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1986 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1986 – Aruba becomes independent of Curaçao, though it remains in free association with the Netherlands.
- February 1, 1986 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- April 15, 1986 – The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon, its bombing raids against Libyan targets in response to a bombing in West Germany that killed two U.S. servicemen.
- June 30, 1986 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Bowers v. Hardwick that states can outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults.
- July 2, 1986 – Rodrigo Rojas and Carmen Gloria Quintana where burnt alive during a street demonstration against the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile.
- 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 24, 1986 – Nezar Hindawi is sentenced to 45 years in prison, the longest sentence handed down by a British court, for the attempted bombing on an El Al flight at Heathrow. After the verdict, the United Kingdom breaks diplomatic relations with Syria, claiming that Hindawi is helped by Syrian officials.
- 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 17, 1986 – Hale Appleman, American actor
- February 14, 1986 – Kang Min-Soo, South Korean footballer
- February 19, 1986 – Henri Karjalainen, Finnish racing driver
- February 22, 1986 – Miko Hughes, American actor
- March 4, 1986 – Margo Harshman, American actress
- March 18, 1986 – Lykke Li, Swedish singer
- April 8, 1986 – Félix Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player
- May 1, 1986 – Adam Casey, Australian footballer
- September 27, 1986 – Ricardo Risatti, Argentine racecar driver
- October 1, 1986 – Matthew Gonzalez,American Figure Skater