What Happened in 1986

Important 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
  • 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 Music

1986 in Sport

Did You Know?

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

On May 25, 1986


World Leaders in 1986

Famous People in 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 Singer Diana Ross marries Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland
  • Apr 12 Author Arianna Huffington (35) weds politician Michael Huffington (38)

Famous Divorces

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