Year of the first Time Travel experiment. (October 26, 1985 to be Exact.) 1:20 AM, in the dark parking lot of Twin (Lone) Pine(s) Mall, a combination Delorean/Time Machine successfully accelerated to 88 miles-per-hour, transporting a dog (Einstein) one minute into the future. 15 minutes later, Marty McFly is transported 30 years in the past to November 5th, 1955, causing considerable damage to Old Man Peabody's ranch.

A novel by Anthony Burgess. Part One is actually an "interview", a meditation on George Orwell's 1984, while Part Two, the novel proper, presents a different sort of dystopia (or "cacotopia"), with England remade by permissiveness, punk, and Petrodollars, and a welfare state gone wrong. Just as Orwell's creation was meant to be about "the future" of 1948, Burgess drew a bleak caricature of his pre-Thatcher Britain.


Major News

  • New Coke is released
  • Dr. Robert Ballard finds the wreck of the Titanic
  • Famine in Ethiopia
  • Hole in the Ozone Layer Discovered
  • Mikhail Gorbachev Calls for Glasnost and Perestroika
  • Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Elie Wiesel.
  • Two Shi'te Muslims hijack a TWA airliner with 133 on board (June 14). On June 30, 39 remaining hostages are released in Berut, Lebanon.
  • Terrorists hijack a Egyptian Boeing 737 after takeoff in Athens and 59 are killed when Egyptian troops retake the plane the next day on November 24.


Nobel Prizes in the Sciences

    Chemistry: Herbert A. Hauptman and Jerome Karle (Development of direct methods for the determination of crystal structures)
    Physics: Klaus von Klitzing (Developing an exact way of measuring electrical conductivity)
    Medicine: Michael S. Brown and Joseph L. Goldstein (Research on cholesterol metabolism and increased our possibilities to prevent and treat atherosclerosis and heart attacks


    Super Bowl: San Francisco d. Miami (38-16)
    World Series: Kansas City d. St. Louis Cardinals (4-3)
    NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers d. Boston (4-2)
    Stanley Cup: Edmonton d. Philadelphia (4-1)
      Women: Martina Navratilova d. C. Evert Lloyd (4-6 6-3 6-2)
      Men: Boris Becker d. K. Curren (6-3 6-7 7-6 6-4)
    Kentucky Derby Champion: Spend A Buck
    NCAA Basketball Championship: Villanova d. Georgetown (66-64)
    NCAA Football Champions: Oklahoma (11-1-0)


The 5 Highest Grossing Films

The Academy Awards

    Picture: Out of Africa
    Actress: Geraldine Page (The Trip to Bountiful)
    Actor: William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman)
    Supporting Actress: Anjelica Huston (Prizzi's Honor)
    Director: Sydney Pollack (Out of Africa)
    Original Screenplay: Earl W. Wallace and William Kelley, screenplay; William Kelley, Pamela Wallace and Earl W. Wallace, story (Witness)
    Adapted Screenplay: Kurt Luedtke (Out of Africa)
    Cinematography: David Watkin (Out of Africa)
    Song: “Say You, Say Me,” (White Nights; Music and Lyrics By: Lionel Richie)
    Original Score: John Barry (Out of Africa)
    Film Editing: Thom Noble (Witness)
    Costume Design: Emi Wada (Ran)
    Makeup: Michael Westmore and Zoltan Elek (Mask)
    Visual Effects: Ken Ralston, Ralph McQuarrie, Scott Farrar and David Berry (Cocoon)
    Animated Short Film: Anna & Bella (Cilia Van Dijk, producer, Netherlands)
    Live Action Short Film: Molly's Pilgrim (Jeff Brown and Chris Pelzer, producers; Phoenix Films)
    Documentary (Short Subject): The Courage to Care (Robert Gardner, producer; United Way)
    Documentary (Feature Film): Broken Rainbow (Maria Florio and Victoria Mudd, producers; Earthworks Films Production)
    Foreign Film: The Official Story, Argentina

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