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1986 - What happened in 1986 ?
After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak leaves the instant camera business.
The HBO and Cinemax pay cable television services initiate scrambling of their national satellite feeds on Galaxy 1 with the Videocipher II system.
The first induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley)
The National Resistance Movement topple the government of Tito Okello in Uganda
Super Bowl XX: The Chicago Bears defeat the New England Patriots, 46-10.
28 years of one-family rule end in Haiti, when President Jean-Claude Duvalier flees the Caribbean nation.
The Soviet liner Mikhail Lermontov runs aground in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.
After waiting 37 years, the United States Senate approves a treaty outlawing genocide.
EDSA Revolution: President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines flees the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino becomes the first Filipino woman president.
Robert Penn Warren is named poet laureate of the United States.
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.
1986 – Jacques Chirac becomes Prime Minister of France
Car bomb explodes at Russell Street Police HQ in Melbourne, killing 1 police officer, Angela Taylor and injuring 21 people.
Six metropolitan county councils are abolished in England
The government of France rules against the privatization of French automaker Renault.
2.2 lb (1kg) hailstones fall on the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh, killing 92. These are the heaviest hailstones ever recorded.
Treaty signed, ending Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly.
Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone's vault on live television and finds nothing.
In Ukraine, a nuclear reactor at the Chornobyl (Chernobyl) nuclear plant explodes, creating the world's worst nuclear disaster.
The 1986 World Exposition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, opens.
In Bergen, Norway, Sandra Kim wins the thirty-first Eurovision Song Contest for Belgium singing "J'aime la vie" (I love life).
The European Community adopts the European flag.
Jonathan Pollard pleads guilty to espionage for selling top secret United States military intelligence to Israel.
Former United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim is elected president of Austria.
The Rogers Commission releases its report on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
The All Jharkhand Students Union is founded, in order to fight for autonomy for tribal peoples in India.
International Court of Justice finds against the United States in its judgement in the Nicaragua v. United States.
In an interview with Playboy magazine, science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke comes out as a bisexual.
1986 - The motion picture Aliens opens in theaters.
In London, Prince Andrew, Duke of York marries Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey.
A low pressure system that redeveloped off the New South Wales coast dumps a record 328 millimetres of rain in a day on Sydney.
1987 - Five people shot dead + Eleven injured as 19-year old Julian Knight opens fire @ random in Hoddle Street, Clifton Hill, Melbourne, VIC
In Edmond, Oklahoma, US Postal employee Patrick Henry Sherrill guns down 14 of his co-workers and then commits suicide.
US Navy officer Jerry A. Whitworth is sentenced to 365 years imprisonment for espionage for the Soviet Union.
The Soviet passenger liner Admiral Nakhimov sinks in the Black Sea after colliding with the bulk carrier Pyotr Vasev, killing 398.
Pan Am Flight 73 with 358 people on board is hijacked at Karachi International Airport.
In Istanbul, two Arab terrorists from Abu Nidal's terror organization kill 22 and wound six inside the Neve Shalom synagogue during Shabbat services.
1986 - Gen. Augusto Pinochet, president of Chile, escapes attempted assassination.
First broadcast of the TV show LA Law on NBC.
Cliff Burton, bassist for Metallica, dies after being crushed by the band's tour bus during their European tour.
Cold War: US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Reykjav?k, Iceland, in an effort to continue discussions about scaling back their intermediate missile arsenals in Europe.
U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs the Tax Reform Act of 1986 into law.
The New York Mets defeat the Boston Red Sox due to Bill Buckner's famous error in Game 6 of the World Series and go on to win the championship two days later
The London Stock Exchange is deregulated and computerisation is introduced for the first time.
Jeremy Bamber is found guilty of the murder of his parents, sister and twin nephews and is given five life sentences.
Iran-Contra Affair: The Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa reports that the United States has been selling weapons to Iran in secret in order to secure the release of seven American hostages held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon.
Sperry Rand and Burroughs merge to form Unisys, becoming the second largest computer company.
Iran-Contra Affair: National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary start to shred documents implicating them in the sale of weapons to Iran and channeling the proceeds to help fund the Contras rebels in Nicaragua.
Iran Contra Affair: US Attorney General Edwin Meese announces that profits from covert weapons sales to Iran were illegally diverted to the anti-communist Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
The New Yorker publishes Susan Sontag's AIDS short story, "The Way We Live Now"
Elie Wiesel wins the Nobel Peace Prize
The Scaled Composites Voyager aircraft completes the first non-stop flight around the world without refueling.
The first long-running American television soap opera, Search for Tomorrow, airs its final episode after thirty-five years on the air
A fire at the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, kills 97 and injures 140.