:

  • The cost of a Ounce of Gold was $317.26
  • The inflation-adjusted price of a Ounce of Gold was $706.59


Going to the Movies

Cost of a movie ticket: $3.55

Inflation-adjusted price of a movie ticket: $7.91

The cost of a movie ticket in 2015: $7.92

Top 5 Movies:

  1. Back to the Future
  2. Rambo: First Blood Part II
  3. Rocky IV
  4. The Color Purple
  5. Out Of Africa


58th Academy Awards

  • Best Picture: Out of Africa
  • Best Actor: William Hurt – Kiss of the Spider Woman
  • Best Actress: Geraldine Page – The Trip to Bountiful
  • Best Supporting Actor: Don Ameche – Cocoon
  • Best Supporting Actress: Anjelica Huston – Prizzi’s Honor


Top 10 TV Shows

  1. The Cosby Show – NBC – 28,948,300
  2. Family Ties – NBC – 25,770,000
  3. Murder, She Wrote – CBS – 21,732,700
  4. 60 Minutes – CBS – 20,530,100
  5. Cheers – NBC – 20,358,300
  6. Dallas – CBS – 18,812,100
  7. Dynasty – ABC – 18,726,200
  8. The Golden Girls – NBC – 18,726,200
  9. Miami Vice – NBC – 18,296,700
  10. Who’s The Boss – ABC – 18,124,900


Top 20 Pop Songs

  1. Wham! – Careless Whisper
  2. Madonna – Like A Virgin
  3. Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
  4. Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
  5. Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
  6. Daryl Hall and John Oates – Out Of Touch
  7. Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
  8. Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
  9. Madonna – Crazy For You
  10. a-ha – Take On Me
  11. Paul Young – Every Time You Go Away
  12. Philip Bailey and Phil Collins – Easy Lover
  13. REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling
  14. Starship – We Built This City
  15. Huey Lewis and The News – The Power Of Love
  16. Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
  17. Kool and The Gang – Cherish
  18. John Parr – St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)
  19. Glenn Frey – The Heat Is On
  20. U.S.A. For Africa – We Are The World


Top 20 Country Songs

  1. Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind – George Strait
  2. The Best Year Of My Life – Eddie Rabbitt
  3. How Blue – Reba McEntire
  4. (There’s A) Fire In The Night – Alabama
  5. A Place Top Fall Apart – Merle Haggard with Janie Fricke
  6. Ain’t She Somethin’ Else – Conway Twitty
  7. Make My Life With You – Oak Ridge Boys
  8. Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On – Mel McDaniel
  9. Baby Bye Bye – Gary Morris
  10. My Only Love – The Statler Brothers
  11. Crazy For Your Love – Exile
  12. Seven Spanish Angels – Ray Charles with Willie Nelson
  13. Crazy – Kenny Rogers
  14. Country Girls – John Schneider
  15. Honor Bound – Earl Thomas Conley
  16. I Need More Of You – Bellamy Brothers
  17. Girls Night Out – The Judds
  18. There’s No Way – Alabama
  19. Somebody Should Leave – Reba McEntire
  20. Step That Step – Sawyer Brown


This Year in Sports

ACC Football Champ: Maryland

ACC Basketball Champs: Georgia Tech (Georgia Tech 57 – North Carolina 54)

World Series Winner: Kansas City Royals over the St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 3

Heavyweight Boxing Champ: Greg Page (WBA), Tony Tubbs (WBA), Michael Spinks (IBF)

NFL Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers (San Francisco 38 – Miami Dolphins 16)

NASCAR Season Winner: Darrell Waltrip

Masters Winner: Bernhard Langer (6 under – won $126,000)

Wimbledon Winners:

  • Men’s Singles: West Germany Boris Becker defeated United States Kevin Curren 6–3, 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–3), 6–4. It was Becker’s 1st career Grand Slam title and his 1st Wimbledon title.
  • Women’s Singles: United States Martina Navratilova defeated United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 4–6, 6–3, 6–2. It was Navratilova’s 33rd career Grand Slam title and her 6th Wimbledon single’s title.
  • Men’s Doubles: Switzerland Heinz Günthardt / Hungary Balázs Taróczy defeated Australia Pat Cash / Australia John Fitzgerald 6–4, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3. It was Günthardt’s 3rd career Grand Slam title and his only Wimbledon title. It was Taróczy’s 2nd and last career Grand Slam title and his only Wimbledon title.
  • Women’s Doubles: United States Kathy Jordan / Australia Elizabeth Smylie defeated United States Martina Navratilova / United States Pam Shriver 5–7, 6–3, 6–4. It was Jordan’s 5th career Grand Slam title and her 2nd Wimbledon title. It was Smylie’s 2nd career Grand Slam title and her 1st Wimbledon title.
  • Mixed Doubles: United States Martina Navratilova / Australia Paul McNamee defeated Australia Elizabeth Smylie / Australia John Fitzgerald 7–5, 4–6, 6–2.It was McNamee’s 5th and last career Grand Slam title and his 3rd Wimbledon title. It was Navratilova’s 34th career Grand Slam title and her 13th Wimbledon title.


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