In 1986, 

  • The Chicago Bears were the Superbowl XX Champions.
  • Tonight Show host Johnny Carson's good friend, Joan Rivers started a late night talk show on FOX. He never spoke to her again. 
  • Teacher Pleasant Rowland created the first "American Girl" doll, although they were not bought by Mattel until 1998.
  • Camcorders became a regular household item. 
  • Some popular movies were: Top Gun, The Karate Kid Part II, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.