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1986 Historical Event(s)
- 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.
- April 25, 1986 – Mswati III is crowned King of Swaziland, succeeding his father Sobhuza II.
- June 4, 1986 – Jonathan Pollard pleads guilty to espionage for selling top secret United States military intelligence to Israel.
- July 9, 1986 – The New Zealand Parliament passes the Homosexual Law Reform Act legalising homosexuality in New Zealand.
- August 6, 1986 – A low-pressure system that redeveloped off the New South Wales coast dumps a record 328 millimeters (13 inches) of rain in a day on Sydney.
- August 20, 1986 – In Edmond, Oklahoma, U.S. Postal employee Patrick Sherrill guns down 14 of his co-workers and then commits suicide.
- September 7, 1986 – Gen. Augusto Pinochet, president of Chile, escapes attempted assassination.
- 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.
- 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?
- February 5, 1986 – Manuel Fernandes, Portuguese footballer
- February 6, 1986 – Jung Yunho, South Korean singer (TVXQ)
- February 19, 1986 – Henri Karjalainen, Finnish racing driver
- March 6, 1986 – Jake Arrieta, American baseball pitcher
- April 18, 1986 – Billy Butler, American baseball player
- August 28, 1986 – Mohombi, Swedish-Colognese singer
- August 30, 1986 – Lelia Masaga, New Zealand rugby player
- September 19, 1986 – Ryan Succop, American football player
- September 24, 1986 – Leah Dizon, American model and singer
- October 1, 1986 – Sayaka, Japanese singer