The world during the last Caltech conference win

Wed, Feb 23

Talk about a long time coming: The Caltech men's basketball team got its first conference win in more than 26 years Tuesday night, defeating Occidental 46-45. How much has changed since the Beavers' losing streak began in January 1985? Page 2 looks back at some of the significant events of that year:

• Player-manager Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb's all-time MLB hits record.

New Coke
AP Photo/Marty LederhandlerThese guys toasted the launch of New Coke the same year Caltech last won a conference game before Tuesday's big win.

• Steve Jobs was forced to resign -- seriously! -- from Apple Computer.

• Coca-Cola released New Coke, then reverted to its original formula.

• The USFL suspended operations.

• Tetris was created; Nintendo released "Duck Hunt" and "Super Mario Bros."

• "The Breakfast Club" and "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" were released in theaters.

• Dwight Gooden led the majors with a 1.53 ERA.

• USA for Africa recorded the song "We Are the World."

• Patrick Ewing was the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, following the first-ever draft lottery.

• Whitney Houston released her debut album.

• "The Golden Girls," "MacGyver" and "Larry King Live" premiered.

• Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the U.S.S.R.

• John Gotti became the leader of the Gambino crime family.

• VH1 launched; the channel's first video -- yes, they played actual videos -- was Marvin Gaye's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

• Wayne Gretzky led the Edmonton Oilers to the Stanley Cup.

• David Lee Roth left Van Halen.

• Elmo made his "Sesame Street" debut; David Letterman read his first Top 10 list; Courteney Cox used the word "period" for the first time on U.S. television in a Tampax commercial.

• Wrestlemania I took place at Madison Square Garden, with Hulk Hogan and Mr. T triumphing over Roddy Piper and Paul Orndoff in the main event match and Nikolai Volkoff and the Iron Sheik winning the tag team championship.

• Dee Snider, Frank Zappa and John Denver -- seriously! -- testified before Congress against music censorship.

• "Rambo" and "Rocky IV" grossed a combined $278 million but were shut out at the Academy Awards.

• Microsoft released its first version of Windows.

• Chris Paul, Cristiano Ronaldo, Reggie Bush and Michael Phelps were born.