• Shuttle Challenger exploded killing all 7 astronauts.
• 1986 was declared the International Year of Peace
• The year we first observed MLK day.
• The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame actually opened its doors and welcomed in Elvis, Buddy, Chuck, Fats & the Godfather of Soul.
• There were now 30 million computers in use in the U.S. and Microsoft became listed on the New York Stock exchange a share in the company could be had for $21 dollars
• A 4th network called Fox popped up on TV
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
• MOVIES: “Platoon” “Top Gun” & “Aliens”
• T.V.: “Cosby Show” “Cheers” and “Murder She Wrote”
• “We are the World” was recorded to help eliminate world hunger.
• Aerosmith and Run DMC mixed rock and hip hop with Walk This Way
• Nintendo offered us video games to play.
• Peter Gabriel's stop-motion music video for Sledgehammer raised the bar for video production
• 'Hands Across America' took happened on Sunday May 25. Over six million people participated and at 3:00 EST, radio stations across America played the song Hands Across America.
• Donna Reed, Desi Arnaz & Cary Grant all passed away
• A musician who had already chart topping success starting as a teenager and also as a member of Traffic & Blind Faith released his first solo single.
• Steve Winwood would end up collecting 2 Grammy awards for his efforts.
• The female vocals on the song were performed by Chaka Khan, who also appeared in the promotional music video.
• Here’s Steve Winwood and “Higher Love” your #1 @ 1 from August 1986.