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1986 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1986 – Aruba becomes independent of Curaçao, though it remains in free association with the Netherlands.
- February 1, 1986 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- February 27, 1986 – The United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis.
- March 15, 1986 – Hotel New World Disaster a 1 star hotel collapses in Singapore’s Little India’s district killing 33 people
- April 25, 1986 – Mswati III is crowned King of Swaziland, succeeding his father Sobhuza II.
- April 28, 1986 – The United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise becomes the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to transit the Suez Canal, navigating from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea to relieve the USS Coral Sea.
- May 19, 1986 – The Firearm Owners Protection Act is signed into law by U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
- November 3, 1986 – Iran-Contra Affair: The Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa reports that the United States has been secretly selling weapons to Iran in order to secure the release of seven American hostages held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon.
- 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
- December 19, 1986 – Mikhail Gorbachev, leader of the Soviet Union, releases Andrei Sakharov and his wife from exile in Gorky.
Who Were Born On 1986?
- January 20, 1986 – Derek Fathauer, American professional golfer
- February 23, 1986 – Ola Svensson, Swedish pop singer
- March 18, 1986 – Kaloyan Ivanov, Bulgarian basketball player
- April 28, 1986 – George Nozuka, Canadian singer/songwriter
- May 23, 1986 – Ruben Zadkovich, Australian footballer
- June 25, 1986 – Aya Matsuura, Japanese singer
- August 28, 1986 – Jeff Green, American basketball player
- September 19, 1986 – Peter Vack, American voice actor
- October 7, 1986 – Lee Nguyen, American soccer player
- December 19, 1986 – Ryan Babel, Dutch footballer