May 1986 calendar

May 1986

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1986?


  • 01 May 1986 Bill Elliott sets stock car speed record of 212.229 mph.
  • 02 May 1986 Dynamo Kiev wins 26th Europe Cup II.
  • 03 May 1986 New York Yankees' Don Mattingly is sixth to hit three sacrifice flies in a game.
  • 04 May 1986 President Babrak Karmal resigns as party leader of Afghanistan.
  • 06 May 1986 Donald E Pelotte becomes first native American bishop.
  • 07 May 1986 In Andreanof Islands, Alaska, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake occurs. Tsunami generated with observed wave heights up to 175 cm.
  • 08 May 1986 ├ôscar Arias is inaugurated into his first term as President of Costa Rica.
  • 11 May 1986 Muffin Spencer-Devlin wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic.
  • 12 May 1986 Bicycle is pedaled 65 mph
  • 14 May 1986 Institute for War documents publishes Anne Frank's complete diary.
  • 15 May 1986 Argentine ex-President Galtieri sentenced to 12 years.
  • 16 May 1986 Top Gun, premieres
  • 17 May 1986 Chicken Song by Spitting Image hit #1 on the UK pop chart
  • 18 May 1986 David Goch finishes swimming 55,682 miles in a 25-yard pool.
  • 20 May 1986 Flintstones 25th Anniversary Celebration airs on CBS-tv
  • 21 May 1986 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 22 May 1986 Cher called David Letterman an asshole on Late Night on NBC
  • 23 May 1986 US and West Europeans veto heavier sanctions against South Africa.
  • 24 May 1986 Reginald Huffstetler treds water for 985 hours.
  • 25 May 1986 30,000,000 watch Live Aid, a massive benefit concert
  • 26 May 1986 The European Community adopts the European flag.
  • 27 May 1986 Norway Showcase groundbreaking
  • 28 May 1986 Democratic Labor Party wins parliamentary election in Barbados.
  • 29 May 1986 59th National Spelling Bee: Jon Pennington wins spelling "odontalgia".
  • 30 May 1986 Bobby Rahal is first to average over 170 mph in the Indianapolis 500.
  • 02 May 1986 Chernobyl disaster: The City of Chernobyl is evacuated six days after the disaster.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Addicted To Love
  2. - West End Girlsyoutube
  3. - Greatest Love Of All
  4. - Live To Tell
  5. - Kiss

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - A Different Corner
  2. - The Chicken Song
  3. - Living Doll
  4. - On My Own
  5. - Rock Me Amadeusyoutube


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1986?

Greed And Glory On Wall Street by Ken Auletta

Greed And Glory On Wall Street


One of the most powerful and respected investment banking partnerships in the world was launched on a July morning. It was not due to the economy but by an act of God.

Break In by Dick Francis

Break In


Christmas "Kit", a Steeplechase jockey, has seen more than his fair share of close calls on and off the course. Trouble strikes close to home when there is a grudge between his parents.

James Herriot'S Dog Stories by James Herriot

James Herriot'S Dog Stories


This collection of stories is a special and heartwarming collection that James Herriot shares about his dogs and the amazing people and animals he has met.

The Songs Of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke

The Songs Of Distant Earth


Thalassa was paradise above the Earth. Its beauty, wealth and charm seduce its residents into a sense of perfection. The Magellan, which carries one million refugees, arrives.

A Light In The Attic by Shel Silverstein

A Light In The Attic


While I was thinking here last night, Some Whatifs crawled into my ear. They danced and partied all night. And sang the same old Whatif song: What if I fail that test?