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1986 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXXXVI) was the 86th year of the 20th century. 1986 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Wednesday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1986.
News Events of 1986

7 astronauts are killed when Challenger Space Shuttle explodes 73 seconds after lift-off from Cape Kennedy.

Chernobyl Accident (first nuclear disaster) in Soviet Union.

Iran-Contra affair (which took place in 1985) revealed to public.

Corazon Aquino assumes presidency of The Philippines deposing Ferdinand Marcos.

United States bombs Libya in retaliation for a terrorist attack on a discotheque in Berlin.

Oprah Winfrey Show airs for the first time.

Oprah Winfrey

Swedish Prime Minister, Olof Palme, assassinated.

Voyager is the first aircraft to complete a nonstop circumnavigation of the Earth without air-to-air refueling.

Unisys created by the merger of Sperry Rand and Burroughs.

US Senate allows debates to be televised on a trial basis.

An eruption of carbon dioxide from the volcanic Lake Nyos in Cameroon kills 1,800 people.

Federation States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands become independent from the United States.

"Brain". the first IBM PC computer virus is released into the wild.

Sports in 1986
  • American Football:

    1986 Super Bowl (Super Bowl XX):

    • Winning Team: Chicago Bears

    • Losing Team: New England Patriots

  • Baseball:

    1986 World Series

    • Winning Team: New York Mets

    • Losing Team: Boston Red Sox

  • Soccer:

    1986 FIFA World Cup:

    • Host Nation for World Cup Finals: for World Cup Finals: Mexico

    • Winners: Argentina

    • Runners-Up: West Germany

    • In a group game against Morocco, Ray Wilkins is the first England player to be sent-off in a World Cup finals match. England eventually reach the quarter-finals before being knocked out by Argentina, in a game which includes Diego Maradona's infamous "Hand of God" goal.

    1986 European Cup:

    • Winners: Steaua Bucuresti

    • Runners-Up: Barcelona

1986 Was Designated As
  • International Year of Peace

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