What Happened in April 1986

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Delhi beat Haryana by innings & 141 to win Ranji Trophy
  • Apr 1 US submarine Nathaniel Green runs aground in Irish Sea
  • Apr 1 World oil prices dip below $10 a barrel
  • Apr 2 4 US passengers killed by bomb at TWA counter Athens Airport Greece
  • Apr 2 George Corley Wallace (Gov-D-Ala) announces retirement plans
  • Apr 2 NCAA adopts 3-point basketball rule (19 feet 9 inch distance)
  • Apr 2 NYC Mayor Ed Koch signs & brings the Gay Rights Bill into effect
  • Apr 3 Maureen O'Boyle (future host of "A Current Affair") is raped
  • Apr 3 US national debt hits $2,000,000,000,000

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Apr 4 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 213th point of season

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Apr 5 Record for a throw-and-return boomerang toss is set (121m)
  • Apr 5 US soldier & Turkish woman killed in West Berlin disco bombing
  • Apr 5 140th Grand National: Richard Dunwoody aboard West Tip wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 6 15th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Pat Bradley

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Apr 6 Soccer ball juggled non-stop for 14:14 hrs
  • Apr 6 CBS' fact based "Nobody's Child", story of Marie Balter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 7 Wrestlemania II at 3 locations, Hulk Hogan beats King Kong Bundy

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 8 Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel California, Make his day

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
  • Apr 9 "Dallas" announces it will revive killed Bobby Ewing character
  • Apr 10 "Big Deal" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 70 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 10 Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto
  • Apr 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 11 A Canadain 1921 50 cent piece auctioned in NYC for $22,000
  • Apr 11 Dodge Morgan sailed solo nonstop around world in 150 days
  • Apr 11 Halley's Comet makes closest approach to Earth this trip, 63 M km
  • Apr 11 KXA-AM in Seattle WA changes call letters to KRPM
  • Apr 12 20,000 mine workers protest closing of Hasselt Belgium mines

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 13 50th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 279

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 13 Pope John Paul II met Rome's Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff at Rome synagogue

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Apr 13 Spanish Grand Prix decided by 0.014 of a second
  • Apr 14 21st Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win
  • Apr 14 Desmond Tutu elected Anglican Archbishop of Capetown
  • Apr 14 Double-decker ferry sinks in stormy weather in Bangladesh killing 200
  • Apr 14 US aircraft attacks 5 terrorist locations in Libya
  • Apr 15 US air raids Libya, responding to La Belle disco, Berlin bombing
  • Apr 15 Viv Richards century off 56 balls v England in Antigua Test Cricket
  • Apr 15 The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon against Libya.

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Apr 16 To dispel rumors he's dead, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi appears on TV

Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • Apr 16 West Indies complete 5-0 demolition of England
  • Apr 17 IBM produces 1st megabit-chip
  • Apr 17 Netherlands & Scilly Islands sign peace treaty (war of 1651)
  • Apr 17 Pulitzer prize awarded to Larry McMurtry for "Lonesome Dove"
  • Apr 18 Robert M Gates becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Apr 18 Titan rocket explodes seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg AFB

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 19 Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Apr 20 "Jerry's Girls" closes at St James Theater NYC after 139 performances

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 20 Michael Jordan sets NBA playoff record with 63 points in a game

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Apr 20 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 20 Vladimir Horowitz performs in his Russian homeland
  • Apr 21 90th Boston Marathon: Rob de Castella of Australia 1st man in 2:07:51 and Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway 1st woman in 2:24:55
  • Apr 21 Bob Hering sets Formula One power boat record (165.338 mph, Ariz)
  • Apr 21 Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone's vault on TV & finds nothing
  • Apr 22 Consumer Price Index drops .04% for 2nd month in a row
  • Apr 22 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 23 Grand Floridian Beach Resort groundbreaking
  • Apr 23 Madrid-Nelli Cooman runs world record 60m indoor (7 sec)
  • Apr 25 ETA bomb attacks Madrid killing 5
  • Apr 25 Mswati III is crowned King of Swaziland, succeeding his father Sobhuza II.
  • Apr 26 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Marshall Holman
  • Apr 26 France performs nuclear test
  • Apr 26 Game between Angels & Twins delayed for 9 minutes by strong winds
  • Apr 26 World's worst nuclear disaster: 4th reactor at Chernobyl nuclear power station in USSR explodes, 31 die, contamination reach much of Western Europe
  • Apr 27 "Sweet Charity" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 368 performances
  • Apr 27 Captain Midnight (John R MacDougall) interrupts HBO
  • Apr 27 Pat Bradley wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • Apr 27 Soviet authorities order the evacuation of the city of Pripyat (pop. 50,000) 1 day after the Chernobyl nuclear accident
  • Apr 28 Soviet TV news program Vremya annouces a nuclear accident at Chernobyl nuclear power station, 2 days after the event
  • Apr 29 800,000 books destroyed by fire in Los Angeles Central Library

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 29 Boston Red Sox Roger Clemens strikes out 20 Seattle Mariners

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • Apr 29 1986 NFL Draft: Bo Jackson from University of Auburn first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Apr 30 Ashrita Furman peformed 8,341 somersaults over 12 miles
  • Apr 30 Mariners strike out 16 times, set record of 36 in 2 consecutive games

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Ireen Wüst, Dutch speed skater
  • Apr 3 Sergio Sánchez, Spanish footballer
  • Apr 3 Amanda Bynes, American actress
  • Apr 4 Aiden McGeady, Republic of Ireland and Celtic footballer,
  • Apr 4 Cameron Barker, Professional ice hockey player
  • Apr 7 Brooke Brodack, American internet celebrity
  • Apr 8 Igor Akinfeev, Russian footballer
  • Apr 8 Félix Hernández, Venezuelan MLB baseball player (Seattle Mariners), born in Valencia
  • Apr 8 Erika Sawajiri, Japanese actress, model and singer
  • Apr 9 Brian Larsen, American musician and record producer
  • Apr 9 Leighton Meester, American actress
  • Apr 10 Olivia Borlée, Belgian athlete
  • Apr 10 Vincent Kompany, Belgian footballer
  • Apr 10 Ayesha Takia, Indian actress
  • Apr 12 Blerim Džemaili, Swiss footballer
  • Apr 14 Matt Derbyshire, English footballer
  • Apr 14 Anne Watanabe, Japanese model
  • Apr 15 Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Dutch footballer
  • Apr 16 Paul di Resta, British racing driver
  • Apr 18 Maurice Edu, American soccer player
  • Apr 18 Billy Butler, American baseball player
  • Apr 19 Candace Parker, American basketball player
  • Apr 20 Cameron Duncan, New Zealand director (d. 2003)
  • Apr 21 Audra Cohen, American tennis player
  • Apr 21 Alexander Edler, Swedish hockey player
  • Apr 22 Dusan Sakota, Serbian-Greek basketball player
  • Apr 22 Amber Heard, American actress, born in Austin, Texas
  • Apr 22 Marshawn Lynch, American Football player
  • Apr 23 Sven Kramer, Dutch speed skater
  • Apr 23 Jessica Stam, Canadian supermodel
  • Apr 27 Elena Risteska, Macedonian singer
  • Apr 27 Jenna Coleman, British Actress (Doctor Who), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • Apr 28 George Nozuka, Canadian Singer/Songwriter
  • Apr 29 Renee Alway, American Model
  • Apr 30 Dianna Agron, Savannah, Georgia, American Actress (Quinn Fabray-Glee)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 12 Author Arianna Huffington (35) weds politician Michael Huffington (38)

Author and creator of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington
Author and creator of The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 26 Actor/body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger weds newscaster Maria Shriver

Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 26 Writer Jorge Luis Borges (86) weds author Maria Kodama (49) in Paraguay


Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Peter Pears, English tenor (Death in Venice), dies at 75
  • Apr 4 Frank Mortelmans, Belgian painter, dies at 87
  • Apr 5 Colin McCool, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia, 36 wkts), dies
  • Apr 5 Manly Wade Wellman, sci-fi author (Devil's Planet), dies at 82
  • Apr 8 Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer (b. 1967)
  • Apr 9 Jean Mogin, Belgian poet, dies at 64
  • Apr 10 Joseph P Addabbo, US defence specialist/(Sen-D), dies at 61
  • Apr 10 Linda Creed, American songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Apr 12 Valentin Kataev, Russian writer (b. 1897)
  • Apr 13 Stephen Stucker, actor (Trading Places, Airplane), dies
  • Apr 13 Johnny Dollar, American country and rockabilly singer, commits suicide at 53

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 14 Simone de Beauvoir, French author (She Came to Stay), dies of pneumonia at 78

  • Apr 14 Horst Bastian, German writer and screenwriter, dies at 46
  • Apr 15 Jean Genet, French criminal/novelist/dramatist, dies at 75
  • Apr 15 Sergei Nikolayevich Anokhin, cosmonaut, dies at 76
  • Apr 15 Tim McIntire, actor (Bob Younger-Legend of Jesse James), dies at 42
  • Apr 17 Bessie Head, writer, dies
  • Apr 18 Marcel Dassault, [Bloch], French airplane builder, dies at 94
  • Apr 19 Alvin Childress, actor (Amos-Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 78
  • Apr 19 Dag Ivar Wiren, composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 20 Sibte Hassan, Pakistani activist, journalist and writer (b. 1916)
  • Apr 21 Salah Jaheen, Egyptian poet and cartoonist (b.1930)
  • Apr 22 Mircea Eliade, writer, dies
  • Apr 23 Harold Arlen, [Hyman Arluck], US composer, murdered at 81
  • Apr 23 Jim Laker, cricketer (193 wkts for England at 21 24), dies
  • Apr 23 Otto Preminger, dir (Advise & Consent, Anatomy of Murder), dies at 79

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 24 Wallis Simpson [Duchess of Windsor], American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, dies at 89

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
  • Apr 24 Bill Edrich, cricketer (39 Tests for England), dies
  • Apr 26 Bessie Love, actress (Broadway Melody, Isadora), dies at 87
  • Apr 26 [William] Broderick Crawford, American actor (Highway Patrol), dies after a series of strokes at 74
  • Apr 26 Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (b. 1899)
  • Apr 29 Seamus McElwaine, Irish IRA-terrorist, killed at 25