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1985

Jan10 A gas explosion destroyed the centre section of a three story block of flats Newnham House Putney Hill. Eight people were killed and seven injured by the blast
Jan23 A debate in the House of Lords is televised for the first time
  PC George Hammond is stabbed whilst on patrol in London. He needed 120 pints of blood to save his life but the psychological impact stayed with him. Initially I was informed that George committed suicide in 1887 but I have now received information that George Hammond died in 1995 as a result of complications arising from the original stab wound,  
Jan28 The Clive Pointing trial began. He was eventually acquitted of leaking information with regard to the sinking of the General Belgrano in the Falklands War
Mar3 NUM agree to call off strike. The dispute was one of the longest and most bitterest in history with the British government resorting to unprecedented means in its determination to destroy the mining industry in particular and British trade unions in general.
Mar11 Mohammed Al Fayed buys the London department store Harrods
Mar13 Mikhail Gorbachev became head of the Soviet Union following the funeral of Konstantin Chernenko. At 54, he was the youngest member of the ruling Politburo.
Mar16 U.S. journalist Terry Anderson was kidnapped in Beirut; he was not relased until December 4, 1991 after 2454 days in captivity. 
Mar23 Ben Hardwick who was Britain's youngest liver transplant patient dies in hospital aged 3
May11 56 people died and more than 200 were injured when fire engulfed the main stand at Bradford City's football ground
May29 39 soccer fans, mostly Italian, were crushed or trampled to death in rioting involving Liverpool and Juventus supporters at the
European Cup Final at the
Heysel stadium in Brussels. More than 400 people were injured. On June 2 English clubs were banned from Europeaan competitions by EUFA
Jun6 The body of Nazi criminal, Dr Josef Mengele is located and exhumed in Brazil 
Jun8 Barry McGuigan defeats Panama's Eusebio Pendroza to win the WBA World Featherweight Championship
Jun10 Claus von Bulow acquitted on charges he tried to murder his wife 
Jun23 Bomb destroys Air India Boeing 747 in air 120 miles west of Ireland. 329 die as a result of the explosion 
Jul7

Wimbledon history is made when 17-year-old Boris Becker becomes the youngest ever men's singles champion. The teenager, nicknamed 'Boom Boom', goes on to win a further two Wimbledon titles as well as one US and two Australian Open titles.

Jul13 Live Aid pop concert raises over 50million for famine relief in Africa
Jul20 Treasure hunters found the Spanish galleon, Nuestra Senora de Atocha, which sank off the coast of Key West, Florida in 1622 during a hurricane. The ship contained over $400 million in coins and silver ingots.
Aug10 Michael Jackson buys ATV Music (every Beatle song) for $47million 
Aug12 A Japan Air Lines 747 crashed into Mount Osutaka, killing 520 of the 524 aboard
Aug22 55 people were killed at Manchester airport when a British Airtours Boeing 737 burst into flames after the pilot aborted the takeoff.
Sep1 A joint U.S .- French expedition located the wreck of the Titanic 560 miles off the coast of NewFoundland.
Sep15 Great Britain and Europe win golf's Ryder Cup beating the USA 16.5 - 11.5 at The Belfrey Sutton Coalfield UK. The last time the US had lost the Cup was in 1957 at Lindrick GC near Worksop
Oct6 PC Keith Blakelock is murdered by a mob during  riots on the Broadwater Farm Estate, Tottenham, North London. His killers remain at large.
Oct7 Four Palestinians hijack the Italian Cruise Ship Achille Lauro. Over 400 people are held hostage for two days, and the American Leon Klinghoffer is executed. 
Oct9 Orson Welles, U.S. stage, radio, film and television actor-director and producer, died. His film "Citizen Kane" is regarded as one
of the great classics of the cinema.
Oct16 Intel introduces 32-bit 80386 microcomputer chip 
Nov23 58 people die as Egyptian commandos storm a highjacked Egyptair plane in Malta 
Dec12 An Arrow Air DC-8 crashes after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland, killing 256 people.
Dec16 Paul Castellano organized-crime chief shot dead outside a New York Steakhouse
Dec27 Terrorists kill 20 and injure 110 attacking El Al at Rome and Vienna airports. President Reagan blamed Libyan leader Momar Qadhafi for the attacks

 

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