Marty and Jennifer in Courthouse Square in 1985.

1985 was a year in the 20th century. It was present day to Marty McFly before he transported back to 1955, and it was his intended destination in which to return.

By 1985, Hill Valley had experienced growth in its surrounding neighborhoods and suburbs. Downtown was less vibrant as commercial interests moved out around the Twin Pines Mall area, on the former site of Twin Pines Ranch, as well as former residential areas of town (see John F. Kennedy Drive). A community known as Hilldale was beginning construction just east of the Eastwood Ravine.

By 1985, there was an increase in civil rights, cultural upheaval and usage of electronic computing.

After old Biff Tannen disrupted history by traveling back in time from 2015 in Dr. Emmett Brown's stolen DeLorean time machine to 1955 to give his younger self the Grays Sports Almanac, this year became the nightmarish ABC timeline 1985A.

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In relation to 1955

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Timeline 1

  • Friday, October 25 , 8:15 a.m.: Marty arrives at Doc's house, with the clocks saying 7:50. He plugs in his guitar. 
    • Doc calls Marty and tells him that he and Einstein are away. 
    • Jennifer and Marty are given slips for tardiness. 
    • Marty fails the Battle of the Bands. 
    • Marty witnesses Biff bully his father and is told the car is damaged. He is told by his sister that Jennifer tried to call him three times, with Lorraine, his mother, explaining that she never did what he was doing with George. 
    • Marty accidentally falls asleep.

Saturday, October 26, 1:00 a.m.: 

  • Doc calls Marty. 
  • Marty arrives at the Twin Pines Mall with his camera. 

Saturday, October 26, 1:15 a.m.: 

Marty arrives at the Twin Pines Mall. 

Saturday, October 26, 1:16 a.m. 

  • Einstein arrives in the DeLorean.

Saturday, October 26, 1:20 a.m.

  • Marty and Doc put plutonium in the time machine. 

Saturday, October 26, 1:30 a.m. 

  • Doc is shot by Libyan terrorists. 

Saturday, October 26, 1:35 a.m. 

  • Marty arrives at November 5th, 1955 after accidentally going to 88 mph. 

Saturday, October 26, 8:00 a.m. 

  • Doc's dead body is found.

Monday, October 28

  • Doc's funeral is held with many making fun of him. 

Timeline 2

  • Saturday, October 26, 1:36 a.m.: Marty McFly arrives from November 12th, 1955, 10:04 p.m., and witnesses Doc being shot again, and himself going back in time. He arrives and learns that Doc faked his death with a bulletproof vest after reading Marty's letter after November 12th, 1955.
    • Marty wakes up from his previous day, and sees Jennifer who he hasn't seen for 9 days. 
    • Doc arrives and brings them back to the future

Timeline 3

  • Saturday, October 26, 6:00 p.m.: Marty, Jennifer, Doc, and Einstein arrive from October 21, 2015 after saving Marty Jr.
  • Marty arrives at Lyon Estates, with him realizing that he was in the wrong house. 
  • Marty discovers that his father, George, was killed on March 15, 1973.

Timeline 4 

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    The DeLorean's time circuits as they appeared one minute after the first demonstration.

    ​​Thursday, June 13: Max Spielberg (director of Jaws 19), is born.
  • Saturday, October 12: Libyan terrorists steal plutonium from the local power plant, but it is dismissed by the FBI as a "simple clerical error".
  • Friday, October 25:
  • Saturday, October 26:
    • Originally planned as the date on which Marty and Jennifer were going camping at the lake; their time traveling adventures would ultimately cancel these plans.
    • From about 1:18 a.m. to 1:35 a.m., in the parking lot of the Twin Pines Mall, Doc demonstrates his new DeLorean time machine. His dog Einstein becomes the world's first time traveler at 1:20 a.m. The Libyans find, shoot and (seemingly) kill Doc. Marty flees in the DeLorean and accidentally departs for 1955 at 1:35 a.m.
    • At 1:24 a.m, Marty returns from his first trip to 1955, runs from Courthouse Square over to what is now the Lone Pine Mall, and discovers that Doc lived because he'd been warned by Marty in 1955 via a letter (which he had torn up, but later stuck back together) about the Libyans.
    • Marty wakes up in the morning and finds that the interior of his house has changed, and the lives of his family members have also improved, due to his altering the events of his mother and father's first meeting each other in 1955.
    • Doc travels to the future, then comes back at about 10 a.m. and takes Marty and Jennifer to 2015.
  • Sunday, October 27:
    • Marty arrives back in 1985 at 11 a.m. from 1885 and the DeLorean is destroyed after being hit by a locomotive. The ravine that the railroad bridge travels over is now called Eastwood Ravine instead of Clayton Ravine due to time-changing events that took place in 1885.
    • Marty originally races Douglas J. Needles and crashes into a Rolls-Royce, negatively affecting his future; but through his time-traveling adventures Marty has learned much and ultimately avoids the race, thus changing the future.
    • Doc, Clara and their sons arrive in the Jules Verne Train to visit Marty and Jennifer, before departing for times unknown.
  • October/November: George McFly's first novel, A Match Made in Space, is published. The cover alludes to young George, young Lorraine, and "Darth Vader" (Marty's anti-radiation suit, utilized as a costume in 1955).

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