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   COURTLAND HIGH SCHOOL 
CLASS OF '86  
  SPOTSYLVANIA, VA 
•• ROLL CALL ••

333 CLASSMATES

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Deceased
THE CLASS OF 1986

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Ruthie Nicholls Rodgers

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106 of us have added our profiles to the Alumni Directory, so far.

Combined, we have 184 children and 36 grandchildren.

13 of us served in the U.S. Armed Forces for a combined total of 132 years, including 3 still on active duty.

61 of us spent a combined total of 246 years earning 12 Associates, 48 Bachelors, 15 Masters and 2 Doctorate degrees.

Our most-traveled? One of us has visited 48 U.S. States or Territories, and another has visited 24 foreign countries.

6 of us have birthdays this month, and 7 of us have birthdays in December.

Currently, 1 of us is retired.

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~1986~

Following a number of trouble free years in Space Exploration the Space Shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after take off watched by people live on TV around the world. The Internet Mail Access Protocol defined which opens the way for E-Mail and the same year the Human Genome Project is launched to understand the Human Makeup, this will open the way for great advances in the treatment of many illnesses. The worst ever Nuclear Disaster occurs as the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station Explodes causing the release of radioactive material across much of Europe. In the UK (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease is identified which causes many deaths over the next few years and a major reform in farming practices.

 

COST OF LIVING 1986

Yearly Inflation Rate USA 1.91% 

Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 1895 

Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve 7.50% 

Average Cost of new house $89,430.00 

Average Income per year $22,400.00 

Average Monthly Rent $385.00 

Average Price for new car $9,255.00 

1 gallon of gas 89 cents 

Casio Portable Color Television $249.99 

Tandy 600 Portable Computer $1599.00 

Bacon per pound $1.75 

 

What Events Happened In 1986?

Libya

US bombs Libya in protest at Libyan sponsorship of terrorist organizations involved in the bomb exploded in the crowded La Belle disco in Berlin, Germany.

U.S. 

Breakthrough in US - USSR Arms Talks between Reagan and Gorbachevleads to commitment to disarm thus ending a long period of instability caused by the Cold War 

European Union 

Spain and Portugal join the EEC 

Lebanon 

John McCarthy, a British TV journalist, is kidnapped in the capital of Lebanon, Beirut. 

Russia 

Soviet Nuclear reactor at Chernobyl Explodes on April 26th causing release of radioactive material across much of Europe 

UK 

British newspapers move to Wapping , East London in an attempt to break print union stranglehold over the newspaper industry

UK 

M25 circling London is completed

Russia 

Gorbachev steps up reform programme in Russia introducing Perestroika ( restructuring ) and Glasnost ( openness ) 

Space 

Comet Halley reaches the closest point to the Earth, during its second visit to the solar system in the 20th century. 

U.S. 

Approximately Seven million Americans join hands in "Hands Across America" 

Northern Ireland 

Violence continues to escalate in Northern Ireland during the Orangemen Parades in Dumcree and Portadown with more innocents killed during the troubles. 

Pakistan 

Pan Am Flight 73 with 358 people on board is hijacked at Karachi International Airport by four armed men 

Greece 

Bomb Explodes on TWA Jet over Greece blowing hole in aircraft sucking 4 passengers out 

El Salvador 

Earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale strikes San Salvador, El Salvador, killing an estimated 1,500 people. 

U.S. 

Iran-Contra Affair President Ronald Reagan's administration sold arms to Iran, an avowed enemy. At the time, Americans were being held hostage in Lebanon by Hezbollah, a militant Shi'a organization loyal to Ayatollah Khomeini. 

UK 

The London Stock Exchange is deregulated allowing computerized share dealing ( The Big Bang ) 

UK 

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease first identified Following an epidemic of BSE in Britain, 157 people (as of 2004) acquired and died of a disease with similar neurological symptoms subsequently called vCJD, or (new) variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. 

U.S. 

Mike Tyson becomes the youngest Heavyweight Champion in history 

South Africa 

South African troops launch multiple raids on Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana 

South Africa 

175 Gold Miners Die in Kinross mine in the Eastern Transvaal, South Africa 

South Africa 

The South African government censors reporters and the news media from reporting unrest throughout the country. 

UK 

Richard Branson on the 72 ft powerboat Virgin Challenger II breaks the world record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic

U.S. 

Smoking is banned on all public transport including trains, planes, busses and coaches

Cameroon 

Lethal gas from the volcanic Lake Nyos in Cameroon, West Africa kills 1,500 

UK 

Swedish Prime Minister Murdered 

Scotland 

A full survey is carried out of Loch Ness hoping to find proof that Nessie exists. ( No Proof Found ) 

World 

The experimental airplane Voyager, completed the first non-stop, around-the-world flight 

UK 

The Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, is laid to rest alongside her husband King Edward VIII 

Lebanon 

A mass uprising by Palestinians against Israeli military occupation, begins in Jabalia refugee camp and spread to Gaza 

UK 

A british newspaper reveals information that Israel has Secret Nuclear Weapons including 100 nuclear war heads. 

U.S. 

Micronesia Gains Independence From the United States 

U.S. 

US introduces sweeping tax reform legislation

Argentina 

Argentina Wins 1986 World Cup in Mexico

 

 

Inventions by Inventors and Country (or attributed to First Use)

High Temperature Superconductor ~ Switzerland

Nicotene Patch ~ Frank Etscorn

 

Technology 

The United Kingdom and France announce plans to construct the Channel Tunnel. 

Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrates after launch, killing all on board 

The Soviet Union launches the Mir space station

IBM unveils the PC Convertible, the first laptop computer.

British Surgeons perform the worlds first triple transplant ( Heart, Lung and Liver ) 

Internet Mail Access Protocol defined for e-mail transfer 

The 386 series of microprocessor introduced by Intel.

Human Genome Project launched with the object to understand the human genome and therefore provide the continuing progress of medicine, It was announced in 2000 to be completed by Bill Clinton and Tony Blair

 






      

 

 
 

 


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BIRTHDAYS
Steve Agee  
Beth Basso Hicks  
Debbie Blend Jackson  
Steve Day  
Kim Deffner Lacik  
Marlene Hudson Rice  
Kevin Huff  
Jenny LaMoy Hart  
Subrema Montaque Henderson  
Ruthie Nicholls Rodgers  
Linda Samuels Randall  
Michelle Westerkamp Jones  
Rob White  

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U.S. MILITARY
Sandy Baldwin Peterson  
Brad Baxter  
Jay Civello  
Joe Fleming  
Doug Hall  
Richard Hill  
Ed Jones  
Shawn Kimble  
Diane Mead Humerick  
R. Jon Sachs Ron Sachs  
Trent Samuels  
Troy Skidmore  
Earle Swift, Jr.  

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WHERE ARE WE?

Classmates in the U.S.
 Alabama
 Arizona
 California
 Colorado
 Delaware
 Florida
 Georgia
 Illinois
 Indiana
 Maryland
 Massachusetts
 Michigan
 Mississippi
 Missouri
 Nebraska
 New Jersey
 New York
 North Carolina 11 
 Ohio
 Oklahoma
 Oregon
 Pennsylvania
 South Carolina
 Tennessee
 Texas 10 
 Virginia 193 
 Washington
 West Virginia
 Wisconsin

Classmates Abroad:
 Kazakhstan
 Spain

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