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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.
- February 22, 1986 – Start of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
- March 27, 1986 – A car bomb explodes at Russell Street Police HQ in Melbourne, killing 1 police officer and injuring 21 people.
- May 19, 1986 – The Firearm Owners Protection Act is signed into law by U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
- July 23, 1986 – In London, Prince Andrew, Duke of York marries Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey.
- September 5, 1986 – Pan Am Flight 73 with 358 people on board is hijacked at Karachi International Airport.
- October 10, 1986 – An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale strikes San Salvador, El Salvador, killing an estimated 1,500 people.
- 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 13, 1986 – The Compact of Free Association becomes law, granting the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands independence from the United States.
Who Were Born On 1986?
- January 1, 1986 – Pablo Cuevas, Uruguayan tennis player
- April 15, 1986 – Tom Heaton, English footballer
- May 13, 1986 – Robert Pattinson, English actor, musician and model
- May 16, 1986 – Andy Keogh, Irish footballer
- June 16, 1986 – Farhad Reza, Bangladeshi cricketer
- July 24, 1986 – Andrei Lutai, Russian figure skater
- September 24, 1986 – Leah Dizon, American model and singer
- October 15, 1986 – Carlo Janka, Swiss alpine ski racer
- November 11, 1986 – Mark Sanchez, American football player