In 1985, the most popular toys were Pound Puppies and Teddy Ruxpin, a teddy bear that talked and sang. The average price of a movie ticket was $3.55. It was the first year we made fun of the lady on the commercial who said "I've fallen and I can't get up!" (December 18th, to be exact). There was, by the way, also a man on the commercial who said "I'm having chest pains". On Monday January 28 in Los Angeles, 43 major music stars gathered to record "We Are The World" to raise funds to help fight famine in Africa. A record 1.6 billion viewers along with capacity crowds in Philadelphia's JFK stadium and London's Wembly Arena watched 40 bands perform for 16 hours in "Live Aid". Continuing with the aid theme, Willie Nelson, John Cougar Mellencamp and Neil Young hosted "Farm Aid" which raised $10 million for American farmers.
|*We Are The World-USA for Africa||*Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind-George Strait|
|*Say You, Say Me-Lionel Richie||*The Best Years Of My Life-Eddie Rabbitt|
|*Money For Nothing-Dire Straits||*How Blue-Reba McEntire|
|*Shout-Tears For Fears||*(There's A) Fire In The Night-Alabama|
|*Can't Fight This Feeling-REO Speedwagon||*Make My Life With You-Oak Ridge Boys|
|*Careless Whisper-Wham!||*Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On-Mel McDaniel|
|*I Want To Know What Love Is- Foreigner||*Baby Bye Bye-Gary Morris|
|*Everything She Wants-Wham!||*My Only Love-Statler Brothers|
|*Everybody Wants To Rule The World-Tears For Fears||*Crazy For Your Love-Exile|
|*Heaven-Bryan Adams||*Crazy-Kenny Rogers|
|*A View To A Kill-Duran Duran||*Country Girls-John Schneider|
|*The Power Of Love-Huey Lewis & The News||*Girls Night Out-Judds|
|*St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)-John Parr||*Country Boy-Ricky Skaggs|
|*We Built This City-Starship||*Dixie Road-Lee Greenwood|
|*Broken Wings-Mr. Mister||*She's A Miracle-Exile|
Order Billboard Top Hits 1985
|*Cheers||*Murder, She Wrote|
|*Family Ties||*The Cosby Show|
|*The Golden Girls||*Who's The Boss?|
*Back To The Future
*Out Of Africa, Best Picture
*The Breakfast Club
*Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Best Actress-William Hurt
*The Trip To Bountiful, Best Actress-Geraldine Page
*The Jewel Of The Nile
*White Nights, Best Original Song-"Say You, Say Me" Lionel Richie
*On Tuesday January 1, VH-1 premieres as a
24 hour adult contemporary music channel.
*Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko died and was succeeded by worldly, reform-minded Mikhail Gorbachev.
*Coca-Cola announced a new formula, but protests and boycotts forced the company to reintroduce the original formula, known as Coke Classic. It quickly started outselling the new coke 10-1.
*The baseball commissioner called for drug testing for all non-union personnel and players.
*An earthquake that measured 7.8 on the Richter scale killed thousands in Mexico City.
*After 73 years, the Titanic was discovered in water 12,000 feet deep south of Newfoundland by French and American researchers.
*President Reagan and Soviet leader Gorbachev met in Geneva.
*In baseball the Kansas City Royals beat
the St. Louis Cardinals 4 games to 3.
*In Basketball the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics 4 games to 2.
*In Hockey the Stanley Cup was awarded to the Edmonton Oilers after they beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4 games to 1.
*The 1985-86 football season ended with The Chicago Bears over the New England Patriots 46-10. (But not before hearing The Bear's "Super Bowl Shuffle" over and over!)
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