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1985

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U.S. Facts

  • President: Ronald W. Reagan (R)
  • Population: 238,466,000
  • Life Expectancy: 74.7 Years
  • Unemployment: 7.2%
  • Average Annual Salary: $23,618
  • Minimum Wage: $3.35 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $11,902
  • Gasoline: $1.20 per gallon
  • House: $100,800
  • Bread: $0.55 per loaf
  • Milk: $1.98 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.22

Major U.S. Events

  • America has net debt to other nations, for 1st time since WWI
  • Congress passes law requiring end to Federal deficit by 1991
  • U.S. declines World Court jurisdiction

Major World Events

  • Mikhail Gorbachev begins reform & liberalization of Soviet Union
  • PLO and other Mideast terrorist attacks become more common
  • Live Aid concerts raise over $50 million for famine relief in Africa
  • Passenger liner Achille Lauro hijacked by Palestinians

January-March

  • Ronald Reagan inaugurated for 2nd term
  • Gorbachev becomes new Soviet leader

April-July

  • FBI arrests suspected heads of the 5 Mafia families of New York City
  • TWA flight 847 hijacked by Hezbollah

August-December

  • Wreck of RMS Titanic located
  • Reagan and Gorbachev hold friendliest U.S.-Soviet summit in years

Top Songs

  • Say You, Say Me by Lionel Ritchie
  • We Are The World by USA For Africa
  • Careless Whisper by Wham! featuring George Michael
  • Can’t Fight This Feeling by REO Speedwagon
  • Money For Nothing by Dire Straits

Other New Songs

  • Shout by Tears For Fears
  • Centerfield by John Fogerty
  • Material Girl by Madonna
  • Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams
  • Born In The U.S.A by Bruce Springsteen

Top Movies

  • Out of Africa
  • Prizzi’s Honor
  • Back To The Future
  • The Color Purple
  • Desperately Seeking Susan

Top Books

  • The Mammoth Hunters by Jean Auel
  • Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor
  • The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
  • Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  • Contact by Carl Sagan

Top TV Shows (1984-85)

  • Dynasty
  • Dallas
  • Cosby Show
  • 60 Minutes
  • Family Ties

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Kansas City Royals d. St. Louis Cardinals

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: San Francisco 49ers d. Miami Dolphins

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Edmonton Oilers d. Philadelphia Flyers

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Los Angeles Lakers d. Boston Celtics

NCAA Champions

  • Football: University of Oklahoma Sooners
  • Basketball: Villanova University Wildcats

Other Champions

  • Golf: Lanny Wadkins is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Spend a Buck wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Danny Sullivan wins Indianapolis 500
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