1985

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Can you name the following major events that occurred in 1985?

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January 20Sworn in as president of the United States of America
January 20This 'golden' team wins the Super Bowl by defeating the Miami Dolphins in a rout, 38-16
January 28Year's number one hit single, written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, is recorded
February 14CNN reporter Jeremy Levin is freed from captivity in this country
February 19William Schroeder becomes the first patient to leave the hospital with an artificial ________.
March 6Future heavyweight champion makes professional boxing debut in Albany, New York, winning via first round knockout.
March 11This man becomes general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party
March 17The World's Fair event Expo '85 opens in this country and is held until September 16
March 31WWF event, nicknamed 'The Granddaddy of Them All' debuts at New York City's Madison Square Garden; Muhammad Ali makes an appearance as a guest referee
April 1Defeated Georgetown 66-64 to win the NCAA basketball national championship
May 25Tropical cyclone kills approximately 10,000 people in this country
June 26Historic highway, immortalized by a Bobby Troup written song is decommissioned
July 3Great Scott! First film in its successful franchise opens in the US and becomes the highest grossing film of the year.
July 13Pop concerts held in Philadelphia and London to raise money for Ethiopian famine relief.
August 4Minnesota Twin becomes the 16th player in MLB history to record 3,000 career hits.
August 31Serial killer, apprehended in Los Angeles
September 6Michael Jackson purchases the publishing rights to most of the Beatles' music, much to the chagrin of this former collaborator and bidding opponent
September 27After 21 years, this Rod Serling created, science fiction trailblazing television show is revived
October 10Director hailed as a 'genius' in his younger years before falling to harsh criticisms dies at 80. One-time spouse of Rita Hayworth
October 18Video game console released by Nintendo in the United States
November 18Comic strip about a young boy and his stuffed tiger debuts in 35 newspapers
November 20First version of this operating system is released
December 11This former Harvard professor turned serial killing eco-activist claims his first fatality
December 16Becomes head of Gambino crime family after Paul Castellano is gunned down in New York City

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