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1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1986th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 986th year of the 2nd millennium, the 86th year of the 20th century, and the 7th year of the 1980s decade.
The year 1986 was designated as the International Year of Peace by the United Nations.

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  1. Pete

    Madonna Released “Papa Don’t Preach” Today June 11, 1986

    On this day, June 11, 1986, Madonna released the hit single “Papa Don’t Preach.” It became the number one song in America from August 16 to August 29 and also topped the charts in the UK, Canada, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Australia.
  2. Pete

    June 11, 1986: Glass Tiger Released Their Debut Album “The Thin Red Line”

    On this day, June 11, 1986, Glass Tiger released their debut album, “The Thin Red Line.” The album reached number 3 in Canada and won Album of the Year at the Juno Awards.
  3. Pete

    June 11, 1986: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” Premiered in Theaters

    On this day, June 11, 1986, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” premiered in theaters. Directed by John Hughes, the film stars Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey, and Charlie Sheen.
  4. Pete

    On This Day, June 9, 1986: Cinderella Released Their Debut Album “Night Songs”

    On this day, June 9, 1986, Cinderella released their debut album, “Night Songs.” The album reached number 3 on the Billboard charts.
  5. Pete

    June 6, 1986: Genesis Released Their 13th Album “Invisible Touch”

    On this day, June 6, 1986, Genesis released their thirteenth album, “Invisible Touch.” The album reached number 3 on the Billboard charts and hit number 1 in the UK, Canada, and New Zealand, selling over 6 million copies in the US.
  6. Pete

    Premiered Today June 5, 1986: Alphaville's 2nd Album “Afternoons in Utopia”

    On this day, June 5, 1986, Alphaville released their second album, “Afternoons in Utopia.” The album reached number 174 on the Billboard charts.
  7. Pete

    June 2, 1986: Queen Releases Their 12th Album “A Kind of Magic”

    On this day, June 2, 1986, Queen released their 12th album, “A Kind of Magic.” The album reached number 46 on the Billboard charts and hit number one in both the UK and Argentina.
  8. Pete

    May 28, 1986: Final Episode of “T.J. Hooker” Made Its Final Airing

    On this day, May 28, 1986, the final episode of “T.J. Hooker” aired. The show ran for 5 seasons, totaling 91 episodes. It was broadcast on ABC from 1982 to 1985, and on CBS from 1985 to 1986. The series starred William Shatner, with Heather Locklear joining the cast in season 2.
  9. Pete

    May 27, 1986: Cameo Releases Word Up

    On this day, May 27, 1986, Cameo released “Word Up.” The song reached number six on the US Billboard charts and topped the Hot Dance chart. It also hit number one in New Zealand.
  10. Pete

    May 24, 1986: AC/DC's 'Who Made Who' Soundtrack Hits the Charts

    On this day May 24, 1986, the soundtrack "Who Made Who" from the film "Maximum Overdrive" by AC/DC hit the shelves. It soared to #33 on the Billboard charts and achieved over 5 million copies sold in the US.
  11. Pete

    Sailing into History: The Final Episode of The Love Boat Today May 24, 1986

    On this day May 24, 1986, viewers bid farewell to "The Love Boat" as its final episode aired, concluding a nine-season journey that encompassed 250 episodes alongside five TV specials. Fun Fact: During its time, "The Love Boat" stood as only the fourth one-hour television series to incorporate...
  12. Pete

    Today May 23, 1986: Debut Album 'Look What the Cat Dragged In' by Poison

    On this day May 23, 1986, the debut album "Look What the Cat Dragged In" by Poison was unleashed. This marked the beginning of their musical journey, as the album climbed to #3 on the Billboard Charts. Notably, it earned the prestigious rank of #2 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the Top 50...
  13. Pete

    The Premiere of ‘Poltergeist II’ Film Today May 23, 1986

    On this day May 23, 1986, the film "Poltergeist II" premiered, directed by Brian Gibson and featuring Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, and Heather O'Rourke in starring roles. Produced with a budget of $19 million, the film grossed $40.9 million at the box office.
  14. Pete

    Today May 19, 1986: Unveiling 'Invisible Touch' by Genesis: Rising to #1 in America and Canada

    On this day May 19, 1986, Genesis unveiled "Invisible Touch" to the world. This hit song soared to the #1 spot in America from June 19 to 25, and it also achieved chart-topping success in Canada.
  15. Pete

    May 19, 1986: Release of Venus by Bananarama - A Global Chart-topper

    On this day May 19, 1986, the song "Venus" by Bananarama was unleashed to the world. It was originally performed by Shocking Blue. It dominated the charts as the #1 song in America from September 6 to 12, and it also reached the top spot in Canada, Switzerland, Finland, Australia, New Zealand...
  16. Pete

    Peter Gabriel's Fifth Album: So was Released Today May 19, 1986

    "On May 19, 1986, Peter Gabriel's fifth album shook the music industry with its remarkable impact. While securing a noteworthy #2 position on the Billboard Charts, its true triumph extended far beyond, soaring to #1 in the UK, Canada, Italy, Norway, Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand. This...
  17. Pete

    Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston: America's #1 Anthem - May 17, 1986

    On this day May 17, 1986, Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All" claimed the coveted spot as America's #1 song, reigning supreme until June 6. This anthem of love and empowerment also ascended to the top of the charts in Canada, Ireland, and Australia, solidifying its status as a global sensation.
  18. Pete

    On This Day May 16, 1986: 'Top Gun' Premieres, Dominates Box Office

    On this day May 16, 1986 the movie "Top Gun," was released. It was directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, and Anthony Edwards. Made with a budget of $15 million, the film grossed $356 million worldwide, with $176 million from domestic sales.
  19. Pete

    Run-DMC's 'Raising Hell' Album Storms was released Today On May 15, 1986

    On this day May 15, 1986, Run-DMC's third album, "Raising Hell," was released. It climbed to #3 on the Billboard charts and secured the #1 position in the Top R&B/Hip Hop category. Notable tracks include "My Adidas," "Walk This Way," "You Be Illin'," and "It's Tricky."
  20. Pete

    May 13, 1986, Top Gun Soundtrack was Released

    On May 13, 1986, the "Top Gun" soundtrack, featuring various artists, hit #1 on the US Billboard 200 charts. It also reached the top spot in Germany and Switzerland. The soundtrack includes iconic tracks like “Danger Zone” and “Take My Breath Away.”