WrestleMania Time Capsule: 1986

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April 07, 1986

In addition to WrestleMania 2, the following events occurred in 1986 ...

The Chicago Bears dominate the NFL and create a music video for their song, called "The Super Bowl Shuffle." The Bears go on to win Super Bowl XX, while the hit single climbs as high as No. 41 on Billboard's Top 100.

The space shuttle Challenger explodes only 73 seconds after liftoff, killing seven crew members.

Nuclear disaster at Chernobyl kills 31 Soviets.

Out of Africa, starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, wins the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Vanna White and Wheel of Fortune is the newest game show sensation.

Oliver North testifies in the Iran contra scandal.

Cagney and Lacey puts television audiences under house arrest.

"Baby on Board" stickers start appearing on cars everywhere.

VCRs start to take off in popularity.

Box office in Cruise control with "Top Gun"Bon Jovi releases their hugely popular album Slippery When Wet.

Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise, soars to the top of the box office, to date earning more than $353 million worldwide.

ALF becomes everyone's favorite cat-eating alien.

The New York Mets win their second World Series after a ground ball goes through Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner's legs in Game 6.

Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs acquires the Computer Division of Lucasfilm. Newly christened as Pixar, the fledgiling independent company's “Luxo Jr.” is the first three-dimensional computer-animated film ever nominated for an Academy Award.

The Montreal Canadiens hoist the Stanley Cup as NHL champions.

Sarah Ferguson marries Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. on March 17.

Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets beat MVP Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics to claim the NBA Championship.

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