1986 in History – What happened in year 1986

✅ Published on April 10th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

In history, year 1986 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1986.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1986 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
11 januaryThe Gateway Bridge in Brisbane, Australia, at the time the longest prestressed concrete free-cantilever bridge in the world, opened.
13 januaryThe month-long South Yemen Civil War began in Aden between supporters of President Ali Nasir Muhammad and his predecessor Abdul Fattah Ismail, resulting in thousands of casualties.
16 januaryThe Internet Engineering Task Force, a standards organization that develops and promotes Internet standards, held its first meeting, consisting of twenty-one United States-government-funded researchers.
28 januarySpace Shuttle program: STS-51-L mission – Space Shuttle Challenger explodes after lift off, killing all seven astronauts on board.
07 februaryPresident of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier fled the country after a popular uprising, ending 28 years of one-family rule in the nation.
19 februaryThe first module of the Soviet space station Mir was launched,establishing the first long-term research station in space.
25 februaryIn the Philippines, the non-violent People Power Revolutionculminated with the removal of Ferdinand Marcos from power and theinauguration of Corazon Aquino as the nation's first female President.
28 februarySwedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated by a lone gunman in Stockholm while walking home from a movie theatre with his wife Lisbet Palme.
11 march1 million days passed since traditional foundation of Rome.
13 marchClaiming the right of innocent passage, American warships USS Yorktown and USS Caron entered the Soviet territorial waters in the Black Sea, inciting Soviet combat readiness.
15 marchThe building housing the Hotel New World in Singapore collapsedsuddenly due to structural failure, killing 33 people.
19 marchThe Firearm Owners' Protection Act was passed by United States Congress government, effective from May 19, 1986. It has revised many provisions of the Gun Control Act, 1968 under United Stated Federal Law.
15 aprilU.S. armed forces began bombing Libya to try to reduce the country's ability to support international terrorism.
20 april“Jerry’s Girls” closed at St. James Theater New York City after 139 performance.
25 aprilMswati III was crowned King of Swaziland, succeeding his father Sobhuza II.
26 aprilThe Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Chernobyl, UkrainianSSR, suffered a steam explosion, resulting in a fire, a nuclearmeltdown, and the evacuation and resettlement of over 336,000 peoplearound Europe.
02 mayHenri Toivonen was killed in an accident while leading the Tour deCorse rally, resulting in FISA, the sport governing body for motorracing events, banning the powerful and popular Group B rally cars forthe following season.
07 mayPatrick Morrow, Canadian photographer and mountain climber, became the first person to climb each of seven summits in the more difficult Carstensz-Version on 7th May 1986.
14 mayNetherlands Institute for War Documentation published Anne Frank’s complete diary on May 14, 1986 after receiving all the original papers of Anne’s diary in 1980. She had written her experiences of hiding with her family during German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.
19 mayThe Firearm Owners' Protection Act was passed by United States Congress government, effective from May 19, 1986. It has revised many provisions of the Gun Control Act, 1968 under United Stated Federal Law.
27 mayThe European Community adopted the European flag. The Flag of Europe consists of a circle of 12 golden (yellow) stars on an azure background. It is the flag and emblem of the Council of Europe (CoE) and the European Union (EU). It is also often used to indicate euro zone countries, and, more loosely, to represent the continent of Europe or the countries of Europe independent of any of these institutions.
22 juneArgentine footballer Diego Maradona scored both the 'Hand ofGod goal' and the 'Goal of the Century' against England during thequarter-final match of the FIFA World Cup in Mexico City.
27 juneIn Nicaragua v. United States, the International Court ofJustice ruled that the United States had violated international law bysupporting the Contras in their rebellion against the Nicaraguangovernment.
30 juneMizoram became the state of India. Mizoram is one of the states of Northeast India, with Aizawl as its capital. The name is derived from Mi (people), Zo (Belonging to the people of Mizoram/Lushai Hills) and Ram (land), and thus Mizoram implies "land of the hill people".
06 julyDavis Phinney became the first cyclist from USA to win the road stage of tour de France. It is a multi-staged annual racing of bicycles which took place in France. The route of tour also goes through its neighbouring countries. Cyclists from all over the world take part in it. This race is considered most prestigious in all other bicycle races.
09 julyHomosexuality was legalized in New Zealand. The homosexual reform law act was passed by parliament of New Zealand. The law was applicable to the persons who were aged 16 or older. The decision became point of discussion worldwide.
11 julyThe Parliament of New Zealand passed the Homosexual Law ReformAct, legalising consensual homosexual sex.
12 julyThe Homosexual Law Reform Act became law in New Zealand,decriminalising consensual homosexual sex.
23 julySarah Ferguson married Prince Andrew, Duke of York at West minster Abbey, joining the British Royal Family as the Duchess ofYork.
21 augustFatal gas from the volcanic Lake Nyos in Cameroon, West Africa destroyed every living thing within a 15-mile radius, including 1,500 people. The gas was so harmful because it contained high levels of carbon dioxide, hydrogen and sulphur.

Famous birthdays in the year 1986:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 AugustElena Vesnina / Tennis Player / Russia
02 AprilAndris Biedriņš / Basketball Player / Latvia
03 OctoberJackson Martínez / Footballer / Colombia
04 DecemberMartell Webster / Basketball Player / United States of America
10 February Roberto Jiménez Gago / Footballer / Spain
10 January Kirsten Flipkens / Tennis Player / Belgium
13 DecemberMathieu Gnanligo / Sprinter / Benin
13 March Neil Wagner / Cricketer / South Africa
14 AugustCameron Jerome / Footballer / United Kingdom
18 AprilMaurice Edu / Footballer / United States of America
19 NovemberMichael Saunders / Baseball Player / Canada
21 AugustWout Brama / Footballer / Netherlands
22 MayMatt Jarvis / Footballer / United Kingdom
28 AugustSimon Mannering / Rugby Player / New Zealand
28 JulyLauri Korpikoski / Ice Hockey Player / Finland
28 JulyAlexandra Chando / Actress / United States of America
30 OctoberKeisuke Sohma / Actor / Japan
30 AugustZafer Yelen / Footballer / Turkey
30 AprilDianna Agron / Actress / United States of America
31 JulyBrian Orakpo / Footballer / United States of America

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1986:

YearName / Profession / Country
03 JanuaryNavneet Kaur / Actress / India
08 SeptemberParupalli Kashyap / Badminton Player / India
27 February Sandeep Singh / Hockey Player / India
28 NovemberPrateik Babbar / Actor / India
01 NovemberKristina Akheeva / Actress / India
28 JulyHuma Qureshi / Actress / India
20 AugustTaniya Sachdev / Chess Player / India
15 NovemberSania Mirza / Player / India
18 DecemberRicha Chadha / Actress / India
31 MarchEkta Chowdhary / Model / India
05 JanuaryDeepika Padukone / Actress / India
15 NovemberSania Mirza / Tennis Player / India
02 DecemberKainaat Arora / Actress / India
27 NovemberTina Datta / Actress / India
05 SeptemberPragyan Ojha / Cricketer / India
04 NovemberSuhas Gopinath / Business Man / India
15 SeptemberJoshna Chinappa / Player / India
15 NovemberSania Mirza / Tennis Player / India
10 JanuaryAyesha Takia / Actress / India
18 FebruaryGiaa Manek / Actress / India
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