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May 12th, 1986.

May 12th, 1986, was a Monday. It was day 132 of 1986. The decade was the 1980s.

34 years, 11 months and 28 days have passed since May 12th, 1986.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On this day.

What happened on May 12th, 1986?

  • Top Gun (1986) is released.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 12th, 1986.

  • United States: Greatest Love Of All - Whitney Houston
  • United Kingdom: The Chicken Song - Spitting Image

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Short Circuit" was at the top of the box office on May 12th, 1986.

Take me back to May 12th, 1986!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 12th, 1986 and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. The summer of 1986 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual.

In America, the song Greatest Love Of All by Whitney Houston is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, The Chicken Song by Spitting Image is the number one hit song. Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and the movie Short Circuit is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher is the current Prime Minister. In fashion, women are currently 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.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Magnum, P.I.", "The Smurfs", "Charles in Charge" and "She-Ra: Princess of Power". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Donkey Kong", "Mario Bros.", "Tetris" and "Super Mario Bros.". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Fraggle Rock", "Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats" and "Growing Pains".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Dungeons & Dragons, Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine, Big wheel (tricycle) and Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards).

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on May 12th, 1986.

  • Iran-Iraq War.

    Between the 22nd of September, 1980, and the 20th of August, 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.

  • Mid 1980s fashion.

    Strappy sandals, Keds, kitten-heeled sandals and pumps were popular footwear in the mid 80s. Fashion become 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.

  • 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.

  • Corazon Aquino.

    Corazon Aquino was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1986 for her role in the People Power Revolution in the Philippines.

  • Platoon.

    "Platoon" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1986.

  • Who were the best football players in 1986?

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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 music.

    Popular music artists in 1986 included Dionne Warwick, Lionel Richie, Klymaxx, Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, Survivor, Mr. Mister, Robert Palmer and Atlantic Starr.

  • Eurovision 1986.

    The 1986 Eurovision song contest is held in Bergen, Norway. Belgium win the contest with the song "J'aime la vie" by Sandra Kim.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 34 years, 11 months and 28 days have passed since May 12th, 1986.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 20 of 1986.
  • Leap Year: 1986 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 12th, 1986, will be 34 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1986 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 516236400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 12th, 1986.

  • April 15th, 1986: The United States bombing of Libya begins.
  • April 26th, 1986: The Chernobyl disaster occurs.
  • April 27th, 1986: Chernobyl disaster: The evacuation of Pripyat begins.
  • April 28th, 1986: Moscow TV news announces that an accident has occurred at the power plant in Chernobyl.
  • April 29th, 1986: Hawaii crime: A serial killer nicknamed the "Honolulu Strangler" murders his last known victim, Linda Pesce.
  • May 3rd, 1986: Soccer: Liverpool win the First Division title after beating Chelsea 1-0.
  • May 4th, 1986: The Golden State Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo, commits his last known murder.
  • May 7th, 1986: Football: Steaua Bucuresti win the European Cup after defeating Barcelona on penalties.
  • May 10th, 1986: Liverpool win the FA Cup final after they defeat Everton 3-1.
  • This date: May 12th, 1986
  • May 13th, 1986: Soccer: Tottenham Hotspur sack manager Peter Shreeves.
  • May 14th, 1986: Soccer: George Graham becomes the new manager of Arsenal.
  • May 16th, 1986: The film "Top Gun" is released in movie theaters.
  • May 23rd, 1986: The film Cobra (1986), starring Chuck Norris, is released in cinemas.
  • May 23rd, 1986: Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) is released.
  • May 25th, 1986: Hands Across America: 6.5 million people hold hands in a human chain.
  • May 30th, 1986: Fashion designer Perry Ellis dies from AIDS.
  • May 31st, 1986: The 1986 FIFA World Cup begins in Mexico.
  • June 8th, 1986: The Boston Celtics win the 1986 NBA Finals after they defeat the Houston Rockets 4-2.
  • June 10th, 1986: IRA member Patrick Joseph Magee is found guilty of the 1984 Brighton hotel bombing.
  • June 11th, 1986: The comedy film Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) is released.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 12th, 1986, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Aries.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1986 was the year of the Tiger (Yang Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 12th, 1986 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Photos of mid-1980s fashion.

Photographs of mid-1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of mid-1980s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • MacGyver - TV show about a resourceful secret agent who can solve almost any problem using the mundane objects around him.
  • The Equalizer - About a retired secret agent called Robert McCall.
  • The Golden Girls - Television series about four mature women who live together in Miami, Florida.
  • She-Ra: Princess of Power - Animated TV series.
  • ThunderCats - Animated series based on a group of half-human half-cat aliens.
  • Charles in Charge - TV show about a 19-year-old student called Charles, who is played by Scott Baio.
  • Murder, She Wrote - Mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher.
  • Miami Vice - Starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.
  • Who's the Boss? - Sitcom about a retired player who relocates to work as a live-in housekeeper.
  • The Cosby Show - American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby.
  • Punky Brewster - Series about a child that has been abandoned by her parents.
  • The Transformers - Animated series about an ongoing war between shape-shifting robots.

Kid's TV shows on May 12th, 1986.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1986.

  • Jem and the Holograms
  • Growing Pains
  • The Care Bears
  • ThunderCats
  • Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats
  • Thomas the Tank Engine
  • The Cosby Show
  • The Transformers
  • Muppet Babies
  • Heathcliff
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
  • Fraggle Rock
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Danger Mouse
  • The Smurfs
  • Cockleshell Bay
  • Diff'rent Strokes
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • The Bugs Bunny Show

Popular toys and games in 1986.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1986.

  • Teddy Ruxpin
  • Sylvanian Families
  • Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)
  • Pogo ball / Lolo ball
  • Transformers
  • Pound Puppies
  • My Little Pony (figures)
  • The Commodore 64
  • Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
  • Monchhichi / Chicaboo
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Lite-Brite
  • The Easy-Bake Oven

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • The Legend of Zelda - An adventure game that was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
  • Gauntlet - An arcade hack and slash game.
  • Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar - Role-playing game.
  • Super Mario Bros. - Released on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
  • Back to the Future - A video game version of the Back to the Future movie franchise is released on the ZX Spectrum, the Commodore 64 and the Amstrad CPC.
  • The Way of the Exploding Fist - A fighting game that was released on the Commodore 64, the Spectrum and the Amstrad.
  • Boulder Dash - Arcade game developed by Data East.
  • Tetris - Tile-matching puzzle video game.
  • Duck Hunt - Light gun shooter game.
  • Mario Bros. - Arcade game developed by Nintendo.
  • Donkey Kong - Arcade game released by Nintendo.
  • Missile Command - Arcade game developed by Atari.
  • Pac-Man - Maze arcade game.
  • Asteroids - Space-themed shooter arcade game.
  • Space Invaders - Shooter arcade game.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 12th of May.

  • May 12th, 1820: Florence Nightingale (Historical figure) (Deceased)
  • May 12th, 1968: Tony Hawk (Skateboarder) turned 18 on this day in 1986.
  • May 12th, 1988: Marcelo (Brazilian soccer player) was born exactly 2 years after this date.

Weather on May 12th, 1986.

Historical weather information for May 12th, 1986.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 14.8 degrees Celsius. It was a very wet day. It was a windy day. It was a sunny day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 57.6 degrees Fahrenheit. 14.22 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 11.33 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 3.05cm.

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on May 12th, 1986.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 12th, 1986.

Irish Taoiseach.

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 12th, 1986.

  • A total of 12,781 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,825 weeks have passed.
  • 1,104,278,400 seconds have passed since the May 12th, 1986.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,288,324,800 times.
  • Since May 12th, 1986, the earth has travelled approximately 569,807,654,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 184,046,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 94,967,942 steps. That's about 42,208 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,251,341 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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