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July 17th, 1985.

July 17th, 1985, was a Wednesday. It was day 198 of 1985. The decade was the 1980s.

36 years, 2 months and 3 days have passed since July 17th, 1985.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Cancer.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on July 17th, 1985.

  • United States: A View To Kill - Duran Duran
  • United Kingdom: Frankie - Sister Sledge
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Pale Rider

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Pale Rider" was at the top of the box office on July 17th, 1985.

Take me back to July 17th, 1985!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is July 17th, 1985 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Cancer. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual.

In America, the song A View To Kill by Duran Duran is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Frankie by Sister Sledge is the number one hit song. Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and the movie Pale Rider 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 "The A-Team", "Sherlock Holmes", "The Cosby Show" and "Murder, She Wrote". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Asteroids", "Mario Bros.", "Duck Hunt" and "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Cockleshell Bay", "The Smurfs" and "The Cosby Show". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Lite-Brite, Water Ring Toss, Masters of the Universe (figures) and My Little Pony (figures).

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 July 17th, 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 36 years, 2 months and 3 days have passed since July 17th, 1985.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 29 of 1985.
  • Leap Year: 1985 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on July 17th, 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 490402800.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around July 17th, 1985.

  • 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.
  • July 3rd, 1985: The film Back to the Future (1985) is released.
  • July 5th, 1985: Soccer: Everton sign Gary Lineker.
  • July 6th, 1985: 19-year-old Diane Suzuki goes missing in Aiea, Hawaii.
  • July 10th, 1985: Soccer: Andy Gray joins Aston Villa.
  • July 10th, 1985: French foreign intelligence services sink Greenpeace's ship "the Rainbow Warrior" at the Port of Auckland in New Zealand.
  • July 13th, 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.
  • This date: July 17th, 1985
  • July 19th, 1985: Day of the Dead (1985) is released in cinemas.
  • July 19th, 1985: 268 people lose their lives after the failure of two dams above the village of Stava, near Tesero in Italy.
  • July 19th, 1985: American teacher Christa McAuliffe is chosen to fly onboard the ill-fated Space Shuttle Challenger.
  • July 25th, 1985: It is confirmed that American actor Rock Hudson has been diagnosed with AIDS.
  • August 2nd, 1985: The film Weird Science (1985) is released.
  • August 2nd, 1985: 137 people are killed when Delta Air Lines Flight 191 crashes near Dallas, Texas.
  • August 9th, 1985: Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) is released in movie theaters.
  • August 12th, 1985: Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes, killing 520 people.
  • August 16th, 1985: The Return of the Living Dead (1985) is released in cinemas.
  • August 16th, 1985: Madonna marries actor Sean Penn.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 17th, 1985, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Gemini.
  • 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 2.
  • Native American Zodiac: July 17th, 1985 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

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.

Kid's TV shows on July 17th, 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.

  • Back to the Future - A video game version of the Back to the Future movie franchise is released on the ZX Spectrum, the Commodore 64 and the Amstrad CPC.
  • The Way of the Exploding Fist - A fighting game that was released on the Commodore 64, the Spectrum and the Amstrad.
  • 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 July 17th, 1991 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on July 17th.

David Hasselhoff

Actor.
Born on July 17th, 1952
He turned 33 on this day in 1985.

Angela Merkel

German Chancellor.
Born on July 17th, 1954
She turned 31 on this day in 1985.

Weather on July 17th, 1985.

Historical weather information for July 17th, 1985.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 17.2 degrees Celsius. It was a very wet day. There were 2 hours of sunshine.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 65.5 degrees Fahrenheit. 18.61 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 16.06 degrees Celsius.

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on July 17th, 1985.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on July 17th, 1985.

Irish Taoiseach.

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on July 17th, 1985 was most likely conceived around the 7th of October, 1984.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 17th, 1985 is close to the 26th of April, 1986.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about July 17th, 1985.

  • A total of 13,214 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,887 weeks have passed.
  • 1,141,689,600 seconds have passed since the July 17th, 1985.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,331,971,200 times.
  • Since July 17th, 1985, the earth has travelled approximately 589,111,833,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 190,281,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 98,185,306 steps. That's about 43,638 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,700,275 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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