*World Series Champions: New York Mets
*Superbowl Champions: Chicago Bears
*NBA Champions: Boston Celtics
*Stanley Cup Champs: Montreal Canadians
*U.S. Open Golf: Ray Floyd
*U.S. Tennis: Ivan Lendl/Martina Navratilova
*Wimbledon (Men/Women): Boris Becker/Marina Navratilova
*NCAA Football Champions: Penn State
*NCAA Basketball: Louisville
*Kentucky Derby: Ferdinand
Catherine Bach, Christie Brinkley, Elle Macpherson.
Other Facts (1986)*The space shuttle Challenger explodes after launch at Cape Canaveral, Fla., killing all seven aboard (Jan. 28). Many viewed the launch live because of the presence of crew member Christa McAuliffe, the first member of the Teacher in Space Project and the (planned) first female teacher in space.
*The Oprah Winfrey Show hits national television.
*Nintendo video games introduced in United States.
*"Pork. The other white meat" - National Pork Board.
*Aerosmith and Run DMC mixed rock and hip hop with Walk This Way.
*Peter Gabriel's stop-motion music video for Sledgehammer raised the bar for video production.
*Earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale strikes San Salvador, El Salvador, killing an estimated 1,500 people.
*Fox News was created by Barry Diller, head of News Corp. Fox offers 10 hours of prime-time programming a week.
*Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease first identified Following an epidemic of BSE in Britain.
*"I feel the need... the need for speed!" - Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards, in 'Top Gun'
*Lionel Richie releases the album "Dancing on the Ceiling".
*The USSR's Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant reactor # 4 had a mishap, giving radiation poisoning to an estimated 500,000 to 6,000,000 people.
*Comet Halley reaches the closest point to the Earth, during its second visit to the solar system in the 20th century.
*Mike Tyson becomes the youngest Heavyweight Champion in history.
*Camcorders started to become a regular household item.
*'Hands Across America' on Sunday May 25, 1986. Over six million people participated and at 3:00 EST, radio stations across America played the song Hands Across America.
*Time Magazine's Man Of The Year: Corazon Aquino
*Miss America: Susan Akin (Meridian, MS)
*Miss USA: Christy Fichtner (Texas)
*Most Popular Christmas Gifts: Real Ghostbusters action figures, My Pet Monster, Panini Football stickers, Outburst, Balderdash.
What Was On TV:The Cosby Show (NBC), Family Ties (NBC), Cheers (NBC), Murder She Wrote (NBC), The Golden Girls (NBC), 60 Minutes (CBS), Night Court (NBC), Growing Pains (ABC), Moonlighting (ABC), Who's the Boss? ( ABC).
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