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1986 ( MCMLXXXVI)
was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1986th year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 986th year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 86th year of the 20th century, and the 7th year of the 1980s decade.
The year 1986 was designated as the International Year of Peace by the United Nations.
March 1 - Olof Palme's deputy Ingvar Carlsson becomes acting Prime Minister of Sweden. He is elected Prime Minister by the Swedish Riksdag on March 15.
March 3 - The first paper is published describing the atomic force microscope invented the previous year by Gerd Binnig, Calvin Quate and Christopher Berger. 
March 8 - The Japanese Suisei probe 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 ; the bodies of all seven Challenger astronauts are still inside.
March 13 - In a Black Sea incident, American cruiser USS and the Yorktown destroyer USS , claiming the right of Caron innocent passage, enter the Soviet territorial waters near the southern Crimean Peninsula.
March 14 - Microsoft Corporation holds its initial public offering of stock shares.
March 15 - Hotel New World collapses, 33 killed and 17 rescued from rubble.
March 25 - The 58th Academy Awards are held in Los Angeles, with winning Out of Africa Best Picture.
March 26 - An article in charges that The New York Times Kurt Waldheim, former United Nations Secretary-General and candidate for president of Austria, may have been involved in Nazi war crimes during World War II.
March 27 - Russell Street Bombing: A car bomb explodes at Russell Street Police Headquarters in Russell Street, Melbourne, killing a woman constable, the first Australian policewoman to be killed in the line of duty. March 31
April April - The government of
Ivory Coast requests international diplomatic use of the French form of its name, Côte d'Ivoire.
April 1 - Sector Kanda: Communist Party of Nepal (Mashal) cadres attack a number of police stations in Kathmandu, seeking to incite a popular rebellion.
April 2 - A bomb explodes on a Trans World Airlines flight from Rome to Athens, killing 4 people.
April 11 - The infamous FBI shootout in Miami results in the death of two FBI agents and the wounding of five others.
April 13 - Pope John Paul II officially visits the Great Synagogue of Rome, the first time a modern Pope has visited a synagogue.
April 13 - The first child born to a non-related surrogate mother is born. 
April 14 - Hailstones weighing 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) fall on Gopalganj District, Bangladesh, killing 92.
April 15 - Operation El Dorado Canyon: At least 15 people die after United States planes bomb targets in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and the Benghazi region.
April 16 - The United Kingdom and the Kingdom of the Netherlands sign a peace treaty, thus ending the Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War, one of the longest wars in human history. 
April 21 - Lorimar-Telepictures launches as a mass media company.
April 26 - Chernobyl disaster: A mishandled safety test at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union "killed at least 4,056 people and damaged almost $7 billion of property". Radioactive fallout from the accident is concentrated near  Belarus, Ukraine and Russia and at least 350,000 people are forcibly resettled away from these areas. After the accident, "traces of radioactive deposits unique to Chernobyl were in nearly every country in the northern hemisphere". 
April 27 - " Captain Midnight" interrupts the HBO satellite feed. April 29 - The Diamond Jubilee of Hirohito is held at the Kokugikan in Tokyo.
October 1 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs the Goldwater-Nichols Act into law, making official the largest reorganization of the United States Department of Defense since the Air Force was made a separate branch of service in 1947.
October 3 - TASCC, a superconducting cyclotron, officially opens at Chalk River Laboratories. A hybrid solar eclipse was visible off the coast of Iceland, and was the 53rd solar eclipse of Solar Saros 124.
October 10 - The 5.7 M w San Salvador earthquake shook San Salvador, El Salvador with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). Up to 1,500 people were killed.
October 11 - 12 - Cold War: Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Reykjavík, Iceland, to continue discussions about scaling back their intermediate missile arsenals in Europe, which end in failure. 
October 16 - The International Olympic Committee chooses Albertville, France to be the host city of the 1992 Winter Olympics and Barcelona, Spain to be the host city of the 1992 Summer Olympics. The IOC also announces that the summer and winter games will separate with the winter games on every even, common year; and the summer games on every leap year starting from 1992. 
October 19 - Mozambican President Samora Machel's plane crashes in South Africa.
October 21 - The Marshall Islands became an associated state under the Compact of Free Association.
October 22 - In New York City, WNBC Radio's traffic helicopter crashes into the Hudson River, killing traffic reporter Jane Dornacker. The last words heard on-the-air are Dornacker's screams of terror, "Hit the water! Hit the water! Hit the water!"
October 26 - Bus deregulation goes into effect in the United Kingdom, except Greater London and Northern Ireland.
October 27 - The Big Bang in the London Stock Exchange abolishes fixed commission charges, paving the way for an electronic trading platform. October 27 - The
New York Mets won 4 games to 3 in the 1986 World Series against the Boston Red Sox. October 29 - British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher officially opens the M25 Motorway, which encircles Greater London, in a ceremony on the carriageway near Potters Bar. It became Europe's second longest orbital road upon completion, and provides the first and only full bypass of London.
December 7 - A magnitude 5.7 earthquake destroys most of the Bulgarian town of Strajica, killing 2 people.
December 14 - Rutan Voyager, an experimental aircraft designed by Burt Rutan and piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, begins its flight around the world.
December 16 - Mass anti-government protests break out across the Kazakh SSR, resulting in the massacre of over 165 protesters.
December 19 - Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov is permitted to return to Moscow after six years of internal exile.
December 20 - Three African Americans are assaulted by a group of white teens in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens, New York. One of the victims, Michael Griffith, is run over and killed by a motorist while attempting to flee the attackers.
December 23 - Voyager completes the first nonstop circumnavigation of the earth by air without refueling in 9 days, 3 minutes and 44 seconds. December 31 - A fire at the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, kills 97 and injures 140.
March 2 - Ethan Peck, American actor
March 4 - Margo Harshman, American actress
March 8 - Princess Tsuguko of Takamado, member of the Japanese Imperial Family
March 9 - Brittany Snow, American actress
March 14 - Jamie Bell, British actor
March 15 - Jai Courtney, Australian actor
March 18 - Lykke Li, Swedish singer-songwriter
March 19 - Anne Vyalitsyna, Russian model
March 20 - Ruby Rose, Australian actress and model
March 22 - Matt Bush, American actor
March 24 - Val Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian-American dancer
April 7 - Choi Si-won, South Korean actor and singer
April 12 - Matt McGorry, American actor and activist
April 15 - Tom Heaton, English footballer
April 18 - Maurice Edu, American footballer
April 19 - Candace Parker, American basketball player
April 23 - Jessica Stam, Canadian model
April 24 - Tahyna Tozzi, Australian model, singer and actress
April 26 - Aaron Meeks, American actor
Stephan Berger, Dutch/Frisian teacher April 30 - Dianna Agron, American actress
May 3 - Poppy Delevingne, English model
May 5 - Grace Wong, Hong Kong actress and beauty pageant contestant
May 7 - Rianne ten Haken, Dutch model
May 8 - Laura Spencer, American actress
May 15 - Matías Fernández, Chilean footballer
May 19 - Eric Lloyd, American actor
May 24 - Mark Ballas, American dancer, actor, and musician
May 25 - Juri Ueno, Japanese actress
May 26 - Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, Spanish actress and model
May 27 - Timo Descamps, Belgian actor and singer
July 3 - Felixia Yeap, Malaysian model
July 5 - Ashkan Dejagah, Iranian footballer
July 11 - Raúl García, Spanish footballer
July 13 - Stanley Weber, French actor and theatre director
July 15 - Mishael Morgan, Canadian actress
July 19 - Jinder Mahal, Canadian professional wrestler
July 20 - Osric Chau, Canadian actor and martial artist
July 22 - Zeus, Motswana hip-hop artist, MC and businessman
July 25 - Hulk, Brazilian footballer
July 27 - Nathan Stephenson, Canadian actor
July 31 - Evgeni Malkin, Russian hockey player
August 4 - Oleg Ivanov, Russian footballer
August 6 - Bryan Young, Canadian ice hockey player
August 14 - Nigel Boogaard, Australian footballer
August 15 - Natalia Keery-Fisher, English singer-songwriter
August 19 - Christina Perri, American pop and rock musician
August 20 - Ryo Katsuji, Japanese actor and voice actor
August 25 - Andra, Romanian singer
August 26 - Big K.R.I.T., American rapper
August 27 - Sebastian Kurz, Austrian politician, 25th Chancellor of Austria
OMI, Jamaican-born singer Shaun White, American professional snowboarder
September 7 - Charlie Daniels, English footballer
September 9 - José Aldo, Brazilian mixed martial artist
September 13 - Kamui Kobayashi, Japanese professional racing driver
September 21 - Lindsey Stirling, American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer
September 23 - Kaylee DeFer, American actress
September 25 - Steve Forrest, American drummer
September 27 - Natasha Thomas, Danish singer and songwriter
September 28 - Andrés Guardado, Mexican footballer
September 29 - Lo Bosworth, American television personality, author and entrepreneur September 30
October 3 - Joonas Suotamo, Finnish basketball player and actor
October 5 - Novica Veli?kovi?, Serbian basketball player
October 9 - Laure Manaudou, French swimmer
October 17 - Mohombi, Congolese urban singer-songwriter and dancer
October 18 - Loukas Giorkas, Greek-Cypriot singer and model
October 20 - Elyse Taylor, Australian model
October 25 - Chiquito Felipe do Carmo, East Timorese football player
October 28 - Tamar Kaprelian, Armenian-American musician and singer
October 30 - Thomas Morgenstern, Austrian Olympic ski jumper October 31 - Brent Corrigan, American porn actor and director
November 1 - Penn Badgley, American actor
November 7 - James Ferraro, American musician and contemporary artist
November 12 - Evan Yo, Taiwanese singer-songwriter
November 16 - Omar Mateen, American mass murderer (d. 2016)
November 19 - Veronica Scott, American fashion designer
November 19 - Stefan Wisniewski, Test Analyst
November 21 - Sam Palladio, British actor and musician
November 23 - Alejandro Alfaro, Spanish footballer
November 25 - Katie Cassidy, American singer and model
November 27 - Suresh Raina, Indian cricket player
November 30 - Jordan Farmar, American basketball player
December 1 - DeSean Jackson, American football player
December 2 - Edson Décimo Alves Araújo, Brazilian footballer (d. 2014)
December 4 - Martell Webster, American basketball player
December 7 - Corey Vidal, Canadian online video content provider and digital media consultant
December 18 - Jery Sandoval, Colombian actress, model and singer
December 22 - Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Nigerian terrorist
December 23 - Noël Wells, American actress and comedian
December 27 - Jamaal Charles, American football player
December 29 - Kim Ok-bin, South Korean actress and model December 30
January 6 - Una Merkel, American actress (b. 1903)
January 7 - Juan Rulfo, Mexican writer (b. 1917)
January 8 - Maria L. de Hernández, Mexican-born American rights activist (b. 1896)
January 10 - Jaroslav Seifert, Czech writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1901)
January 12 - Juan Carlos Corazzo, Uruguayan football player (b. 1907)
January 13 - Abdul Fattah Ismail, Leader of the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen ( South Yemen) (b. 1939)
January 16 - Herbert W. Armstrong, founded the Worldwide Church of God (b. 1892)
January 17 - Abdul Majid Kubar, 4th Prime Minister of Libya (b. 1909)
January 23 - Willard Van Dyke, American filmmaker and photographer (b. 1906)
January 28 - In the :
Challenger disaster January 29 - Leif Erickson, American actor (b. 1911)
April 3 - Sir Peter Pears, English tenor (b. 1910)
April 7 - Leonid Kantorovich, Russian economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1912)
April 8 - Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer (b. 1967)
April 13 - Stephen Stucker, American actor (b. 1947)
April 20 - Aleksei Arbuzov, Soviet playwright (b. 1908)
April 22 - Mircea Eliade, Romanian historian of religions and writer (b. 1907)
April 24 - The Duchess of Windsor (b. 1896)
April 27 - J. Allen Hynek, American ufologist (b. 1910)
April 29 - Gilbert Baker, British Anglican bishop and missionary (b. 1910) April 30 - Robert Stevenson, English film director (b. 1905)
May 1 - Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (b. 1905)
May 2 - Henri Toivonen, Finnish rally car driver (b. 1956)
May 3 - Robert Alda, American actor (b. 1914)
May 7 - Herma Szabo, Austrian figure skater (b. 1902)
May 19 - Jimmy Lyons, American musician (b. 1931)
May 20 - Helen B. Taussig, American cardiologist (b. 1898)
May 25 - Chester Bowles, American politician (b. 1901)
May 26 - Gian-Carlo Coppola, American film producer (b. 1964)
May 27 - Ajoy Mukherjee, Indian politician, Chief Minister of West Bengal (b. 1901)
May 28 - Lurene Tuttle, American character actress (b. 1907)
May 29 - José Luis Carreño, Spanish Roman Catholic priest and missionary (b. 1905)
May 30 - Perry Ellis, American fashion designer (b. 1940) May 31
June 3 - Dame Anna Neagle, English actress (b. 1904)
June 4 - Paul Stevens, American actor (b. 1921)
June 5 - Bryan Grant, American tennis champion (b. 1909)
June 5 - Bruce Nickell
June 11 - Chesley Bonestell, American painter (b. 1888)
June 11 - Susan Snow (b. 1946)
June 15 - Walter V. Schaefer, American jurist and educator (b. 1904)
June 16 - Maurice Duruflé, French composer (b. 1902)
Len Bias, American basketball player (b. 1963) Coluche, stage name of Michel Colucci, French comedian and humorist (b. 1944)
June 21 - Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer, musician, conductor and author (b. 1923)
June 27 - Don Rogers, American football player (b. 1962)
June 28 - Mary Anderson, American actress (b. 1897)
June 30 - Guan Zilan, Chinese avant-garde painter (b. 1903)
July 3 - Rudy Vallée, American singer, actor, and bandleader (b. 1901)
July 4 - Oscar Zariski, Russian mathematician (b. 1899)
July 6 - Jagjivan Ram, Indian politician (b. 1908)
July 12 - Wac?aw Kisielewski, Polish pianist (b. 1943)
July 13 - Patriarch Nicholas VI of Alexandria (b. 1913)
Raymond Holton, Australian coal miner (b. 1949), killed in mine explosion
July 20 - Helen Craig, American actress (b. 1912)
July 21 - Ernest Maas, American screenwriter (b. 1892)
July 26 - W. Averell Harriman, American diplomat and politician (b. 1891)
July 27 - Osbert Lancaster, British cartoonist (b. 1908) July 31
August 1 - Ignatius Joseph Kasimo Hendrowahyono, Indonesian politician (b. 1900)
August 4 - Willem Ruis, Dutch game show host (b. 1945)
August 10 - Chuck McKinley, American tennis champion (b. 1941)
August 13 - Pius Anthony Benincasa, American Roman Catholic bishop (b. 1913)
August 15 - Felix Tikotin, architect and art collector (b. 1893)
August 16 - Jaime Sáenz, Bolivian poet, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
August 20 - Milton Acorn, Canadian poet, writer, and playwright (b. 1923)
August 21 - Thad Jones, American jazz musician (b. 1923)
August 22 - Celâl Bayar, Turkish politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Turkey and President of Turkey (b. 1883)
August 23 - Mikhail Kuznetsov, Soviet actor (b. 1918)
August 26 - Ted Knight, American actor (b. 1923)
August 27 - George Nepia, New Zealand Maori rugby player (b. 1905)
August 29 - Arthur Meyerhoff, American advertising agency executive and entrepreneur (b. 1895)
August 30 - George Pelawa, American ice hockey star Minnesota Mr. Hockey (b. 1968) August 31
September 4 - Hank Greenberg, American baseball player and member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1911)
September 6 - Blanche Sweet, American actress (b. 1896)
September 12 - Frank Nelson, American actor (b. 1911)
September 18 - Pat Phoenix, British actress (b. 1923)
September 21 - Cheryl Keeton, American murder victim (b. 1949)
September 22 - József Asbóth, Hungarian tennis champion (b. 1917)
September 23 - Gottfried Freiherr von Banfield, Austro-Hungarian naval aeroplane pilot in the First World War (b. 1890)
September 25 - Nikolay Semyonov, Russian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1896)
September 26 - Noboru Terada, Japanese Olympic swimmer (b. 1917)
September 29 - Prince George Valdemar of Denmark (b. 1920) September 30 - Storm Jameson, English journalist and author (b. 1891)
October 3 - Han Xianchu, Chinese army general and politician (b. 1913)
October 7 - Wallace Wade, American football coach (b. 1892)
October 10 - Michele Pellegrino, Italian Roman Catholic cardinal (b. 1903)
October 14 - Keenan Wynn, American actor (b. 1916)
October 15 - Jerry Smith, American football All Pro tight end, Washington Redskins, NFL (b. 1943)
October 16 - Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist (b. 1921)
October 19 - Samora Machel, Mozambican military commander, politician and revolutionary, 1st President of Mozambique (b. 1933)
October 21 - Fritz Hochwälder, Austrian author (b. 1911)
October 22 - Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1893)
October 23 - Edward Adelbert Doisy, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1893)
October 25 - Forrest Tucker, American actor (b. 1919)
October 26 - Jackson Scholz, American Olympic athlete (b. 1897)
October 28 - Ian Marter, British actor and writer (b. 1944) October 31 - Robert S. Mulliken, American physicist and chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (b. 1896)
November 2 - Paul Frees, American voice actor (b. 1920)
November 3 - Vladimir Bobri, Soviet composer (b. 1898)
November 4 - Abdallah El-Yafi, Lebanese politician, 9th Prime Minister of Lebanon (b. 1901)
November 5 - Claude Jutra, Canadian film director (b. 1930)
November 6 - Elisabeth Grümmer, Alsatian soprano (b. 1911)
November 7 - Anson Phelps Stokes, American Episcopal bishop (b. 1905)
November 10 - Rogelio de la Rosa, Filipino actor and politician (b. 1916)
November 11 - Roger C. Carmel, American actor (b. 1932)
November 12 - Faiz Ahmad, Afghan revolutionary leader (b. 1946)
November 13 - Franco Cortese, Italian racing driver (b. 1903)
November 15 - Alexandre Tansman, French composer and virtuoso pianist (b. 1897)
November 16 - Siobhán McKenna, Irish actress (b. 1923)
November 18 - Gia Carangi, American supermodel (b. 1960)
November 19 - Flukey Stokes, American mobster (b. 1937)
November 25 - Ivan Magill, Irish-born anaesthetist (b. 1888) November 29 - Cary Grant, British actor (b. 1904)
December 3 - Austin Hayes, Irish footballer (b. 1958)
December 6 - Alexander Hollaender, researcher in radiobiology (b. 1898)
December 7 - Homa J. Porter, Texas businessman and political activist (b. 1896)
December 8 - Anatoly Marchenko, Soviet dissident and author (b. 1938)
December 10 - Susan Cabot, American actress (b. 1927)
December 12 - Paul Verner, German politician (b. 1911)
December 15 - Serge Lifar, Soviet dancer and choreographer (b. 1905)
December 18 - Andrew Tsu, Chinese Anglican bishop (b. 1885)
December 21 - Willy Coppens, Belgian pilot (b. 1892)
December 22 - Ida Cook (aka Mary Burchell), British novelist and campaigner for Jewish refugees (b. 1904)
December 26 - Elsa Lanchester, British-American actress (b. 1902)
December 28 - Jan Nieuwenhuys, Dutch painter (b. 1922)
December 31 - Lloyd Haynes, American actor (b. 1934)
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