On This Day

What Happened in 1986

Historical Events

  • 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

  • Oct 9 Stage musical "Phantom of the Opera" premieres in London, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman; runs for 13,629 performances
  • Nov 15 Beastie Boys release their debut album "Licensed to Ill" - 1st No. 1 rap album on Billboard charts

1986 in Sport

Did You Know?

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

On May 25, 1986

Would You Believe?

Beatle records officially go on sale in Russia

On March 29, 1986

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 3 British golfer Nick Faldo (28) weds manager's secretary Gill Bennett
  • Feb 1 American pop snger Diana Ross weds Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland
  • Apr 12 Greek-American writer Arianna Stasinopoúlou (Arianna Huffington) (35) weds American politician Michael Huffington (38); divorce in 1997

Famous Divorces

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

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