This edition features the hits and tunes of 1986.
January 2 – Trombone Shorty, American jazz musician
January 3 – Lloyd, American R&B recording artist
January 6 – Alex Turner, English musician, member of Arctic Monkeys
January 9 – After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak leaves the instant camera business.
January 19 – The first PC virus, Brain, starts to spread.
January 28 – STS-51-L: Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrates 73 seconds after launch, killing the crew of 7 astronauts, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe
February 21 – Charlotte Church, Welsh singer, actress and television presenter
February 23 – Skylar Grey, American musician
March 3 – Stacie Orrico, American singer
March 4 – Richard Manuel, Canadian musician (The Band) (b. 1943) Died
March 4 – Howard Greenfield, American songwriter (b. 1936) Died
March 31 – O’Kelly Isley, American singer of The Isley Brothers (b. 1937) Died
April 1 – Hillary Scott, American singer/songwriter (Lady Antebellum)
April 2 – Lee DeWyze, American singer/songwriter
April 21 – Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone’s secret vault on The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault, discovering only a bottle of moonshine.
April 23 – Harold Arlen, American music composer (b. 1905) Died
April 27 – “Captain Midnight” interrupts the HBO satellite feed.
May 19 – Jimmy Lyons, American musician (b. 1931) Died
May 25 – Hands Across America: At least 5,000,000 people form a human chain from New York City to Long Beach, California, to raise money to fight hunger and homelessness.
May 27 – the game credited as setting the template for role-playing video games, Dragon Quest is released in Japan.
June 13 – Benny Goodman, American jazz musician (b. 1909) Died
June 17 – Kate Smith, American singer (b. 1907) Died
June 27 – Drake Bell, American actor and singer
June 27 – Kellie Pickler, American singer
July 3 – Rudy Vallée, American singer, actor, and bandleader (b. 1901) Died
July 5 – Adam Young, American singer
July 31 – Teddy Wilson, American jazz pianist (b. 1912) Died
August 21 – Thad Jones, American jazz musician (b. 1923) Died
August 26 – Cassie Ventura, American pop and R&B singer
August 27 – Mario, R&B singer and actor
August 30 – Ryan Ross, guitarist (Panic at the Disco)
August 30 – Theo Hutchcraft, British pop musician
September 8 – The worldwide premiere of The Oprah Winfrey Show
September 27 – Cliff Burton, American bassist (Metallica) (b. 1962) Died
October 7 – Slayer releases their album Reign in Blood
October 22 – In New York City, WNBC Radio’s traffic helicopter crashes into the Hudson River, killing traffic reporter Jane Dornacker. The last words heard on-the-air were Dornacker’s screams of terror, “Hit the water! Hit the water! Hit the water!”
Ovtober 27 – World Series: The New York Mets defeat the Boston Red Sox in 7 games. This is the second world series title in the Mets franchise. It is also remembered for Game 6, when Bill Buckner lets a routine ground ball hit by Mookie Wilson roll through his legs, letting the Mets win and pull even with the Red Sox in the series.
October 28 – Tamar Kaprelian, Armenian American musician and singer
November 12 – Australian singer John Farnham releases the album Whispering Jack, which becomes the highest selling album in Australia’s history.
November 22 – Mike Tyson wins his first world boxing title by defeating Trevor Berbick in Las Vegas.
November 22 – Scatman Crothers, American actor, musician (b. 1910)
November 25 – Katie Cassidy, American singer and model
December 2 – Desi Arnaz, Cuban-born actor (b. 1917)