WrestleMania Time Capsule: 1985

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March 31, 1985

 

The following events also occurred in 1985 ...

Billy Joel


David Lee Roth leaves Van Halen, embarks on solo career.

Billy Joel marries Christie Brinkley.

Swatch watches become the newest craze.

Moonlighting premieres on ABC, and in the process launches the career of Bruce Willis.

The United States' first mandatory seatbelt law goes into effect in New York.

Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox, conquers the box office at a speed much faster than 88 m.p.h. and more powerful than 1.21 Jiggawatts. DeLoreans become cooler than ever.

The Coca-Cola Company changes its formula, creating "New Coke." An immense backlash from the public, however, prompts the company to goes back to the original formula, calling it "Coke Classic."

Eddie

Eddie Murphy turns to the music industry and records "Party All the Time."

AIDS claims the life of actor Rock Hudson, as the public becomes more aware of the disease.

Pound Puppies and Cabbage Patch Kids rise to the top of Christmas lists. 

Chicago White Sox pitcher Tom Seaver wins his 300th game against the New York Yankees.

Facts of Life, MacGyver, Growing Pains and Cheers are among television's popular shows.

Acid rain becomes a serious environmental concern.

The "Brat Pack" - whose core members consisted of Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy - takes over Hollywood.

The 49'ers rule the National Football League in 1985.On Jan. 25, the San Francisco 49ers win the Super Bowl.

 Music's top talents come together to record "We Are the World" and raise money for Africa.

The Kansas City Royals win the World Series.

The Edmonton Oilers win the Stanley Cup.

Amadeus claims Best Picture honors at the 57th Academy Awards.

PAC

Parental advisory warning labels start appearing on all music albums that contain violent or sexual language. 

The Tommy Hilfiger brand is established.

Surviving a "Memorial Day Massacre" Game 1 defeat, MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Boston Celtics in six games to become NBA Champions.

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