1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar.
February 2- Nurse Anita Cobby is abducted, robbed, raped + murdered by 5 men,in Prospect, Sydney NSW, her killers are sentenced to life imprisonment in June '87
February 7 - 28 years of one-family rule end in Haiti, when President Jean-Claude Duvalier flees the Caribbean nation.
February 9 - Mohinder Amarnath becomes the first batsman dismissed in handled the ball one-day international cricket.
February 11 - Human Rights activist Anatoly Shcharansky is released by USSR, leaves the country.
February 16 - The Soviet liner Mikhail Lermontov runs aground in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
February 19 - The Soviet Union launches the Mir space station
February 19 - After waiting 37 years, the United States Senate approves a treaty outlawing genocide
February 25 - EDSA Revolution: President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines flees the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino becomes the first Filipino woman president
February 27 - The United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis
February 28 - Swedish prime minister Olof Palme is shot dead on his way home from the cinema, his wife the only witness.
February 28 - Corazon Aquino sworn in as the President of the Philippines
March 8 - Japanese spacecraft Suisei flies by Halley's Comet, studying its UV hydrogen corona and solar wind.
March 9 - United States Navy divers find the largely intact but heavily-damaged crew compartment of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The bodies of all seven astronauts were still inside.
March 27 - Car bomb explodes at Russell Street Police HQ in Melbourne, killing 1 police officer.
March 31 - A fire devestates Hampton Court Palace in Surrey, England.
April 3 - IBM unveils the PC Convertible, IBM's first laptop computer
April 5 - In the terroristic La Belle discotheque bombing the West-Berlin discotheque, a known hangout for U.S. soldiers, was bombed, killing 3 and injuring 230 people. Libya is held responsible.
April 13 -- Pope John Paul II officially visits the Synagogue of Rome -- marking the first time a modern Pope had visited a synagogue.
April 14 - 2.2 lb (1kg) hailstones fall on the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh, killing 92.
April 15 - At least 100 people died after USA planes bombed targets in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and the Benghazi region.
April 17 - British journalist John McCarthy kidnapped in Beirut (released in August 1991) - three others are found dead, Revolutionary Cells claims responsibility in retaliation for the US bombing of Libya
April 26 - In Ukraine, one of the reactors at the Chornobyl (Chernobyl) nuclear plant explodes creating the worlds worst nuclear disaster. 31 are killed directly by the incident, many thousands more were exposed to significant amounts of radioactive material, vast territories in Ukraine and Belarus rendered uninhabitable.
April 27 - Captain Midnight (John R. MacDougall) hijacks HBO's satellite and transmits his own message to HBO viewers.
Year in topic
January 24 - Mischa Barton, English actress
February 1 - Johan Vonlanthen, Swiss soccer player
February 19 - Maria Mena, Norwegian pop star
February 21 - Charlotte Church, Welsh singer
March 1 - Jonathan Spector, soccer player
March 9 - Brittany Snow, actress
March 14 - Jamie Bell, actor
April 3 - Amanda Bynes, teen actress and variety show host
June 11 - Shia LeBeouf , actor
June 13 - The Olsen twins, actresses and entrepreneurs
June 24 - Solange Knowles, actress, singer
June 27 - Drake Bell, actor
July 2 - Lindsay Lohan, actress
July 4 - Shane Kippel, Canadian actor
August 16 - Shawn Pyfrom , actor ( Desperate Housewives)
September 12 - Emmy Rossum, actress, singer
October 25 - Conor Smith, Irish actor
October 31 - Christie Hayes, Australian actress
November 5 - BoA, Korean singer
November 3 - Jasmine Trias, American Idol singer
November 25 - Amber Hagerman, kidnapping, murder victim (d. 1996)
January 1 - Alfredo Binda, Italian cyclist (b. 1902)
January 8 - Pierre Fournier, French cellist (b. 1906)
January 14 - Donna Reed, American actress (b. 1921)
January 24 - L. Ron Hubbard, American science fiction writer, founder of Scientology (b. 1911)
January 24 - Gordon MacRae, American actor, singer (b. 1921)
January 24 - Vincente Minnelli, American director (b. 1903)
January 27 - Lilli Palmer, actress (b. 1914)
January 28 - Crew of Space Shuttle Challenger: Francis R. Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Judith Resnik, Ellison Onizuka, Ronald McNair, Greg Jarvis, Christa McAuliffe.
February 11 - Frank Herbert, American science fiction author (b. 1920)
February 27 - Jacques Plante, Canadian hockey player (b. 1929)
February 28 - Olof Palme, Swedish prime minister (b. 1927)
March 6 - Georgia O'Keeffe, American artist (b. 1887)
March 10 - Ray Milland, British actor (b. 1907)
March 30 - James Cagney, American actor (b. 1899)
April 3 - Richard Manuel, American musician ( The Band) (b. 1943)
April 3 - Peter Pears, English tenor (b. 1910)
April 14 - Simone de Beauvoir, French feminist writer (b. 1908)
April 23 - Otto Preminger, film director (b. 1906)
April 26 - Broderick Crawford, American actor (b. 1911)
April 26 - Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (b. 1899)
May 3 - Robert Alda, actor (b. 1914)
May 4 - Henri Toivonen, Finnish race car driver (b. 1956)
May 9 - Tenzing Norgay, mountaineer (b. 1914)
May 12 - Elisabeth Bergner, actress (b. 1897)
May 15 - Theodore H. White, writer (b. 1915)
May 23 - Sterling Hayden, American actor (b. 1916)
May 25 - Chester Bowles, American politician (b. 1901)
June 13 - Benny Goodman, American jazz musician (b. 1909)
June 14 - Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine writer (b. 1899)
June 17 - Kate Smith, American singer (b. 1907))
July 4 - Oscar Zariski, mathematician (b. 1899)
July 8 - Hyman Rickover, American admiral (b. 1900)
July 8 - Skeeter Webb, baseball player (b. 1909)
July 14 - Raymond Loewy, industrial designer (b. 1893)
August 20 - Milton Acorn, Canadian poet, writer, and playwright (b. 1923)
August 31 - Urho Kekkonen, President of Finland (b. 1900)
August 31 - Henry Moore, English sculptor (b. 1898)
September 4 - Hank Greenberg, Baseball Hall of Famer (b. 1911)
September 27 - Cliff Burton, bassist ( Metallica) (b. 1962)
October 5 - James H. Wilkinson, mathematician (b. 1919)
October 16 - Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist (b. 1921)
October 25 - Forrest Tucker, American actor (b. 1919)
October 26 - Jackson Scholz, American runner (b. 1897)
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