America entered its twenty second decade: A look back at the films of 1986

In 1986,

Spain and Portugal entered the European Community, the predecessor to the European Union;

The first computer virus was formed;

Pixar Animation Studios opened;

Halley’s Comet made its second visit to our solar system in the 20th century;

The Mir space station was launched;

The The Legend of Zelda was released;

Out of Africa was named the Best Picture of 1985,

Microsoft became a publicly traded company;

The first child was born to a surrogate mother;

Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s secret vault;

A mishandled safety test at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant killed over 4000 people;

Captain Midnight interrupted the HBO satellite feed;

NBC celebrated its 60th anniversary;

The Montreal Canadiens won their 23rd Stanley Cup;

Hands Across America took place to raise awareness for hunger relief efforts;

Dragon Quest was released;

The Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds after launch;

Argentina won the FIFA World Cup;

Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose 48 hours after being selected 2nd in the NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics;

The Statue of Liberty was reopened following an extensive refurbishment for its centennial;

Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson;

American Greg Lemond won the Tour de France;

The first film from Studio Ghibli, Castle in the Sky, was released;

Patrick Sherrill’s attack on his coworkers at the post office in Edmond, Oklahoma birthed the phrase “going postal,”

Desmond Tutu became the first black Anglican Church bishop in South Africa;

The Oprah Winfrey Show premiered in syndication;

The Andrew Lloyd Weber musical The Phantom of the Opera opened in London;

The New York Mets defeated the Boston Red Sox in the World Series;

A Lebanese magazine reports the United States has been selling weapons to Iran in secret, exposing the Iran-Contra affair;

Mike Tyson won his first world boxing title;

The NBC soap opera Search for Tomorrow went off the air after 35 years;

Peyton Hillis, Mischa Barton, Lauren Conrad, Amber Riley, Charlotte Church, Jerod Mayo, Brittany Snow, Jamie Bell, Alexandra Daddario, Scott Eastwood, Lee DeWyze, Leighton Meester, Amber Heard, Marshawn Lynch, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Robert Pattinson, Lena Dunham, Grace Gummer, Megan Fox, Rafael Nadal, Oona Chaplin, Shia LeBeouf, Kat Dennings, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Lindsey Lohan, Armie Hammer, Florence Welch, Lea Michele, Shaun White, Emmy Rossum, Heidi Montag, Drake, Emilia Clarke, Oscar Pistorious, Jimmy Graham, Desean Jackson, Jamaal Charles, and Ellie Goulding were born;

While Christopher Isherwood, Donna Reed, L. Ron Hubbard, Adolph Caesar, Ray Milland, George O’Keeffe, James Cagney, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Genet, Otto Preminger, Wallis Simpson, Broderick Crawford, Tenzing Norway, Fritz Pollard, Theodore White, Sterling Hayden, Benny Goodman, Kate Smith, Rudy Vallee, Vincente Minnelli, Murray Hamilton, Forrest Tucker, Scatman Crothers, Cary Grant, Desi Arnaz, Elsa Lanchester, Harold Macmillan, and Andrei Tarkovsky died.

There are my top ten films released in 1986:

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Everything that follows is older than Hit Girl: A brief look back at 1996

In 1996,

The murder of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman inspired the creation of the AMBER Alert system;

Yasser Arafat was re-elected as president of the Palestinian Authority;

Hilary Clinton testified before a grand jury investigating the Whitewater scandal;

Copernicium was first created;

Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov;

Alanis Morisette won Album of the Year for Jagged Little Pill, becoming the youngest person to win the award;

Major League Soccer began its inaugural season;

Braveheart won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1995;

The Unabomber was arrested;

In Romer v. Evans, the US Supreme Court ruled a Colorado law denying special protection to homosexuals was unconstitutional;

Seven monks from the Atlas Abbey of Tibhirine were kidnapped during the Algerian Civil War and executed;

Benjamin Netanyahu became Prime Minister of Israel for the first time;

The Nintendo 64 was released in Japan and the United States;

Journalist Veronica Guerin was murdered;

Dolly the sheep, the first cloned mammal, was born;

The Summer Olympics were held in Atlanta;

Eric Rudolph bombed Centennial Olympic Park;

The Ramones played their last show;

Bill Clinton defeated Bob Dole to win a second term as US President;

Prince Charles and Diana divorced;

The Big 12 Conference began its inaugural season;

Hurricane Fran made landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina;

The last Magdalene asylum closed;

The Taliban captured Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan;

The Fox News Channel debuted;

Mother Theresa became an honorary US Citizen;

The Sands Hotel and Hacienda in Las Vegas were demolished;

Kofi Annan was elected as the Secretary-General of the United Nations (his term would start January 1);

JonBenet Ramsey was murdered;

Seven-year-old Jessica Dubroff died in a plane crash attempting to become the youngest person to fly across the United States;

Sophie Turner, Abigail Breslin, Tom Holland, Kodi Smith-McPhee, Jena Irene, Liam James, and Dylan Minnette were born;

While Francois Mitterand, Barbara Jordan, A.G. Gaston, Jonathan Larson, Joseph Brodsky, Jerry Siegel, Gene Kelly, Audrey Meadows, Martin Balsam, McLean Stevenson, Pat Brown, Audrey Munson, Haing Ngor, Minnie Pearl, George Burns, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Edmund Muskie, David Packard, Greer Garson, Christopher Robin Milne, Erma Bombeck, Saul Bass, P.L. Travers, Jon Pertwee, Lash LaRue, Timothy Leary, Ray Combs, Jo Van Fleet, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Allen, Margaux Hemingway, Herb Edelman, Claudette Colbert, Bill Monroe, Juanita Wright, Tupac Shakur, Spiro Agnew, Paul Erdös, Rene Lacoste, Morey Amsterdam, Alger Hiss, Tiny Tim, Pete Rozelle, Howard Rollins, Carl Sagan, Lew Ayres, and Jack Nance died.

The following is a list of my ten favorite films released in 1996:

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