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January 28, 1986

January 28, 1986, was a Tuesday. It was 38 years and 4 months ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

On This Day

Events

Notable events that occurred on January 28, 1986:

  • The space shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after launch, killing all crew members onboard.
Song charts

Popular songs

On January 28, 1986, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

  • United States: "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick & Friends
  • United Kingdom: "The Sun Always Shines On Tv" by A-Ha

The music charts on January 28, 1986

The following songs were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • That's What Friends Are For - Dionne & Friends
  • Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie
  • Burning Heart - Survivor
  • Talk To Me - Stevie Nicks
  • I'm Your Man - Wham!
Play the top songs from 1986
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1986. Take a trip back to the days of Lionel Richie, Genesis, Bon Jovi, Berlin and Madonna.
The Color Purple

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "The Color Purple".

Facts

This date was 14,001 days ago. Approximately 467 months have passed. It was the 28th day of 1986, in week 05. The decade was the eighties. People born on this day are currently 38 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. 156 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to January 28, 1986

Let's go back to the eighties.

It is Tuesday, January 28, 1986. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Aquarius. In America, the song "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick & Friends is at the top of the singles charts, while "The Sun Always Shines On Tv" by A-Ha is the number-one song in the UK.

Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie The Color Purple is at the top of the box office. Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In fashion, women are wearing sweater dresses, short skirts, small shoulder pads, animal print, long full wool coats, and bulky sweaters. Meanwhile, men are wearing tracksuits, sweatshirts, Nike Air Jordan shoes, and denim.

Because it's 1986, the radio stations are being dominated by the likes of Falco, Madonna, the Pet Shop Boys, Berlin, Whitney Houston, Dionne and Huey Lewis and the News. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Len Bias, Cliff Burton, Gia Carangi, and Liberace would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Two Ronnies", "Family Ties", "Cheers", and "The A-Team".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Boulder Dash", "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back", "Back to the Future", and "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "The Smurfs", "Heathcliff", and "Adventures of the Gummi Bears". Popular toys at the moment include Water Ring Toss, Transformers, Sylvanian Families, and the Nintendo Entertainment System.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on January 28, 1986.

  • People are buying waterbeds.

    People are buying waterbeds

    Waterbeds became a huge fad during the late 1980s. Although they were invented in the 1970s, they didn't reach their heyday until the 1980s. In 1986 and 1987, nearly a quarter of all beds sold were filled with water.
  • 1986 in music.

    1986 in music

    Popular music artists in 1986 included Dionne Warwick, Lionel Richie, Klymaxx, Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, Survivor, Mr. Mister, Robert Palmer and Atlantic Starr.
  • VCRs have become a common household item.

    VCRs have become a common household item

    VCRs became a common household item in the mid-1980s. By that stage, prices had started to drop. This device gave people the ability to play VCR tapes and record TV programs and movies.
  • Who were the best NBA players in 1986?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1986?

    The best NBA players in 1986 were Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Dominique Wilkins, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Isiah Thomas.
  • 1986 in movies.

    1986 in movies

    Movies released in 1986 included Top Gun, Crocodile Dundee, Stand by Me, The Karate Kid Part II, Platoon, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, The Fly, Back to School, Aliens, The Golden Child, An American Tail, Ruthless People and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
  • Best soccer players in the world.

    Best soccer players in the world

    In 1986, the best soccer players were Igor Belanov, Diego Maradona, Gary Lineker, Emilio Butragueño, Manuel Amoros, Preben Elkjær Larsen, Ian Rush, Oleksandr Zavarov, Helmuth Duckadam, Marco van Basten and Alessandro Altobelli.
  • Platoon.

    Platoon

    The war film "Platoon" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1986.
  • Corazon Aquino.

    Corazon Aquino

    Corazon Aquino was named Time Person of the Year in 1986 for her role in the People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
  • Dionne Warwick - "That's What Friends Are For"

    Dionne Warwick - "That's What Friends Are For"

    "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick would go on to win a Grammy for 1986's Song of the Year.
  • The Nintendo Entertainment System.

    The Nintendo Entertainment System

    During the second half of the 1980s, the Nintendo Entertainment System became one of the most popular video game consoles in the world. Releases for the NES included Duck Hunt, The Legend of Zelda, and Super Mario Bros.
  • Mid 1980s fashion.

    Mid 1980s fashion

    Strappy sandals, Keds, kitten-heeled sandals, and pumps were popular footwear in the mid-80s. Fashion became more colorful during this period. Popular clothing included long wool coats, long and bulky sweaters, jumpsuits, large scarves, beanies, leather gloves, long flared skirts, slim miniskirts, slightly tapered pants, and stirrup pants.
  • The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64

    The Commodore 64 was dominating the home computer market.
  • Iran-Iraq War.

    Iran-Iraq War

    Between September 1980 and August 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.
  • Computers are replacing typewriters.

    Computers are replacing typewriters

    Desktop computers were beginning to replace typewriters in offices.
  • TV remotes.

    TV remotes

    Although TV remotes existed, many homes didn't have one. Infrared technology was still relatively new.
  • Wallpaper.

    Wallpaper

    Wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

Personality traits

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on January 28, 1986.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to January 28, 1986.

  • January 4, 1986: Thin Lizzy singer Phil Lynott dies.
  • January 11, 1986: The Gateway Bridge in Brisbane, Australia, is opened.
  • January 20, 1986: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated as a US federal holiday for the first time.
  • January 26, 1986: Super Bowl XX: The Chicago Bears defeat the New England Patriots by 46-10 at the Louisiana Superdome.
  • This date: January 28, 1986
  • January 29, 1986: Soccer: Terry Gibson joins Manchester United.
  • February 8, 1986: 23 people are killed when a passenger train collides with a freight train near Hinton in Alberta, Canada.
  • February 21, 1986: The Legend of Zelda is released.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 28, 1986, will have the star sign Aquarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1986 was the year of the Tiger (Yang Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 28, 1986 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Mid-1980s fashion

Photographs of mid-1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Mid-1980s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1986

In January 1986, TV audiences were watching the following series:

TV shows from January 1986.

MacGyver
MacGyver
The Equalizer
The Equalizer
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Moonlighting
Moonlighting
Charles in Charge
Charles in Charge
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Miami Vice
Miami Vice
Who's the Boss?
Who's the Boss?
The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
The Transformers
The Transformers
Punky Brewster
Punky Brewster
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

Cars in 1986

1986 saw the introduction of cars such as the Acura Legend, the Ford Taurus, the Nissan Pintara, the Mercury Sable, the Dodge Shadow, the Cadillac Allanté, and the Ford Festiva.

Cars in 1986.

Children TV shows

Kids TV shows on January 28, 1986

If you were a kid on January 28, 1986, then you were probably watching the following cartoons and TV shows:

Jem and the Holograms
Jem and the Holograms
Growing Pains
Growing Pains
The Care Bears
The Care Bears

Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Adventures of the Gummi Bears
The Wuzzles
The Wuzzles
She-Ra: Princess of Power
She-Ra: Princess of Power
ThunderCats
ThunderCats
Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats
Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats
Thomas the Tank Engine
Thomas the Tank Engine
The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
The Transformers
The Transformers
Toys

Popular toys and games in 1986

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

Laser Tag
Laser Tag
The Nintendo Entertainment System
The Nintendo Entertainment System
Teddy Ruxpin
Teddy Ruxpin
Sylvanian Families
Sylvanian Families
Mr Frosty
Mr Frosty
Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)
Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)
Pogo ball / Lolo ball
Pogo ball / Lolo ball
Transformers
Transformers
Pound Puppies
Pound Puppies
Turnin' Turbo Dashboard
Turnin' Turbo Dashboard
My Little Pony (figures)
My Little Pony (figures)
The Commodore 64
The Commodore 64
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in January 1986.

Gauntlet 1985
Gauntlet
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
Super Mario Bros. 1985
Super Mario Bros.
Back to the Future 1985
Back to the Future
The Way of the Exploding Fist 1985
The Way of the Exploding Fist
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 1985
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Boulder Dash 1985
Boulder Dash
Tetris 1984
Tetris
Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt
Mario Bros. 1983
Mario Bros.
Donkey Kong 1981
Donkey Kong
Missile Command 1980
Missile Command

Were you born on January 28, 1986?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1986.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out January 28, 1992, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on January 28.

Rick Ross

Rick Ross

Rapper
Born on January 28, 1976
He turned 10 on this day in 1986.

Joey Fatone

Joey Fatone

NSYNC
Born on January 28, 1977
He turned 9 on this day in 1986.

Sheamus

Sheamus

Wrestler
Born on January 28, 1978
He turned 8 on this day in 1986.

Papa Bouba Diop

Papa Bouba Diop

Soccer player Deceased
Born on January 28, 1978
He turned 8 on this day in 1986.

Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher

Former soccer player
Born on January 28, 1978
He turned 8 on this day in 1986.

Nick Carter

Nick Carter

Singer
Born on January 28, 1980
He turned 6 on this day in 1986.

Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood

Actor
Born on January 28, 1981
He turned 5 on this day in 1986.

USA

US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on January 28, 1986.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 28, 1986 was most likely conceived around May 7, 1985.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 28, 1986 is close to October 21, 1986.

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Stats for January 28, 1986

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about January 28, 1986:

  • 14,001 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,000 weeks have passed.
  • 1,209,682,800 seconds have passed since January 28, 1986.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,411,296,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 624,196,324,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 201,613,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 104,032,721 steps. That's roughly 46,237 miles.
  • 14,516,194 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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