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ROCKRIDGE ELEMENTARY
MEMORIALS
1986 NEWS HEADLINES

 


NEWS HEADLINES FROM 1986

Sammy Hagar replaces David Lee Roth as lead vocalist for Van Halen

Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes One Minute Into Flight

Len Bias Dies Of Drug Overdose, Two Days After Joining Boston Celtics

Greg LeMond Is First American To Win Tour de France

Martina Navratilova and Boris Becker Win Wimbledon Championships

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen Are Born

New York Islander Mike Bossy scores his 1,000th point

The World Population Was 4.932 Billion

Haiti's President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier flees to France, Henri Namphy becomes leader of Haiti

President Ferdinand Marcos flees Philippines after ruling for 20 years

Soviet Union's Chernobyl nuclear power station explodes, killing 31 immediately

Frank Zappa appears on an episode of the popular television series Miami Vice. Zappa portrays a crime boss named "Mr. Frankie".

Halley's Comet Appears

Pee-wee's Playhouse premieres on CBS.

Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia released from hospital after 3 week coma

The U.S. Federal Debt Reached An "Amazing" $2 Trillion

U.S. Population: 240,132,887

First Class Stamps Cost 22 Cents

John Tesh's 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight

1st federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

US president Reagan proclaims economic sanctions against Libya, then bombs them.

Chicago Defeated New England 46-10 in the Super Bowl XX

NFL adopts instant replay rule

MTV Music Awards - Dire Straits "Money For Nothing" wins

Los Angeles Dodger Orel Hershiser is 1st to win a $1M salary by arbitration

5' 7" Spud Webb of Atlanta Hawks wins NBA Slam Dunk

World oil prices dip below $10 a barrel in April

Will Steger's expedition reaches North Pole

50th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 279

Record for a throw-and-return boomerang toss is set (121 meters)

Wrestlemania II Held at 3 locations, Hulk Hogan beats King Kong Bundy

Largest wrestling crowd in Canada (69,300) at Toronto Stadium

Tommy Lee, drummer of Motley Crue, marries Heather Locklear

Motley Crue's Vince Neil begins 30 day sentence for vehicular homicide

Air Supply guitarist Graham Russell weds Jodi Varble

Dalai Lama meets Pope John Paul II in India

Cher called David Letterman an asshole on Late Night on NBC

Flintstones 25th Anniversary Celebration airs on CBS-tv

Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel, California

"Dallas" announces it will revive killed Bobby Ewing character

Geffen records signs Guns and Roses

Beatle records officially go on sale in Russia

Tip O'Neill refuses to let Reagan address House

Alleged Nazi Kurt Waldheim elected President of Austria

Boy George treated for heroin addiction

Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger resigns, Antonin Scalia nominated

More than five million people joined hands to form a line that stretched 4,152 miles – from New York City's Battery Park to a pier in Long Beach, California. This much-hyped mega-event, called Hands Across America, was intended to raise money to fight hunger and homelessness.

Microsoft is first listed on the New York Stock Exchange selling shares to the public at $21 each, making Bill Gates one of the world’s youngest billionaires.

Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager make the first nonstop flight around the world without refueling.

U.S.S.R. launches Mir space station into Earth orbit

100 participate in Nude Olympics race in 38 degrees F in Indiana

Ferdinand Won The Kentucky Derby

Howard Stern radio show returns to New York City morning radio (WXRK 92.3 FM)

"John Lennon: Live in New York City" album is released

The Voyager 2 probe passes Uranus in January, returning images and data on its moon, rings, atmosphere, interior, and magnetic field.

Barry Diller Creates Fox, The Fourth Television Network

The Oprah Winfrey Show Hits National Television

Dow Jones Industrial Avg suffered biggest 1-day decline ever on September 11, plummeting 86.61 points to 1,792.89. 237.57 million shares traded

Regular TV coverage of U.S. Senate sessions begins

Barbra Striesand Breaks Up With Jon Peters

Actor/body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger weds newscaster Maria Shriver

Bo Jackson's Hits His First Major League Home Run, a 475-foot blast (longest at Royal Stadium)

The U.S. conducts fourteen Underground Nuclear Tests at Nevada Test Site, France conducts four, Soviet Union conducts none (but they do 40 nuclear tests in 1987).

Mary Lou Retton retires as a gymnast

U.S. president Reagan confesses weapon sales to Iran

"Phantom of the Opera" premeires in London

NBC's Ahmad Rashad marriage proposal is accepted by Phylicia Ayers-Allen during halftime of Det Lions-New York Jets football game

RUN-DMC is 1st rap group to hit top 10 (Raisin' Hell)

Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone's vault on TV and finds nothing

1st induction of Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Bros, B Holly, J L Lewis and Elvis Presley)

The Academic American Encyclopedia is available on CD-ROM. It is the first reference work published in this medium.

Nintendo video games introduced in U.S.

Computer Game Tetris Released in U.S.

Apple introduces the Mac Plus. The computer contained one megabyte of RAM, new keyboard that contained cursors and numeric keypad and sold for $2,600.

Compaq introduces the first 386-based PC compatible computer, running MS-DOS 3.2

IBM produces 1st megabit-chip

Top 10 Movies of 1986 (in order of ticket sales):

Top Gun
Crocodile Dundee
Platoon
The Karate Kid, Part II (seriously???)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Back to School
Aliens
The Golden Child
Ruthless People
Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Top Television Shows of 1986:

The Cosby Show
Family Ties
Cheers
Murder, She Wrote
Night Court
The Golden Girls
60 Minutes
Growing Pains
Moonlighting
Who's the Boss?
Dallas CBS
Nothing in Common
Newhart
Amen
227
Matlock
CBS Sunday Night Movie
NBC Monday Night Movie
NFL Monday Night Football
Kate & Allie

The Top 10 Songs of 1986:

1. Run-D.M.C.: Walk This Way
2. Prince and The Revolution: Kiss
3. The Smiths: There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
4. Beastie Boys: Fight for Your Right (To Party)
5. Bon Jovi: Livin' on a Prayer
6. Cameo: Word Up
7. Crowded House: Don't Dream It's Over
8. Public Image Ltd.: Rise
9. Metallica: Master of Puppets
10. New Order: Bizarre Love Triangle

Record of the Year: "We Are the World," USA for Africa

Album of the Year: No Jacket Required, Phil Collins

Song of the Year: "We Are the World," Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, songwriters

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