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August 30th, 1985.

August 30th, 1985, was a Friday. It was day 242 of 1985. The decade was the 1980s.

36 years and 20 days have passed since August 30th, 1985.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.

On this day.

What happened on August 30th, 1985?

  • A mugshot of the "Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez is released by the media.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 30th, 1985.

  • United States: The Power Of Love - Huey Lewis & the News
  • United Kingdom: I Got You Babe - UB40 & Chrissie Hynde
Play the top hits 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.
European Vacation

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "European Vacation" was at the top of the box office on August 30th, 1985.

Take me back to August 30th, 1985!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 30th, 1985 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Virgo. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The summer of 1985 is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner. In America, the song The Power Of Love by Huey Lewis & the News is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, I Got You Babe by UB40 & Chrissie Hynde 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 "Scarecrow and Mrs. King", "Sherlock Holmes", "Who's the Boss?" and "The Cosby Show".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Missile Command", "Donkey Kong", "Mario Bros." and "Tetris". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero", "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show" and "Heathcliff". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Lite-Brite, Big Jim (action figure), Hungry Hungry Hippos and Pogo ball / Lolo ball.

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 August 30th, 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.

  • 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 and 20 days have passed since August 30th, 1985.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 35 of 1985.
  • Leap Year: 1985 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 30th, 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 494204400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around August 30th, 1985.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This date: August 30th, 1985
  • 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.
  • September 19th, 1985: 10,000 people are killed when an 8.2 earthquake hits Mexico City.
  • September 24th, 1985: The first episode of the sitcom "Growing Pains" airs on ABC.
  • September 29th, 1985: The first episode of the TV series "MacGyver" is aired.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 30th, 1985, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Leo.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • 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: August 30th, 1985 falls under the Bear.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

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 August 30th, 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
  • 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 August 30th, 1991 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 30th.

Warren Buffett

Business magnate.
Born on August 30th, 1930
He turned 55 on this day in 1985.

Cameron Diaz

Actress.
Born on August 30th, 1972
She turned 13 on this day in 1985.

Weather on August 30th, 1985.

Historical weather information for August 30th, 1985.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 19.3 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. It was a mostly sunny day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 66.4 degrees Fahrenheit. 19.11 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. Rain fell. Precipitation: 24.89cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 19.28 degrees Celsius.

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on August 30th, 1985.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 30th, 1985.

Irish Taoiseach.

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 30th, 1985 was most likely conceived around the 20th of November, 1984.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 30th, 1985 is close to the 9th of June, 1986.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 30th, 1985.

  • A total of 13,169 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,881 weeks have passed.
  • 1,137,801,600 seconds have passed since the August 30th, 1985.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,327,435,200 times.
  • Since August 30th, 1985, the earth has travelled approximately 587,105,625,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 189,633,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 97,850,938 steps. That's about 43,489 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,653,619 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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