January 1986 calendar

January 1986

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in January 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 January 1986: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1986?


  • 01 Jan 1986 Barbra Striesand and Jon Peters relationship breaks up
  • 02 Jan 1986 191.66 million shares traded in New York Stock Exchange
  • 06 Jan 1986 STS 61-C scrubbed at T-31sec because of liquid oxygen valve problem
  • 07 Jan 1986 Chicago Bears defeat New England Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX
  • 08 Jan 1986 US President Ronald Reagan freezes Libyan assets in the US.
  • 09 Jan 1986 After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak leaves the instant picture camera business.
  • 10 Jan 1986 STS 61-C mission scrubbed T -9m because of bad weather at Kennedy
  • 11 Jan 1986 1st black lt gov since reconstruction sworn in
  • 12 Jan 1986 24th space shuttle mission STS 61-C Columbia 7 is launched with the first Hispanic-American astronaut, Dr. Franklin Chang-Diaz.
  • 13 Jan 1986 NCCA institutes eligibility requirements based on college exams.
  • 14 Jan 1986 Vinicio Cerezo becomes the second freely elected President of Guatemala since the US Central Intelligence Agency-sponsored coup in 1954.
  • 15 Jan 1986 Living Seas opens
  • 16 Jan 1986 Police arrest three Irish Republican Army-terrorists in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • 17 Jan 1986 Tim Witherspoon beats Tony Tubbs in 15 to regain WBA heavyweight title.
  • 18 Jan 1986 24th Space Shuttle (61-C) Mission - Columbia 7 - returns to Earth.
  • 19 Jan 1986 Israeli premier Simon Peres visits Netherlands.
  • 20 Jan 1986 1st federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr
  • 21 Jan 1986 Bomb attack in East-Beirut, 27 killed.
  • 22 Jan 1986 Ghorbanifar 1st suggests diversion of cash to contras, says North
  • 23 Jan 1986 Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • 24 Jan 1986 Voyager 2 makes 1st fly-by of Uranus (81,593 km), finds new moons
  • 25 Jan 1986 The National Resistance Movement topples the government of Tito Okello in Uganda.
  • 26 Jan 1986 Super Bowl XX: Chicago Bears beat New England Patriots, 46-10 in New Orleans, Louisiana; Most Valuable Player: Richard Dent, Defensive End.
  • 27 Jan 1986 13th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis and Crystal Gayle.
  • 28 Jan 1986 25th Space Shuttle mission (51L) - Challenger 10 explodes 73 seconds after liftoff. Killed are: Christa McAuliffe (teacher), Dr Judith Arlene Resnik, US Air Force Major Ellison S Onizuka, US Air Force Francis R Scobee, payload specialist Gregory B. Jarvis, US Navy Commander Michael J Smith, Ronald E McNair.
  • 29 Jan 1986 193.8 million shares traded in New York Stock Exchange
  • 31 Jan 1986 In Ohio, a magnitude 5.0 earthquake occurs.
  • 18 Jan 1986 An Aerovías Sud Aviation Caravelle crashes on approach to Mundo Maya International Airport in Flores, Petén, Guatemala, killing all 94 people on board.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Say You, Say Meyoutube
  2. - That's What Friends Are Foryoutube
  3. - Party All The Time
  4. - Burning Heart
  5. - Alive & Kicking

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - West End Girlsyoutube
  2. - The Final Countdown
  3. - Caravan Of Love
  4. - Saving All My Love For You
  5. - The Sun Always Shines On TV


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 1986?

World'S Fair by E. L. Doctorow

World'S Fair


"Something very close to magic." The Los Angeles TimesAn extraordinary novel about a young boy's experience in New York City during the 1930s. It is a vivid recreation of the sights and sounds of New York City.

Whirlwind by James Clavell



Whirlwind tells the story of three weeks spent in Tehran, February 1979. It is three weeks of passion, sacrifice, and heartbreak. A team of professional pilots is caught between the revolutionaries, the forces of international intrigue and themselves.

Wanderlust by Danielle Steel



Wanderlust is Audrey Driscoll's story. Audrey, an orphaned child, grew up caring for her eccentric, millionaire grandfather, and her demanding younger sister Annabelle. They assume that she will always be there for them.

Dancing In The Light by Shirley MacLaine

Dancing In The Light


Her most exciting and revealing book yet comes at an important turning point in her personal life. Shirley MacLaine, controversially talented, perceptive, and outspoken, takes us on an intimate, fascinating, personal journey.

Common Ground by J. Anthony Lukas

Common Ground


This is the story of Boston's busing crisis, which won 3 awards.