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October 9th, 1986.

October 9th, 1986, was a Thursday. It was day 282 of 1986. The decade was the 1980s.

34 years, 8 months and 3 days have passed since October 9th, 1986.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

On this day.

What happened on October 9th, 1986?

  • The Phantom of the Opera premiers for the first time in London.
  • Retired Austrian film director Harald Reinl is stabbed to death by his wife in Tenerife.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 9th, 1986.

  • United States: When I Think Of You - Janet Jackson
  • United Kingdom: True Blue - Madonna
Play the top hits 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 movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Top Gun" was at the top of the box office on October 9th, 1986.

Take me back to October 9th, 1986!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is October 9th, 1986 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker.

Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways and sidewalks and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear. In America, the song When I Think Of You by Janet Jackson is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, True Blue by Madonna is the number one hit song.

Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and the movie Top Gun is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher is the current Prime Minister. 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.

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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Last of the Summer Wine", "The Love Boat", "ThunderCats" and "ALF". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Missile Command", "Boulder Dash", "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar" and "The Legend of Zelda".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Inspector Gadget", "Thomas the Tank Engine" and "The Care Bears". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Dungeons & Dragons, Water Ring Toss, Cabbage Patch Kids and Monchhichi / Chicaboo.

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 October 9th, 1986.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 34 years, 8 months and 3 days have passed since October 9th, 1986.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 41 of 1986.
  • Leap Year: 1986 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on October 9th, 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 529196400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around October 9th, 1986.

  • September 24th, 1986: The Name of the Rose (1986) is released.
  • September 26th, 1986: Crocodile Dundee (1986) is released in cinemas.
  • September 29th, 1986: Ireland: The first episode of The Den is aired.
  • This date: October 9th, 1986
  • October 21st, 1986: American writer Edward Tracy is kidnapped in Lebanon.
  • October 23rd, 1986: 13-year-old Philip Cairns goes missing in Dublin, Ireland.
  • October 26th, 1986: UK politics: Jeffrey Archer steps down as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party following newspaper reports that he tried to pay a prostitute to go abroad in order to avoid a scandal.
  • October 31st, 1986: Dennis Rodman makes his NBA debut for the Detroit Pistons.
  • November 3rd, 1986: Iran-Contra affair: The Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa reports that the United States has been selling weapons to Iran in secret.
  • November 6th, 1986: Football: Alex Ferguson is appointed as the manager of Manchester United.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on this date.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 9th, 1986, will have the star sign Libra.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
  • 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 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 9th, 1986 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

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.

  • Matlock - Legal drama starring Andy Griffith.
  • ALF - Sitcom about an alien called ALF.
  • 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.
  • The Cosby Show - American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby.
  • Who's the Boss? - Sitcom about a retired player who relocates to work as a live-in housekeeper.

Kid's TV shows on October 9th, 1986.

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

  • ALF
  • The Real Ghostbusters
  • SilverHawks
  • The Flintstone Kids
  • Pingu
  • 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.

  • Popples
  • Fluppy Dogs
  • 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.
  • Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar - Role-playing game.
  • 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.

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 check out October 9th, 1992 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 9th of October.

Weather on October 9th, 1986.

Historical weather information for October 9th, 1986.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 16.7 degrees Celsius. It was a wet day. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 52.4 degrees Fahrenheit. 11.33 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. Rain fell. Precipitation: 3.56cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 15.39 degrees Celsius.

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on October 9th, 1986.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 9th, 1986.

Irish Taoiseach.

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 9th, 1986 was most likely conceived around the 30th of December, 1985.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 9th, 1986 is close to the 19th of July, 1987.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about October 9th, 1986.

  • A total of 12,665 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,809 weeks have passed.
  • 1,094,256,000 seconds have passed since the October 9th, 1986.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,276,632,000 times.
  • Since October 9th, 1986, the earth has travelled approximately 564,636,096,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 182,376,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 94,106,016 steps. That's about 41,825 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,131,072 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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