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Big News Headlines of 1986

The U.S. officially observes Martin Luther King Day as a national holiday for the first time.

The space shuttle Challenger explodes moments after lift-off killing 6 astronauts and Christa McAuliffe, a New Hampshire teacher.

A major nuclear disaster occurs at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Soviet Union.

Japanese video game maker Nintendo introduces its games to America.

U.S. warplanes bomb Libyan headquarters in retaliation for terrorist attacks.

Sports Champions of 1986

MLB - New York Mets
NFL - Chicago Bears
NBA - Boston Celtics
NHL - Montreal Canadiens

Grammy Award Winners in 1986

Record of the Year - "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood
Album of the Year - "Graceland" by Paul Simon
Song of the Year - "That's What Friends are For" by Various Artists

Movie Award Winners in 1986

Best Picture - Platoon
Best Director - Oliver Stone for “Platoon”
Best Actress - Marlee Matlin in “Children of a Lesser God”
Best Actor - Paul Newman in “The Color of Money”

Top Grossing Movies of 1986

#1 Top Gun
#2 Crocodile Dundee
#3 Platoon
#4 The Karate Kid, Part 2
#5 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

#1 Hits of 1986 (USA Pop Charts)

Take My Breath Away Berlin
You Give Love a Bad Name Bon Jovi
Amanda Boston
True Colors Cyndi Lauper
Stuck With You Huey Lewis & The News
A View to a Kill Duran Duran
Higher Love Steve Winwood
Rock me Amadeus Falco
Sledgehammer Peter Gabriel
Live to Tell Madonna
Papa Don't Preach Madonna
When I Think of You Janet Jackson
That's What Friends are for Elton John/Dionne Warwick/Gladys Knight/Stevie Wonder
Sara Starship
These Dreams Heart
On My Own Michael McDonald w/Patti LaBelle
Venus Bananarama
Walk Like an Egyptian Bangles
The Next Time I Fall Amy Grant w/Peter Cetera
Kyrie Mr. Mister
Kiss Prince
There'll Be Sad Songs (to make you cry) Billy Ocean
West End Girls Pet Shop Boys
Addicted to Love Robert Palmer
Holding Back the Years Simply Red
The Way It Is Bruce Hornsby and the Range
How Will I Know Whitney Houston
Greatest Love of All Whitney Houston
Human Human League
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