1986 Time Capsule


The year is 1986. Sure, that was the year Jag was founded.

But what else was going on that year? Let’s go back & take a look at the good, the bad, and the pop culture:

Major Events of 1986

January 20, 1986: France and the UK announce joint plans to build the Channel Tunnel

January 28, 1986: The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after take-off, killing everyone on board

February 3, 1986: Pixar Animation Studios was first opened

February 19,1986: The Soviet Union launches the Mir Space Station

March 14, 1986: Microsoft holds its first public offering of stock shares

March 25, 1986: Out of Africa wins Best Picture at the Academy Awards

April 21, 1986: Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone’s vault in a televised special; it held only a bottle of moonshine

April 26, 1986: The Chernobyl Disaster kills over 4,000 people and damages nearly $7 billion of property in the Soviet Union; at least 350,000 people were forced to relocate from areas in Belarus, Ukraine & Russia affected by the radioactive fallout

May 25, 1986: In “Hands Across America,” more than 5,000,000 people form a human chain from New York City to Long Beach, California to raise money & awareness for a hunger & homelessness campaign

July 5, 1986: The Statue of Liberty is re-opened to the public after extensive refurbishment ahead of its centennial celebration later that year

July 23, 1986: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, marries Sarah Ferguson

September 8, 1986: “The Oprah Winfrey Show” premieres in syndication

October 1, 1986: President Ronald Reagan signs the Goldwater-Nichols Act, the largest reorganization of the U.S. Department of Defense since 1947

October 9, 1986: The Fox Broadcasting Company is launched when News Corporation finalizes its acquisition of the Metromedia Group

October 9, 1986: The Phantom of the Opera opens at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, eventually becoming the longest-running Broadway show in history

October 27, 1986: The New York Mets beat the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 of the World Series for the second-ever Series title in Mets franchise history

November 3, 1986: News of the Iran-Contra Scandal first breaks, with reports that the U.S. secretly sold weapons to Iran to secure the release American hostages

Significant Celebrity Births of 1986

Okay, sure, Jeff’s son & Sara’s brother Brian was also born in 1986. But here are just a few of today’s biggest celebrities born in 1986 (there are lots more; this is just a sampling of the biggest names):

  • Lady Gaga (March 28th)
  • Robert Pattinson (May 13th)
  • Megan Fox (May 16th)
  • Shia LaBeouf (June 11th)
  • Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen (June 13th)
  • Lindsay Lohan (July 2nd)
  • Emilia Clarke (October 26th)

Top Music of 1986

1. “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne & Friends

2. “Say You, Say Me” by Lionel Richie

3. “I Miss You” by Klymaxx

4. “On My Own” by Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald

5. “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister

6. “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston

7. “Party All the Time” by Eddie Murphy

8. “Burning Heart” by Survivor

9. “Kyrie” by Mr. Mister

10. “Addicted to Love” by Robert Palmer


Box Office Hits of 1986

1. Stand By Me

2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

3. Aliens

4. Top Gun

5. Labyrinth

6. Flight of the Navigator

7. Short Circuit

8. Platoon

9. Blue Velvet

10. Big Trouble in Little China



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