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What Happened in 1986

Important Events in 1986

  • Feb 15 Ferdinand Marcos wins rigged presidential election in the Philippines
  • Apr 26 World's worst nuclear disaster: 4th reactor at Chernobyl nuclear power station in USSR explodes, 31 die, radioactive contamination reaches much of Western Europe
  • Sep 8 "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is first broadcast nationally
  • Sep 19 US Federal health officials announce AZT will be available to AIDS patients
  • Oct 11 Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev open talks at a summit in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Oct 27 British government deregulates financial markets in a "Big Bang", enhancing London's status as a financial capital while increasing income inequality
  • Nov 20 World Health Organization announces first global effort to combat AIDS
  • Nov 25 Iran-Contra affair erupts, President Reagan reveals secret arms deal
  • Dec 17 Mrs Davina Thompson makes medical history by having the 1st heart, lung & liver transplant at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England

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1986 in Film & TV

1986 in Music

1986 in Sport

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Hands Across America - 6.5 million people hold hands from California to NY

On May 25, 1986

Famous People in 1986

World Leaders in 1986

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Beatle records officially go on sale in Russia

On March 29, 1986

Famous Weddings in 1986

Famous Divorces in 1986

  • Mar 7 Actor Johhny Depp and Lori Depp divorce after 2 years of marriage

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