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1986 Trivia

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World Series Champions:
New York Mets
Superbowl XX Champions:Chicago Bears
NBA Champions:
Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs:
Montreal Canadians
U.S. Open Golf:
Ray Floyd
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Ivan Lendl/Martina Navratilova
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Boris Becker/Marina Navratilova
NCAA Football Champions:
Penn State
NCAA Basketball Champions:
Louisville
Kentucky Derby:
Ferdinand
World Cup (Soccer):
Argentina
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Carol Alt, Kim Basinger, Sybil Danning, Elvira, Morgan Fairchild, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Rachel Hunter, Kathy Ireland, Heather Langenkamp, Kelly LeBrock, Heather Locklear, Traci Lords, Elle Macpherson, Madonna, Dolly Parton, Tatjana Patitz, Victoria Principal, Linnea Quigley, Jewel Shepard, Helen Slater, Heather Thomas
"The Quote"

"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

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Corazon Aquino
Miss America:
Susan Akin (Meridian, MS)
Miss USA:
Christy Fichtner (Texas)
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:

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.

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.

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 that whole Richard Gere (or Jerry Penacoli) & the gerbil rumor -- not true in either case you weren't sure.

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

Nerd News:

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

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1986: $550,00

Camcorders started to become a regular household item.

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 Disappointment:

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

The Habit:
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.
1st appearances & 1986's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Real Ghostbusters action figures, My Pet Monster, Panini Football stickers, Outburst, Balderdash
The Big Movies:
(according to boxofficemojo)
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
1986 Most Popular TV shows:
1. The Cosby Show (NBC)
2. Family Ties (NBC)
3. Cheers (NBC)
4. Murder She Wrote (NBC)
5. The Golden Girls (NBC)
6. 60 Minutes (CBS)
7. Night Court (NBC)
8. Growing Pains (ABC)
9. Moonlighting (ABC)
10. Who's the Boss? ( ABC)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1986 include:
Anita Baker, Atlantic Starr, The Bangles, Billy Ocean, Bob Seger, Bon Jovi, Boston, Cameo, Cyndi Lauper, Freddie Jackson, Genesis, Heart, Huey Lewis & the News, Janet Jackson, The Jets, John Cougar Melloncamp, Levert, Lionel Richie, Luther Vandross, Madonna, Melba Moore, Miami Sound Machine, Micheal McDonald, Mike + the Mechanics, New Edition, No Shooz, Patti LaBelle, Peter Cetera, Peter Gabrial, Pet Shop Boys, Prince, Ready for the World, Robert Palmer, Run DMC, Starship, Stephanie Mills, Steve Winwood, Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Van Halen, Wham! featuring George Michael, Whitney Houston

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1986:
December 21, 1985 - January 17, 1986: Lionel Richie - Say You, Say Me

January 18, 1986 - February 14, 1986: Dionne Warwick - That's What Friends Are For

February 15, 1986 - February 29, 1986: Whitney Houston - How Will I Know

March 1, 1986 - March 14, 1986: Mr. Mister - Kyrie

March 15, 1986 - March 21, 1986: Starship - Sara

March 22, 1986 - March 28, 1986: Heart - These Dreams

March 29, 1986 - April 18, 1986: Falco - Rock Me Amadeus

April 19, 1986 - May 2, 1986: Prince and the Revolution - Kiss

May 3, 1986 - May 9, 1986: Robert Palmer - Addicted to Love

May 10, 1986 - May 16, 1986: Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls

May 17, 1986 - June 6, 1986: Whitney Houston - Greatest Love of All

June 7, 1986 - June 13, 1986: Madonna - Live to Tell

June 14, 1986 - July 4, 1986: Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald - On My Own

July 5, 1986 - July 11, 1986: Billy Ocean - There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)

July 12, 1986 - July 18, 1986: Simply Red - Holding Back the Years

July 19, 1986 - July 25, 1986: Genesis - Invisible Touch

July 26, 1986 - August 1, 1986: Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer

August 2, 1986 - August 15, 1986: Peter Cetera - Glory of Love

August 16, 1986 - August 29, 1986: Madonna - Papa Don't Preach

August 30, 1986 - September 5, 1986: Steve Winwood - Higher Love

September 6, 1986 - September 12, 1986: Bananarama - Venus

September 13, 1986 - September 19, 1986: Berlin - Take My Breath Away

September 20, 1986 - October 10, 1986: Huey Lewis and the News - Stuck with You

October 11, 1986 - October 24, 1986: Janet Jackson - When I Think of You

October 25, 1986 - November 7, 1986: Cyndi Lauper - True Colors

November 8, 1986 - November 21, 1986: Boston - Amanda

November 22, 1986 - November 28, 1986: Human League - Human

November 29, 1986 - December 5, 1986: Bon Jovi - You Give Love a Bad Name

December 6, 1986 - December 12, 1986: Peter Cetera and Amy Grant - The Next Time I Fall

December 13, 1986 - December 19, 1986: Bruce Hornsby & the Range - The Way It Is

December 20, 1986 - January 16, 1987: The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian