The Year of My Birth – 1986

  • Soviet Nuclear reactor at Chernobyl Explodes on April 26th causing release of radioactive material across much of Europe.
  • Breakthrough in US – USSR Arms Talks between Reagan and Gorbachev leads to commitment to disarm thus ending a long period of instability caused by the Cold War.
  • Comet Halley reaches the closest point to the Earth, during its second visit to the solar system in the 20th century.
  • Pan Am Flight 73 with 358 people on board is hijacked at Karachi International Airport by four armed men.
  • Earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale strikes San Salvador, El Salvador, killing an estimated 1,500 people.
  • Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease first identified Following an epidemic of BSE in Britain, 157 people (as of 2004) acquired and died of a disease with similar neurological symptoms subsequently called vCJD, or (new) variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
  • Mike Tyson becomes the youngest Heavyweight Champion in history.
  • Richard Branson on the 72 ft powerboat Virgin Challenger II breaks the world record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic.
  • Smoking is banned on all public transport including trains, planes, busses and coaches in the US.
  • Swedish Prime Minister Murdered.
  • A full survey is carried out of Loch Ness (Scotland) hoping to find proof that Nessie exists.( No Proof Found )
  • The experimental airplane Voyager, completed the first non-stop, around-the-world flight.
  • Micronesia Gains Independence From the United States.
  • Argentina Wins 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
  • Supermodel Gia, after years of heroin addiction, dies of AIDS. She is the first woman to sucumb to the AIDS virus in the US.
  • IBM unveils the PC Convertible, the first laptop computer.
  • British Surgeons perform the worlds first triple transplant ( Heart, Lung and Liver ).
  • Internet Mail Access Protocol defined for e-mail transfer.
  • VSNL incorporated under the Indian Companies Act, 1956.
  • Operation Black Thunder conducted to flush out remaining Sikh extremists from the Golden Temple
  •  Australia-India test cricket match ends in a tie at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai, becoming only the second tied test in the history

Popular Music

1.”That’s What Friends Are For” … Dionne Warwick and Friends
2.”How Will I Know” … Whitney Houston
3.”Kryie” … Mr. Mister
4.”Sara” … Starship
5.”These Dreams” … Heart
6.”Rock Me Amadeus” … Flaco
7.”Kiss” … Prince
8.”Addicted to Love” … Robert Palmer
9. “West End Girls” … Pet Shop Boys
10.”Greatest Love of All” … Whitney Houston

Top Ten Movies

1. Aliens
2. An American Tail
3. Back to School
4. Cobra
5. The Color of Money
6. The Color Purple
7. Crocodile Dundee
8. Down and Out in Beverly Hills
9. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
10. The Golden Child

Most Popular Books

1. “It” by Stephen King
2. “Red Storm Rising” by Tom Clancy
3. “Whirlwind” by James Clavell
4. “The Bourne Supremacy” by Robert Ludlum
5. “Hollywood Husbands” by Jackie Collins

1. “Fatherhood” by Bill Cosby
2. “Fit for Life” by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond
3. “His Way” by Kitty Kelly
4. “The Rotation Diet” by Martin Katahn
5. “You’re Only Old Once” by Dr. Seuss



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