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A Look Back at 1985

Live Aid took place on July 13th, a dual event in London and Philadelphia. Status Quo was the first act on stage in London. Phil Collins appeared at both gigs on the same day.

The concert was put together by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to help raise money for the Ethiopian famine. It was one of the biggest television broadcast of all time with 1.9 billion, across 150 nations watching it live.

 

 

As the first mobile phone call is made, BT announce they are phasing out the famous red telephone boxes. We saw the House of Lords on TV for the first time. Fire kills 56 people at Valley Parade stadium in Bradford and Clive Sinclair takes to the road in his C5 but production stops months later.

 

Movies

Roger Moore stands down as James Bond and replace by Timothy Dalton. 'Out of Africa' becomes the Academy Award Best Picture winner and 'Back to the Future' is the biggest film of the year followed by The Goonies, Cocoon and Out of Africa.  Roger Moore stands down as James Bond and replace by Timothy Dalton. 'Out of Africa' becomes the Academy Award Best Picture winner and 'Back to the Future' is the biggest film of the year followed by The Goonies, Cocoon and Out of Africa.

 

TV

As Coronation Street celebrated 25 years a new soap is born as Eastenders appears on BBC 1. We see the last of Dickie Davies on 'World of Sport', 'Juliet Bravo' and 'Tenko' and the start of shows like 'Super Gran', 'Blind Date' and 'Albion Market'.

 

 

Births

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1985 saw the births of Lewis Hamilton, Keira Knightley, Leona Lewis, Lily Allen, Nicola Roberts and Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud, Bruno Mars, Jack Osbourne, Harry Judd of McFly and footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.

 

Sport

Man Utd won the FA Cup. They beat Everton 1-0 with ten men after Kevin Moran became the first player ever to be sent off in a final.  Boris Becker won Wimbledon for the first time, and became the youngest person ever to win the Men’s Singles title.  Martina Navratilova took the ladies title.

Barry McGuigan won the WBA world featherweight title and Last Suspect won the Grand National


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