November 21, 1985

November 21, 1985, was a Thursday. It was 38 years, 7 months, and 20 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Scorpio.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on November 21, 1985:

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

Born on November 21, 1985

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on November 21, 1985:

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on November 21, 1985

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • 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 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.
Once Bitten

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Once Bitten".


This date occurred 14,113 days ago. Approximately 470 months have passed. It was the 325th day of 1985, in week 47. The decade was the eighties. The start of 1986 was just 40 days away. People who were born on November 21, 1985, are now 38 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. 157 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to November 21, 1985

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is November 21, 1985, and it's a Thursday. Babies who are 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 at the top of the singles charts, while "A Good Heart" by Feargal Sharkey is the number-one song in the UK. Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Once Bitten 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 "The Facts of Life", "Cheers", "The Transformers", and "MacGyver". 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 Ian Stewart, Paul Castellano, Phil Lynott, and Christa McAuliffe would all still be alive. People are playing video games such as "Lunar Lander", "The Way of the Exploding Fist", "Super Mario Bros.", and "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Cockleshell Bay", "Inspector Gadget", "Snorks", and "The Cosby Show".

Children are playing with toys such as Screwball Scramble, Monchhichi / Chicaboo, Pound Puppies, and Mr Frosty.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on November 21, 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 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?

    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 November 21, 1985.

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around November 21, 1985.

  • October 25, 1985: NBA player Karl Malone makes his debut for Utah Jazz.
  • November 4, 1985: Boxing manager Cus D'Amato dies at the age of 77.
  • November 13, 1985: 23,000 people are killed when the Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupts in Colombia.
  • November 18, 1985: The daily comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes" is published for the first time.
  • November 20, 1985: The first version of Microsoft Windows is released.
  • This date: November 21, 1985
  • November 23, 1985: 60 people are killed after Egyptian commandos raid a hijacked flight at Luqa Airport in Malta.
  • November 27, 1985:
    • Rocky IV (1985) is released in cinemas.
    • 12-year-old Martha Jean Lambert goes missing in St. Augustine, Florida.
  • December 12, 1985:
    • 256 people die after Arrow Air Flight 1285 stalls and crashes in Newfoundland, Canada.
    • The Rolling Stones co-founder Ian Stewart dies from a heart attack at the age of 47.
  • December 15, 1985: Sylvester Stallone and actress Brigitte Nielsen are married.
  • December 16, 1985: American Mafia boss Paul Castellano is shot to death outside of Sparks Steak House in Manhattan.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on November 21, 1985, will have the star sign Scorpio.
  • 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 21, 1985 falls under the Snake.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of November will have the birthstones Topaz and Citrine.
  • Birth flower (November): The Chrysanthemum.

Mid-1980s fashion

Photographs of mid-1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Mid-1980s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in November 1985

People in November 1985 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from November 1985.

The Equalizer
The Equalizer
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
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

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 November 1985

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

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
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

Toys in 1985

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

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
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)
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in November 1985.

Gauntlet 1985
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
Super Mario Bros. 1985
Super Mario Bros.
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

Were you born on November 21, 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 November 21, 1991, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

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



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

Nicollette Sheridan

Nicollette Sheridan

Born on November 21, 1963
She turned 22 on this day in 1985.

Reggie Lewis

Reggie Lewis

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

Bryan Kohberger

Bryan Kohberger

Suspected murderer
Born on November 21, 1994
He was born exactly 9 years after this date.


US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on November 21, 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 November 21, 1985 was most likely conceived around February 28, 1985.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on November 21, 1985 is close to August 14, 1986.

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Stats for November 21, 1985


Here are some interesting statistics about November 21, 1985:

  • 14,113 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,016 weeks have passed.
  • 1,219,359,600 seconds have passed since November 21, 1985.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,422,586,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 629,189,553,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 203,226,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 104,864,926 steps. That's roughly 46,607 miles.
  • 14,632,315 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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