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May 16, 1985

May 16, 1985, was a Thursday. It was 39 years, 1 month, and 4 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

Birthdays

Born on May 16, 1985

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on May 16, 1985:

  • United States: "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds
  • United Kingdom: "19" by Paul Hardcastle

The Billboard Hot 100 on May 16, 1985

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Crazy For You - Madonna
  • We Are The World - USA For Africa
  • Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
  • Rhythm Of The Night - Debarge
  • One Night In Bangkok - Murray Head
Play the top songs from 1985
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1985. Take a trip back to the days of Bryan Adams, a-ha, Phil Collins and Huey Lewis and the News.
Stick

Top movie

The movie "Stick" was at the top of the box office on this day.

Facts

This date was 14,280 days ago. Approximately 476 months have passed. It was the 136th day of 1985, in week 20. The decade was the eighties. People born on this day are currently 39 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. We have gone through approximately 159 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to May 16, 1985

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Thursday, May 16, 1985. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Taurus. The summer of 1985 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up, and the evenings are brighter than usual. The school year is nearly finished.

In America, the song "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds is at the top of the singles charts, while "19" by Paul Hardcastle is the number-one song in the UK. Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Stick is at the top of the box office. Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

In fashion, women are wearing long sweaters, fishnet stockings, fingerless gloves, jumpsuits, over-sized scarves, miniskirts, stirrup pants, and spandex cycling shorts. Meanwhile, men are wearing Hawaiian shirts, flannel, shell suits, and wool sport coats. Because it's 1985, the radio stations are being dominated by the likes of Tears For Fears, USA For Africa, A-ha, Foreigner, Madonna, Wham! and Phil Collins. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Rock Hudson, Ian Stewart, Paul Castellano, and Phil Lynott would all still be alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Jeffersons", "Trapper John, M.D.", "Only Fools and Horses", and "Night Court". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Space Invaders", "Lunar Lander", "Asteroids", and "Boulder Dash". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Cockleshell Bay", "Heathcliff", and "Muppet Babies".

Popular toys at the moment include the Easy-Bake Oven, Operation, Lite-Brite, and Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards).

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 16, 1985.

  • 1985 in music.

    1985 in music

    Popular music artists in 1985 included Wham!, Madonna, Foreigner, Chaka Khan, Hall & Oates, Tears for Fears, Dire Straits and Paul Young.
  • Who were the best NBA players in 1985?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1985?

    The best NBA players in 1985 were Larry Bird, Bernard King, Moses Malone, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas.
  • 1985 in movies.

    1985 in movies

    Movies released in 1985 included Back to the Future, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rocky IV, The Color Purple, Out of Africa, Cocoon, The Jewel of the Nile, Witness, The Goonies, Spies Like Us, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Commando, Teen Wolf and A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge.
  • Who were the best football players?

    Who were the best football players?

    In 1985, the best soccer players were Michel Platini, Diego Maradona, Preben Elkjær-Larsen, Bernd Schuster, Michael Laudrup, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Zbigniew Boniek, Oleg Protassov, Hans-Peter Briegel, Bryan Robson and Rinat Dassaev.
  • Out of Africa.

    Out of Africa

    "Out of Africa" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1985.
  • Deng Xiaoping.

    Deng Xiaoping

    Deng Xiaoping was named Time Person of the Year in 1985 due to his economic reforms in China.
  • USA for Africa - "We Are the World"

    USA for Africa - "We Are the World"

    "We Are the World" by USA for Africa won a Grammy for 1985's Song of the Year.
  • The Night Stalker is terrorizing Los Angeles.

    The Night Stalker is terrorizing Los Angeles

    Between June 1984 and August 1985, a serial killer nicknamed "The Night Stalker" was carrying out a home invasion and murder crime spree in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Richard Ramirez was later arrested and convicted of the crimes.
  • Mid 1980s fashion.

    Mid 1980s fashion

    Strappy sandals, Keds, kitten-heeled sandals, and pumps were popular footwear in the mid-80s. Fashion became more colorful during this period. Popular clothing included long wool coats, long and bulky sweaters, jumpsuits, large scarves, beanies, leather gloves, long flared skirts, slim miniskirts, slightly tapered pants, and stirrup pants.
  • The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64

    The Commodore 64 was dominating the home computer market.
  • VCRs are becoming popular.

    VCRs are becoming popular

    VCRs started to become a popular household item during the first half of the 1980s. However, they were still very costly. This device gave people the ability to play VCR tapes and record TV programs and movies.
  • Iran-Iraq War.

    Iran-Iraq War

    Between September 1980 and August 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.
  • Computers are replacing typewriters.

    Computers are replacing typewriters

    Desktop computers were beginning to replace typewriters in offices.
  • TV remotes.

    TV remotes

    Although TV remotes existed, many homes didn't have one. Infrared technology was still relatively new.
  • Wallpaper.

    Wallpaper

    Wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

Personality traits

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on May 16, 1985.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to May 16, 1985.

  • April 23, 1985: Coca-Cola replaces its original drink with New Coke. The reaction to the recipe change is largely negative.
  • April 27, 1985: The BTK killer murders his neighbor Marine Wallace Hedge.
  • May 11, 1985: 56 spectators are killed during the Bradford City stadium fire.
  • May 13, 1985: The Dire Straits release their album "Brothers in Arms".
  • This date: May 16, 1985
  • May 18, 1985: Manchester United win the FA Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Everton in Extra Time.
  • May 27, 1985: The term "Madonna wannabe" becomes a popular way to describe women who dress like pop star Madonna.
  • May 29, 1985:
    • Football: Juventus win the European Cup after defeating Liverpool 1-0.
    • Football: Liverpool manager Joe Fagan announces that he will be retiring.
    • The Heysel Stadium disaster occurs when 38 fans are killed in riots during a European Cup final between Liverpool F.C. and Juventus.
    • Hawaii crime: A serial killer nicknamed the "Honolulu Strangler" murders his first known victim, Vicki Gail Purdy.
  • May 30, 1985: Kenny Dalglish becomes the new manager of Liverpool.
  • May 31, 1985: Soccer: The FA bans English clubs from playing in Europe following the Heysel stadium tragedy.
  • June 1, 1985:
    • Jennifer Rush releases her song "The Power of Love".
    • Bruce Springsteen headlines at Slane.
  • June 3, 1985: The talk show "Larry King Live" debuts on CNN.
  • June 7, 1985: The Goonies (1985) is released in movie theaters.
  • June 9, 1985: The Los Angeles Lakers win the 1985 NBA Finals after they defeat the Boston Celtics 4-2.
  • June 15, 1985: Rembrandt's painting "Danaë" is seriously vandalized by an insane man.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 16, 1985, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1985 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 16, 1985 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Mid-1980s fashion

Photographs of mid-1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Mid-1980s fashion

Television shows

TV series on May 16, 1985

TV audiences were watching the following shows on May 16, 1985:

TV shows from May 1985.

Moonlighting
Moonlighting
Charles in Charge
Charles in Charge
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Miami Vice
Miami Vice
Who's the Boss?
Who's the Boss?
The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
The Transformers
The Transformers
Punky Brewster
Punky Brewster
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
Kate & Allie
Kate & Allie
Night Court
Night Court
Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Scarecrow and Mrs. King

Cars in 1985

1985 saw the introduction of cars such as the Chevrolet Astro, the Honda Integra, the Nissan Pathfinder, the Dodge Lancer, the Ford Scorpio, and the Subaru XT.

Cars in 1985.

Children TV shows

Kids TV shows on May 16, 1985

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1985:

ThunderCats
ThunderCats
Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats
Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats
Thomas the Tank Engine
Thomas the Tank Engine

The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
The Transformers
The Transformers
Snorks
Snorks
Muppet Babies
Muppet Babies
Voltron
Voltron
Heathcliff
Heathcliff
Mister T
Mister T
The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
Toys

Popular toys and games in 1985

Toys and games that were popular in 1985:

Sylvanian Families
Sylvanian Families
Mr Frosty
Mr Frosty
Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)
Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)
Pogo ball / Lolo ball
Pogo ball / Lolo ball
Transformers
Transformers
Pound Puppies
Pound Puppies
Turnin' Turbo Dashboard
Turnin' Turbo Dashboard
My Little Pony (figures)
My Little Pony (figures)
The Commodore 64
The Commodore 64
Masters of the Universe (figures)
Masters of the Universe (figures)
The Lego train set
The Lego train set
Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in May 1985.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 1985
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Boulder Dash 1985
Boulder Dash
Tetris 1984
Tetris
Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt
Mario Bros. 1983
Mario Bros.
Donkey Kong 1981
Donkey Kong
Missile Command 1980
Missile Command
Pac-Man 1980
Pac-Man
Galaxian 1980
Galaxian
Asteroids 1979
Asteroids
Lunar Lander 1979
Lunar Lander
Space Invaders 1978
Space Invaders

Were you born on May 16, 1985?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1985.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out May 16, 1991, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on May 16.

Liberace

Liberace

American pianist Deceased
Born on May 16, 1919
He turned 66 on this day in 1985.

Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan

Actor
Born on May 16, 1953
He turned 32 on this day in 1985.

Krist Novoselic

Krist Novoselic

Nirvana
Born on May 16, 1965
He turned 20 on this day in 1985.

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

Singer
Born on May 16, 1966
She turned 19 on this day in 1985.

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Actor
Born on May 16, 1969
He turned 16 on this day in 1985.

Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson

TV presenter
Born on May 16, 1969
He turned 16 on this day in 1985.

Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling

Actress
Born on May 16, 1973
She turned 12 on this day in 1985.

Wee Man

Wee Man

Stunt performer
Born on May 16, 1973
He turned 12 on this day in 1985.

Melanie Lynskey

Melanie Lynskey

Actress
Born on May 16, 1977
She turned 8 on this day in 1985.

Megan Fox

Megan Fox

American actress
Born on May 16, 1986
She was born exactly one year after this date.

Omos

Omos

Wrestler
Born on May 16, 1994
He was born exactly 9 years after this date.

USA

US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on May 16, 1985.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 16, 1985 was most likely conceived around August 23, 1984.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 16, 1985 is close to February 6, 1986.

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Stats for May 16, 1985

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about May 16, 1985:

  • 14,280 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,040 weeks have passed.
  • 1,233,792,000 seconds have passed since May 16, 1985.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,439,424,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 636,636,672,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 205,632,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 106,106,112 steps. That's roughly 47,158 miles.
  • 14,805,504 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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