“A Year of Firsts and Farewells”
1986 was a year of firsts and farewells. We waved goodbye to Kodak’s instant camera business, as the film giant lost its patent battle with Polaroid. Yet, we also celebrated the first federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., echoing his words “The time is always right to do what is right” across the nation.
“Music and Movies – A Feast for the Senses”
It was a year of sonic delight as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted its first group of artists. Elvis Presley, James Brown, Little Richard, and more secured their places in the annals of musical history. We also bore witness to the thrilling action of Top Gun, introducing us to the fearless pilots of naval aviation, flying high on the silver screen.
“Triumphs and Tragedies – The Human Spectrum”
1986 brought with it triumphs, such as Pixar Animation Studios’ establishment as an independent film production company. Yet, it was also marred by tragedy, as we mourned the loss of the brave crew aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.
“Innovations and Inspirations”
From the Oprah Winfrey Show’s debut captivating millions to the launch of the Fox Broadcasting Company, 1986 was an inspirational time for television. It was also a year of innovation, as we marveled at the first close-up video of the sunken Titanic, showing us the world beneath the waves.
“Sports and Scandals”
In the world of sports, Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion ever, while the New York Mets clinched the World Series Championship. But it was also a time of scandal, as the Iran Contra affair came to light, shaking the political landscape.
The video below carries us back to this poignant year, reflecting on the joys, sorrows, triumphs, and trials that made 1986 so unforgettable. Because remembering our shared history can bring us closer together, we invite you to watch, like, and share your own memories of 1986.