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< MCMLXXXVI = 1986 >

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Events in 1986

1 January: Spain and Portugal join the European Community, forerunner of the European Union.
14 January: The Julian calendar including its New Year's Day is delayed by 13 days.
19 January: ©Brain, the first computer virus, starts infecting IBM PC stations.
20 January: Martin Luther King Day is celebrated in the United States the third Monday each year since 1986.
28 January: The space shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after takeoff, killing its crew of seven (probably only when their module crashes into the ocean several minutes later).
9 February: At this Chinese New Year the Ox makes room for the Year of the Tiger.
17 February: Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian author and spiritual teacher, dies in Ojai, California at age 90.
19 February: The Soviet Union launches the Mir space station.
28 February: Olof Palme, Swedish prime minister since 1982, is assassinated on his way home from the cinema at age 59.
3 March: The first description is published of the Atomic Force Microscope, invented the previous year by Gerd Binnig, Calvin Quate and Christopher Berger.
30 March: The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated on Easter Sunday following the first full moon following the spring equinox since the Council of Nicaea in 325.
25 April: Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.
26 April: A chain reaction run out of control in the nuclear reactor of Tsjernobyl releases a radioactive cloud over Europe, causing the worst nuclear accident on record.
27 April: The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1406 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.
18 May: Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.
27 May: Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.
3 Augustus: Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.
4 October: Dutch queen Beatrix opens the Oosterscheldekering, Eastern Scheldt Barrier, the largest of 13 dams in the ambitieus Deltaworks in Zeeland.
13 October: Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.
24 December: Christmas Eve starts off the holidays celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

People in 1986

Time Person of the Year
Corazon Aquino, Time Man of the Year.
Gladwyn Jebb, Jan Oort, Marlene Dietrich, Hirohito, Belcampo, Bob Hope, Salvador Dalí, Samuel Beckett, Edwin McMillan, Bette Davis, Herbert von Karajan, Albert Broccoli, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Menachem Begin, Kees Stip, Frank Sinatra, Arthur C. Clarke, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Nelson Mandela, Kurt Waldheim, Isaac Asimov, John Paul II, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Federico Fellini, Yves Montand, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Lucebert, Margaret Thatcher, Pol Pot, Douglas Engelbart, Fidel Castro, Elizabeth II, Dario Fo, Gabriel García Márquez, Andy Warhol, Stanley Kubrick, Yasser Arafat, Neil Armstrong, Edsger Dijkstra, Boris Yeltsin, Mikhail Gorbachev, Elizabeth Taylor, John Barry, Rutger Kopland, The 14th Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, Pelé, John Hurt, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Stephen Hawking, Johnny Hallyday, Mick Jagger, Lech Wałęsa, Gerrit Komrij, Freddie Mercury, Johan Cruyff, Vladimir Putin, Ahmad Shah Massoud, Benazir Bhutto, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Berners-Lee, Bill Gates, Osama bin Laden, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Diego Maradona, Barack Obama, Axl Rose and Louise Brown celebrated their birthday this year.

Presenting 1986

The year 1986 was a common year starting on a Wednesday, just like 1890, 1902, 1913, 1919, 1930, 1941, 1947, 1958, 1969 and 1975 in the century before it and 1997, 2003, 2014, 2025, 2031, 2042, 2053, 2059, 2070 and 2081 in the next.

The coloured days highlight birthscake, deathsdagger, politicalcrown, scientificpaperclip, artisticpaperclip and otherasterisk historical milestones, and recurring events such as anniversaries and holidaysanchor. The newnew moon, waxingwaxing moon, fullfull moon and waningwaning moon icons indicate the phases of the moon and appear only for dates in the Gregorian calendar, i.e. after 14 October 1582. The Chinese calendar is available only from 1645 to 2644, the first millenium since the last reform. The coloured columns mark the Sundays, the last day of the week per standard ISO-8601.

Calculating time

The normal calendar page for the current /year?2014 contains an introduction to the intriguing history of the year as we know it. The Calendar Converter has more detail. The so called Perpetual Calendar uses a trick from before the age of computers to find the weekday for any Gregorian date. Also see an overview of all historical events in the last six thousand years.

URL: < http://4umi.com/year?1986&a=1&z=0 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 26 October 2014.
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