|In 1985, the most popular toys were Pound Puppies and Teddy Ruxpin, a teddy bear that talked and sang. 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!". 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
Say You, Say Me-Lionel Richie
Money For Nothing-Dire Straits
Shout-Tears For Fears
Can't Fight This Feeling-REO Speedwagon
I Want To Know What Love Is- Foreigner
Everything She Wants-Wham!
Everybody Wants To Rule The World-Tears For Fears
A View To A Kill-Duran Duran
The Power Of Love-Huey Lewis & The News
St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)-John Parr
We Built This City-Starship
Broken Wings-Mr. Mister
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
The Golden Girls
Murder, She Wrote
The Cosby Show
Who's The Boss?
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!)
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.