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November 21st, 1985.

November 21st, 1985, was a Thursday. It was day 325 of 1985. The decade was the 1980s.

36 years and 13 days have passed since November 21st, 1985.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Scorpio.

On this day.

What happened on November 21st, 1985?

  • US Navy intelligence officer Jonathan Pollard is arrested for spying for Israel.

Born on November 21st, 1985.

People who were born on this exact date.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on November 21st, 1985.

  • United States: We Built This City - Starship
  • United Kingdom: A Good Heart - Feargal Sharkey

The Billboard Hot 100 on November 21st, 1985.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • We Built This City - Starship
  • You Belong To The City - Glenn Frey
  • Miami Vice Theme - Jan Hammer
  • Head Over Heels - Tears For Fears
  • Part-Time Lover - Stevie Wonder
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.
Once Bitten

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Once Bitten" was at the top of the box office on November 21st, 1985.

Take me back to November 21st, 1985!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is November 21st, 1985 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Scorpio. It's November, so the evenings are getting darker and the days are getting colder.

In America, the song We Built This City by Starship is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, A Good Heart by Feargal Sharkey is the number one hit song. Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and the movie Once Bitten 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 Paul Castellano, Phil Lynott, Christa McAuliffe and Len Bias would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Last of the Summer Wine", "Scarecrow and Mrs. King", "Moonlighting" and "The Equalizer". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Lunar Lander", "Donkey Kong", "The Way of the Exploding Fist" and "Gauntlet".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Schoolhouse Rock!", "Diff'rent Strokes", "Inspector Gadget" and "She-Ra: Princess of Power". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of the Easy-Bake Oven, Operation, My Little Pony (figures) and the Nintendo Entertainment System.

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 November 21st, 1985.

  • The Nintendo Entertainment System.

    The Nintendo Entertainment System.

    During the second half of the 1980s, the Nintendo Entertainment System became one of the most popular video game consoles in the world. Releases for the NES included the likes of Duck Hunt, The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 36 years and 13 days have passed since November 21st, 1985.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 47 of 1985.
  • Leap Year: 1985 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on November 21st, 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 501379200.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around November 21st, 1985.

  • October 25th, 1985: NBA player Karl Malone makes his debut for Utah Jazz.
  • November 13th, 1985: 23,000 people are killed when the Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupts in Colombia.
  • November 20th, 1985: The first version of Microsoft Windows is released.
  • This date: November 21st, 1985
  • November 23rd, 1985: 60 people are killed after Egyptian commandos raid a hijacked flight at Luqa Airport in Malta.
  • November 27th, 1985: Rocky IV (1985) is released in cinemas.
  • November 27th, 1985: 12-year-old Martha Jean Lambert goes missing in St. Augustine, Florida.
  • December 16th, 1985: American Mafia boss Paul Castellano is shot to death outside of Sparks Steak House in Manhattan.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on this date.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on November 21st, 1985, will have the star sign Scorpio.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Libra.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • 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: November 21st, 1985 falls under the Snake.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of November will have the birthstones Topaz and Citrine.
  • Birth flower (November): The Chrysanthemum.

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.

TV shows from November, 1985.

MacGyver
MacGyver
TV show about a resourceful secret agent who can solve almost any problem using the mundane objects around him.

The Equalizer
The Equalizer
Series about a retired secret agent called Robert McCall.

The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Television series about four mature women who live together in Miami, Florida.

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.

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.

Kids' TV shows on November 21st, 1985.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1985.

Jem and the Holograms
Jem and the Holograms

Growing Pains
Growing Pains

The Care Bears
The Care Bears

Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Adventures of the Gummi Bears

The Wuzzles
The Wuzzles

She-Ra: Princess of Power
She-Ra: Princess of Power

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

Popular toys and games in 1985.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1985.

The Nintendo Entertainment System
The Nintendo Entertainment System

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

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

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

Gauntlet 1985
Gauntlet
An arcade hack and slash game.

Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
Role-playing game.

Super Mario Bros. 1985
Super Mario Bros.
Released on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

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 check out November 21st, 1991 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on November 21st.

Voltaire

French philosopher. Deceased
Born on November 21st, 1694
He was not alive on this date.

Reggie Lewis

NBA player. Deceased
Born on November 21st, 1965
He turned 20 on this day in 1985.

Weather on November 21st, 1985.

Historical weather information for November 21st, 1985.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 6.1 degrees Celsius. It was a wet day. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 32.8 degrees Fahrenheit. 0.44 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 4.78 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 0.25cm.

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on November 21st, 1985.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on November 21st, 1985.

Irish Taoiseach.

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on November 21st, 1985 was most likely conceived around February 28th, 1985.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on November 21st, 1985 is close to August 14th, 1986.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about November 21st, 1985.

  • A total of 13,162 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,880 weeks have passed.
  • 1,137,196,800 seconds have passed since the November 21st, 1985.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,326,729,600 times.
  • Since November 21st, 1985, the earth has travelled approximately 586,793,548,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 189,532,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 97,798,925 steps. That's about 43,466 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,646,362 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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