Major Events of 1986
Soviets free Natan Scharansky
Nuclear disaster at Chernobyl
Summit at Reykjavik
Spain and Portugal enter the common market
Marcos flees the Philippines
US planes attack Tripoli
Space Shuttle Challenger explodes in midair
Iran Contra Affair
US responds to Libyan terror
NBA: Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets Series: 4-2
NCAA Football: Penn State Record: 12-0-0
Heisman Trophy: Vinny Testaverde, miami-fl, QB points: 2,213
Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens vs. Calgary Flames Series: 4-1
Super Bowl XX: Chicago Bears vs. New England Patriots Score: 46-10
US Open Golf: Ray Floyd Score: 279 Course: Shinnecock Hills GC Location: Southhampton, NY
World Cup: Argentina vs. West Germany Score: 3-2
World Series: New York Mets vs. Boston Red Sox Series: 4-3

Popular Music
1."That's What Friends Are For" ... Dionne Warwick and Friends
2."How Will I Know" ... Whitney Houston
3."Kryie" ... Mr. Mister
4."Sara" ... Starship
5."These Dreams" ... Heart
6."Rock Me Amadeus" ... Flaco
7."Kiss" ... Prince
8."Addicted to Love" ... Robert Palmer
9. "West End Girls" ... Pet Shop Boys
10."Greatest Love of All" ... Whitney Houston

Top Ten Movies
1. Aliens
2. An American Tail
3. Back to School
4. Cobra
5. The Color of Money
6. The Color Purple
7. Crocodile Dundee
8. Down and Out in Beverly Hills
9. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
10. The Golden Child

Most Popular Books
1. "It" by Stephen King
2. "Red Storm Rising" by Tom Clancy
3. "Whirlwind" by James Clavell
4. "The Bourne Supremacy" by Robert Ludlum
5. "Hollywood Husbands" by Jackie Collins

1. "Fatherhood" by Bill Cosby
2. "Fit for Life" by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond
3. "His Way" by Kitty Kelly
4. "The Rotation Diet" by Martin Katahn
5. "You're Only Old Once" by Dr. Seuss

Most Popular Television 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)

Academy Awards
Best Picture:"Out of Africa"
Best Director: Sydney Pollack ... "Out of Africa"
Best Actor:Paul Newman ... "The Color of Money"
Best Actress:Marlee Matlin ... "Children of a Lesser God"

Grammy Awards
Record of the Year: "Higher Love" ... Steve Winwood
Song of the Year: "That's What Friends Are For" ... Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager
Best Album:"Graceland" ... Paul Simon
Male Vocalist: Steve Winwood ... "Higher Love"
Female Vocalist:Barbra Streisand ... "The Broadway Album"

Nobel Prizes

The prize was awarded jointly to:

HERSCHBACH, DUDLEY R., U.S.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, b. 1932;

LEE, YUAN T., U.S.A., University of California, Berkeley, CA, b. 1936 (in
Hsinchu, Taiwan); and

POLANYI, JOHN C., Canada, University of Toronto, Toronto, b. 1929:

"for their contributions concerning the dynamics of chemical elementary

SOYINKA, WOLE, Nigeria, b. 1934:

"who in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the
drama of existence"

WIESEL, ELIE, USA, b. 1928: Chairman of 'The President's Commission on the Holocaust'. Author, humanitarian.
Physiology or Medicine

The prize was awarded jointly to:

COHEN, STANLEY, U.S.A., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, b. 1922; and

LEVI-MONTALCINI, RITA, Italy and U.S.A., Institute of Cell Biology of the
C.N.R., Rome, Italy, b. 1909 (in Turin, Italy):

"for their discoveries of growth factors"

The prize was awarded by one half to:

RUSKA, ERNST, Federal Republic of Germany, Fritz- Haber-Institut der
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin, b. 1906, d. 1988:

"for his fundamental work in electron optics, and for the design of the
first electron microscope"

and the other half jointly to:

BINNIG, GERD, Federal Republic of Germany, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, R&Mac217;schlikon, Switzerland, b. 1947; and

ROHRER, HEINRICH, Switzerland, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Ruschlikon, Switzerland, b. 1933:

"for their design of the scanning tunneling microscope"
Pulitzer Prizes
Drama:Larry McMurtry ... "Lonesome Dove"
History: Walter A. McDougall ... "The Heavens and the Earth"
International Reporting: Lewis M. Simons, Pete Carey & Katherine Ellison ... "San Jose (CA) Mercury News"
National Reporting:Arthur Howe ... "Philadelphia Inquirer
Craig Flournoy & George Rodrigue ... "Dallas Morning News"
Public Service:"Denver Post"

Tony Awards
Best Play: "I'm Not Rappaport" ... Herb Gardner
"The Mystery of Edwin Drood"
"Best Actor in a play: Judd Hirsch ... "I'm Not Rappaport
Best Actress in a play:Bernadette Peters ... "Song & Dance"

Superbowl Shuffle

Space shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after taking off killing all 7 crew members.

The worst nuclear disaster in history happens at Chernobyl power plant in Soviet Union, killing 31 people.

Vanna White becomes a household name.

Oliver North testifies in Iran contra scandal.

Fergie marries Prince Andrew in Westminster Abbey, London.

Cagney and Lacey win 4 Emmy's

Fred Grandy, a.k.a. Gopher from The Love Boat, wins US Representative for Iowa.

"Baby On Board"!!

Garbage Pail Kids - spoof off of Cabbage Patch Kids.

Jolt cola introduced with twice as much caffeine as normal soft drinks.

Tommy Lee and Heather Locklear get hitched.

Halley's comet comes as close as it will get to earth.

Robert Palmers "Addicted To Love" video makes androgynous mannequin-like models playing guitars, look easy.

Cybil Sheppard & Bruce Willis give off sexual tension on the wildly popular "Moonlighting"

1/3 of Americans owned VCR's.

Bon Jovi releases their breakthrough album "Slippery When Wet".

Run DMC has revolutionary concept of mixing rap with rock. "Walk This Way" featuring Aerosmith hits #4 on charts and puts Aerosmith back on the map.

Top Grossing Box Office Hit Of The Year: Top Gun

Best video of year at MTV Video Music Awards: Dire Straits "Money For Nothing".

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