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1986 Historical Event(s)
- January 20, 1986 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.
- February 1, 1986 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- February 22, 1986 – Start of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
- May 19, 1986 – The Firearm Owners Protection Act is signed into law by U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
- June 30, 1986 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Bowers v. Hardwick that states can outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults.
- July 23, 1986 – In London, Prince Andrew, Duke of York marries Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey.
- 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.
- November 25, 1986 – The King Fahd Causeway is officially opened in the Persian Gulf.
- December 31, 1986 – A fire at the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, kills 97 and injures 140.
Who Were Born On 1986?
- January 4, 1986 – Hsieh Su-wei, Taiwanese tennis player
- January 13, 1986 – Laura Ludwig, German beach volleyball player
- February 24, 1986 – Wojtek Wolski, Polish/Canadian ice hockey player
- April 2, 1986 – Ibrahim Afellay, Dutch footballer
- April 10, 1986 – Ayesha Takia, Indian actress
- May 11, 1986 – Miguel Veloso, Portuguese footballer
- May 17, 1986 – Tahj Mowry, American actor
- June 19, 1986 – Diego Hypólito, Brazilian gymnast
- August 28, 1986 – Florence Welch, British singer (Florence + the Machine)
- December 12, 1986 – Perparim Hetemaj, Finnish footballer