In 1986, the Nation watched in horror as the U.S. space shuttle Challenger exploded 74 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven crew members including the first teacher in space. I wasn't watching, but heard a few minutes later after English class. Joan Rivers launched a late night talk show and her first guests included Pee-Wee Herman, Elton John, Cher and David Lee Roth. Tina Turner received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Statue of Liberty was showered with fireworks to celebrate her 100th birthday. On television Gordon Schumway, the last known survivor from the planet Melmac, crash landed his spaceship into the garage of the Tanner family who found him and named him "ALF"...short for Alien Life Form.
|*That's What Friends Are For-Dionne Warwick & Friends||*Mind Your Own Business-Hank Williams, Jr.|
|*Walk Like An Egyptian-Bangles||*Little Rock-Reba McEntire|
|*Stuck With You-Huey Lewis & The News||*Just Another Love-Tanya Tucker|
|*Rock Me Amadeus-Falco||*That Rock Won't Roll-Restless Heart|
|*How Will I Know-Whitney Houston||*In Love-Ronnie Milsap|
|*Kyrie-Mr. Mister||*Heartbeat In The Darkness-Don Williams|
|*Kiss-Prince & The Revolution||*Diggin' Up Bones-Randy Travis|
|*Glory Of Love-Peter Cetera||*Strong Heart-T.G. Sheppard|
|*Papa Don't Preach-Madonna||*It'll Be Me-Exile|
|*When I Think Of You-Janet Jackson||*You're Still New To Me-Marie Osmond & Paul Davis|
|*True Colors-Cyndi Lauper||*Always Have, Always Will-Janie Frickie|
|*Amanda-Boston||*Touch Me When We're Dancing-Alabama|
|*Human-Human League||*Cry-Crystal Gayle|
|*Invisible Touch-Genesis||*Desperado Love-Conway Twitty|
|*These Dreams-Heart||*Got My Heart Set On You-John Conlee|
Order Billboard Top Hits 1986
|*The Golden Girls||*Murder, She Wrote|
|*Night Court||*Family Ties|
|*The Cosby Show||*Who's The Boss|
*Stand By Me
*Children Of A Lesser God--Best Actress, Marlee Matlin
*9 1/2 weeks
*The Color Of Money--Best Actor, Paul Newman
*Top Gun--Best Original Song, Take My Breath Away--Berlin
*The Statue of Liberty celebrated her 100th
*Dolly Parton opened her Dollywood amusement park in Tennessee.
*A summit meeting between President Reagan and Soviet Party Chief Gorbachev in Iceland ended in failure.
*An atomic mishap at a nuclear generating plant at Chernobyl in the Ukraine, which caused the evacuation of 15,000 residents of the area.
*On May 25th, Some 5 million people in 16 states, including President Reagan, linked hands in "Hands Across America" to raise money for America's hungry and homeless.
*The New York Mets beat the Boston Red Sox
4 games to 3.
*The Boston Celtics beat the Houston Rockets 4 games to 2.
*The Montreal Canadiens beat the Calgary Flyers 4 games to 1.
*The 1985-86 football season ended with the New York Giants over the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl XXI by a score of 39-20.
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