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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 20, 1986 – Pianist Vladimir Horowitz performs in his native Russia for the first time in 61 years.
- May 27, 1986 – the game credited as setting the template for role-playing video games, Dragon Quest is released in Japan.
- July 2, 1986 – Rodrigo Rojas and Carmen Gloria Quintana where burnt alive during a street demonstration against the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile.
- July 6, 1986 – Davis Phinney became the first American cyclist to win a road stage of the Tour de France.
- August 31, 1986 – Aeroméxico Flight 498 collides with a Piper PA-28 over Cerritos, California, killing 67 in the air and 15 on the ground.
- November 21, 1986 – Iran-Contra Affair: National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary start to shred documents implicating them in the sale of weapons to Iran and channeling the proceeds to help fund the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
- November 22, 1986 – Mike Tyson defeats Trevor Berbick to become youngest Heavyweight champion in boxing history.
- 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 10, 1986 – Jeff Adrien, American basketball player
- April 6, 1986 – Nikolas Asprogenis, Cypriot footballer
- May 14, 1986 – Sarbel, Greek-born singer
- June 16, 1986 – Fernando Muslera, Uruguayan footballer
- July 17, 1986 – Lacey Von Erich, Professional wrestler
- July 25, 1986 – Givanildo Vieira de Souza, Brazilian footballer
- September 2, 1986 – Kyle Hines, American basketball player
- October 14, 1986 – Tom Craddock, English footballer
- December 3, 1986 – Radek Smoleňák, Czech hockey player