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1986 Historical Event(s)
- January 15, 1986 – The Living Seas opens at EPCOT Center in Walt Disney World, Florida.
- February 1, 1986 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- February 28, 1986 – Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden, is assassinated in Stockholm.
- April 14, 1986 – 1 kg hailstones fall on the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh, killing 92. These are the heaviest hailstones ever recorded.
- April 26, 1986 – A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine), creating the world’s worst nuclear disaster.
- May 16, 1986 – The Seville Statement on Violence is adopted by an international meeting of scientists, convened by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO, in Seville, Spain.
- June 9, 1986 – The Rogers Commission releases its report on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
- August 21, 1986 – Carbon dioxide gas erupts from volcanic Lake Nyos in Cameroon, killing up to 1,800 people within a 20-kilometer range.
- October 9, 1986 – The musical The Phantom of the Opera has its first performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.
- October 29, 1986 – British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opens the last stretch of the M25 motorway.
Who Were Born On 1986?
- March 17, 1986 – Miles Kane, British musician
- March 18, 1986 – Kaloyan Ivanov, Bulgarian basketball player
- March 20, 1986 – Julián Magallanes, Argentine footballer
- May 7, 1986 – Mark Furze, Australian actor
- May 12, 1986 – Mouhamed Sene, Senegalese basketball player
- May 16, 1986 – Megan Fox, American actress
- May 21, 1986 – Alexander Noyes, American drummer (Honor Society)
- August 8, 1986 – Pierre Garçon, American football player
- September 5, 1986 – Pragyan Ojha, Indian cricketer
- September 9, 1986 – Michael Bowden, American baseball player