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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 28, 1986 – Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden, is assassinated in Stockholm.
- April 14, 1986 – 1 kg hailstones fall on the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh, killing 92. These are the heaviest hailstones ever recorded.
- May 27, 1986 – the game credited as setting the template for role-playing video games, Dragon Quest is released in Japan.
- June 9, 1986 – The Rogers Commission releases its report on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
- July 9, 1986 – The New Zealand Parliament passes the Homosexual Law Reform Act legalising homosexuality in New Zealand.
- September 7, 1986 – Gen. Augusto Pinochet, president of Chile, escapes attempted assassination.
- October 19, 1986 – Samora Machel, President of Mozambique and a prominent leader of FRELIMO, and 33 others die when their Tupolev 134 plane crashes into the Lebombo Mountains.
- October 24, 1986 – Nezar Hindawi is sentenced to 45 years in prison, the longest sentence handed down by a British court, for the attempted bombing on an El Al flight at Heathrow. After the verdict, the United Kingdom breaks diplomatic relations with Syria, claiming that Hindawi is helped by Syrian officials.
- November 25, 1986 – The King Fahd Causeway is officially opened in the Persian Gulf.
Who Were Born On 1986?
- January 6, 1986 – Petter Northug, Norwegian skier
- April 21, 1986 – Alexander Edler, Swedish hockey player
- June 2, 1986 – Curtis Lofton, American football player
- July 3, 1986 – Greg Paulus, American basketball and football player
- August 17, 1986 – Rudy Gay, American basketball player
- September 29, 1986 – Matt Lashoff, American ice hockey player
- October 5, 1986 – Mladen Bartulović, Croatian footballer
- November 25, 1986 – Craig Gardner, English footballer