May 25, 1986 Memorial Day weekend

May 25, 1986, was a Sunday. It was 38 years, 1 month, and 18 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Gemini.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on May 25, 1986:

  • Hands Across America: 6.5 million people hold hands in a human chain.
Song charts

Popular songs

On May 25, 1986, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on May 25, 1986

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Greatest Love Of All - Whitney Houston
  • Live To Tell - Madonna
  • On My Own - Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald
  • West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
  • If You Leave - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Play the top singles 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.
Top Gun

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Top Gun".


This date occurred 13,928 days ago. Approximately 464 months have passed. It was the 145th day of 1986, in week 21. The decade was the eighties. People who were born on May 25, 1986, are now 38 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. 155 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to May 25, 1986

Let's go back to the eighties.

The date is May 25, 1986, and it's a Sunday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Gemini. People are currently enjoying their weekend. However, because it's a Sunday, some are dreading the week 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. It is Memorial Day weekend in the United States. People are attending picnics, barbecues, and other outdoor gatherings to mark the beginning of summer. 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 Top Gun is at the top of the box office. Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "The Facts of Life", "Scarecrow and Mrs. King", "Charles in Charge", and "MacGyver".

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.

People are playing video games such as "Donkey Kong", "Duck Hunt", "Back to the Future", and "The Legend of Zelda". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Diff'rent Strokes", "The Smurfs", "Postman Pat", and "Adventures of the Gummi Bears". Children are playing with toys such as Lite-Brite, Space Lego, Sylvanian Families, and Teddy Ruxpin.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 25, 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

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around May 25, 1986.

  • 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.
  • May 14, 1986: Soccer: George Graham becomes the new manager of Arsenal.
  • 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.
  • This date: May 25, 1986
  • 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.
  • June 19, 1986: 22-year-old basketball player Len Bias dies from a cocaine overdose two days after being selected by the Boston Celtics in the NBA draft.
  • June 20, 1986: The Karate Kid, Part II (1986) is released in movie theaters.
  • June 22, 1986:
    • Burning Man begins as a bonfire ritual between friends.
    • Hand of God: Diego Maradona scores his infamous handball goal against England.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 25, 1986, will have the star sign Gemini.
  • 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 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 25, 1986 falls under the Deer.
  • 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

Television shows in May 1986

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

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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in May 1986

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

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

Toys 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
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 25, 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 25, 1992, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on May 25.

Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen

Born on May 25, 1939
He turned 47 on this day in 1986.

Mike Myers

Mike Myers

Born on May 25, 1963
He turned 23 on this day in 1986.

Anne Heche

Anne Heche

Actress Deceased
Born on May 25, 1969
She turned 17 on this day in 1986.

Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy

Born on May 25, 1976
He turned 10 on this day in 1986.

Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns

Born on May 25, 1985
He turned 1 on this day in 1986.

Demba Ba

Demba Ba

Soccer player
Born on May 25, 1985
He turned 1 on this day in 1986.

Molly-Mae Hague

Molly-Mae Hague

Love Island contestant
Born on May 25, 1999
She was born exactly 13 years after this date.


US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on May 25, 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 25, 1986 was most likely conceived around September 1, 1985.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 25, 1986 is close to February 15, 1987.

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Stats for May 25, 1986


Here are some interesting statistics about May 25, 1986:

  • 13,928 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,989 weeks have passed.
  • 1,203,379,200 seconds have passed since May 25, 1986.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,403,942,400 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 620,943,667,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 200,563,200 times.
  • You have taken approximately 103,490,611 steps. That's roughly 45,996 miles.
  • 14,440,550 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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