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Life when the Mets last won the World Series in 1986

The New York Mets last won the World Series in 1986, when the team stunned the Boston Red Sox in seven games. What else took place that year, when the Mets ruled the baseball world? We are glad you asked.

MLK Day holiday

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks at a peace rally in New York City on April 15,1967. The first national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed on Jan. 20, 1986. SOURCE: AP CREDIT: AP

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Elvis Presley performs at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on June 22, 1973. Presley, James Brown, Buddy Holly, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Sam Cooke were the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which was held at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan on Jan. 23, 1986.

Space Shuttle explodes

The space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canavaral, Florida, on Jan. 28, 1986. All seven crew members died in the explosion, which was blamed on faulty o-rings in the shuttle's booster rockets. The crew members were honored with burials at Arlington National Cemetery.



Pictured is an aerial view of Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear power plant, site of the world's worst nuclear disaster a few days after the deadly explosion on April 26, 1986. The plant was closed in 2000.

Hands Across America

A line of people on the George Washington Bridge joined an estimated 7 million Americans participating in "Hands Across America" to raise money for the hungry and homeless on May 25, 1986.

Price Andrew gets married

Britain's Duke and Duchess of York are seen after their wedding ceremony in London on July 24, 1986. Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, married the former Sarah Ferguson.

Meet Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey talks with guests during the Aug. 30, 1995, taping of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in Chicago. The daytime talk show made its nationwide broadcast debut on Sept. 8, 1986.

The Mets win the World Series

The New York Mets won the World Series on Oct. 27, 1986, defeating the Boston Red Sox 8-5 in the seventh game at Shea Stadium.

Mike Tyson, young champion

Mike Tyson delivers a powerful blow to Trevor Berbick in the second round in Las Vegas on Nov 22, 1986. Tyson, at age 20, became the youngest heavyweight champion after a second-round technical knockout.

An F-14 Tomcat Grumman Navy fighter takes off from the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea on Sept. 24, 2002. An F-14 used in "Top Gun," the highest-grossing film in 1986 with $177 million in America alone, cost Paramount Pictures $7,600 an hour to rent from the Pentagon.