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May 31st, 1985.

May 31st, 1985, was a Friday. It was day 151 of 1985. The decade was the 1980s.

36 years, 4 months and 17 days have passed since May 31st, 1985.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Gemini.

On this day.

What happened on May 31st, 1985?

  • Soccer: The FA bans English clubs from playing in Europe following the Heysel stadium tragedy.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 31st, 1985.

  • United States: Everything She Wants - Wham
  • United Kingdom: 19 - Paul Hardcastle
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Code of Silence

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Code of Silence" was at the top of the box office on May 31st, 1985.

Take me back to May 31st, 1985!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 31st, 1985 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Gemini. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The summer of 1985 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual. In America, the song Everything She Wants by Wham is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, 19 by Paul Hardcastle is the number one hit song.

Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and the movie Code of Silence is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher is the current Prime Minister. In fashion, women are currently 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, Paul Castellano, Phil Lynott and Christa McAuliffe would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Dallas", "Cagney & Lacey", "Kate & Allie" and "Miami Vice".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Galaxian", "Missile Command", "Mario Bros." and "Boulder Dash". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Diff'rent Strokes", "The Smurfs" and "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Water Ring Toss, Masters of the Universe (figures), Pound Puppies and Sylvanian Families.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on May 31st, 1985.

  • 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.

  • Who were the best football players in 1985?

    Who were the best football players in 1985?

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Deng Xiaoping.

    Deng Xiaoping.

    Deng Xiaoping was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1985. Xiaoping received this acknowledgment because of economic reforms in China.

  • 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.

  • 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 become 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 dominated the home computer market during this period.

  • VCRs are becoming popular.

    VCRs are becoming popular.

    During the first half of the 1980s, VCRs started to become a popular household item. 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.

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

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

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 36 years, 4 months and 17 days have passed since May 31st, 1985.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 22 of 1985.
  • Leap Year: 1985 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 31st, 1985, will be 36 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1985 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 486342000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 31st, 1985.

  • May 11th, 1985: 56 spectators are killed during the Bradford City stadium fire.
  • May 13th, 1985: The Dire Straits release their album "Brothers in Arms".
  • May 18th, 1985: Manchester United win the FA Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Everton in Extra Time.
  • May 27th, 1985: The term "Madonna wannabe" becomes a popular way to describe women who dress like pop star Madonna.
  • May 29th, 1985: Football: Juventus win the European Cup after defeating Liverpool 1-0.
  • May 29th, 1985: Football: Liverpool manager Joe Fagan announces that he will be retiring.
  • May 29th, 1985: The Heysel Stadium disaster occurs when 38 fans are killed in riots during a European Cup final between Liverpool F.C. and Juventus.
  • May 29th, 1985: Hawaii crime: A serial killer nicknamed the "Honolulu Strangler" murders his first known victim, Vicki Gail Purdy.
  • May 30th, 1985: Kenny Dalglish becomes the new manager of Liverpool.
  • This date: May 31st, 1985
  • June 1st, 1985: Jennifer Rush releases her song "The Power of Love".
  • June 1st, 1985: Bruce Springsteen headlines at Slane.
  • June 3rd, 1985: The talk show "Larry King Live" debuts on CNN.
  • June 7th, 1985: The Goonies (1985) is released in movie theaters.
  • June 9th, 1985: The Los Angeles Lakers win the 1985 NBA Finals after they defeat the Boston Celtics 4-2.
  • June 15th, 1985: Rembrandt's painting "Danaë" is seriously vandalized by an insane man.
  • June 21st, 1985: Return to Oz (1985) is released in cinemas.
  • June 23rd, 1985: 329 people are killed when Air India Flight 182 is blown up by Canadian Sikh terrorists.
  • June 30th, 1985: 39 American hostages are freed from a hijacked flight in Beirut, Lebanon.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 31st, 1985, will have the star sign Gemini.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Taurus.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1985 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 31st, 1985 falls under the Deer.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Photos of mid-1980s fashion.

Photographs of mid-1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of mid-1980s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • ThunderCats - Animated series based on a group of half-human half-cat aliens.
  • Charles in Charge - TV show about a 19-year-old student called Charles, who is played by Scott Baio.
  • Murder, She Wrote - Mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher.
  • Miami Vice - Starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.
  • The Cosby Show - American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby.
  • Who's the Boss? - Sitcom about a retired player who relocates to work as a live-in housekeeper.
  • The Transformers - Animated series about an ongoing war between shape-shifting robots.
  • Punky Brewster - Sitcom series about a young girl being raised by a foster parent.
  • Sherlock Holmes - Starring Jeremy Brett.
  • Kate & Allie - Comedy TV series.
  • Scarecrow and Mrs. King - Starring Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner.
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - Animated series.
  • The A-Team - Action TV series with characters such as "Mr. T" and John "Hannibal" Smith.
  • 'Allo 'Allo! - BBC sitcom starring Gorden Kaye.
  • Cheers - Sitcom starring Ted Danson.
  • Knight Rider - Starring David Hasselhoff.
  • Family Ties - Sitcom starring Michael J. Fox.
  • Cagney & Lacey - Police drama starring Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly.
  • The Smurfs - Animated fantasy-comedy television series.
  • Only Fools and Horses - British television comedy.

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.

Kid's TV shows on May 31st, 1985.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1985.

  • ThunderCats
  • Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats
  • Thomas the Tank Engine
  • The Cosby Show
  • The Transformers
  • Muppet Babies
  • Heathcliff
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
  • Fraggle Rock
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Danger Mouse
  • The Smurfs
  • Cockleshell Bay
  • Diff'rent Strokes
  • Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • The Bugs Bunny Show

Popular toys and games in 1985.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1985.

  • Sylvanian Families
  • Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)
  • Pogo ball / Lolo ball
  • Transformers
  • Pound Puppies
  • My Little Pony (figures)
  • The Commodore 64
  • Masters of the Universe (figures)
  • The Lego train set
  • Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
  • Monchhichi / Chicaboo
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Strawberry Shortcake dolls
  • Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Big Jim (action figure)

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - An arcade rail shooter game that was released by Atari Games.
  • Boulder Dash - Arcade game developed by Data East.
  • Tetris - Tile-matching puzzle video game.
  • Duck Hunt - Light gun shooter game.
  • Mario Bros. - Arcade game developed by Nintendo.
  • Donkey Kong - Arcade game released by Nintendo.
  • Missile Command - Arcade game developed by Atari.
  • Pac-Man - Maze arcade game.
  • Galaxian - Fixed shooter arcade game.
  • Asteroids - Space-themed shooter arcade game.
  • Lunar Lander - In which the player controls a lunar landing module.
  • Space Invaders - Shooter arcade game.

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out May 31st, 1991 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on May 31st.

Clint Eastwood

Actor.
Born on May 31st, 1930
He turned 55 on this day in 1985.

Colin Farrell

Irish actor.
Born on May 31st, 1976
He turned 9 on this day in 1985.

Marco Reus

German soccer player.
Born on May 31st, 1989
He was born exactly 4 years after this date.

Weather on May 31st, 1985.

Historical weather information for May 31st, 1985.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 15.6 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. It was a sunny day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 70.3 degrees Fahrenheit. 21.28 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. There was thunder. Rain fell. Precipitation: 5.84cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 13.5 degrees Celsius.

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on May 31st, 1985.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 31st, 1985.

Irish Taoiseach.

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 31st, 1985 was most likely conceived around the 21st of August, 1984.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 31st, 1985 is close to the 10th of March, 1986.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 31st, 1985.

  • A total of 13,288 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,898 weeks have passed.
  • 1,148,083,200 seconds have passed since the May 31st, 1985.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,339,430,400 times.
  • Since May 31st, 1985, the earth has travelled approximately 592,410,931,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 191,347,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 98,735,155 steps. That's about 43,882 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,776,998 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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