The Year I Was Born 1986

I was reading Good Woman’s post about the year she was born, and I found it very interesting. It gave me the idea to write a post about the year I was born 1986.

First of, at the same day I was born 26th of April 1986, the terrible Chernobyl disaster occurred. Everyone was scared about the effects that this nuclear power plant blowing up would have. In Norway it meant among other things that it was un safe to eat reindeer meat for quite some time. But the effects in areas closer to the accident has been a lot more severe.

Other bad stuff was the murder of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme, Challenger exploded 73 seconds after take-off killing all the 7 people on board. It seems there was quite a lot of fires, boats sinking, earth quakes and bombings this year too.

Fashion in 1986
Fashion in 1986

The year wasn’t all bad even if there was a lot of bad stuff going on. On a more positive note. IBM showed the world their PC Convertible, the company’s first portable computer. Spain and Portugal joined the EEC. Pixar Animation Studios is opened. The 27th Congress of the CPSU opens in Moscow. The General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev introduces the keywords of his mandate to the audience: Glasnost and Perestroika. Breakthrough in US – USSR Arms Talks between Reagan and Gorbachev leads to commitment to disarm thus ending a long period of instability caused by the Cold War

Some of the leaders around the world was: Jacques Chirac was elected prime minister of France. Dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier  “Baby Doc”, fled Haiti. Ronald Reagan was president in the USA, he made the decision to bomb Libya this year and the Iran-Contra affair was known. Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister in Great Britain. In Norway the Willoch government abdicated due to a question of raising the tax on gas and Gro Harlem Brundtland had her second period in office. And one must not forget that Clint Eastwood was elected Mayor of Carmel California!

Toys in 1986
Toys in 1986

Entertainment and sports: In one of the most famous FIFA World Cup matches, Argentinian football player Diego Maradona scores one handball goal (nicknamed the “Hand of God”) and then dribbles past the entire English football team to score a second goal (nicknamed “The Goal of the Century”) with Argentina winning 2-1 against England.Mike Tyson wins his first world boxing title by defeating Trevor Berbick in Las Vegas. Sandra Kim from Belgium wins the Eurovision Song Contest in Bergen, Norway with her song J’aime la vie. Matt Groening creates The Simpsons family.

Sources: Wikipedia and the people history

49 thoughts on “The Year I Was Born 1986

  1. I enjoyed your revisit to 1986 – brought back lots of childhood memories of the 80s. Hadn’t quite realised how busy and eventful that one particular year was.

  2. What a novel way to look at the year you were born. It kind of puts things in perspective doesn’t it. I never looked at the year I was born like that. It was a long time ago. It’s a strange world we live in no matter the era. I should know as I’m quite old. 🙂

  3. Your birthday came in with an unfortunate bang so to speak (Chernobyl). I am hopeful that the rest of your life has been less eventful in that regard. What an interesting post to do. I will have to think about doing something similar but I might be afraid to go back that faaaaaaaar. 🙂

    1. Thank you. I do hope I’m not the proof of the fact that an accident rearly comes alone as some claim 😉 It was a post that was very interesting post to write and I got the idea because I read one of these posts and enjoyed it a lot. I highly recomend to do a post of your own because it’s so much fun!

  4. I was only 3 in 1986 so don’t remember any of this but wow – what an eventful year! This is such a great idea for a post too 🙂

    I had no idea that Maradona’s hand of god was as long ago as this… English football fans still talk about it when England have to play Argentina in the World Cup!

  5. Visiting through the blog party 🙂 I was born in the same year! Very interesting post, I knew some of these things, but not all of them. We have all kinds of stories about Chernobyl since Hungary is fairy close to where it happened (and it was covered up for quite a while).

  6. 1986 was the year I moved to live and work in London. I had an amazing 27 years there. Lots of happy memories. It’s also one of my favourite years for Pop Music – especially anything by Stock, Aiken and Waterman.

  7. I remember the Challenger explosion very well but I can’t remember the Chernobyl disaster as clearly. Great post. Do you know what the number one song in the UK was on the day you were born?

  8. Wow! This is so interesting and actually fun for me to sit here, reading this and thinking how many of the things I remember, like Chernobyl and also the Challenger exploding… I remember playing outside with the neighbor’s kids when my mom came outside telling us to come back inside because of the radioactive cloud approaching (or something like this). I remember watching the start of the Challenger on TV which was supposed to be special because of the female astronaut (at least I think so) being on board. Watching how it went up and then exploded…

    What a great idea for a post. I might do something similar one day 🙂

  9. Hello! You gave a good summary of the major events that happened on the day you were born. I remember the Nintendo Entertainment system..but clueless about the rest of the toys! I feel OLD! LOL. Nice to meet you. 🙂

  10. You are almost exactly the same age as my third son. I remember that year so well. I was so broken hearted by the Challenger explosion. The teacher that died was so tragic.

  11. Omg! This made me feel old! I graduated high school in 1986. My wife loves 80’s music, not for value necessarily, but for sentimental reasons. I might add that my University of Louisville Cardinals won the NCAA basketball championship in 1986 too! Go CARDS!

  12. I was stranding in my kitchen listening to the news about Tjernobyl and I was pregnant with my forth child and I remember our Danish newsmedia brought the news some days before the Russians got the news. 8 years after I travelled in the area and met a man who was ordered to clean up. He was insane. People were kept in ignorance in Russia

      1. Yes we are lucky to live in countries where you get at least most of the news. I am suddenly reminded of having taken part in summer camps in Sweden for weak Tjernobyl children in the 1990s

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