1986 Newspapers

Read all about 1986 with an authentic newspaper providing first hand accounts of the events that shaped the year. The 1980s was a decade of huge change in the context of society, politics, and economy.

Historic Newspapers has the largest collection of authentic newspaper chronicling all the events of the decade through first-hand accounts and original photos. An authentic 1986 newspaper is a lovely gift idea for someone interested in history in general, or for someone with a special connection to this year in history.

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1986 Original Newspapers

1986 News Headlines

Our collection of 1986 newspaper articles features firsthand accounts of the year’s most captivating events. Understanding history is the key to understanding the present. It was during this year that the Space Shuttle “Challenger” disintegrated in mid air, and killed the crew of 7 astronauts on board.

The most devastating event of this year was the Chernobyl disaster. Read all the coverage of this event that impacted the whole of Europe through newspaper articles reporting on the events as they happened. It was the world’s worst nuclear disaster, and caused much of Ukraine and Belarus to become uninhabitable. Read about these and other 1986 headlines in an original 1986 newspaper from our archive.

20th January 1986
The United Kingdom and France announce plans to construct the Channel Tunnel.

28th January 1986
The STS-51-L Space Shuttle ‘Challenger’ disintegrates seventy-three seconds after launch, killing the entire crew of seven astronauts, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.

19th February 1986
The Soviet Union launches the ‘Mir’ space station.

13th March 1986
Irish race mare ‘Dawn Run’ wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup, becoming the first racehorse to complete the Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup double.

31st March 1986
A fire devastates Hampton Court Palace in Surrey.

17th April 1986
British journalist John McCarthy is kidnapped in Beirut and three other people are also found dead. McCarthy is eventually released in August 1991.

17th April 1986
A treaty ends the Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly.

26th April 1986
One of the reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear plant explodes in Ukraine, creating the world’s worst nuclear disaster. Thirty-one people are killed directly by the incident and many more die from cancer in later years. Several thousand people are exposed to significant amounts of radioactive material, making vast territories in Ukraine and Belarus uninhabitable.

26th May 1986
The European Community adopts the European flag.

29th June 1986
Argentina defeats West Germany 3-2 to win the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

23rd July 1986
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, marries Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey.

7th September 1986
Desmond Tutu becomes the first black Anglican Church bishop in South Africa.

12th October 1986
The Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visit the People’s Republic of China.

27th October 1986
The Big Bang in the London Stock Exchange abolishes fixed commission charges, paving the way for electronic trading.

6th November 1986
A British International Helicopters’ Boeing 234LR Chinook crashes 2.5 miles east of Sumburgh Airport, killing forty-five people. This is the deadliest civilian helicopter crash on record.

22nd November 1986
Mike Tyson wins his first world boxing title by defeating Trevor Berbick in Las Vegas.

23rd December 1986
‘Voyager’ completes the first non-stop circumnavigation of the earth by air without refuelling. The journey is completed in nine days, three minutes and forty-four seconds.

29th December 1986
Former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (b. 1894) dies.

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