August 16th, 1985

August 16th, 1985, fell on a Friday. It was day 228 of 1985. The decade was the 1980s.

35 years, 3 months and 9 days have passed since August 16th, 1985.


On This Date

Events that occurred on August 16th, 1985:

  • The Return of the Living Dead (1985) is released in cinemas.
  • Madonna marries actor Sean Penn.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 16th, 1985:

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

Movie Box Office

What movie was on top of the box office?

  • The movie "European Vacation" was at the top of the box office on this date.

Take Me Back!

The date is August 16th, 1985 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

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. People are watching popular TV shows such as "The Smurfs", "Scarecrow and Mrs. King", "Kate & Allie" and "ThunderCats". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Asteroids", "Pac-Man", "Donkey Kong" and "Mario Bros.".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Diff'rent Strokes", "Danger Mouse" and "Muppet Babies". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Dungeons & Dragons", "Speak & Spell", "Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine" and "Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)".


News Topics, Fads & Culture

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on August 16th, 1985.

  • Iran-Iraq War

    Between the 22nd of September, 1980, and the 20th of August, 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.

  • 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.

  • 1985 in music.

    Popular music artists in 1985 included Wham!, Madonna, Foreigner, Chaka Khan, Hall & Oates, Tears for Fears, Dire Straits and Paul Young.

  • 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 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.

  • USA for Africa - "We Are the World"

    "We Are the World" by USA for Africa would go on to win a Grammy for 1985's Song of the Year.

  • Out of Africa

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


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 35 years, 3 months and 9 days have passed since August 16th, 1985.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 33 of 1985.
  • Leap Year: 1985 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 16th, 1985, will be 35 years of age.
  • People born in 1985 belong to the "Generation Y (Millennial)" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 492994800.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around August 16th, 1985:

  • July 19th, 1985: Day of the Dead (1985) is released in cinemas.
  • 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 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 13th, 1985: 1985 MTV Video Music Awards: "The Boys of Summer" by Don Henley wins Video of the Year.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 16th, 1985, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Leo is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1985 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • Native American Zodiac: August 16th, 1985 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • 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.
  • Punky Brewster - Series about a child that has been abandoned by her parents.
  • The Transformers - Animated series about an ongoing war between shape-shifting robots.
  • 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.

1985 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing 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
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • The Bugs Bunny Show

1985 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1985:

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

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 16th of August:


Weather

Weather information for August 16th, 1985:

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 18.8 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. It was a sunny day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 68.6 degrees Fahrenheit. 20.33 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 1.52cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 15.56 degrees Celsius.

US President

Who was the US President on August 16th, 1985?

  • Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 16th, 1985?

  • Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on August 16th, 1985 was probably conceived around the 6th of November, 1984. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 16th, 1985 is the 26th of May, 1986. (Rough Estimate).

Video Games

Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.

  • 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.

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about August 16th, 1985.

  • 12,885 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,113,267,600 seconds have passed since the August 16th, 1985.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,298,812,200 times.
  • Since August 16th, 1985, earth has travelled approximately 574,446,081,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 185,544,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 95,741,014 steps. That's about 42,552 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,359,211 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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