How many years ago was 1985?

1985 was 39 years ago.

39 years have passed between May 18th, 1985, and May 18th, 2024. It was 14,245 days ago.

How long ago was 1985?

To put into perspective how long ago 1985 was:

  • The teenagers that existed in 1985 are now 52–58 years old.
  • Three decades have passed since then.
  • Although the Internet existed in 1985, most people didn't even know what it was.
  • People were still listening to music on portable cassette players called Walkmans.
  • Cellphones were very uncommon.
  • Movies came on VHS tapes.
  • Mullets were "everywhere".
  • The Soviet Union still existed.
  • Most offices were still using typewriters. It wasn't until the nineties that PCs began to take over.
  • Motorists had to rely on printed maps and directions to get to places. GPS systems didn't appear until more than a decade later.
  • The Moon is moving away from Earth at roughly 1.49 inches per year. That means that it has moved away by about 58 inches since 1985.
  • There have been roughly 2,028 weekends since then.
  • Names such as Bon Jovi, Oprah Winfrey, Johnny Depp, Guns N' Roses, Mike Tyson, Kylie Minogue, Dr. Dre, Bruce Willis, and Nicolas Cage were not famous at the time.
  • Popular songs that year included the likes of "Like A Virgin" by Madonna, "I Want To Know What Love Is" by Foreigner, "Careless Whisper" by George Michael, "Can't Fight This Feeling" by REO Speedwagon, "One More Night" by Phil Collins, and "We Are The World" by USA for Africa.
  • Films such as "Beverly Hills Cop", "Witness", "Friday the 13th - Part V", "Police Academy 2", "Stick", and "Code of Silence" were playing at movie theaters in 1985.
  • Ronald Reagan was still the President of the United States.
  • Margaret Thatcher was still the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • The Earth has travelled 176 billion miles through space since 1985.
  • Most cars didn't have electric windows.
  • Although TV remote controls existed, many homes did not have them.
  • Microwave ovens were only starting to become a common fixture in kitchens.
  • There was no such thing as "Gangsta rap".
  • Video games such as "Super Mario Bros.", "Back to the Future", "The Way of the Exploding Fist", "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back", "Gauntlet", and "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar" were released that year.
  • Due to the expansion of the Atlantic Ocean, the distance between the United States and Europe has grown 98 centimeters since 1985.
  • A person who was born that year has had roughly 78–117 colds in their lifetime.
  • The world has gone through 156 seasons of weather.
  • "The Golden Girls", "The Equalizer", "MacGyver", and "Moonlighting" were among the TV shows that started airing that year.

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