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What Happened In 1985

The News In 1985:

  • Ronald Reagan was president of the US
  • Live Aid, a 17 hour rock concert broadcast worldwide from London and Philadelphia, raising $70 million for starving Africans
  • An 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City and results in about 25,000 deaths
  • Volcano "Nevada del Ruiz" erupted near Bogota, Columbia causing mud slides that bury two towns
  • American Jew Jonathan Pollard was arrested for giving military secrets to Israel
  • Mikhail Gorbachev became Soviet leader
  • New Coke was released on the 99th anniversary of Coca-Cola
  • The GNU Manifesto was first written by Richard Stallman
  • Kansas City Royals won the World series
  • San Francisco 49ers won Superbowl XIX
  • Edmonton Oilers win the Stanley Cup
  • Back to the Future was the top grossing film
  • Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis was published
  • David Lee Roth left Van Halen to begin a solo career
  • "Careless Whisper" by Wham! spent the most time at the top of the US charts
  • Elmo was introduced on Sesame Street
  • The Golden Girls and Growing Pains premiered  
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Presenting "A Day In Life" my series of texts from my journals that I kept between the ages of 14 and 17. I'll be adding new entries every now and then to share all my thoughts, ideas,events, experiences, memories, ideas I had during the eighties. It is for my continued amusement that I read and reread my old journals, even when there isn't much content, I still gain occasional insight how I'm still in the process of changing to maturity. Most of the names have been changed to protect the people I recently found on Facebook. A few are just partial entries, my bleeping and blinding exclamations have been removed and some entries have been modified to give way to my now correct spelling and grammar. Yet the mix of excitement, melodrama and pleasant memories from the eighties are still much felt :)I hope, as you read my old journal with me, you enjoy the same sentiments.