* The space shuttle Challenger explodes after launch at Cape Canaveral, Fla., killing all seven aboard on Jan. 28, 1986. 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.
* 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.
* The Oprah Winfrey Show hits national television.
* Pork. 'The other white meat' - The new slogan for the National Pork Board.
* Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease first identified Following an epidemic of BSE in Britain.
* 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 alarming the world.
* Comet Halley reaches the closest point to the Earth, during its second visit to the solar system in the 20th century.
* '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.
* Mike Tyson becomes the youngest Heavyweight Champion in history.
* Nintendo video games are introduced in the United States.
* An Earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale strikes San Salvador, El Salvador, killing an estimated 1,500 people.
* Burning Heat - Survivor
* Conga - Miami Sound Machine
* Manic Monday - Miami Sound Machine
* That's What Friends Are For - Dionne Warwick
* West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
* Nasty - Janet Jackson
* The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby
* Dancing On The Ceiling - Lionel Richie
* Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
* Sara - Starship
* Walk This Way - Run DMC
* How Will I Know - Whitney Houston
* Kiss - Prince
* On My Own - Pattie Labelle - Michael McDonald
* Higher Love - Steve Winwood
* Glory Of Love - Peter Cetera
* Secret Lovers - Atlantic Starr
* Addicted To Love - Robert Palmer
* True Colors - Cyndi Lauper
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