Michael Jackson was rich, and bought the entire Beatles catalog for $47 Million Dollars!
Coca-Cola introduced the New Coke, which lasted half the year. I remember it vaguely but I remember Crystal Pepsi flopping a lot more a few years later.
Windows 1.0 was released by the Microsoft Corporation.
Compact Discs become available to buy.
The Unabomber killed his first victim.
Live Aid raises over $50 million for famine relief in Ethiopia. If Michael Jackson didn't buy the Beatles catalog, Live Aid would have doubled their effort (that was a quick joke for people who don't understand my sarcasm, which happens more often these days).
A new car cost on average $9,000. Gas cost $1.09.
A movie ticket set you back $27.50. IF YOU BOUGHT 10 TICKETS!
TTM autographs were less pricy as stamps only cost 22 cents. The majority of them seemed to say love on them. The stamps, not the autographs.
The President was Ronald Reagan. Jerry Lewis contrary to some reports was NOT the Vice President.
Brian Mulroney was the Canadian Prime Minister. Sorry for not having a joke here, I'm not caught up on Canadian history to make a witty jab.
The Dow-Jones stock market reached a high of 1,553. It has gone up 10 fold in the years since.
The national debt was only in the billions.
Musically, "We Are the World" won Grammy's for Record, Song, and Best Pop Duo or Group. Other hits included a lot of movie theme songs and according to many magazines, the worst song ever- "We Built This City". Those lists came out before Justin Beiber was around.
Other songs were "Shout" from Tears For Fears, "Broken Wings" from Mr. Mister, and "Can't Fight This Feeling" from REO Speedwagon.
Top Movies: Back To The Future, The Color Purple, Out of Africa, & any movie from Stallone, Chevy Chase, or the Brat Pack.
TV featured sitcoms and dramas that didn't have a twist every two minutes. Shows like- The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Murder She Wrote, Cheers, Dallas, Dynasty, The Golden Girls, and 227.
Cagney and Lacey, St. Elsewhere, and The Golden Girls won Emmy's. Betty White won Best Actress (some things never change).
Children on milk cartons first appears.
"Where's the Beef?" was first asked, and has annoyed Wendy's employees ever since (I can attest to it).
Wrestlemania debuted. Mr. T, Cyndi Lauper, and Liberace, The Rockettes, Billy Martin, and Muhammad Ali all appear at the show.
Garrison Keillor, Stephen King, Carl Sagan, and Danielle Steel all had successful books.
Pete Rose set the all time hits record.
The Nintendo Entertainment System arrives to the U.S.
Richard Ramirez, The Night Stalker, is captured.
Calvin & Hobbes debuts in newspapers.
Among those born: Joe Flacco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Reggie Bush, Kyle Busch, Ashley Tisdale, Anna Kendrick, Alex Ovechkin, Bruno Mars, Wayne Rooney.
Among those we lost: E.B. White, Rock Hudson, Yul Brynner, Orson Welles, Phil Silvers, Roger Maris.
Oh and in 1985 the Kansas City Royals won the World Series. This isn't even really about that. It's been 29 years since they went to the World Series. It's also been 29 years since they made the playoffs. Yes, they can't even make the playoffs. Now they have finally achieved it.
Thank you for reading, have a great night. Part two will come next time. It will feature cards.