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The following events occurred in 1986.


Paper money

Denomination Notes
$1-E (1985) By March 1986, the Series 1985 $1 bills became more common than older notes in circulation.
$2-B (1976) As of January 1, 1986, all $2 bills in circulation remained up to Series 1976.
$5-K (1987) By March 1986, the Series 1985 $5 bills became more common than older notes in circulation.
$10-H (1986) By May 1986, the Series 1985 $10 bills became more common than older notes in circulation.
$20-B (1987) The Series 1985 $20 bills became more common by September 1986. Until then, there were more Series 1981A bills than 1985s.
$50-G (1986) Most early Series 1985 $50 bills entered circulation in January 1986.
$100-I (1985)
$100-G (1986)
Most early Series 1985 $100 bills were introduced in late 1985.

All Series 1981A bills were also still guaranteed in circulation, as so were some Series 1981 bills.

Carryovers

Logos

Movie industry
Walt Disney Pictures (1985)
Walt Disney Pictures
Paramount (1975)
Paramount Pictures
Universal (1971)
Universal Pictures
Columbia Pictures (1981)
Columbia Pictures
20th Century Fox (1981)
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Warner Bros. Pictures (1984)
Warner Bros. Pictures
Tristar Pictures (1984)
TriStar Pictures
Touchstone Films (1985)
Touchstone Films
Terrestrial television networks
NBC 1979 logo
NBC
Cbs-logo
CBS
American Broadcasting Company Logo
ABC
PBS (1984)
PBS
WPIX 1985
WPIX (New York City)
Cable television networks
HBO logo
HBO
Cinemax logo
Cinemax
Disney Channel 1983
Disney Channel
Television production companies
Walt Disney Television (1985)
Walt Disney Television
Paramount Television (1975)
Paramount Television
Universal Television (1975)
Universal Television
Columbia Pictures Television (1982)
Columbia Pictures Television
20th Television Fox (1981)
20th Century Fox Television
Warner Bros. Television (1984)
Warner Bros. Television
WGBH (1978)
WGBH
DiC (1984)
DiC Entertainment
Sunbow & Marvel Productions (1984)
Sunbow and Marvel Productions
Merv Griffin Enterprises (1984)
Merv Griffin Enterprises
KingWorld (1985)
KingWorld
Buena Vista Television (1985)
Buena Vista Television
Home video industry
Walt Disney Home Video (1983)
Walt Disney Home Video
Paramount Video (1982)
Paramount Video
MCA Home Video (1983)
MCA Home Video
RCA Columbia Pictures Home Video (1982)
RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video
CBS-FOX Video (1984)
CBS-FOX Video
Warner Home Video (1981)
Warner Home Video
CIC Video (1981)
CIC Video
MGM-UA Home Video (1982)
MGM/UA Home Video
Children's Video Library (1984)
Children's Video Library
Walt Disney Classics (1984)
Walt Disney Classics
Touchstone Home Video (1985)
Touchstone Home Video

Movies

Box office totals
1 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope $322,740,142
2 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi $263,835,740
3 Ghostbusters $238,632,124
4 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back $222,674,266
5 The Goonies $61,389,680
6 The Aristocats $18,000,000
7 My Little Pony: The Movie (1986) $5,958,456
Disney movies on VHS
Robinhood 1984
Robin Hood
Pinocchio 1985
Pinocchio
Dumbo 1985
Dumbo
Marypoppins 1985
Mary Poppins
Petesdragon 1985
Pete's Dragon
Non-Disney movies on VHS
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The Wizard of Oz
Starwars vhs
Star Wars
Starwars2 1984vhs
The Empire Strikes Back
Ghostbusters vhs
Ghostbusters

Television

Program title Network Broadcast date/time(s) Season No.
Wheeloffortune 1983
Wheel of Fortune
First-run syndication 7:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. 3
Jeopardy 1985
Jeopardy!
First-run syndication 7:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. 2
Mylittlepony 1984
My Little Pony
First-run syndication
  • March 1 (second episode)
  • March 7 (first episode)
N/A
Also available on VHS
Catinthehat 1985vhs
The Cat in the Hat and Dr. Seuss on the Loose
Lorax 1985vhs
The Lorax and The Hoober-Bloob Highway
Grinchnight 1985vhs
Grinch Night
Grinch 1985vhs
The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat and Pontoffel Pock
Mylittlepony 1985vhs
My Little Pony: Firefly's Adventure

Video Games

Second-generation arcade games
Donkeykong title
Donkey Kong
Donkeykongjr title
Donkey Kong Jr.
Mariobros title
Mario Bros.
Donkeykong3 title
Donkey Kong 3
Nes logo
Supermariobros
Super Mario Bros.

What's new for 1986

Month unknown
Mylittlepony vhs2
My Little Pony: Escape from Catrina
DOS 3.0
IBM PC DOS 3.2
Windows103
Windows 1.03
Warner Home Video (1986-A)
Warner Home Video's new logo
RCA Columbia Pictures Home Video (1986)
RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video's new logo
CIC Video (1986)
CIC Video's new logo
February
Starwars3 vhs
Return of the Jedi
March
Goonies 1986vhs
The Goonies
Swordinthestone 1986
The Sword in the Stone
April
Four new Kidsongs videos:
Kidsongs oldmacdonaldsfarm
A Day at Old MacDonald's Farm
Kidsongs teachtheworldtosing
I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing
Kidsongs goodnightsleeptight
Good Night, Sleep Tight
Kidsongs carsboatstrainsplanes
Cars, Boats, Trains and Planes
View-Master Video (1985) Warner Bros. Records (1985) Together Again Video Productions (1985)
May
NBC logo
NBC's new logo
Aliceinwonderland 1986
Alice in Wonderland
June
Second-generation arcade video games for the NES
Donkeykong nes
Donkey Kong
Donkeykongjr
Donkey Kong Jr.
Mariobros
Mario Bros.
Donkeykong3
Donkey Kong 3
Smb2j
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
Bedknobsandbroomsticks 1986
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Sodeartomyheart 1986vhs
So Dear to My Heart
Mylittlepony 1986
My Little Pony: The Movie
September
Sega-master-system-logo
Sega Master System
Wheeloffortune 1983 (season 4) Jeopardy 1986 (season 3)
Merv Griffin Enterprises (1986)
Merv Griffin Enterprises becomes a unit of the Coca-Cola Company
Mylittlepony 1986tv
My Little Pony TV series
Sunbow & Marvel Productions (1986)
Sunbow Entertainment's new logo
October
Walt Disney Home Video (1986)
Walt Disney Home Video's new logo
Sleepingbeauty 1986
Sleeping Beauty
Touchstone Pictures (1986)
Touchstone Films renamed to Touchstone Pictures
Touchstone Home Video (1986)
Touchstone Home Video's new logo
Mylittlepony 1986vhs
My Little Pony: The Movie
Vestron Video (1986)
Vestron Video
Two new Kidsongs videos:
Kidsongs singoutamerica
Sing Out, America!
Kidsongs daywiththeanimals
A Day with the Animals
November–December
Tristar Television (1986)
TriStar Television's first logo
The Disney Channel 1986
Disney Channel's new logo
Dsas zipadeedoodah
Disney's Sing-Along Songs: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah

Totals

As of December 31, 1986:
Total movies released in theaters (out of 100) 8
Total movies released on VHS (out of 38) 7
Total Disney animated features released on VHS (out of 26) 9
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