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1986 Historical Event(s)
- January 12, 1986 – Space Shuttle program: Congressman Bill Nelson lifts off from Kennedy Space Center aboard Columbia on mission STS-61C as a Mission Specialist.
- February 1, 1986 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- April 5, 1986 – Three people are killed in the bombing of the La Belle Discothèque in West Berlin, Germany.
- 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.
- April 17, 1986 – The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly ends.
- April 25, 1986 – Mswati III is crowned King of Swaziland, succeeding his father Sobhuza II.
- 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.
- July 6, 1986 – Davis Phinney became the first American cyclist to win a road stage of the Tour de France.
- September 7, 1986 – Gen. Augusto Pinochet, president of Chile, escapes attempted assassination.
- November 6, 1986 – Sumburgh disaster – A British International Helicopters Boeing 234LR Chinook crashes 2.5 miles east of Sumburgh Airport killing 45 people. It is the deadliest civilian helicopter crash on record.
Who Were Born On 1986?
- January 23, 1986 – Anne Foy, British children’s television presenter
- February 6, 1986 – Alice Greczyn, American actress
- April 14, 1986 – Anne Watanabe, Japanese model
- April 21, 1986 – Alexander Edler, Swedish hockey player
- June 24, 1986 – Solange Knowles, American singer
- July 25, 1986 – Abraham Guié Guié, Ivorian footballer
- September 8, 1986 – Matt Grothe, American football player
- November 21, 1986 – Ben Bishop, American ice hockey goalie
- December 7, 1986 – Jonathan Gill, English singer (JLS)
- December 17, 1986 – Vanessa Zima, American actress