1986 Trivia, Fun Facts and History

1986 Trivia, Fun Facts and History

Quick Facts from 1986:

  • World Changing Event: Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Explosion killed more than 7,000 people in the USSR.
  • The Top Song was That’s What Friends are For by
    Dinone Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder
  • The Movies to Watch include Top Gun, Pretty in Pink, Little Shop of Horrors, Crockodile Dundee, Stand By Me and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • The Most Famous Person in America was probably Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee)
  • Notable books include: Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and It by Stephen King and Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor
  • Price of a Cabbage Patch Kid in 1986: $29.97
    AA Batteries, 4 pack: $3.38
  • The Funny Guy was: Robin Williams
  • 12 members of a Florida jury got stuck in the courthouse (Otis) elevator for 20 minutes. The jurors were hearing a case against the Otis elevator company. Otis lost, paying $135,000.
  • The Disaster: On January 28, 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds into its flight leading to the death of all 7 members of the crew. Because teacher Christa McAuliffe was on the crew, millions of young students watched the accident happen.

Top Ten Baby Names of 1986:
Jessica, Ashley, Amanda, Jennifer, Sarah, Michael, Chris, Topher, Matthew, Joshua, David

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Christie Brinkley, Elle Macpherson

Leading Men and Hollywood Hunks:
Tom Cruise, Michael Hutchence, Mickey Rourke, Paul Newman

“The Quotes:”
“With heart, faith and steel. In the end there can only be one”
– Sean Connery, in ‘Highlander’

“I feel the need… the need for speed!”
– Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards, in ‘Top Gun’

“Pork. The other white meat”
– National Pork Board

“Yeah… That’s The Ticket”
– Jon Lovitz as Tommy Flangan (‘Fla-Nay-Gan’)

“I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV”
– Vick’s commercial

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
Corazon Aquino

Miss America:
Susan Akin (Meridian, MS)

Miss USA:
Christy Fichtner (Texas)

The Tragedy:
Space Shuttle Challenger blew up 73 seconds after take-off, killing all 7 crew members. Tens of thousands of school-age children were watching the flight live, because teacher Christa McAuliffe was a member of the crew.

The Scandals:
Iran-Contra: Several members of the Reagan Administration helped sell arms to Iran, a known enemy of the United States, and used the proceeds to fund the Contras, an anti-communist guerrilla organization in Nicaragua.

The USSR’s Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant reactor # 4 had a mishap, giving radiation poisoning to an estimated 500,000 to 6,000,000 people.

Tonight Show host Johnny Carson’s good friend occasional guest Tonight Show host, Joan Rivers, started a late night talk show on FOX. He never spoke to her again.

There was that whole Richard Gere (or Jerry Penacoli) & the gerbil rumor — not true in either case you weren’t sure.

Bobby Ewing came out of the shower, alive. The prior season of Dallas had been a dream.

Pop Culture News:
Teacher Pleasant Rowland created the first ‘American Girl’ dolls. Mattel bought the product line in 1998.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1986: $550,00

A Food Packing Plant owner in California came up with the baby carrot as a way of not wasting misshapen carrots. They became an instant hit.

Camcorders started to become a regular household item.

Aerosmith and Run DMC mixed rock and hip hop with Walk This Way

Peter Gabriel’s stop-motion music video for Sledgehammer raised the bar for video production.

The Disappointment:
Finding out that last year’s Dallas TV show entire season was just Bobby Ewing’s (Patrick Duffy) dream

The Habit:
Participating with ‘Hands Across America’ on Sunday May 25, 1986. Over six million people participated and at 3:00 EST, radio stations across America played the song Hands Across America.

1st appearances & 1986’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Real Ghostbusters action figures, My Pet Monster, Panini Football stickers, Outburst, Balderdash

Popular and Notable Books From 1986:
A Perfect Spy by John le Carre
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson
The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum
Hollywood Husbands by Jackie Collins
I’ll Take Manhattan by Judith Krantz
It by Stephen King
Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor
Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amour
Lie Down ith Lions by Ken Folett
The Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel
Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spieglman
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy
Wanderlust by Danielle Steel
Whirlwind by James Clavell

Broadway Show – Me and My Girl (Musical) Opened on August 10, 1986 and Closed: December 31, 1989

East End Show – The Phantom of the Opera (Musical) Opened on October 9, 1986

Best Film Oscar Winner:
Out of Africa (presented in 1986)

The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
1. Top Gun
2. Crocodile Dundee
3. Platoon
4. The Karate Kid Part II
5. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
6. Back To School
7. Aliens
8. The Golden Child
9. Ruthless People
10. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

1986 Most Popular TV shows:
1. The Cosby Show (NBC)
2. Family Ties (NBC)
3. Cheers (NBC)
4. Murder She Wrote (NBC)
5. The Golden Girls (NBC)
6. 60 Minutes (CBS)
7. Night Court (NBC)
8. Growing Pains (ABC)
9. Moonlighting (ABC)
10. Who’s the Boss? ( ABC)

1986 Billboard Number One Songs
December 21, 1985 – January 17, 1986:
Say You, Say Me – Lionel Richie

January 18 – February 14:
That’s What Friends Are For – Dionne Warwick featuring Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder

February 15 – February 28:
How Will I Know – Whitney Houston

March 1 – March 14:
Kyrie – Mr. Mister

March 15 – March 21:
Sara – Starship

March 22 – March 28:
These Dreams – Heart

March 29 – April 18:
Rock Me Amadeus – Falco

April 19 – May 2:
Kiss – Prince

May 3 – May 9:
Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer

May 10 – May 16:
West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys

May 17 – June 6:
Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston

June 7 – June 13:
Live to Tell – Madonna

June 14 – July 4:
On My Own – Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald

July 5 – July 11:
There’ll Be Sad Songs (to Make You Cry) – Billy Ocean

July 12 – July 18:
Holding Back the Years – Simply Red

July 19 – July 25:
Invisible Touch – Genesis

July 26 – August 1:
Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel

August 2 – August 15:
Glory of Love – Peter Cetera

August 16 – August 29:
Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna

August 30 – September 5:
Higher Love – Steve Winwood

September 6 – September 12:
Venus – Bananarama

September 13 – September 19:
Take My Breath Away – Berlin

September 20 – October 10:
Stuck with You Huey Lewis & the News

October 11 – October 24:
When I Think of You – Janet Jackson

October 25 – November 7:
True Colors – Cyndi Lauper

November 8 – November 21:
Amanda – Boston

November 22 – November 28:
Human – Human League

November 29 – December 5:
You Give Love a Bad Name – Bon Jovi

December 6 – December 12:
The Next Time I Fall – Peter Cetera featuring Amy Grant

December 13 – December 19:
The Way It Is – Bruce Hornsby & the Range

December 20, 1986 – January 16, 1987:
Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles

World Series Champions: New York Mets
Superbowl XX Champions: Chicago Bears
NBA Champions: Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs: Montreal Canadians
U.S. Open Golf Ray Floyd
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Ivan Lendl/Martina Navratilova
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Boris Becker/Marina Navratilova
NCAA Football Champions: Penn State
NCAA Basketball Champions: Louisville
Kentucky Derby: Ferdinand
World Cup (Soccer): Argentina

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