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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 4, 1986 – The Soviet Vega 1 begins returning images of Halley’s Comet and the first images of its nucleus.
- March 31, 1986 – Six metropolitan county councils are abolished in England.
- April 5, 1986 – Three people are killed in the bombing of the La Belle Discothèque in West Berlin, Germany.
- 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.
- June 9, 1986 – The Rogers Commission releases its report on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
- June 30, 1986 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Bowers v. Hardwick that states can outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults.
- July 18, 1986 – A tornado is broadcast live on KARE television in Minnesota when the station’s helicopter pilot makes a chance encounter.
- October 29, 1986 – British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opens the last stretch of the M25 motorway.
- December 16, 1986 – Revolt in Kazakhstan against Communist Party of Kazakhstan, known as Zheltoksan, which becomes the first sign of ethnic strife during Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev’s tenure
Who Were Born On 1986?
- January 23, 1986 – José Enrique Sánchez, Spanish footballer
- February 26, 1986 – Leandro dos Santos de Jesus, Brazilian footballer
- March 8, 1986 – Princess Tsuguko of Takamado, Japanese princess
- March 18, 1986 – Lykke Li, Swedish singer
- June 21, 1986 – Hideaki Wakui, Japanese baseball player
- June 30, 1986 – Nicola Pozzi, Italian footballer
- July 4, 1986 – Nguyen Ngoc Duy, Vietnamese soccer player
- September 14, 1986 – Alan Sheehan, Irish footballer
- October 10, 1986 – Nathan Jawai, Australian basketball player
- November 30, 1986 – Jordan Farmar, American basketball player