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The "Quotes" of 1986

After working on the US bid for the 1986 World Cup, Henry Kissinger was quoted as saying "The politics of FIFA, they make me nostalgic for the Middle East". 

"With heart, faith and steel. In the end there can only be one"
- Sean Connery, in 'Highlander' 

"I feel the need... the need for speed!" 
- Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards, in 'Top Gun' 

"Pork. The other white meat"
- National Pork Board

"Yeah... That's The Ticket"
- Jon Lovitz as Tommy Flangan ('Fla-Nay-Gan') 

"I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV"
- Vick's commercial

The Tragedy

Space Shuttle Challenger blew up 73 seconds after take-off, killing all 7 crew members. Tens of thousands of school-age children were watching the flight live, because teacher Christa McAuliffe was a member of the crew.

The Scandals, Deaths and Odd News

60 Minutes ran a scathing exposé on the Audi 5000, alleging it could wildly accelerate on its own. However, their on-air demonstration used a rigged car to show falsified results. Gov't tests later vindicated Audi but their sales had already plummeted. 60 Minutes never apologized. 

The phrase "going postal" is derived from a series of incidents from 1986 onward in which USPS workers shot and killed managers, fellow workers, and members of the police or general public in acts of mass murder. 

Iran-Contra: Several members of the Reagan Administration helped sell arms to Iran, a known enemy of the United States, and used the proceeds to fund the Contras, an anti-communist guerrilla organization in Nicaragua. 

Neelim Kumar Khaire set a world record in 1986 by spending 72 hours in a cage with 72 of the most venomous snake species in India; to spread awareness and to prove that snakes don't bite unless provoked. He came out of the cage, unharmed without a single bite.

The United Way released 1.5 million balloons in Cleveland as a publicity stunt. It clogged the land and waterways of NE Ohio, shut down an airport runway, and forced the Coast Guard to suspend a search and rescue of 2 men who ended up drowning. 

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. The city of Pripyat, Ukraine built an amusement park scheduled to open May 1, 1986, but never really had a chance to open, being abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster a few miles away. 

A Soviet sub sank under odd conditions and when they revisited the wreck the missile hatches were forced open, and 2 warheads were reported missing. Most experts guess the US Navy got them. 

When Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone's Vault on live TV in 1986, and after much hype, it was empty. There were probably a bunch of old gangsters who knew it was empty watching together and laughed their butts off. 

165,000 people paid Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker $1000 for a lifetime annual weekend pass at the new Heritage USA Christian resort. The park went bankrupt after IRS troubles, and the donors got back $6.54 each. 

Tonight Show host Johnny Carson's good friend occasional guest Tonight Show host, Joan Rivers, started a late night talk show on FOX. He never spoke to her again. 

There was an alleged war that lasted 335 years between the Dutch and a English Archipelago called Scilly. There were no casualties during this war, because the Dutch forgot they were even at war with them. The war ended in 1986 when historians uncovered the war and a peace treaty was signed. 

Bobby Ewing came out of the shower, alive. The prior season of Dallas had been a dream. 


1986 Pop Culture News

The wave' was first brought to world-wide attention during the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, and for many people living outside of North America, this was the first time they had ever seen the phenomenon - English speakers outside of North America refer to it as the "Mexican wave". 

Scott Weiland met bassist Robert DeLeo at a Black Flag concert in Long Beach, California. The two of them were discussing their love interests, when they realized they were both dating the same girl. They developed a bond over the incident, and ended up forming Stone Temple Pilots. 

The Statue of Liberty's torch was replaced in 1986 with copper plated with gold, which is why it doesn't oxidize like the rest of her. 

The longest war in history was between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly (The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War), which lasted from 1651 to 1986. There were no casualties and not a single shot was fired. 

Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward, who played Ferris's parents in Ferris Bueller's Day Off', married in real life after filming the movie. Like in the movie, they had two children, a boy and a girl. 

In the 1986 movie Troll, a character named Harry Potter Jr. attempts to learn magic from a woman who lives above him who's secretly a witch. 

In 1986, Seattle's KeyArena was the location where the only NBA game to be called because of rain took place. 

Marvel's first movie, Howard The Duck, 'bombed' at the box office. It cost an estimated $37 million, and grossed under $38 million internationally, netting under $1 million.
It made a profit! 

Saddam Hussein built Iraq's largest dam. He decided to call it "Saddam". 

Five-year-old Levan Merritt fell into the gorilla enclosure at Durrell Wildlife Park and lost consciousness. Jambo stood guard over the boy when he was unconscious, placing himself between the boy and other gorillas in what ethologists analyze as a protective gesture. 

Ronald McNair, one of the astronauts killed in the 1986 Challenger explosion, brought his saxophone with him on that mission with the intent to record the first original piece of music in space. 

Teacher Pleasant Rowland created the first 'American Girl' dolls. Mattel bought the product line in 1998. 

In Sept of 1986, Late Night with David Letterman aired a rerun of a Feb show. Letterman had the entire rerun dubbed from English to English using the cast of Speed Racer as the voices. 

The first Legend of Zelda game was released on February 21st, 1986. 

During the voice recording for 1986's Transformers: The Movie Orson Welles complained to his biographer that he had spent the day "playing a toy in a movie about toys who do horrible things to each other." It was his last role. 

One of the first albums to have a parental advisory sticker was Frank Zappa's 'Jazz From Hell' in 1986. The album is completely instrumental. 

Doritos first sold nationally as a basic corn tortilla chip in 1967, Nacho Cheese wasn't sold until 1972, and much later Cool Ranch in 1986. 

Metallica's Cliff Burton and Kirk Hammett drew cards to decide who would get to choose a bunk on their tour bus in 1986. Burton drew the Ace of Spades, chose the bunk Hammett had been occupying, and was thrown out of the window when the bus crashed. He died at the scene. 

The 1986 graphic novel, Watchmen mentioned "DUB music." The character Ozymandias calls it "a sort of music of the future, a result of technological advances transcending the cultural barriers they set up". 

Rick Allen, the drummer for Def Leppard, lost his arm after a car accident in 1984. He thought he could never play in the band again and became very depressed until a fellow drummer helped him design an electronic drum kit that could be played with one arm. He returned to the band in 1986. 

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. 

Spy Magazine (1986-1998)


The Disappointment

Finding out that last year's Dallas TV show entire season was just Bobby Ewing's (Patrick Duffy) dream


The Habits

Participating with '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

Reading It by Stephen King


1986's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

Master System by Sega, Atari 7800, Real Ghostbusters action figures, My Pet Monster, Panini Football stickers, Outburst, Balderdash, Camcorders started to become a regular household item.

#1 SONG...

"When I Think of You," by Janet Jackson, was the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 when you started with us on October 14, 1986. Click below to play video. 

Biggest Movies of 1986

1. Top Gun
2. Crocodile Dundee
3. Platoon
4. The Karate Kid Part II
5. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
6. Back To School
7. Aliens
8. The Golden Child
9. Ruthless People
10. Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Most Popular TV Shows of 1986

1. The Cosby Show
2. Family Ties
3. Cheers
4. Murder She Wrote
5. The Golden Girls
6. 60 Minutes
7. Night Court
8. Growing Pains
9. Moonlighting
10. Who's the Boss?

1986 Pittsburgh Steelers


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