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August 15th, 1985.

August 15th, 1985, was a Thursday. It was day 227 of 1985. The decade was the Eighties.

36 years, 10 months and 19 days have passed since August 15th, 1985.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

Birthdays

Born on August 15th, 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 August 15th, 1985.

  • United States: Shout - Tears for Fears
  • United Kingdom: Into The Groove - Madonna

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 15th, 1985.

These were the top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Shout - Tears For Fears
  • Everytime You Go Away - Paul Young
  • If You Love Somebody Set Them Free - Sting
  • Never Surrender - Corey Hart
  • The Power Of Love - Huey Lewis & The News
Play the top singles from the year 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.
European Vacation

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "European Vacation" was at the top of the Box Office on this day.

Take me back to August 15th, 1985!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 15th, 1985, and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual.

In America, the song Shout by Tears for Fears is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Into The Groove by Madonna is the number one hit song. Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States, and the movie European Vacation 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 "Last of the Summer Wine", "The Love Boat", "The Transformers" and "Moonlighting". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Asteroids", "Pac-Man", "Missile Command" and "Tetris".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Heathcliff", "The Transformers", "The Cosby Show" and "ThunderCats". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Dungeons & Dragons, Speak & Spell, Monchhichi / Chicaboo and Transformers.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on August 15th, 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 36 years, 10 months and 19 days have passed since August 15th, 1985.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 33 of 1985.
  • Leap Year: 1985 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on August 15th, 1985 will be 36 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1985 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 492908400.
Events

Around this time.

News stories and other events that happened around August 15th, 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 5th, 1985: Kate Bush releases the single "Running Up That Hill".
  • 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.
  • This date: August 15th, 1985
  • August 16th, 1985: The Return of the Living Dead (1985) is released in cinemas.
  • August 16th, 1985: Madonna marries actor Sean Penn.
  • August 22nd, 1985: 55 people die from smoke inhalation after a fire breaks out on British Airtours Flight 28M at Manchester Airport, England.
  • August 25th, 1985: 13-year-old peace activist and child actress Samantha Smith dies in a plane crash.
  • August 30th, 1985: A mugshot of the "Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez is released by the media.
  • August 31st, 1985: Serial killer Richard Ramirez (aka the Night Stalker) is captured in Los Angeles, California.
  • September 1st, 1985: The wreck of the Titanic is located for the first time since it sank in 1912.
  • September 8th, 1985: Jerry Rice makes his NFL debut for the San Francisco 49ers.
  • September 9th, 1985: A race riot begins in the Handsworth district of Birmingham, England.
  • September 10th, 1985: US President Ronald Reagan announces that he is adopting economic sanctions against the apartheid regime in South Africa.
  • September 13th, 1985: 1985 MTV Video Music Awards: "The Boys of Summer" by Don Henley wins Video of the Year.
  • September 13th, 1985: The first "Super Mario" video game is released in Japan.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 15th, 1985, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1985 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 15th, 1985 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Personality traits.

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Photos of mid-1980s fashion.

Photographs of mid-1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of mid-1980s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in August, 1985.

TV shows from August, 1985.

Moonlighting
Moonlighting
Comedy-drama starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd as private detectives.

Charles in Charge
Charles in Charge
TV show about a 19-year-old student called Charles, who is played by Scott Baio.

Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher.

Miami Vice
Miami Vice
Starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.

Who's the Boss?
Who's the Boss?
Sitcom about a retired baseball player who relocates to work as a live-in housekeeper.

The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby.

The Transformers
The Transformers
Animated series about an ongoing war between shape-shifting robots.

Punky Brewster
Punky Brewster
Sitcom series about a young girl being raised by a foster parent.

Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
Starring Jeremy Brett.

Kate & Allie
Kate & Allie
Comedy TV series.

Night Court
Night Court
Sitcom about a night court in Manhattan.

Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Starring Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner.

The A-Team
The A-Team
Action TV series with characters such as "Mr. T" and John "Hannibal" Smith.

'Allo 'Allo!
'Allo 'Allo!
BBC sitcom starring Gorden Kaye.

Cheers
Cheers
Sitcom starring Ted Danson.

Knight Rider
Knight Rider
Starring David Hasselhoff.

Family Ties
Family Ties
Sitcom starring Michael J. Fox.

Cagney & Lacey
Cagney & Lacey
Police drama starring Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly.

Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses
British television comedy.

Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.

Knots Landing
Knots Landing
American soap opera.

Trapper John, M.D.
Trapper John, M.D.
Medical drama.

The Facts of Life
The Facts of Life
Sitcom about a girls boarding school in Peekskill, New York. Starring Charlotte Rae as housemother Edna Garrett.

Dallas
Dallas
Soap opera.

The Love Boat
The Love Boat
Television series that was set on a cruise ship. Starring Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing.

Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine
British sitcom about three senior citizens in the Yorkshire Dales.

The Two Ronnies
The Two Ronnies
British comedy sketch show starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.

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 August 15th, 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

Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons

Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alvin and the Chipmunks

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

The Littles
The Littles

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Fraggle Rock
Fraggle Rock

Inspector Gadget
Inspector Gadget

Danger Mouse
Danger Mouse

The Smurfs
The Smurfs

Cockleshell Bay
Cockleshell Bay

Diff'rent Strokes
Diff'rent Strokes

Schoolhouse Rock!
Schoolhouse Rock!

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1985.

Toys and games that were popular on this date 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)

Space Lego
Space Lego

Fischer Price cassette player
Fischer Price cassette player

Monchhichi / Chicaboo
Monchhichi / Chicaboo

Strawberry Shortcake dolls
Strawberry Shortcake dolls

Big wheel (tricycle)
Big wheel (tricycle)

Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine

Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble

Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids

Speak & Spell
Speak & Spell

Hungry Hungry Hippos
Hungry Hungry Hippos

Water Ring Toss
Water Ring Toss

Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons

Video games

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing in August of 1985.

Back to the Future 1985
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 1985
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 1985
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
An arcade rail shooter game that was released by Atari Games.

Boulder Dash 1985
Boulder Dash
Arcade game developed by Data East.

Tetris 1984
Tetris
Tile-matching puzzle video game.

Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt
Light gun shooter game.

Mario Bros. 1983
Mario Bros.
Arcade game developed by Nintendo.

Donkey Kong 1981
Donkey Kong
Arcade game released by Nintendo.

Missile Command 1980
Missile Command
Arcade game developed by Atari.

Pac-Man 1980
Pac-Man
Maze arcade game.

Galaxian 1980
Galaxian
Fixed shooter arcade game.

Asteroids 1979
Asteroids
Space-themed shooter arcade game.

Lunar Lander 1979
Lunar Lander
In which the player controls a lunar landing module.

Space Invaders 1978
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 you should check out August 15th, 1991 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 15th.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Emperor of France. Deceased
Born on August 15th, 1769
He was not alive on this date.

Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela

Colombian drug lord.
Born on August 15th, 1943
He turned 42 on this day in 1985.

Melinda Gates

Philanthropist.
Born on August 15th, 1964
She turned 21 on this day in 1985.

Ben Affleck

Actor.
Born on August 15th, 1972
He turned 13 on this day in 1985.

Agnieszka Kotlarska

Polish fashion model. Deceased
Born on August 15th, 1972
She turned 13 on this day in 1985.

Jennifer Lawrence

Actress.
Born on August 15th, 1990
She was born exactly 5 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 15th of August.

  • Assumption of Mary to Heaven / Assumption Day
Weather details

Weather on August 15th, 1985.

Historical weather information for August 15th, 1985.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 14.6 degrees Celsius. It was a very wet day. It was a windy day. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 75.1 degrees Fahrenheit. 23.94 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. There was thunder. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 15.61 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 0.51cm.
USA

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on August 15th, 1985.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 15th, 1985.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 15th, 1985 was most likely conceived around November 22nd, 1984.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 15th, 1985 is close to May 8th, 1986.

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Stats for August 15th, 1985

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 15th, 1985.

  • A total of 13,471 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,924 weeks have passed.
  • 1,163,894,400 seconds have passed since the August 15th, 1985.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,357,876,800 times.
  • Since August 15th, 1985, the Earth has travelled approximately 600,569,510,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 193,982,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 100,094,918 steps. That's about 44,487 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,966,733 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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