What Happened in April 1986

Historical Events

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

Sports record brokenNHL Record

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

10th Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan

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

Sport awardGolf Major

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

  • 13th Boston Celtics end season with a 40-1 home win record
  • 13th Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

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

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

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

Sports record brokenNBA Record

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

12th 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

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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


Famous Deaths

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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