Ian Charleson was a Scottish stage and film actor. He is best known internationally for his starring role as Olympic athlete and missionary Eric Liddell, in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire. He is also well known for his portrayal of Rev. Charlie Andrews in the 1982 Oscar-winning film Gandhi. Charleson, who was gay, was diagnosed with HIV in 1986, and died of AIDS-related causes in January 1990 at the age of 40. He died 8 weeks after performing the title role in a run of Hamlet.
These (meaning this and the following...) are taken from the abandoned Takakonuma Greenland Park of Japan. The park opened in 1973 and shut down only after two years of service; common lore says that the rides were due to many accidental deaths. It was reopened in 1986 and closed thirteen years later. The park is not located on any maps and is now surrounded by radiation due to the Fukushima meltdown after the tsunami.
Jan Hooks, who was a Saturday Night Live cast member alongside Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller and Mike Myers, has died at the age of 57. Part of the iconic sketch show’s cast from 1986 to 1991, Hooks also shared the stage with late comedians Chris Farley and Phil Hartman. Though Hooks’ cause of death hasn’t yet been revealed, the comedian was reportedly dealing with a serious illness at the time her death today.
Corey Hart, "Going Home," from his Fields of Fire album (1986). I have no idea why this was never released as a single. Such an anthem! "For the memories will keep me strong / 'Cause you can never forget from where you still belong / For the times I'm lost when I look around / I know I'll always be heading northward bound, yea / I'm goin' home, I say / I'm goin' home now, o no"
From the Boston Globe: "In the days, weeks and months after the Chernobyl accident, strong winds pushed the radiation released by the explosion northwest into the Gomel region of Belarus, contaminating thousands of square kilometers with the radioactive fallout. Today, girls born around the time of the accident are having children of their own. Many find themselves anxious about the contamination and what it might have done to their reproductive organs and genes."
Steve Tracy (October 3, 1952 – November 27, 1986) was an American film and television actor. Tracy is best known for his role on Little House on the Prairie as Percival Dalton. After the end of the series, Tracy maintained a friendship with his on-screen wife Alison Arngrim (Nellie). Tracy died of AIDS-related complications in 1986, after which Arngrim became involved in AIDS activism. His ashes were scattered under the Hollywood Sign in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, under the letter…