May 14, 1986

May 14, 1986, was a Wednesday. It was 38 years, 1 month, and 29 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On This Day

What happened on this day?

What happened on May 14, 1986?

  • Soccer: George Graham becomes the new manager of Arsenal.
Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on May 14, 1986:

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on May 14, 1986

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

  • West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
  • Addicted To Love - Robert Palmer
  • Greatest Love Of All - Whitney Houston
  • Why Can't This Be Love - Van Halen
  • What Have You Done For Me Lately - Janet Jackson
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.
Short Circuit

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Short Circuit" was at the top of the box office on this day.


This date was 13,939 days ago. Approximately 465 months have passed. It was the 134th day of 1986, in week 20. The decade was the eighties. People born on this day are currently 38 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. We have gone through approximately 155 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to May 14, 1986

Ready for a walk down memory lane?

It is Wednesday, May 14, 1986. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. It is "Hump Day", so many are beginning to think about the weekend ahead.

The summer of 1986 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up, and the evenings are brighter than usual. The school year is nearly finished. In America, the song "Greatest Love Of All" by Whitney Houston is at the top of the singles charts, while "The Chicken Song" by Spitting Image is the number-one song in the UK. Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Short Circuit 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 "Columbo", "Dallas", "'Allo 'Allo!", and "Miami Vice". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Missile Command", "Donkey Kong", "Back to the Future", and "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Inspector Gadget", "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe", "Alvin and the Chipmunks", and "Muppet Babies". Popular toys at the moment include the Big Wheel (tricycle), Monchhichi / Chicaboo, Fisher-Price Little People (Farm), and the Nintendo Entertainment System.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 14, 1986.

  • Top Gun is playing at movie theaters.

    Top Gun is playing at movie theaters

    The film "Top Gun" was showing at movie theaters.
  • Eurovision 1986.

    Eurovision 1986

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


    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 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 May 14, 1986.

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to May 14, 1986.

  • April 15, 1986: The United States bombing of Libya begins.
  • April 26, 1986: The Chernobyl disaster occurs.
  • April 27, 1986: Chernobyl disaster: The evacuation of Pripyat begins.
  • April 28, 1986: Moscow TV news announces that an accident has occurred at the power plant in Chernobyl.
  • April 29, 1986: Hawaii crime: A serial killer nicknamed the "Honolulu Strangler" murders his last known victim, Linda Pesce.
  • May 3, 1986: Soccer: Liverpool win the First Division title after beating Chelsea 1-0.
  • May 4, 1986: The Golden State Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo, commits his last known murder.
  • May 7, 1986: Football: Steaua Bucuresti win the European Cup after defeating Barcelona on penalties.
  • May 9, 1986: The film "Short Circuit" is released.
  • May 10, 1986: Liverpool win the FA Cup final after they defeat Everton 3-1.
  • May 12, 1986: The action film "Top Gun", starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis, is released in movie theaters.
  • May 13, 1986: Soccer: Tottenham Hotspur sack manager Peter Shreeves.
  • This date: May 14, 1986
  • May 16, 1986: The film "Top Gun" is released in movie theaters.
  • May 23, 1986:
    • The film Cobra (1986), starring Chuck Norris, is released in cinemas.
    • Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) is released.
  • May 25, 1986: Hands Across America: 6.5 million people hold hands in a human chain.
  • May 26, 1986: The Flag of Europe (twelve golden stars on a blue field) is adopted.
  • May 30, 1986: Fashion designer Perry Ellis dies from AIDS.
  • May 31, 1986: The 1986 FIFA World Cup begins in Mexico.
  • June 5, 1986: Gambino mobster Robert DiBernardo is murdered by his associates in Brooklyn, New York.
  • June 8, 1986: The Boston Celtics win the 1986 NBA Finals after they defeat the Houston Rockets 4-2.
  • June 10, 1986: IRA member Patrick Joseph Magee is found guilty of the 1984 Brighton hotel bombing.
  • June 11, 1986: The comedy film Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) is released.
  • June 12, 1986: UK politics: Derek Hatton is expelled from the Labour Party for belonging to the left-wing "Militant" faction.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 14, 1986, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • 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 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 14, 1986 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Mid-1980s fashion

Photographs of mid-1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Mid-1980s fashion

Television shows

TV series on May 14, 1986

TV audiences were watching the following shows on May 14, 1986:

TV shows from May 1986.

The Equalizer
The Equalizer
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
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 May 14, 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
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

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
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 May 1986.

The Legend of Zelda 1986
The Legend of Zelda
Gauntlet 1985
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
Boulder Dash 1985
Boulder Dash
Tetris 1984
Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt
Mario Bros. 1983
Mario Bros.
Donkey Kong 1981
Donkey Kong
Missile Command 1980
Missile Command

Were you born on May 14, 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 May 14, 1992, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on May 14.

George Lucas

George Lucas

Film director
Born on May 14, 1944
He turned 42 on this day in 1986.

Jill Stein

Jill Stein

American politician
Born on May 14, 1950
She turned 36 on this day in 1986.

Tim Roth

Tim Roth

Born on May 14, 1961
He turned 25 on this day in 1986.

Natalie Appleton

Natalie Appleton

All Saints
Born on May 14, 1973
She turned 13 on this day in 1986.

Ruby Walsh

Ruby Walsh

Irish jockey
Born on May 14, 1979
He turned 7 on this day in 1986.

Olly Murs

Olly Murs

Born on May 14, 1984
He turned 2 on this day in 1986.

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook founder
Born on May 14, 1984
He turned 2 on this day in 1986.

Miranda Cosgrove

Miranda Cosgrove

Born on May 14, 1993
She was born exactly 7 years after this date.



Internet personality
Born on May 14, 1996
She was born exactly 10 years after this date.


US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on May 14, 1986.


UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 14, 1986 was most likely conceived around August 21, 1985.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 14, 1986 is close to February 4, 1987.

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Stats for May 14, 1986


Here are some interesting statistics about May 14, 1986:

  • 13,939 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,991 weeks have passed.
  • 1,204,329,600 seconds have passed since May 14, 1986.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,405,051,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 621,434,073,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 200,721,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 103,572,346 steps. That's roughly 46,032 miles.
  • 14,451,955 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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