- What was happening in 1986

I am always looking for 1985 - 1990 Facts and Memorabilia. If you have something from 1986 that should be in this section, please email to Jeff

Do you remember where you were in 1986 Who you were with? What you were wearing? What you were watching on TV? For me, I was in the 11th grade, fixing cars for the first time, breakdancing at the local roller skating rink and playing Ice Hockey. I was wearing parachute pants, Gino Cavaricci's (spelling?) with pegged legs, IOU sweatshirts, and going on Dancin' on Air (Philadelphia TV show like American Bandstand) everyday after school. The car I was driving was a 1966 Impala convertible. My dad gave me a Mercury Topaz and I immediately traded it for the Impala hooptie.

This section is to let you all reminisce back to those great years of the IROC-Z and relive a little of what went on back then. The 80's were a fantastic time for me. The best decade I ever lived through. I am still lost in the 80's.

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1986 Tidbits 1986 US Statistics
1986 Economic Information 1986 Sports History
1986 Top TV Shows Movies & Books 1986 Entertainment
1986 Pulitzer Prizes 1986 Oscar Awards
1986 Emmy Awards 1986 Tony Awards
1986 Grammy Awards  

1986 TIDBITS...

~ Ronald Reagan was president

1986 US Statistics

President: Ronald Reagan
Vice President: George Bush
Population: 240,132,887
Life expectancy: 74.7 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 54.8
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 48.6

1986 Economic Information

US GDP (1998 dollars):   $4,422.20 billion
Federal spending:   $990.34 billion
Federal debt:   $2120.6 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):  
Consumer Price Index:   109.6
Unemployment:   7.2%

Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.22


In 1986...

MLB Baseball - The New York Mets won the Major League Baseball World Series beating the Boston Red Sox 4 games to 3.

NBA Basketball - The Boston Celtics beat the Houston Rockets for the NBA Basketball Championship 4 games to 2.

College Basketball - Louisville beat Duke 72-69 for the NCAA Basketball title.

Boxing - Mike Tyson knocks out Trevor Berbick in the second round for the Heavyweight Championship.

NFL Football - The Chicago Bears beat the New England Patriots 46-10 for the Super Bowl title.

PGA Golf - The "Golden Bear" Jack Nicklaus won the Masters Golf Tournament.

NHL Hockey - The Montreal Canadiens won the NHL's Stanley Cup.

Tennis - Boris Becker and Martina Navratilova won Wimbledon.

The top 20 TV Shows of 1986

The Top Movies of 1986

The Top Books of 1986

1 The Cosby Show 1 Crocodile Dundee 1 Kingsley Amis,The Old Devils
2 Family Ties 2 The Karate Kid: Part 2 2 Alice Munro, The Progress of Love
3 Cheers 3 Platoon 3 Peter Taylor, A Summer to Memphis
4 Murder she wrote 4 Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home
5 The Golden Girls 5 Top Gun
6 60 Minutes 6 The Color of Money
7 Nightcourt
8 Growing Pains
9 Moonlighting
10 Who's the Boss
11 Dallas
12 Newhart
13 Amen
14 227
15 Matlock
16 CBS Monday Night Movie
17 NBC Monday Night Movie
18 NFL Monday Night Football
19 Kate & Allie
20 NBC Sunday Night Movie


1986 Entertainment Awards

Record of the Year: Steve Winwood, "Higher Love"
Album of the Year: Paul Simon, Graceland

1986 Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry
Music: Wind Quintet IV, George Perle

1986 Oscars
Picture Children of a Lesser God, Burt Sugarman and Patrick Palmer, producers (Paramount)
Actor in a Leading Role Dexter Gordon, 'Round Midnight
Actress in a Leading Role Jane Fonda, The Morning After
Actor in a Supporting Role Tom Berenger, Platoon
Actress in a Supporting Role Tess Harper, Crimes of the Heart
Directing Woody Allen, Hannah and Her Sisters


1986 Emmy Awards
Outstanding Drama Series L.A. Law (NBC)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Bruce Willis, Moonlighting
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Sharon Gless, Cagney and Lacey
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series John Hillerman, Magnum, P.I.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Bonnie Bartlett, St. Elsewhere
Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series Alfre Woodard, L.A. Law: Pilot
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Gregory Hoblit, L.A. Law: Pilot
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, L.A. Law: “Venus Butterfly”
Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special Hallmark Hall of Fame: Promise (CBS)
Outstanding Comedy Series The Golden Girls (NBC)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Michael J. Fox, Family Ties
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Rue McClanahan, The Golden Girls
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series John Larroquette, Night Court
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Jackee Harry, 227
Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series John Cleese, Cheers: “Simon Says”
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Terry Hughes, The Golden Girls: “Isn't It Romantic”
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Gary David Goldberg and Alan Uger, Family Ties: “`A,' My Name Is Alex”
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program The 1987 Tony Awards (CBS)


1986 Tony Awards
Play I'm Not Rappaport
Musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Reproduction—Play or Musical Sweet Charity
Actor—Play Judd Hirsch, I'm Not Rappaport
Actress—Play Lily Tomlin, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
Featured Actor—Play John Mahoney, The House of Blue Leaves
Featured Actress—Play Swoosie Kurtz, The House of Blue Leaves
Actor—Musical George Rose, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Actress—Musical Bernadette Peters, Song & Dance
Featured Actor—Musical Michael Rupert, Sweet Charity
Featured Actress—Musical Bebe Neuwirth, Sweet Charity
Director—Play Jerry Zaks, The House of Blue Leaves
Director—Musical Wilford Leach, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Book—Musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Rupert Holmes
Score The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Rupert Holmes
Scenic Designer Tony Walton, The House of Blue Leaves
Costume Designer Patricia Zipprodt, Sweet Charity
Choreographer Bob Fosse, Big Deal
Lighting Designer Pat Collins, I'm Not Rappaport
Special Award American Repertory Theatre


1986 Grammy Awards
Record of the Year “Higher Love,” Steve Winwood
Album of the Year Graceland, Paul Simon (Warner Bros.)
Song of the Year “That's What Friends Are For,” Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, songwriters
Best New Artist Bruce Hornsby and the Range
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male “Higher Love,” Steve Winwood
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female The Broadway Album, Barbra Streisand
Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal “That's What Friends Are For,” Dionne Warwick and Friends Featuring Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder
Best Pop Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist) “Top Gun Anthem,” Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male “Addicted to Love,” Robert Palmer
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female “Back Where You Started,” Tina Turner
Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal “Missionary Man,” Eurythmics
Best Rock Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist) “Peter Gunn,” Art of Noise featuring Duane Eddy
Best Rhythm and Blues Song “Sweet Love,” Anita Baker, Louis A. Johnson and Gary Bias, songwriters
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male “Living in America,” James Brown
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female Rapture, Anita Baker
Best Rhythm and Blues Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal “Kiss,” Prince and the Revolution
Best Rhythm and Blues Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist) “And You Know That,” Yellowjackets