The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes after liftoff. All all seven astronauts on board are killed.
The controversial Hand of God goal is scored by Diego Maradona in the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and England.
Hands Across America takes place.
Soldiers in the Sri Lankan Army kill 80 Tamil farm workers in the eastern province of Sri Lanka.
Mike Tyson beats Trevor Berbick to become youngest ever Heavyweight champion.
Desmond Tutu becomes the first black person to head the Anglican Church in South Africa.
New Zealand passes the Homosexual Law Reform Act that legalizes homosexuality in New Zealand.
Thirty-three people die when the Hotel New World in Singapore collapses.
The first member are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.