Historical Events For Year 1986

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January 1, 1986

The European Union gains Spain and Portugal as members. Read More

January 19, 1986

Brain, the first PC virus, begins spreading. Read More

February 3, 1986

The formation of Pixar Animations Studios takes place. Read More

February 9, 1986

During the second visit to the solar system within the century, Hailey's Comet reaches its closest distance to the sun.
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February 17, 1986

The signing of the Single European Act takes place. Read More

March 8, 1986

The UV hydrogen corona and solar wind of Hailey's Comet is studied by the Sulsei probe launched by the Japanese.
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March 9, 1986

The crew compartment of the Space Shuttle Challenger containing the bodies of the seven astronauts aboard the shuttle upon its crash is discovered by divers of the United States Navy.
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March 14, 1986

The first stock shares for the Microsoft Corporation are offered to the public. Read More

April 21, 1986

A solo bottle of moonshine is found in Al Capone's secret vault upon it being opened by Geraldo Rivera.
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May 19, 1986

The enactment of the Firearm Owners Protection Act occurs. Read More

June, 1986

The largest storm surge flood barrier, the Oosterscheldekering, is finished being built in the Netherlands.
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June 8, 1986

President of Austria is won by former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kurt Waldheim.
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June 9, 1986

The report of the Space Shuttle Challenger accident is published by the Rogers Commission.
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July 5, 1986

After extensive renovations, the Statue of Liberty is reopened to the public. Read More

August 19, 1986

The Weeping Woman painting by Picasso is found in a locker in Melbourne, Australia's Spencer Street Station two weeks after it was stolen.
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September 6, 1986

Correspondence of purchasing power on an international level, known as the Big Mac, is published in The Economist newspaper.
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October 1, 1986

The Goldwater-Nichols Act implementing the largest reorganization of the Department of Defense in the United States since 1947 is signed by President Ronald Reagan.
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October 9, 1986

Her Majesty's Theatre in London holds the Broadway show The Phantom of the Opera, the longest running show of all time.
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October 21, 1986

The Compact of Free Association creates the associated state of the Marshall Islands. Read More

October 27, 1986

Fixed commission charges are eliminated by the London Stock Exchange's Big Bang, setting the foundation for electronic trading.
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December 14, 1986

An around the world flight is begun by the experimental aircraft created by Burt Rutan and piloted by Dick Rutan, known as the Rutan Voyager.
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December 23, 1986

The first nonstop circumnavigation of the earth without stopping to refuel for over 9 days is completed by the Voyager.
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