• Ronald Regan is sworn in for his second term.
• Mikhail Gorbachev becomes General Secretary of the communist party in the Soviet Union.
• The Achille Lauro cruise ship is hijacked.
• Richard Ramirez, the serial killer known as the Night Stalker, is captured in Los Angeles.
• Missing children are put on milk cartons for the first time.
• The Food and Drug Administration approves a blood test for AIDS, used since then to screen all blood donations in the United States.
• U.S. Route 66 is officially decommissioned.
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
• MOVIES: “Rocky”, “Back to the Future” (the highest grossing film of 1985).
• T.V.: “MacGyver” & “Growing Pains”.
• The comic strip Calvin and Hobbes debuts in 35 newspapers.
• Singers and musicians from across the U.S. gathered to record “We are the World” calling themselves “USA for Africa”
• Coca Cola introduces “New Coke” only to bring back “Old” Coke 3 months later…
• Nintendo is introduced.
• David Lee Roth leaves Van Halen and The Police call it quits.
• Rock Hudson
• Orson Wells
• From the album Brothers in Arms
• The video was the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network started on August 1st 1987.
• The song won the Grammy for the Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with a Vocal at the 28th annual Grammy Awards.
• The songwriting credits are shared between Mark Knopfler and Sting.
• Sting has stated that his only compositional contribution was the "I Want My MTV" line but his publishing company insisted on a co-writing credit (and royalties)
• Dire Straits and “Money for Nothing” your #1@1 from September 1985.