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1986 Historical Event(s)
- February 1, 1986 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- March 27, 1986 – A car bomb explodes at Russell Street Police HQ in Melbourne, killing 1 police officer and injuring 21 people.
- July 9, 1986 – The New Zealand Parliament passes the Homosexual Law Reform Act legalising homosexuality in New Zealand.
- September 5, 1986 – Pan Am Flight 73 with 358 people on board is hijacked at Karachi International Airport.
- September 6, 1986 – In Istanbul, two terrorists from Abu Nidal’s organization kill 22 and wound six inside the Neve Shalom synagogue during Shabbat services.
- October 11, 1986 – Cold War: U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Reykjavík, Iceland, in an effort to continue discussions about scaling back their intermediate missile arsenals in Europe.
- October 19, 1986 – Samora Machel, President of Mozambique and a prominent leader of FRELIMO, and 33 others die when their Tupolev 134 plane crashes into the Lebombo Mountains.
- October 27, 1986 – The British government suddenly deregulates financial markets, leading to a total restructuring of the way in which they operate in the country, in an event now referred to as the Big Bang.
- November 22, 1986 – Mike Tyson defeats Trevor Berbick to become youngest Heavyweight champion in boxing history.
- December 23, 1986 – Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California becoming the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world without aerial or ground refueling.
Who Were Born On 1986?
- January 26, 1986 – Shantelle Malawski, Canadian professional wrestler
- February 26, 1986 – Hannah Kearney, American freestyle skier
- March 12, 1986 – Ben Offereins, Australian athlete
- April 20, 1986 – Cameron Duncan, New Zealand director (d. 2003)
- April 21, 1986 – Alexander Edler, Swedish hockey player
- May 1, 1986 – Adam Casey, Australian footballer
- May 28, 1986 – Charles N'Zogbia, French footballer
- October 25, 1986 – DJ Webstar, American disc jockey
- November 26, 1986 – Konstadinos Filippidis, Greek pole vaulter
- December 31, 1986 – Bronson Pelletier, Canadian actor