August 31st, 1985

August 31st, 1985, fell on a Saturday. It was day 243 of 1985. The decade was the 1980s.

34 years, 11 months and 5 days have passed since August 31st, 1985.


On This Date

Events that occurred on August 31st, 1985:

  • Serial killer Richard Ramirez (aka the Night Stalker) is captured in Los Angeles, California.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 31st, 1985:

  • United States: The Power Of Love - Huey Lewis & the News
  • United Kingdom: I Got You Babe - UB40 & Chrissie Hynde

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 31st, 1985 and it's a Saturday. People are enjoying their 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.

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 "Last of the Summer Wine", "Only Fools and Horses", "Cheers" and "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pac-Man", "Tetris", "Boulder Dash" and "The Way of the Exploding Fist".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Inspector Gadget" and "Thomas the Tank Engine". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Hungry Hungry Hippos", "Cabbage Patch Kids", "Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine" and "Big wheel (tricycle)".


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 31st, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Out of Africa

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

  • 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.

  • 1985 in music.

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


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 34 years, 11 months and 5 days have passed since August 31st, 1985.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 35 of 1985.
  • Leap Year: 1985 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 31st, 1985, will be 34 years of age.
  • People born in 1985 belong to the "Generation Y (Millennial)" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 494290800.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around August 31st, 1985:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 31st, 1985, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (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).
  • Native American Zodiac: August 31st, 1985 falls under the Bear.
  • 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.
  • Who's the Boss? - Sitcom about a retired player who relocates to work as a live-in housekeeper.
  • The Cosby Show - American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby.
  • 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" - "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show" - "Dungeons & Dragons" - "Alvin and the Chipmunks" - "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
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • Lite-Brite
  • Easy-Bake Oven

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 31st of August:


Weather

Weather information for August 31st, 1985:

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 16.1 degrees Celsius. There was heavy rain. It was a windy day. It was a sunny day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 57.0 degrees Fahrenheit. 13.89 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. Rain fell. Precipitation: 0.25cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 15.94 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 0.51cm.

US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on August 31st, 1985.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on August 31st, 1985 was probably conceived around the 21st of November, 1984. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 31st, 1985 is the 10th of June, 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 31st, 1985.

  • 12,758 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,102,291,200 seconds have passed since the August 31st, 1985.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,286,006,400 times.
  • Since August 31st, 1985, earth has travelled approximately 568,782,259,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 183,715,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 94,797,043 steps. That's about 42,132 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,227,494 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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