July 5, 1986

July 5, 1986, was a Saturday. It was 38 years and 7 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Cancer.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on July 5, 1986?

  • Queen headline at Slane.
Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on July 5, 1986:

  • United States: "There'll Be Sad Songs" by Billy Ocean
  • United Kingdom: "The Edge Of Heaven" by Wham

The Billboard Hot 100 on July 5, 1986

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

  • There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) - Billy Ocean
  • Holding Back The Years - Simply Red
  • Who's Johnny ("Short Circuit" Theme) - El DeBarge
  • No One Is To Blame - Howard Jones
  • Nasty - Janet Jackson
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.
Back to School

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Back to School" was at the top of the box office on July 5, 1986.


This date occurred 13,887 days ago. Approximately 463 months have passed. It was the 186th day of 1986, in week 27. The decade was the eighties. People who were born on July 5, 1986, are now 38 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. The Earth has experienced 154 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to July 5, 1986

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is July 5, 1986, and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Cancer. People are currently enjoying their weekend.

The 4th of July celebrations in America have come and passed. The summer of 1986 is in full swing. The weather is warm, and the evenings are brighter than usual. Most schools and colleges are now finished until August or September. In America, the song "There'll Be Sad Songs" by Billy Ocean is at the top of the singles charts, while "The Edge Of Heaven" by Wham is the number-one song in the UK.

Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Back to School 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", "Magnum, P.I.", "Cagney & Lacey", and "Who's the Boss?".

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 Cliff Burton, Gia Carangi, Liberace, and Andy Warhol would all still be alive.

People are playing video games such as "Space Invaders", "Asteroids", "Mario Bros.", and "Tetris". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Fraggle Rock", "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero", "Snorks", and "Adventures of the Gummi Bears". Children are playing with toys such as Screwball Scramble, My Little Pony (figures), Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards), and Teddy Ruxpin.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on July 5, 1986.

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    The comedy film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" was showing at movie theaters in June and July of 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.


    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 July 5, 1986.

  • 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.
  • June 26, 1986: Ireland votes to uphold a ban on divorce.
  • June 28, 1986: British pop duo "Wham!" play their final concert together before saying goodbye to their fans.
  • June 29, 1986: Argentina wins the World Cup.
  • June 30, 1986: Madonna releases her album "True Blue".
  • July 1, 1986: Soccer: Everton striker Gary Lineker joins Barcelona.
  • July 2, 1986:
    • Big Trouble in Little China (1986) is released.
    • Basil, the Great Mouse Detective (1986) is released in cinemas.
    • Soccer: Liverpool striker Ian Rush joins Juventus.
    • Two protesters called Rodrigo Rojas and Carmen Gloria Quintana are burnt alive during a street demonstration against General Augusto Pinochet in Santiago, Chile.
  • This date: July 5, 1986
  • July 12, 1986: British singer Boy George is arrested for heroin possession after police raid his home in London.
  • July 18, 1986: The film Aliens (1986) is released in movie theaters.
  • July 30, 1986: Flight of the Navigator (1986) is released.
  • August 1, 1986: The horror movie Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986) is released.
  • August 2, 1986: American lawyer Roy Cohn passes away due to complications from AIDS.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 5, 1986, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • 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: July 5, 1986 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

Mid-1980s fashion

Photographs of mid-1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Mid-1980s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in July 1986

Television shows that people were watching in July 1986:

TV shows from July 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 July 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

Toys in 1986

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

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 July 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.
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
Pac-Man 1980
Asteroids 1979

Were you born on July 5, 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 July 5, 1992, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on July 5.

Don Stark

Don Stark

Born on July 5, 1954
He turned 32 on this day in 1986.

Dorien Wilson

Dorien Wilson

Born on July 5, 1963
He turned 23 on this day in 1986.

Edie Falco

Edie Falco

Born on July 5, 1963
She turned 23 on this day in 1986.



Wu-Tang Clan member
Born on July 5, 1969
He turned 17 on this day in 1986.

Shane Filan

Shane Filan

Born on July 5, 1979
He turned 7 on this day in 1986.

Pauly D

Pauly D

Television personality
Born on July 5, 1980
He turned 6 on this day in 1986.


US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on July 5, 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 July 5, 1986 was most likely conceived around October 12, 1985.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 5, 1986 is close to March 28, 1987.

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Stats for July 5, 1986


Here are some interesting statistics about July 5, 1986:

  • 13,887 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,983 weeks have passed.
  • 1,199,836,800 seconds have passed since July 5, 1986.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,399,809,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 619,115,788,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 199,972,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 103,185,965 steps. That's roughly 45,860 miles.
  • 14,398,042 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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