Some of the key moments in music, movies, sport and current affairs from 1985.

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Australia cancels involvement in MX missile tests

South Africa ends ban on inter-racial marriages

John Howard replaces Andrew Peacock as Liberal leader

A man wearing a chicken suit walks into the House of Representatives and sits down on frontbench

British Antarctic Survey announces discovery of hole in the ozone layer

Tropical cyclone and storm surge kills 10,000 in Bangladesh

Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warriors is bombed by French agents in Auckland harbour, killing one person

Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes in Japan killing 520 (the worst single aircraft disaster in history)

Channel Seven premiers Neighbours. Axes program six months later but rights are picked up by Channel 10

Microsoft releases the first version of Windows operating system


Band Aid’s Do They Know it’s Christmas Time goes number one for 4 weeks

USA for Africa’s We are the World is number one of 9 weeks

Kate Bush releases her masterpiece Hounds of Love

Midnight Oil has its first Australian number one with the Species Deceases EP


Amadeus wins best picture Oscar, one of eight. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom won a single Oscar (for best visual effects)


NSW wins Sheffield Shield

Essendon goes back-to-back to win the AFL premiership

First Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide takes place

East Fremantle defeats Subiaco to claim WAFL flag

What A Nuisance wins Melbourne Cup