History Quiz / The UK in the 20th Century: 1986

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Can you name the notable people, places and events of the United Kingdom in 1986?

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This politician resigns as Defence Secretary over the Westland Affair.9th January
This ITV gameshow, presented by Roy Walker, airs its first episode.12th January
The Sun runs a headline claiming this man ate a live hamster.13th March
This journalist is kidnapped in Beirut, and will be held in captivity for more than 5 years.17th April
A treaty is signed to end the supposed Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years War between the Netherlands and these islands.17th April
This footballer scores a controversial goal, blatantly handballing it into the net, to give Argentina a 2-1 win over England and send England out of the World Cup.22nd June
This man beats the speed record for a transatlantic crossing by boat in Virgin Atlantic Challenger II, but is denied the Blue Riband award.29th June
This Welsh striker agrees a move from Liverpool to Juventus for £3.2 million to become the most expensive British footballer.2nd July
This royal marries Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey.23rd July
This BBC medical drama airs its first episode.6th September
The first edition of this newspaper is published.7th October
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visit this Asian country, becoming the first British monarch ever to visit the country.12th October
This shopping centre in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, is opened, officially becoming the largest shopping complex in Europe.14th October
This politician resigns as deputy Conservative leader over allegations involving prostitutes.26th October
This financial event occurs, in which markets become deregulated and stock trading changes from open-outcry to electronic.27th October
Margaret Thatcher opens this motorway, an orbital route circling London.29th October
This natural attraction in Northern Ireland is one of several places to be designated the UK's first UNESCO World Heritage Sites.November
This man is appointed manager of Manchester United, replacing Ron Atkinson.6th November
Shares in this energy company are floated on the Stock Exchange; the initial public offering of 135p per share valued the company at £9 billion.8th December
The highest audience for a British TV drama is set when 30 million watch the Christmas Day episode of Eastenders, which sees this character serve divorce papers to his wife Angie25th December

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