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1986

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U.S. Facts

  • President: Ronald W. Reagan
  • Population: 240,132,887
  • Life Expectancy: 74.7 years
  • Unemployment: 7.0%
  • Average Annual Salary: $13,129
  • Minimum Wage: $3.35 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $6,768
  • Gasoline: $1.22 per gallon
  • House: $123,229
  • Bread: $1.02 per loaf
  • Milk: $1.92 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.22

Major U.S. Events

  • U.S. Supreme Court bars racial bias in trial jury selection
  • Space shuttle Challenger explodes after launch at Cape Canaveral, Fla., killing all seven aboard
  • House votes arms appropriations bill rejecting Administration's "star wars" policy

Major World Events

  • In the Ukraine a reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear plant explodes creating the world's worst nuclear disaster. 31 are killed directly by the incident, many thousands more were exposed to significant amounts of radioactive material, vast territories in the Ukraine & Belarus are rendered uninhabitable
  • World Court rules US broke international law in mining Nicaraguan waters

January-March

  • The Soviet Union launches the Mir space station
  • The U.S. Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis

April-July

  • At least 100 people died after USA planes bombed targets in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and the Benghazi region
  • Jonathan Pollard pleads guilty to espionage for selling top secret United States military intelligence to Israel

August-December

  • In Edmond, Oklahoma, US Postal employee Patrick Henry Sherrill guns down 14 of his co-workers and then commits suicide
  • A 7.5 earthquake strikes San Salvador, El Salvador, killing an estimated 1,500 people

Top Songs

  • Walk Like an Egyptian by The Bangles
  • Addicted To Love by Robert Palmer
  • Take Me Home Tonight by Edie Money
  • When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going by Billy Ocean
  • On My Own by Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald

Other New Songs

  • Papa Don't Preach by Madonna
  • Greatest Love of All by Whitney Housten
  • When I Think of You by Janet Jackson
  • Stuck With You by Huey Lewis & The News
  • Venus by Bananarama

Top Movies

  • Aliens
  • Platoon
  • Ruthless People
  • Stand By Me
  • Top Gun

Top Books

  • It by Stephen King
  • Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy
  • The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
  • The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum
  • A Perfect Spy by John le CarrĂ©

Top TV Shows (1985-86)

  • The Cosby Show
  • Family Ties
  • Murder She Wrote
  • Cheers
  • Who's the Boss?
  • The Golden Girls

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • New York Mets d. Boston Red Sox

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: Chicago Bears d. New England Patriots

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Montreal Canadiens d. Calgary Flames

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Boston Celtics d. Houston Rockets

NCAA Champions

  • Football: Pennsylvania State University Nittany Lions
  • Basketball: University of Louisville Cardinals

Other Champions

  • Golf: Bob Tway is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Ivan Lendl and Miloslav Mecir win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Ferdinand wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Bobby Rahal wins Indianapolis 500
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