September 9, 1985

September 9, 1985, was a Monday. It was 38 years, 9 months, and 15 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.

On This Day

What happened?

What happened on September 9, 1985?

  • A race riot begins in the Handsworth district of Birmingham, England.

Born on September 9, 1985

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Music charts

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on September 9, 1985:

  • United States: "St. Elmo's Fire" by John Parr
  • United Kingdom: "Dancing In The Street" by David Bowie & Mick Jagger

The Billboard Hot 100 on September 9, 1985

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion) - John Parr
  • The Power Of Love - Huey Lewis & The News
  • We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) - Tina Turner
  • Freeway Of Love - Aretha Franklin
  • Summer Of '69 - Bryan Adams
Play the top singles 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 September 9, 1985.


This date occurred 14,168 days ago. Approximately 472 months have passed. It was the 252nd day of 1985, in week 37. The decade was the eighties. People who were born on September 9, 1985, are now 38 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. The Earth has experienced 157 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to September 9, 1985

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is September 9, 1985, and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Virgo. The weekend has just passed, so some people are feeling a bit down. Others are tired after partying too much.

Schools and colleges are starting again, and fall has officially arrived. As a result, temperatures are beginning to cool, and trees are starting to shed their leaves. In the United States, Labor Day of 1985 has recently come and passed. To many, this means that the summer is officially over. In America, the song "St. Elmo's Fire" by John Parr is at the top of the singles charts, while "Dancing In The Street" by David Bowie & Mick Jagger is the number-one song in the UK.

Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie European Vacation is at the top of the box office. Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Columbo", "Dynasty", "Family Ties", and "Miami Vice".

In fashion, women are 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, Ian Stewart, Paul Castellano, and Phil Lynott would all still be alive.

People are playing video games such as "Galaxian", "Pac-Man", "Duck Hunt", and "Tetris". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Diff'rent Strokes", "The Smurfs", and "Fraggle Rock". Children are playing with toys such as Lite-Brite, Water Ring Toss, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and Strawberry Shortcake dolls.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on September 9, 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?

    Who were the best football players?

    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 Time Person of the Year in 1985 due to his 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.
  • Mid 1980s fashion.

    Mid 1980s fashion

    Strappy sandals, Keds, kitten-heeled sandals, and pumps were popular footwear in the mid-80s. Fashion became 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 was dominating the home computer market.
  • VCRs are becoming popular.

    VCRs are becoming popular

    VCRs started to become a popular household item during the first half of the 1980s. However, they were still very costly. 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.
  • Computers are replacing typewriters.

    Computers are replacing typewriters

    Desktop computers were beginning to replace typewriters in offices.
  • TV remotes.

    TV remotes

    Although TV remotes existed, many homes didn't have one. Infrared technology was still relatively new.
  • Wallpaper.


    Wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

Personality traits

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on September 9, 1985.

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around September 9, 1985.

  • August 12, 1985: Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes, killing 520 people.
  • August 16, 1985:
    • The Return of the Living Dead (1985) is released in cinemas.
    • Madonna marries actor Sean Penn.
  • August 22, 1985: 55 people die from smoke inhalation after a fire breaks out on British Airtours Flight 28M at Manchester Airport, England.
  • August 25, 1985: 13-year-old peace activist and child actress Samantha Smith dies in a plane crash.
  • August 30, 1985: A mugshot of the "Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez is released by the media.
  • August 31, 1985: Serial killer Richard Ramirez (aka the Night Stalker) is captured in Los Angeles, California.
  • September 1, 1985: The wreck of the Titanic is located for the first time since it sank in 1912.
  • September 8, 1985: Jerry Rice makes his NFL debut for the San Francisco 49ers.
  • This date: September 9, 1985
  • September 10, 1985: US President Ronald Reagan announces that he is adopting economic sanctions against the apartheid regime in South Africa.
  • September 13, 1985:
    • 1985 MTV Video Music Awards: "The Boys of Summer" by Don Henley wins Video of the Year.
    • The first "Super Mario" video game is released in Japan.
  • September 15, 1985: Golf: Europe wins the 1985 Ryder Cup at The Belfry in Wishaw, England.
  • September 19, 1985: 10,000 people are killed when an 8.2 earthquake hits Mexico City.
  • September 24, 1985: The first episode of the sitcom "Growing Pains" airs on ABC.
  • September 29, 1985: The first episode of the TV series "MacGyver" is aired.
  • October 2, 1985: American actor Rock Hudson dies from AIDS at the age of 59.
  • October 4, 1985: The movie Commando (1985), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, is released in cinemas.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on September 9, 1985, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • 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 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: September 9, 1985 falls under the Bear.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of September will have the birthstone Sapphire.
  • Birth flower (September): The Aster and the Morning Glory.

Mid-1980s fashion

Photographs of mid-1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Mid-1980s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in September 1985

The following TV shows were popular in September 1985:

TV shows from September 1985.

Charles in Charge
Charles in Charge
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Miami Vice
Miami Vice
Who's the Boss?
Who's the Boss?
The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
The Transformers
The Transformers
Punky Brewster
Punky Brewster
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
Kate & Allie
Kate & Allie
Night Court
Night Court
Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Scarecrow and Mrs. King

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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in September 1985

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

She-Ra: Princess of Power
She-Ra: Princess of Power
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
Muppet Babies
Muppet Babies
Mister T
Mister T

Toys in 1985

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

Teddy Ruxpin
Teddy Ruxpin
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
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
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in September 1985.

Back to the Future 1985
Back to the Future
The Way of the Exploding Fist 1985
The Way of the Exploding Fist
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 1985
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Boulder Dash 1985
Boulder Dash
Tetris 1984
Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt
Mario Bros. 1983
Mario Bros.
Donkey Kong 1981
Donkey Kong
Missile Command 1980
Missile Command
Pac-Man 1980
Galaxian 1980
Asteroids 1979

Were you born on September 9, 1985?

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 of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out September 9, 1991, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on September 9.

Frank Lucas

Frank Lucas

Drug trafficker Deceased
Born on September 9, 1930
He turned 55 on this day in 1985.

Otis Redding

Otis Redding

Singer Deceased
Born on September 9, 1941
He was not alive on this date.

Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant

Born on September 9, 1960
He turned 25 on this day in 1985.

Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler

Born on September 9, 1966
He turned 19 on this day in 1985.

Michael Buble

Michael Buble

Born on September 9, 1975
He turned 10 on this day in 1985.

Soulja Slim

Soulja Slim

Rapper Deceased
Born on September 9, 1977
He turned 8 on this day in 1985.

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Born on September 9, 1980
She turned 5 on this day in 1985.

José Aldo

José Aldo

UFC fighter
Born on September 9, 1986
He was born exactly one year after this date.


US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on September 9, 1985.


UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on September 9, 1985 was most likely conceived around December 17, 1984.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on September 9, 1985 is close to June 2, 1986.

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Stats for September 9, 1985


Here are some interesting statistics about September 9, 1985:

  • 14,168 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,024 weeks have passed.
  • 1,224,115,200 seconds have passed since September 9, 1985.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,428,134,400 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 631,643,443,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 204,019,200 times.
  • You have taken approximately 105,273,907 steps. That's roughly 46,788 miles.
  • 14,689,382 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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