1986


Ah, today is November 10, 2014, the day before most important day ever, my birthday lol. But no seriously, tomorrow is my birthday and I decided to drop a little knowledge about the year of my birth, 1986. I actually got the idea to do this blog from the song above by my man Big K.R.I.T. The song is for damn sure dope as hell, so don't sleep on it.

A couple of big things happened in 1986. But let's talk about how rent back then use to be around $385 a month. If that doesn't ruffle your feathers a bit, how about the fact that buying a brand new car was $9,000. To make it worse, you could build a brand new home for $90,000, or a used one for $80,000. Ok still not phased, well let's just throw out there that gas was 89 cents a gallon, 89 freaking cents people, come on! Oh yea, I almost forgot, bacon was 1.75 a pound, ah, the good ol days.

Famous People

Well besides the pretty obvious of it being my birth year, and that Big K.R.I.T. was born this year as well. This year birthed some pretty cool people, like that famous Canadian Drake, and that weird ass Lady Gaga, that R&B chick that can really sing, Sevyn Streeter & that pop singer that's growing on me, Ellie Goulding. Some well known actors and actress were born this year too with, that smart guy Tahj Mowry, that hot chick Megan Fox, that one guy who no one saw becoming a really great actor, Shia LaBeouf & those two really crazy chicks, Lindsay Lohan & Amanda Bynes. My little sisters favorite show actors, Drake Bell & Josh Peck from that show Drake & Josh were born this year. Oh yea, my ex love interest Kyla Pratt, that chick that can sing on that show on fox, Lea Michele, not to mention pornstar Yurizan Beltran, that's still acting in my book. Almost forgot those two really famous twins that are really rich, Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen. A couple of athletes were born this year as well Amir Khan, DeSean Jackson, Rafael Nadal & the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt.

Movies

This year wasn't really a memorable year in movies. A couple of movie franchises started up, and a lot of sequels to current movie franchises at the time. Top Gun, Crocodile Dundee, Platoon, The Karate Kid Part II, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Back to School, Aliens, An American Tail, The Golden Child & Ruthless People made up the top 10 movies of the year.


Pixar Animation Studios is opened.

Television

TV had a couple big moments in 1986, namely Oprah Winfrey's show goes national. Disney Channel begins airing 24hrs a day, NBC also unveiled it's Peacock logo. Fox launches. HBO starting that cursed scrambling service that left many teens looking at scrambled up boobs. A couple of debuts came this year with The Redd Foxx Show, Perfect Strangers, The Flintstone Kids, The Real Ghostbusters, Pee-wee's Playhouse, L.A. Law, ALF, Matlock, with Hollywood Squares making a comeback. However Benson, Diff'rent Strokes, Knight Rider, The Love Boat, The Merv Griffin Show, T. J. Hooker, Tic Tac Dough & Trapper John, M.D. all sadly ended during this year.

The Cosby Show was the number one rated show of the year, well it's the highest ranking sitcom of all time, so this is no surprise.

Music

The fist introduction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame takes place, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley are all inducted as the inaugural class.

A couple of famous groups formed this year: Cypress Hill, Geto Boys, Goo Goo Dolls, Harlem Gospel Choir, N.W.A, No Doubt, Roxanne. Sadly Wham! split up, causing a rift in music that has yet to be fixed.

1986 also saw a couple prominent Hip-Hop albums come out with Run-D.M.C.'s 3x Platinum Raising Hell, Salt-n-Pepa's debut album Hot, Cool & Vicious, Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force's pioneering album, Planet Rock: The Album. The first rap album to reach #1 on the charts, Beastie Boys' 9x Platinum Licensed to Ill. 2 Live Crew released debut Gold album 2 Live Crew Is What We Are. Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew also dropped Oh, My God!, Fat Boys with their album Big & Beautiful, while one of my favorite albums was released, Too $hort's Raw, Uncut & X-Rated.

While on the R&B side of things, Janet Jackson releases her classic and 5x Platinum Control album. Anita Baker releases 5x Platinum album Rapture. Lionel Richie released his 4x Platinum album Dancing On The Ceiling before going on his 10 year hiatus. Luther Vandross releases 2x Platinum album Give Me The Reason. Prince releases platinum album Parade with The Revolution. Tina Turner released Platinum album Break Every Rule. Cameo drops their Platinum album Word Up! Kool & The Gang release Gold album Forever. Chaka Khan with Destiny, Teena Marie with Emerald City, Nu Shooz with Poolside. R&B Skeletons in the Closet by George Clinton, Pointer Sisters release Hot Together. Jazz legend Miles Davis releases Grammy Award winning Tutu.

Pop artist Madonna releases 7x Platinum True Blue. New Kids on the Block release 3x Platinum debut album. Wang Chung releases one of my favorite songs, Everybody Have Fun Tonight.

Sports

Football

NFL
1. The Chicago Bears win 46–10 over the New England Patriots for Super Bowl XX.
2. Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants is named NFL Most Valuable Player Award, the first defensive player to win the award.

NCAA
1. Oklahoma Sooners win college football national championship by defeating Penn State Nittany Lions 25-10 in Orange Bowl.
2. Vinny Testaverde of the Miami Hurricanes is awarded the Heisman Trophy

Baseball

MLB
The New York Mets win 4 games to 3 over the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. The series is best remembered for Game 6, when the Red Sox were one out away from the Series victory but blew a 2-run lead with the bases empty and 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th inning; the game's final play was a groundball that rolled through the legs of first baseman Bill Buckner.

NCAA
NBA
1. Boston Celtics win 4 games to 2 over the Houston Rockets in the NBA Finals
3. Len Bias goes number 2 in the Draft to the Boston Celtics but dies before ever playing a game.

NCAA

Boxing

Mike Tyson knocks out Trevor Berbick in round 2 to become the youngest world heavyweight-boxing champion at 20 years and 4 months old.

Golf

Jack Nicklaus becomes the oldest Masters winner (age 46), and wins his last major golf championship.

World News

Some pretty cool things happened this year, such as:

1. We celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for the first time.
2. Deemed the International Year of Peace by the United Nations.
3. Comet Halley reaches the closest point to the Earth, during its second visit to the solar system in the 20th century.
4. IBM unveils the PC Convertible, the first laptop computer.
5. Nicotine patch was created.
6. Smoking on public transportation is banned.
7. Breakthrough in US - USSR Arms Talks between Reagan and Gorbachev leads to commitment to disarm thus ending a long period of instability caused by the Cold War
8. Human Genome Project launched with the object to understand the human genome and therefore provide the continuing progress of medicine, It was announced in 2000 to be completed by Bill Clinton and Tony Blair.

Some not so cool things happened as well:

1. US bombs Libya in protest at Libyan sponsorship of terrorist organizations involved in the bomb exploded in the crowded La Belle disco in Berlin, Germany.
2. Some people in the Reagan administration secretly sold arms to Iran and the Iran-Contra affair was born.
3. Soviet Nuclear reactor at Chernobyl Explodes on April 26th causing release of radioactive material across much of Europe.
4. The Challenger Space Shuttle disaster occurred. The shuttle broke into pieces after being only 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of seven crew members.
5. For one week, CBS Evening News anchorman Dan Rather attempts to initiate the use of the word "Courage" as a slogan. The attempt is a failure, and is noticed by other members of the press.

Well there you have it folks, 1986 in a nutshell. I'm pretty sure I'm missing a thing or two, but I'm sure when I go back to do a reedit of it, I'll add more. But for now, I hope you guys enjoyed a brief synopsis of 1986 that took me all of three hours to do. This is easily the longest post that I've ever made, and it's also the only post that I've had to do extensive research on. But it was fun challenge, and prepares me for posts I have in the future. But until next time guys.

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