December 1986 calendar

December 1986

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 1986.
The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on December 1986: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1986?


  • 01 Dec 1986 Paul McCartney releases Only Love Remains
  • 02 Dec 1986 Dow-Jones index hits record 1955.57
  • 03 Dec 1986 Sri Lanka all out 55 versus West Indies in one-dayer Walsh 5-1 in four 3 overs.
  • 04 Dec 1986 NASA launches Fltsatcom-7.
  • 06 Dec 1986 52nd Heisman Trophy Award: Vinny Testaverde, Miami Florida (quarterback).
  • 07 Dec 1986 Juli Inkster / Tom Purtzer wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 08 Dec 1986 US House Democrats select majority leader Jim Wright as 48th speaker.
  • 10 Dec 1986 Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel accepts 1986 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 11 Dec 1986 South Africa censors press.
  • 12 Dec 1986 Russian Tupolev-134 crashes in East Berlin, 70 killed.
  • 14 Dec 1986 Voyager experimental aircraft, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, takes off from Edwards Air Force Base, California on first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world.
  • 15 Dec 1986 CIA director William Casey suffers a cerebral seizure
  • 16 Dec 1986 Revolt in Kazakhstan against Communist Party of Kazakhstan, known as Zheltoksan, which becomes the first sign of ethnic strife during Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev's tenure
  • 17 Dec 1986 US Congress forms "Irangate" committee.
  • 18 Dec 1986 Mr Gates, serves as acting Director of CIA
  • 19 Dec 1986 USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile
  • 20 Dec 1986 White teenagers beat blacks in Howard Beach, New York
  • 21 Dec 1986 Amy Alcott / Bob Charles wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
  • 23 Dec 1986 Rutan andYeager make 1st around-the-world flight without refueling
  • 24 Dec 1986 French hostage Aurel Cornea, held in Lebanon for 9 months, released.
  • 26 Dec 1986 Captured Iraqi Airways Boeing-737 in Saudi Arabia, about 60 killed
  • 27 Dec 1986 Les Miserables opens at Kennedy Center, Washington DC
  • 28 Dec 1986 Pat Davis, ranked 412th among world tennis competitors, wins Davis Cup.
  • 30 Dec 1986 US begins military exercises in Honduras.
  • 31 Dec 1986 Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97
  • 04 Dec 1986 The MV oil tanker begins leaking oil while at the port of Savannah in the United States, resulting in an oil spill of approximately 500,000 US gallons (1,900,000┬áL).
vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits in December 1986?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - The Next Time I Fall
  2. - The Way It Is
  3. - Walk Like An Egyptian
  4. - You Give Love A Bad Name
  5. - Everybody Have Fun Tonight

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - The Final Countdown
  2. - Sometimes
  3. - Caravan Of Love
  4. - Reet Petite
  5. - The Rain


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1986?

Through A Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen

Through A Glass Darkly


It lives up to all expectations. It's magnificent!" This classic historical novel is proudly reintroduced by Cleveland Plain Dealer Sourcebooks Landmark. Karleen Koen's epic saga is filled with unforgettable characters, passionate about the extraordinary.

The Mirror Of Her Dreams by Stephen R. Donaldson

The Mirror Of Her Dreams


Stephen R. Donaldson revolutionized fantasy fiction with The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. The Mirror of Her Dreams is the first novel in the Mordant's Need series.

Roger'S Version by John Updike

Roger'S Version


Roger Lambert tells it like this: He, a middle-aged professor in divinity, is buttonholed by Dale Kohler (an earnest young computer scientist who believes there is quantifiable evidence that God exists).

Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy

Red Storm Rising


Tom Clancy is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Jack Ryan novels. His latest blockbusters Command Authority, Threat Vector, are his most electrifying stories of international conflict.

Hollywood Husbands by Jackie Collins

Hollywood Husbands


Hollywood Husbands are hot...Hollywood Husbands aredynamic...Hollywood Husbands are sexy... Jack Python is the hottest Hollywood Husband of all. He rulesnighttime T.V. His controversial talk show is a huge hit, and the women he meets melt.