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August 26th, 1986.

August 26th, 1986, was a Tuesday. It was day 238 of 1986. The decade was the Eighties.

35 years, 11 months and 22 days have passed since August 26th, 1986.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.

Birthdays

Born on August 26th, 1986.

People who were born on this exact date.

Song charts

Popular songs.

On August 26th, 1986, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK.

  • United States: Higher Love - Steve Winwood
  • United Kingdom: I Want To Wake Up With You - Boris Gardner

The record charts on August 26th, 1986.

The following singles were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Papa Don't Preach - Madonna
  • Higher Love - Steve Winwood
  • Venus - Bananarama
  • Mad About You - Belinda Carlisle
  • Glory Of Love (Theme From "The Karate Kid Part II") - Peter Cetera
Play the top hits from 1986.
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The Fly

Top movie.

The top "Box Office" movie on this date was the film "The Fly".

Take me back to August 26th, 1986!

Let's go back in time!

The date is August 26th, 1986, and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Virgo. The summer of 1986 is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner.

In America, the song Higher Love by Steve Winwood is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, I Want To Wake Up With You by Boris Gardner is the number one hit song. Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States, and the movie The Fly 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.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Cliff Burton, Gia Carangi, Liberace and Andy Warhol would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Night Court", "The Transformers", "Who's the Boss?" and "Murder, She Wrote". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pac-Man", "Missile Command", "Mario Bros." and "Gauntlet".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Danger Mouse", "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero", "Growing Pains" and "Pingu". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as the Easy-Bake Oven, Space Lego, Pound Puppies and Laser Tag.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on August 26th, 1986.

  • People are buying waterbeds.

    People are buying waterbeds.

    In the late 1980s, waterbeds reached their height in popularity. 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.

    From the mid-80s onward, VCRs started to become a common household item. 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.

  • Who were the best football players 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.

  • Platoon.

    Platoon.

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

  • Corazon Aquino.

    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.

  • 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 the likes of 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 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.

  • The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64 dominated the home computer market during this period.

  • 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.

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 35 years, 11 months and 22 days have passed since August 26th, 1986.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 35 of 1986.
  • Leap Year: 1986 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on August 26th, 1986 will be 35 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1986 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 525394800.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that happened close to August 26th, 1986.

  • July 30th, 1986: Flight of the Navigator (1986) is released.
  • August 1st, 1986: The horror movie Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986) is released.
  • August 2nd, 1986: American lawyer Roy Cohn passes away due to complications from AIDS.
  • August 6th, 1986: A record-breaking 13 inches of rain falls on Sydney, Australia in one day.
  • August 8th, 1986: The film "Stand by Me" is released in movie theaters.
  • August 8th, 1986: The Transformers: The Movie (1986) is released.
  • August 14th, 1986: 14-year-old Jeremy Bright goes missing in Myrtle Point, Oregon.
  • August 15th, 1986: Manhunter (1986) is released in cinemas.
  • August 15th, 1986: The Fly (1986) is released in movie theaters.
  • August 17th, 1986: Hurricane Charley hits the United States.
  • August 18th, 1986: Bon Jovi release their album "Slippery When Wet".
  • August 20th, 1986: Postal worker Patrick Sherrill kills 14 of his coworkers during a shooting spree at a post office in Edmond, Oklahoma. The tragic event inspires the phrase "Going postal".
  • August 21st, 1986: Lake Nyos disaster: 1,746 people are killed after a limnic eruption occurs at Lake Nyos in northwestern Cameroon.
  • August 22nd, 1986: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) is released in movie theaters.
  • August 25th, 1986: Hurricane Charley hits Ireland and the United Kingdom.
  • This date: August 26th, 1986
  • September 5th, 1986: "Money for Nothing" by the Dire Straits wins Video of the Year at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • September 5th, 1986: Pan Am Flight 73 is hijacked with 358 people on board.
  • September 6th, 1986: 22 people are killed after a Palestinian militant opens fire on the Neve Shalom Synagogue in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • September 6th, 1986: NHL player Mark Messier leaves the scene of an accident after he hits three parked cars with his black Turbo Porsche.
  • September 7th, 1986: Five people die after a Marxist-Leninist guerrilla organisation called the FPMR attempts to assassinate Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in a rocket attack.
  • September 8th, 1986: The Oprah Winfrey Show debuts on television.
  • September 16th, 1986: The BTK killer murders 28-year-old Vicki Lynn Wegerle in Wichita.
  • September 17th, 1986: Seven people are killed after members of the CSPPA throw a bomb onto a shopping street at rue de Rennes in Paris.
  • September 19th, 1986: It is announced that 6,000 AIDS patients will be offered an experimental drug called AZT.
  • September 24th, 1986: The Name of the Rose (1986) is released.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

NEW! Check out our personality summary image for this birth date.

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 26th, 1986, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • 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 22.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 26th, 1986 falls under the Bear.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Personality traits.

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Photos of mid-1980s fashion.

Photographs of mid-1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of mid-1980s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in August, 1986.

TV shows from August, 1986.

MacGyver
MacGyver
TV show about a resourceful secret agent who can solve almost any problem using the mundane objects around him.

The Equalizer
The Equalizer
Series about a retired secret agent called Robert McCall.

The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Television series about four mature women who live together in Miami, Florida.

Moonlighting
Moonlighting
Comedy-drama starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd as private detectives.

Charles in Charge
Charles in Charge
TV show about a 19-year-old student called Charles, who is played by Scott Baio.

Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher.

Miami Vice
Miami Vice
Starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.

Who's the Boss?
Who's the Boss?
Sitcom about a retired baseball player who relocates to work as a live-in housekeeper.

The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby.

The Transformers
The Transformers
Animated series about an ongoing war between shape-shifting robots.

Punky Brewster
Punky Brewster
Sitcom series about a young girl being raised by a foster parent.

Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
Starring Jeremy Brett.

Kate & Allie
Kate & Allie
Comedy TV series.

Night Court
Night Court
Sitcom about a night court in Manhattan.

Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Starring Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner.

The A-Team
The A-Team
Action TV series with characters such as "Mr. T" and John "Hannibal" Smith.

'Allo 'Allo!
'Allo 'Allo!
BBC sitcom starring Gorden Kaye.

Cheers
Cheers
Sitcom starring Ted Danson.

Family Ties
Family Ties
Sitcom starring Michael J. Fox.

Cagney & Lacey
Cagney & Lacey
Police drama starring Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly.

Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses
British television comedy.

Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.

Knots Landing
Knots Landing
American soap opera.

Trapper John, M.D.
Trapper John, M.D.
Medical drama.

The Facts of Life
The Facts of Life
Sitcom about a girls boarding school in Peekskill, New York. Starring Charlotte Rae as housemother Edna Garrett.

Dallas
Dallas
Soap opera.

The Love Boat
The Love Boat
Television series that was set on a cruise ship. Starring Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing.

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 August 26th, 1986.

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

Pingu
Pingu

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

Snorks
Snorks

Muppet Babies
Muppet Babies

Voltron
Voltron

Heathcliff
Heathcliff

Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alvin and the Chipmunks

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Fraggle Rock
Fraggle Rock

Inspector Gadget
Inspector Gadget

Danger Mouse
Danger Mouse

The Smurfs
The Smurfs

Cockleshell Bay
Cockleshell Bay

Diff'rent Strokes
Diff'rent Strokes

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1986.

Toys and games that were popular on this date 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

Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)

Space Lego
Space Lego

Fischer Price cassette player
Fischer Price cassette player

Monchhichi / Chicaboo
Monchhichi / Chicaboo

Big wheel (tricycle)
Big wheel (tricycle)

Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine

Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble

Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids

Speak & Spell
Speak & Spell

Water Ring Toss
Water Ring Toss

Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons

Lite-Brite
Lite-Brite

Video games

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing in August of 1986.

The Legend of Zelda 1986
The Legend of Zelda
An adventure game that was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Gauntlet 1985
Gauntlet
An arcade hack and slash game.

Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
Role-playing game.

Super Mario Bros. 1985
Super Mario Bros.
Released on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Boulder Dash 1985
Boulder Dash
Arcade game developed by Data East.

Tetris 1984
Tetris
Tile-matching puzzle video game.

Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt
Light gun shooter game.

Mario Bros. 1983
Mario Bros.
Arcade game developed by Nintendo.

Donkey Kong 1981
Donkey Kong
Arcade game released by Nintendo.

Missile Command 1980
Missile Command
Arcade game developed by Atari.

Pac-Man 1980
Pac-Man
Maze arcade game.

Asteroids 1979
Asteroids
Space-themed shooter arcade game.

Space Invaders 1978
Space Invaders
Shooter arcade game.

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out August 26th, 1992 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 26th.

Mother Teresa

Missionary. Deceased
Born on August 26th, 1910
She turned 76 on this day in 1986.

Macaulay Culkin

Actor.
Born on August 26th, 1980
He turned 6 on this day in 1986.

James Harden

NBA player.
Born on August 26th, 1989
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Weather details

Weather on August 26th, 1986.

Historical weather information for August 26th, 1986.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 12.3 degrees Celsius. There was heavy rain. It was a windy day. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 68.6 degrees Fahrenheit. 20.33 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. There was thunder. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 14.06 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 16cm.
USA

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on August 26th, 1986.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 26th, 1986.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 26th, 1986 was most likely conceived around December 3rd, 1985.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 26th, 1986 is close to May 19th, 1987.

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Stats for August 26th, 1986

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 26th, 1986.

  • A total of 13,140 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,877 weeks have passed.
  • 1,135,296,000 seconds have passed since the August 26th, 1986.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,324,512,000 times.
  • Since August 26th, 1986, the Earth has travelled approximately 585,812,736,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 189,216,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 97,635,456 steps. That's about 43,394 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,623,552 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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