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January 21, 1985 Record breaking cold weather sweeps into Georgia, with the temperature reaching -8 degrees in Atlanta, -6 degrees in Macon and 3 degrees in Savannah
  City of Macon, Georgia
  City of Savannah, Georgia
February 11, 1985 Judge Frank A. Hooper dies.
  Frank A. Hooper
February 14, 1985 Whitney Houston releases her first album (self-titled). Sales hit 14 million records
  Whitney Houston
March 8, 1985 Edward Andrews died, Santa Monica, California
  Edward Andrews
March 9, 1985 Whitney Houston's You Give Good Love, a soothing ballad debuts on Billboard's Hot 100
  Whitney Houston
April 23, 1985 New Coke is introduced. The controversy is immediate and wide-spread, and Coca-Cola does not expect the frenzied rejection of its "new" offering.
  Coca-Cola
May 20, 1985 Rescue mission ends in crash, Duluth
  Rescue mission ends in crash, Duluth
June 3, 1985 61-year old cancer patient Katy Yarbrough is overdosed with radiation by a Therac 25 at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, the first such case reported. The machine will eventually be withdrawn from the market and the FDA will rewrite virtually all of its regulations as a result of this and other cases involving the Therac 25.
  Marietta, GA
June 11, 1985 The Georgia Supreme Court overturns the lower court ruling, orders new trial for Jim Williams
  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
July 10, 1985 Classic Coke returns, the pre-"New Coke" Coke, with a new name
  Coca-Cola
August 2, 1985 Delta Air Lines Flight 191 crashes while attempting to land at Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport. The original impact was in an empty field, but the plane remained intact and "bounced" onto a 6-lane highway, then crashing into a pair of water tanks. 136 out of 167 passengers died.
  Delta Air Lines
September 1, 1985 Cale Yarborough's broken belt at the Southern 500 in Darlington, SC, ensures a million-dollar celebration for Bill Elliott. Elliott won the Daytona 500 in February and the Winston 500 in May. With the win at Darlington, he became the first person to win three of the top 4 races in the NASCAR circuit
  Bill Elliott
September 29, 1985 Skydiving plane crashes, Jenkinsburg
  Butts County, Georgia
  Skydiving plane crashes, Jenkinsburg
October 22, 1985 The Atlanta Braves announce they signed Bobby Cox as manager and General Manager.
December 9, 1985 3 judge panel finds that pretrial publicity about the Alday family murders made a fair trial virtually impossible in Seminole County
  Alday family murders
  Seminole County, Georgia
December 16, 1985 Wachovia and First Atlanta (formerly First National Bank of Atlanta) merge.
  Wachovia and First Union Banks
December 28, 1985 Georgia ties Arizona 13-13 in the Sun Bowl
  Vince Dooley
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
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