Fun Facts About 1986 - O'Loughlin's Restaurant Pub

Fun Facts About 1986

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Fun Facts About 1986

1986 was chock full of fun and memorable moments. Punks sported spiked hairdos, the Chicago Bears did the “Super Bowl Shuffle” to victory in Super Bowl XX, and MTV was all the rage. But, the most significant thing that occurred in 1986 was the opening of O’Loughlin’s Restaurant and Pub. Dude, take a walk with us down memory lane as we flashback and share some fun facts about 1986.

Hands Across America

On Sunday, May 25th approximately 5 million people joined hands from New Your City to Long Beach, CA. The human chain sought to raise awareness and money to fight hunger and homelessness in the United States.

Space Shuttle Challenger

One of the saddest moments in U.S. Space exploration took place on January 28th. Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds into flight, killing all astronauts, and a civilian school teacher, Christie McAuliffe. Millions of children in schools witnessed the disaster as they took a break from the day to watch the launch in their classrooms.

Big Hits

Some of the songs playing on the radio (yes, on the radio not “downloaded,” and most likely vinyl records) were such classics as:

• “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder
• “Say You, Say Me” by Lionel Richie
• “I Miss You” by Klimaxxx
• “Broken Wings” by Mister Mister
• “How Will I know” by Whitney Houston
• “Addicted to Love” by Arnold Palmer
• “Kiss” by Prince
• “West End Girls” by the Pet Shop Boys
• “Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna

New Heavyweight Boxing Champ

On November 22nd, Mike Tyson won his first title fight against Trevor Berbick for the World Boxing Council Heavyweight Championship. Tyson won the title by a knockout in the second round. At the age of 20 years and four months, he beat Patterson’s record, becoming the youngest heavyweight champion in history.

Chernobyl Disaster

Although this one did not happen in the U.S., it was one of the biggest news stories of the year. On April 26th the worst nuclear disaster occurred int he Ukraine, killing 31 people. The lingering effects are still felt around the world today.

The Geraldo Rivera Hype

April 21st, Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone’s vault on live TV in front of millions of viewers. The hype was epic! The build-up was intense and lasted the entire special as he led us deeper and deeper into the secret vault. However, it was one of primetime TV’s most significant letdown. The only thing he discovered was a bottle of moonshine. Wah wah wah.

Statue of Liberty Gets a Facelift

After years of extensive renovations, the Statue of reopens on July 5th. Just in time for the Centennial Celebration.

Brian Messes Things Up

No, we are not talking about your weirdo cousin who ruined Thanksgiving. Brian was the first PC virus unleashed. Ever since then we have been dealing with one nasty computer virus after another. Thanks, Brian.


Some of the hit television shows on the airways in 1986 included The A-Team, The Cosby Show, A.L.F, and The Pee-Wee Herman Show. They had us uttering phrases such as “I kill me” and “I meant to do that” and “I pity the fool” any chance we could. Does anyone remember eating “Mr. T” cereal? Yup, that was a thing, too.

Save Ferris!

June 11, 1986, is one of the most fabulous days in the history of cinema. It was the day Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was released. It became an instant success and cult classic. This iconic filmed influenced teenagers and taught us it was ok to skip school…99 times. Cause “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Other memorable 1986 hits include Top Gun, Crocodile Dundee, and Platoon.

Our Favorite Thing

In September Oprah launched her television talk show and became an instant success. It wasn’t long before she became an international icon and one of the most influential women on the planet. She continues to influence, inspire, and change men and women’s lives today.

It Happens Every 75 Years

If you are into celestial phenomena (and who isn’t), you will remember that in1986, Haley’s Comet made an appearance. It is one of those rare heavenly sightings that you could potentially experience twice in a lifetime. The next go round is in 2061. How old will you be then?

Fear of Clowns

Thanks to Stephen King’s novel It, we all now have an unhealthy fear of clowns. The story was released in September and scared millions sleepless. Terrifying films and TV adaptions reinforced this fear.

These fun facts about 1986 got us chuckling! Join us as we celebrate the 31st Anniversary of the most awesome thing that happened in 1986, The Opening of O’Loughlins Restaurant and Pub. We are so grateful for our faithful customers and want to say, “Thank You” for all of these amazing years. Join us on August 25th for our 32nd Anniversary End of Summer Bash. Don your favorite Hawaiian shirt and dance the night away to Off the Hook as we celebrate the night with an Island Themed party. Plus food and drink specials all night long. See you there!


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