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1986 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1986 – Spain and Portugal are admitted into the European Community.
- January 28, 1986 – Space Shuttle program: STS-51-L mission – Space Shuttle Challenger breaks apart after liftoff killing all seven astronauts on board.
- February 1, 1986 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- April 14, 1986 – In retaliation for the April 5 bombing in West Berlin that killed two U.S. servicemen, U.S. president Ronald Reagan orders major bombing raids against Libya, killing 60 people.
- May 19, 1986 – The Firearm Owners Protection Act is signed into law by U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
- May 26, 1986 – The European Community adopts the European flag.
- 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.
- November 25, 1986 – The King Fahd Causeway is officially opened in the Persian Gulf.
- 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 4, 1986 – James Milner, English footballer
- February 14, 1986 – Markus Karl, German footballer
- March 17, 1986 – Miles Kane, British musician
- April 10, 1986 – Vincent Kompany, Belgian footballer
- April 14, 1986 – Matt Derbyshire, English footballer
- June 9, 1986 – Karan Wahi, Indian actor
- August 5, 1986 – Cassie Davis, Australian singer
- September 19, 1986 – Gerald Ciolek, German cyclist
- October 8, 1986 – Louis Dodds, English footballer
- November 15, 1986 – Coye Francies, American football player