July 13, 1985

July 13, 1985, was a Saturday. It was 38 years, 11 months, and 30 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Cancer.

On This Day

What happened on this day?

What happened on July 13, 1985?

  • George H. W. Bush becomes Acting President for the day while US President Ronald Reagan undergoes surgery to remove abnormal growths from his colon.
Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on July 13, 1985:

  • United States: "A View To Kill" by Duran Duran
  • United Kingdom: "Frankie" by Sister Sledge

The Billboard Hot 100 on July 13, 1985

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • A View To A Kill - Duran Duran
  • Sussudio - Phil Collins
  • Raspberry Beret - Prince And The Revolution
  • The Search Is Over - Survivor
  • Would I Lie To You? - Eurythmics
Play the top singles 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.
Pale Rider

Top movie at the box office

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


This date occurred 14,244 days ago. Approximately 475 months have passed. It was the 194th day of 1985, in week 28. The decade was the eighties. People who were born on July 13, 1985, are now 38 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. We have gone through approximately 158 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to July 13, 1985

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The date is July 13, 1985, and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Cancer. People are currently enjoying their weekend.

The summer of 1985 is in full swing. The weather is warm, and the evenings are brighter than usual. Most schools and colleges are now finished until August or September. In America, the song "A View To Kill" by Duran Duran is at the top of the singles charts, while "Frankie" by Sister Sledge is the number-one song in the UK. Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Pale Rider is at the top of the box office.

Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Dallas", "Hill Street Blues", "Murder, She Wrote", and "Moonlighting". 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. People are playing video games such as "Mario Bros.", "Boulder Dash", "The Way of the Exploding Fist", and "Back to the Future".

Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Inspector Gadget", and "Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats". Children are playing with toys such as Dungeons & Dragons, Fischer Price cassette player, Masters of the Universe (figures), and Transformers.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on July 13, 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 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

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around July 13, 1985.

  • June 15, 1985: Rembrandt's painting "Danaë" is seriously vandalized by an insane man.
  • June 21, 1985: Return to Oz (1985) is released in cinemas.
  • June 23, 1985: 329 people are killed when Air India Flight 182 is blown up by Canadian Sikh terrorists.
  • June 30, 1985: 39 American hostages are freed from a hijacked flight in Beirut, Lebanon.
  • July 3, 1985: The film Back to the Future (1985) is released.
  • July 5, 1985: Soccer: Everton sign Gary Lineker.
  • July 6, 1985: 19-year-old Diane Suzuki goes missing in Aiea, Hawaii.
  • July 10, 1985:
    • Soccer: Andy Gray joins Aston Villa.
    • French foreign intelligence services sink Greenpeace's ship "the Rainbow Warrior" at the Port of Auckland in New Zealand.
    • 200 people die after Aeroflot Flight 7425 stalls and crashes near Uchkuduk in Uzbekistan.
  • This date: July 13, 1985
  • July 19, 1985:
    • Day of the Dead (1985) is released in cinemas.
    • 268 people lose their lives after the failure of two dams above the village of Stava, near Tesero in Italy.
    • American teacher Christa McAuliffe is chosen to fly onboard the ill-fated Space Shuttle Challenger.
  • July 25, 1985: It is confirmed that American actor Rock Hudson has been diagnosed with AIDS.
  • August 2, 1985:
    • The film Weird Science (1985) is released.
    • 137 people are killed when Delta Air Lines Flight 191 crashes near Dallas, Texas.
  • August 5, 1985: Kate Bush releases the single "Running Up That Hill".
  • August 9, 1985: Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) is released in movie theaters.
  • August 12, 1985: Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes, killing 520 people.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 13, 1985, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1985 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: July 13, 1985 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

Mid-1980s fashion

Photographs of mid-1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Mid-1980s fashion

Television shows

TV series on July 13, 1985

TV audiences were watching the following shows on July 13, 1985:

TV shows from July 1985.

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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in July 1985

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

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
Muppet Babies
Muppet Babies
Mister T
Mister T
The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show

Toys in 1985

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

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
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 July 1985.

Back to the Future 1985
Back to the Future
The Way of the Exploding Fist 1985
The Way of the Exploding Fist
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 1985
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Boulder Dash 1985
Boulder Dash
Tetris 1984
Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt
Mario Bros. 1983
Mario Bros.
Donkey Kong 1981
Donkey Kong
Missile Command 1980
Missile Command
Pac-Man 1980
Galaxian 1980
Asteroids 1979

Were you born on July 13, 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 July 13, 1991, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on July 13.

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Born on July 13, 1940
He turned 45 on this day in 1985.

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford

Born on July 13, 1942
He turned 43 on this day in 1985.

Daphne Maxwell Reid

Daphne Maxwell Reid

Born on July 13, 1948
She turned 37 on this day in 1985.



Born on July 13, 1972
He turned 13 on this day in 1985.

Tulisa Contostavlos

Tulisa Contostavlos

Born on July 13, 1988
She was born exactly 3 years after this date.


US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on July 13, 1985.


UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on July 13, 1985 was most likely conceived around October 20, 1984.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 13, 1985 is close to April 5, 1986.

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Stats for July 13, 1985


Here are some interesting statistics about July 13, 1985:

  • 14,244 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,034 weeks have passed.
  • 1,230,681,600 seconds have passed since July 13, 1985.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,435,795,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 635,031,705,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 205,113,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 105,838,618 steps. That's roughly 47,039 miles.
  • 14,768,179 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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