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):
The Karate Kid, Part II (seriously???)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Back to School
The Golden Child
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Top Television Shows of 1986:
The Cosby Show
Murder, She Wrote
The Golden Girls
Who's the Boss?
Nothing in Common
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