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February 8, 1986

February 8, 1986, was a Saturday. It was 38 years, 5 months, and 15 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

On This Day

What happened?

What happened on February 8, 1986?

  • 23 people are killed when a passenger train collides with a freight train near Hinton in Alberta, Canada.
Song charts

Music charts

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on February 8, 1986:

  • United States: "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick & Friends
  • United Kingdom: "When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going" by Billy Ocean

The Billboard Hot 100 on February 8, 1986

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • That's What Friends Are For - Dionne & Friends
  • Burning Heart - Survivor
  • I'm Your Man - Wham!
  • When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going - Billy Ocean
  • How Will I Know - Whitney Houston
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 at the box office

The movie "The Color Purple" was at the top of the box office on February 8, 1986.

Facts

This date was 14,046 days ago. Approximately 468 months have passed. It was the 39th day of 1986, in week 06. The decade was the eighties. People born on this day are currently 38 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. The Earth has experienced 156 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to February 8, 1986

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

It is Saturday, February 8, 1986. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aquarius. People are currently enjoying their weekend.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. In America, the song "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick & Friends is at the top of the singles charts, while "When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going" by Billy Ocean 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", "Kate & Allie", "Miami Vice", and "MacGyver". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Space Invaders", "Missile Command", "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back", and "The Way of the Exploding Fist".

Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "The Smurfs", "Voltron", "Thomas the Tank Engine", and "She-Ra: Princess of Power". Popular toys at the moment include the Easy-Bake Oven, Monchhichi / Chicaboo, My Little Pony (figures), and Transformers.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on February 8, 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 February 8, 1986.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to February 8, 1986.

  • 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.
  • January 28, 1986: The space shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after launch, killing all crew members onboard.
  • January 29, 1986: Soccer: Terry Gibson joins Manchester United.
  • This date: February 8, 1986
  • February 21, 1986: The Legend of Zelda is released.
  • February 28, 1986:
    • The romantic comedy film "Pretty in Pink" is released in movie theaters.
    • Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme is shot dead while walking home from a movie theater with his wife in Stockholm.
    • Ukrainian-American John Demjanjuk is deported to Israel to stand trial for Nazi war crimes.
  • March 5, 1986: New Kids on the Block release their debut single "Be My Girl".
  • March 7, 1986: Challenger disaster: Air Force divers locate the crew cabin of the space shuttle Challenger at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on February 8, 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 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: February 8, 1986 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of February will have the birthstone Amethyst.
  • Birth flower (February): The Violet and the Primrose.

Mid-1980s fashion

Photographs of mid-1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Mid-1980s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1986

The following TV shows were popular in February 1986:

TV shows from February 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 February 8, 1986

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1986:

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

Toys and games that were popular in 1986:

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 February 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 February 8, 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 February 8, 1992, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on February 8.

James Dean

James Dean

Actor Deceased
Born on February 8, 1931
He was not alive on this date.

Mary Steenburgen

Mary Steenburgen

Actress
Born on February 8, 1953
She turned 33 on this day in 1986.

Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman

Actor Deceased
Born on February 8, 1968
He turned 18 on this day in 1986.

The Big Show

The Big Show

Wrestler
Born on February 8, 1972
He turned 14 on this day in 1986.

Kimbo Slice

Kimbo Slice

MMA fighter Deceased
Born on February 8, 1974
He turned 12 on this day in 1986.

Seth Green

Seth Green

Actor
Born on February 8, 1974
He turned 12 on this day in 1986.

Danny Tamberelli

Danny Tamberelli

Actor
Born on February 8, 1982
He turned 4 on this day in 1986.

Bella Poarch

Bella Poarch

Internet personality
Born on February 8, 1997
She was born exactly 11 years after this date.

USA

US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on February 8, 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 February 8, 1986 was most likely conceived around May 18, 1985.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on February 8, 1986 is close to November 1, 1986.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about February 8, 1986:

  • 14,046 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,006 weeks have passed.
  • 1,213,570,800 seconds have passed since February 8, 1986.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,415,832,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 626,202,532,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 202,261,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 104,367,089 steps. That's roughly 46,385 miles.
  • 14,562,850 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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